When you hear that a hurricane is on it's way, do you fear the worst?

United States
September 9, 2007 4:58am CST
When you hear the weather report that a hurricane is headed your way, do you buckle down and brace for the worst possible outcome? Do you worry that your family won't survive? Do you automatically head out of town to stay with relatives? Or, stay put? Whenever I hear that a hurricane is heading our way, I know there's going to be lots of rains and bad weather. Most times the hurricane weather is so bad that you can't even get online. And, some places locally have rivers filled to capacity and flooded streets. Then you're lucky if you thought ahead to stock up on food necessities, because you can't drive through flooded streets safely. Sometimes by the time we find out that a hurricane is going to hit our little city, it's too late to evacuate so we have to sit tight and wait it out. Most times we are fortunate enough to by-pass the worst of the hurricane weather with only minor damage to our property, but some of our neighbors to the east have not been so lucky. One friend had a tree fall onto her home and demolish it. Even though everyone got out just fine, their lives were never the same. They are all so lucky to be alive, even if they only left with a handful of belongings. Since we live in hurricane central, watching and waiting is one of our main past times. You never know when the big one is going to hit or how much damage it is going to do. Certainly, there are some tense moments during hurricane season. So, what do you do when you hear bad weather is coming your way? Do you fear the worst?
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Make sure that we are well stocked and listen to what the radio and tv has to say about the hurricane. We wait it out as best we can. When we lived in Samoa we were in one but not to the point where it was that bad or anything, but it was still scarey with the howling winds and things blowing around us and coconut trees bending halfway. We lost power for a week and luckily we had a gas burner to cook food on, lots of water available and we made sure either neighbours on both sides were ok, and they inturn did the same with us. The first two nights we were able to watch dvds on my husbands laptop before the battery ran out, we played board games and mostly sat around entertaining ourselves. My husband was called out to work to assist his team in bringing all the US volunteers from the outer villages to the main town so that they were altogether. I was worried for him mostly for just being outside. We coped ok though!
10 Sep 07
Fortunately we don't suffer hurricanes here in the UK although our weather can throws us some real surprises sometimes. The flooding we had over the summer was bad enough and we do get some very high winds too. To be honest I reckon there is little you can do against Mother Nature except take sensible precautions.
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I lost a home (and my first marriage) to Andrew. More recently in this second marriage and home more inland we got hit by Charlie, Fances and Jeanne in 2004. We'll be paying off the SBA for the loan to repair our house until 2012. While there has been no loss of life for any of us it does make you learn that during and after the storms you are totally on your own. And the hassles and difficulties involved are like a dentist visit, a doctor visit, buying school clothes and having your car serviced all at the same time. The hassle and hardship aspects are HUGE. My hubby had been sideswiped by Hugo and thought hurricanes were exciting and interesting. I thought he was nuts. Now he understands the 'aw gee, not again...stay away from us!!' feeling very well after 3 in one year.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
9 Sep 07
Unless I hear that it is heading to my town I don't fear the worst anymore. We get hurricane threats alot here in Florida so after awhile you get use to it.
@GardenGerty (99269)
• United States
9 Sep 07
I am fortunate to not live near hurricane central. I live in tornado alley. Different kinds of devastation. The American Red Cross is warning everyone to prepare home emergency kits, but I have yet to do so. I do have some extra water on hand. I always have extra canned goods. A lot of my staples are in large five gallon buckets. I have never been in a situation to have to evacuate. I have gone to my basement. I would not try to go online, as there is usually lightening involved in those storms. I will be looking into being more prepared, though, and getting more organized. I would like to get a flashlight that you shake to power it, and a weather radio. I need to get some extra first aid stuff and pack it in tightly sealed containers. I have candles, and oil lamps for if we ever lose power, but I think most of the electric lines are underground now. Wishing you well in your rough weather season.