Post by islander Post by Gary Post by El Castor Post by Gary
Florence Is Beginning To Scare Me !
Hurricane Florence is heading for North and South Carolina. With extremely heavy
rainfall expected for NC, SC, Ga and maybe Al. Due to hit shore Friday morning.
It will not hit Georgia directly -- but it is going to head south after making landing --
dropping several inches of rain and possibly doing wind damage. The hurricane that hit
Georgia last year -- knocked our power out and we had to stay in a motel for four nights.
Hang in there Gary. Good luck.
Thanks. Days like this, I wish I lived on the West Coast. I don't think y'all have
to worry about these super storms (almost) every year.
Hurricane force winds are defined as sustained winds of over 74 mph.
When they did the engineering for my house, the requirement was for 80
mph because it is not unusual for us to get hurricane force winds here
during the winter storms. I erred on the side of building for 100 mph
winds and I am glad that I did. We have a long reach up the Rosario
Strait and I have measured gusts of up to 100 mph during winter storms.
Personally, I enjoy the winter storms. I sit here dry and safe while
the storms rage outside with the surf crashing against the rocks below.
The salt spray plays havoc with exterior hardware, but otherwise I've
had no damage in 20 years other than trees and branches falling around us.
Otherwise, the west coast suffers from other problems. What with
earthquakes, fires, mud slides, etc., you really have to want to live on
the west coast. You would probably not like it here.
In 1954 (I think that's the right year), I had only
been in the USA two or three years, living two blocks
uphill from an inlet of the ocean, when we had
Hurricane Carol. The houses right next to the ocean
were almost completely destroyed. That was nothing
compared to the unnamed 1938 hurricane though.
I've seen picture books of the destruction caused by
that hurricane. Nobody knew that it was coming,
since there were no prediction mechanisms in those