Have you ever been through a natural disaster?

Hurricane - this is scarry
United States
November 8, 2006 10:16pm CST
Have you ever felt an earthquake or been the victim of a hurricane? The worst i have ever experienced was a Blizzard that kept us in the house for 3 days with no electricity. It was very cold but we did make the best of it.
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• United States
20 Nov 06
I have never been through one, but i have seen a tornado off in the distance. They look scary...
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• United States
30 Nov 06
i bet they do, thanks
@Cortney (3986)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I have been in a few hurricanes. We had Charlie, Jeanne, and Francis all in a 2 mth period. A lot of houses are still tarped because roofing companies couldn't get supplies and time to do the work.
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• United States
9 Nov 06
that's terrible. where do you live? thanks for sharing
• United States
9 Nov 06
I went through Wilma last year, and let me tell you, it was hell. I didn't have electricity for a week and food was scarce in stores. It was good thing that I stocked up beforehand.
• United States
9 Nov 06
I went through Wilma last year, and let me tell you, it was hell. I didn't have electricity for a week and food was scarce in stores. It was good thing that I stocked up beforehand.
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@Lillith (775)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I have been through two hurricanes. The first one was Frederick, and then last year, we were hit very hard from Hurricane Katrina. I have also been through a very bad snow blizzard many years ago. It was pretty bad too. I guess after awhile though, you just kind of get used to these things happening and try to prepare the best way you can.
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@Lillith (775)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I am so sorry. I don't know why this posted twice. :(
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• United States
1 Dec 06
its good to be prepared, thanks for sharing.
• United States
12 Dec 06
I know that some years in FL I went through 2 or more hurricanes; other years, none. So, since I'm 64 now, I've probably been through at least 50 hurricanes. That's pretty scary when I think about it. At least I know how to prepare for one and when to leave.
@gotOBX (764)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I've been through a handful of hurricanes. I've also been through some pretty good blizzards. But never lost power during the blizzards. What did you do to pass the time? How did you stay warm?
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• United States
9 Nov 06
I was just a kid at the time so passing the time was easy. I bet my parents were going nuts. Thank good we had a gas stove and oven. We kept it on to warm up the house. But the bed rooms were still cold. I think we all slept in the living room. Thanks for sharing.
@gotOBX (764)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Actually sounds kind of fun. I can picture you bundled up in a snowsuit and your parka, gloves and hat sandwiched between your parents and siblings! Okay, maybe not so much fun....
• United States
11 Nov 06
It was kinda fun, I made snow tunnels in our yard. It was like an igloo.
• United States
11 Nov 06
Holy Night - Holy night
Yeah, howabout hurricane Katrina? It was terrible. I lost everything. My house, cars, clothes, you name it. My house had water up to the roof. I didn't stay through it but I had friends who stayed in my house during the storm and they had to climb in my attic and bust a hole through the roof so they could be rescued. My dad stayed in his house as well and he had to do the same thing,bust a hole through his roof. He tried to save his dog but couldn't.It's terrible. If there's anything you wanna know, just ask me or otherwise I could go on and on and on about that hurricane.
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• United States
20 Nov 06
that must have been really hard to deal with afterwards, how are you doing now. did you find a new place to live? thank you for sharing your story.
• United States
12 Dec 06
You and everyone else out there sure have my sympathy. Let us know where you're living now...still in LA or in another state? Did your insurance cover all your damage or were you one of those who was denied coverage? I watched the coverage on TV for days and just cried and cried...so devastating.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I lived threw Hurricane Charley on Friday August 13th 2004. He came right threw where I live at 175mph + winds It was one of the most horrifying things I have every been through in my life. We had no power anywhere for 14 days. It was interesting to say the least.
• United States
5 Dec 06
that must of been terrible, thanks for sharing your story.
@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
30 Nov 06
I live about a quarter of a mile from the beach. I've been through around 10 hurricanes,. They are horrible. I think it's because you feel so helpless. You can't do anything but sit and wait for whatever is going to happen to happen. The biggest hurricane I went through was Hugo and we didn't have electricity for 5 days. Now, that was bad!
