You know a hurricane is on the way when...

United States
June 24, 2007 2:27pm CST
We live in hurricane central and that means every year there are a dozen or so big and small hurricanes that come flying over the ocean, right toward our house. You'd never know ahead of time, because the weather is always pleasant up until the time you're asked to leave your home and head for a shelter. But, living in paradise, I've found there is one little indicator that never fails. And, that is ants! These little guys, the ants, that is, swarm our home in search of even the most meager left over bread crumb stashed in a corner. And, then they tote it back to their brethren ants. I've never seen it fail, whenever the ants arrive, start boarding up your windows and packing your bags. When they disappear, turn on the news and look for the evacuation alerts. The past week ants have been all over the house, and finally we purchased ant spray to drive them out. But today I woke up and they were all gone. That's not a good sign. Hurricane's on it's way. So, how do you know when bad weather's coming to town? What are the little signs? How do you prepare?
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
24 Jun 07
Someone in here said that talc powder works well for the ants...do not know if it is true or not though...LOL I live in rural Arkansas...we simply do not have huricanes...but we do have tornados and sever thunderstorms at times...the sky will get dark as night and that is a sure-fire sign to look for higher ground... When we bought our farm...we are located on top of a high hill....rainwater would have to take out 1/2 his area to reach us...so I do not really worry too much about it...LOL Please stay safe, my new friend....
@smacksman (6074)
25 Jun 07
Talc powder is brilliant and makes the ants smell really nice and soft to the touch.
• United States
2 Jul 07
Yesterday, the skies were so dark, that I worried it would rain us into the ground. LOL! We were outside with our daughter and got a few minutes playtime in the gloom before we had to come back inside. She was happy for the rest of the day. Makes me smile thinking about it.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
24 Jun 07
I never noticed that about the ants when I lived in Florida. But of course when I lived in Florida I was only there for 6 months, just long enough to go through 2 hurricanes. And the ants were always bad. The thing I noticed right before the hurricanes was how calm the weather was. It was really eery how still the air was. It's really hard to explain but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. We didn't really have time to prepare. We just filled our cars up with gas and made sure we had plenty of bottled water.
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• United States
2 Jul 07
Oh, yes, we are very aware of the spooky silence that occurs during a hurricane. That's when I start praying, cause I know the worst is next.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
24 Jun 07
Interesting observation, I'll have to keep it in mind this year as hurricane season hits. We're in Massachusetts- not quite hurricane central, but we get a good share of them. Thankfully most of the time we have plenty of warning and seldom do they reach disaster levels. We stock up on bottled water, canned goods, flashlights & those types of things- which we keep on hand most of the time as the risk of severe winters are always with us. We've yet to be evacuated for a hurricane, so we just stock up & sit tight.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
I am in Massachusetts to and I love watching big storms whether it be hurricanes, or northeasters or t - storms, you will find me watching.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
25 Jun 07
Here we do not really get dangerous weather to the extent that we have to leave our homes so I have never really thought about it before. Great observation with the ants though =)
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24 Jun 07
We don't have hurricanes here in London, Thank God! but saying that we did once in 1987 when my daughter was 2, I lived in a block of flats that overlooked London, I jumped out of bed and grabbed my daughter and looked out of the window, all the city lights were out, London was for the first time since the war in total darkness. My husband at the time worked nights and I feared for his safety and wondered if my flat would hold out to the terrible weather outside! well it did and my husband came home in the morning and he was fine, very Scary!!!
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• Changde, China
25 Jun 07
human can conclude weather by satellite and other instruments.so i will pay attention to weather reports firstly.how can i prepare?i dont know.i will protect my prosession as soon as i can.