WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET.
August 12, 2017 8:56am CST
I can never forget the experience of my first hurricane many years ago when I came to live in the islands. The destruction was massive - uprooted trees and light poles, roofs and satellite dishes taking flight with the wind - our street was unrecognizable, it looked like a war zone. No water or electricity for weeks. We were elated when power was finally restored to our neighborhood - but there was an unpleasant surprise for residents on my side of the street . Only those on the opposite side were back on the grid - we were left in the dark. So, for the next three nights we watched the bright lights of our neighbors across the street while we endured the heat, mosquitoes and candle light. Oh, how I wished our house was on the other side of the street. have you ever experienced a really bad natural disaster.?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
Yes, we went through the same exact thing when a hurricane hit here last year. The people across the street also had electric and we had to wait 2 more days for ours to be restored! It was frustrating to see theirs on. We were without power for 5 days, it felt like an eternity with young kids though.
• United States
Hurricane hugo in 1989, no electricity for 3 weeks. And 2 back to back blizzards in 1978 or 79. Had probably 6-7 feet of snow when they both were done. The blizzard didn't bother me as bad as my brother and I had a blast making snow forts and tunnels in which we wet down with the water hose and sledded through them.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
Not a really bad natural disaster, no. And I am sorry you experienced that. But many times when we sit with no electricity, because our sub station has continual problems, we look at the lights shining brightly in the suburb next to us. I have threatened to move to that suburb many times, but to move is such a hassle. I make sure I have lots of candles.
• Riga, Latvia
@Kandae11 I don't really remember. I think it was like usual depending on where you lived. Some places were harder hit and some less. I was in Connecticut at the time but I found this and what happened in New York at that time.
On Sept. 27, 1985, Hurricane Gloria made landfall on Long Island as a Category 2 storm and subsequently in western Connecticut. Hundreds of people living near the shore were forced to evacuate their homes as it was being described as the "storm of the cent
Yes I have Kandase. Hurricane Sandy which hit the New Jersey shore where I live. We were without power for 7-10 days, and homes were flooded out and ruined. The other one I experienced was in Florida in 2005. Can't remember the name of that one but left us without power for 3 days. Trees down, the wind felt like a roaring train against our window as we got the backside of the storm as the eye passed.
And here I thought you were a native of those islands... We have had power cut, water problem or internet connection trouble every now and then, and the funny thing is, sometimes only one side of our street got affected. Times like that, the neighbors all came out, hands in the air! (Quite funny actually .)
• United States
How awful for you! At times, a tree falls on wires on our little street, and we often are the ones who lose power while everyone else is living life normally. We have had some huge hurricanes hit us. Once, we were without power for five days, and it was awful. I've been in a few minor earthquakes and a monsoon on our travels.
• Pleasant Hill, California
I was in a tornado in Iowa that killed thee people. But it didn't directly affect where I was, about two miles away from where the people were killed. I've been in some earthquakes in California, but none that caused major damage.
• Palisade, Colorado
I waas at my mom's place out in the country when a tornado struck. We actually stood and watched it for awhile. It did quite a bit of damage to the barn and other buildings but it never touched the house. Things were flying everywhere.
• Sutton, England
That must have been scary and unpleasant. We had a hurricane in 1987 in my part of the UK. People were killed and much damage done to property, Many woods lost so many trees. However I doubt it was on the scale of disasters that occur in other countries.
• Anniston, Alabama
No, we do have tornado`s but I have had the protection of God and nothing was that bad. But we did have to live without lights. once we went down to Florida and helped out after hurricane Katrina and I seen the damage there.