• United States
30 Nov 06
yes we went with out elec. for 3-4 days last year, it was hard. thanks for sharing
@ruwan75 (253)
• Sri Lanka
16 Nov 06
Tsunami - Tsunami attacking phuket island
Yeah.. i have seen tsunami that is the wores thing i ever experienced,it took so many lives from our area
• United States
6 Dec 06
i'm sorry to hear that, it must of been very frightening, thanks for sharing
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
13 Nov 06
I have experienced....earthquakes. But wasn't enough to do any damage. Just enough for rocking chairs to move. I have also expierenced tornados (not fun,not even with a 5 mintue warning), blizzards, a couple floods and my lastest as of last year...Hurricanes.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
well at least you did not get hurt, thanks for sharing
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Yes! I grew up in Oklahoma and tornadoes were common. Very unpredictable and I have seen them take out a town in the wink of an eye. I lived in Alaska and earthquakes were the happening there. I grew accustom to those and was prepared for the emergencies that might happen. I had to drive through blizzard conditions from Indian AK to Anchorage, AK. It was a two lane road and there was the ocean on one side and the equivelant of a lake on the other. I prayed all the way and tailgated the lights in front of me. If they dissapeared then it meant to stop where I was and then go in the other direction. Scariest thing I ever went through. I now live in Oregon and I will not live in Alaska in the winter again. Now that I think back, I have experienced some wild things in my life! Great discussion!
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• United States
20 Nov 06
wow you have been through alot, thank God you are still here. thanks for sharing your story. and be safe.
@Island_Geko (3760)
• Canada
11 Nov 06
July 31, 1987 - Edmonton tornado in July of 1987
I have expeience every type of major weather storm except huricanes. In Edmonton, Alberta on July 31, 1987, I left 2 hour before the largest tornado to hit Edmonton in Alberta History. However living in a Tornado zone I have been trap many times by tornados and large hail.
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• United States
16 Nov 06
I have never been through a tornado. must be scary. Thanks
@chukwudi (1100)
• Nigeria
11 Nov 06
yes,when my hot got burnt in 1993 it was terrible
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• United States
20 Nov 06
im sorry to hear that, thanks for sharing
@Trook1233 (196)
9 Nov 06
When I was a little girl living in California, we had a minor earthquake. I have been living in Florida for the past 4 years and went through all the hurricanes that happened.
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• United States
9 Nov 06
that sound scary. What part of Florida are you in. I'm in Jacksonville and so far we have been lucky. We just get a lot of rain from them. Thnaks for sharing
@myklj999 (15095)
9 Nov 06
My life is a natural disaster!! But seriously, I have been through a couple large blizzards and a tornado. The tornado was a really scary experience.
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• United States
9 Nov 06
that made me laugh. good one! I have never seen a tornado, except on TV. I bet that was really scary. Thanks for sharing you story.
• United States
9 Nov 06
I have been through several tornadoes, a lot of severe flooding, and a blizzard that closed the entire town for almost a week. I have felt an earthquake but it was several hundred miles away so it didn't do any damage where I lived.
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• United States
9 Nov 06
Glad to hear you never got harmed. Thanks for sharing
@wyykidd (1460)
• Singapore
9 Nov 06
i must say that i am lucky we don't encounter natural disaster in singapore, so i haven't been through any.
• United States
9 Nov 06
lucky for you. i would stay there. Thanks for sharing
@jray721 (1973)
• United States
9 Nov 06
this is an excellent question. you definately get a + from me =) this summer our town had a HUGE flood. the park down the street was under water . it didnt come far enough to our house, but the houses down the block had there whole basements flooded. and our city was practically floating, it was nuts, but we got some really good pictures of it from the one bridge that overlooks the city. oh and when i was little there was a huge blizzard, 5 feet of snow, when i went outside it was up to my nose.. lol
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• United States
9 Nov 06
I wonder if it was the same blizzard I was talking about, I really don't remember the year but it was in the 60's. I was living in Queens New York at the time. Thank you for sharing your story!
@Lillith (775)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I have been through two hurricanes. The first one was Frederick, and then last year, we were hit very hard from Hurricane Katrina. I have also been through a very bad snow blizzard many years ago. It was pretty bad too. I guess after awhile though, you just kind of get used to these things happening and try to prepare the best way you can.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I lived in Florida with it was hit with 4 hurricanes in one year. Talk about being wow'ed!!!
• United States
11 Nov 06
yes Im in Florida too. it was a real bad year. Thanks for sharing
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yeah, my sister in Melbourne was evacuated 3 times from her apartment complex. It was very stressful for everyone in a very large part of Florida.
@neofelis (146)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I too, grew up in So. Cal, so earthquakes were more of a pleasant diversion from schoolwork than a natural disaster. However, there was a *huge* snowstorm in Washington when I was in college. I was trying to fly out of the SeaTac airport and almost every single airline was grounded. I was in that airport for 12 hours, standing in long lines for most of that time. Uggghh.
@neofelis (146)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Crazy mylot is making me repeat myself. Sorry!
• United States
11 Nov 06
that must of been horrible, i have never been stuck in a airport. Thanks for sharing you story. And yes MyLot has been doing that to me too.