Ike Needs to Take a Hike

@carolbee (16243)
United States
September 14, 2008 8:07am CST
We are experiencing the remnants of hurricane Ike this morning. Winds are whipping up to 45 mph and it's really raining. I love looking at the green trees, grass and pretty flowers in our area but when the wind is blowing out like it has been this morning I get so concerned of the older, larger trees. They could snap at any time. How do you handle storms of this nature? I was in a tornado when a little girl, even though I wasn't in the direct path, but it scared the bazonkers out of me. Think this is the reason behind the high wind concern.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I do know we got very lucky with Ike. I have been in some hurricane's in the past some worse than others. The worse being in 1970 when it shut out city down for a very long time. My brother is up north of the Houston area and they are without electricity and have trees down also the road blocked due to downed trees. They live where there are so many beautiful pine trees. My nephew lives in the Beaumont area and they stayed home and faired pretty well, no major damage.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
15 Sep 08
What Texas is experiencing is so sad. Many first responders from Missouri are in Texas doing search and rescue. We had so much flooding today. Cars were floating and many people displaced as a result of all the rain today. Thanks for responding.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Too too funny - I have actually used the word 'bazonkers' hundreds of times but have never ever seen it written someplace, love it :) Anyway - I too have been through tornadoes, many time, including a couple times in the path and several others very close to it. They terrify me and if I just suspect there may be one I start preparing. 45 mph is nothing for me though - I've been in a tent at a campground and there were 90 mile and hour winds :( I was happy when that passed.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I've used that word for years. It beats the alternative when around a religious group of people...lol Don't know how you survived 90 mph winds in a tent. That had to be terrifying. Thanks for responding.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
1 Oct 08
We really didn't get the wind but sure got alot of rain from Ike. So much rain that it caused alot of damage in my neck of the woods. Lot of people were forced to evacuate and some are still unable to get back to their home because of flooding.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
1 Oct 08
We were so fortunate not to have any problems in our immediate area but we don't live near a creek, river or lake. It's so sad when this kind of weather disrupts people's lives. Thanks for responding.
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
15 Sep 08
hello carolbee it was really windy around here in middle tennessee yesterday as well. we really didn't get any rainfall to speak about thou from it, it was mostly just the wind. did not do any good to have a hair-do yesterday either. lol i plastered my hair with hair spray yesterday and it didn't do a bit of good to do that. lol i should have just put my favorite cap on and went about my business. lol you know? and i just always either turn on the television or listen to the radio when it looks like it is going to be rough outside like that. today around here, it has been all cloudy without any rain. have a beautiful afternoon.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
15 Sep 08
If the trees broke, they might fall on the power lines, and then the power would go out. The tree might fall on your house, and any power line directed to your house would break and there would be a live wire. So even if you were not in the path of the storm, the there wold be that danger. Also if you were going out to get the mail, then the tree might fall on the mail box just as you were about to get it. So I would say that yuou had a right to be concerned.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
17 Sep 08
A similar situation happened to a lady not far from us. She was outside with her dog in her backyard, a tree fell on her and killed her. So sad. Thanks for responding.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
15 Sep 08
We got the last of Ike yesterday afternoon. The winds were so violent that it was amazing. We've got trees both behind and in front of our house, so we were worried for them...after Ike was done, we went to take a walk around the city and a ton of trees were snapped in two! And this is the city! I could just imagine what it was probably like in the country. I actually kinda like extreme weather, because the air is just always so..charged. And I like being able to feel like if I jump into the air, I could fly away (even though that would obviously be bad, it's a fun feeling).
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I always did like the smell of fresh rain and a mild wind. Seems rather refreshing. Thanks for responding.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I feel extremely lucky Ike spared my little town. Earlier in the week they had said it was headed straight for us. We were under mandatory evacuation too, but chose to hold off and see where it was going. But we were packed and ready if we had to leave. I feel so bad for everyone up north that got so much damage. But yet at the same time am glad to have been spared. We live in a mobile home park about 7 blocks from shore. If it hadn't shifted, we would have lost everything. Today we finally had a little rain, but not much. I was actually hoping for a little rain since we need it so badly here.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Am so glad the wind shifted and you didn't get the bulk of Ike. I can't imagine the situation you were in at the time. Has to be horrifying. Thanks for responding.
@kerriannc (4282)
• Jamaica
14 Sep 08
I am so sorry to hear that you are in the midst of Hurricane Ilke. I am afraid of Hurricane and Tropical Storms because I have seen the devastation it does to persons in my country and others. But you see we need to start planting back trees and talking more care of the land. Especially Haiti that has no forestation they really get it this year and the season isn't over yet. Whenever there is a storm I cannot sleep straight through the night I will only dozed off. We have Gustaz and to tell you the truth I was totally afraid and was glad when it finally went away. It is sad but we just has to hold on to our faith. Kerry
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I was in Hurricane Keith several years ago when visiting Florida. It was awful. We have to deal with the nasty weather and hope lives aren't lost. Thanks for responding.
• United States
14 Sep 08
Hi Carol we are gettuing some VERY high winds in Ohio today.. I have been watching it out the Window while online. The leaves are being ripped from the trees. Now it is getting dark again,, Looking like it will start raining again within the hour. I really am not a fan of high winds.. Not much I can do about them though...
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
You are right. There is nothing we can do about high winds even though they make me really nervous. Our rivers are way up just from one morning of a total downpour. Am glad it's through our area and gone. I feel so bad for our southern myLotters who live in Texas. Thanks for responding.
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14 Sep 08
Hi carlbee, I am so glad that hurricane Ike hasn't damge or put in in any dange because I was worried about the other Mylotters that lives in the area, how is every thing? we are very lucky we don't often get high wids like that, the only time I rember was when we had "The Great Storm" as it was called when the winds brought many tress and buildings down and that was in 1987, I went to work and there was a mighty oak tree lying in the muddle of the road and and all the lights were out, we lost power for about 6 hours that day, but I wll never forget it. Tamara
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
We had tree limbs down all over and lots of flooding but not in our immediate area. Three people were killed. Thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I grew up where the wind blew all the time.....it's now one of the places that is lined for miles with wind turbines.....but I don't like it when it gets so strong it's scary....like tempting the trees to split and fall. I have been in a tornado too...so I understand your concerns.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Sep 08
We have wind here too but not to the extent it was the other day. I was a little nervous. Thanks for responding.
• United States
14 Sep 08
Thankfully I do not live near anywhere where those poor people have to experience hurricanes: I'll take Tornadoes anyday of the week; by the time those systems ( if they do) and the last couple have, by the time they blow themselves up to my state its rain, rain, and more rain, sometimes wind, sometimes it spawns tornadoes none yet here thankfully as we also had a cold front that collided with old IKE not sure what amount of rain we actually got but my rain gauge only goes to 5 inches and it was overflowing, all the creeks are up, flooded streets here, but NOTHING like those that do experience those wicked hurricanes; its awful!!! I wish I could help them out in some small way, I don't know how or what? but about the only thing I could do is offer shelter, the housing authority people would probably throw a hissy fit and raise the rent, but I honestly would offer shelter to a person in need; you know?
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