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Hurricane Dorian - Go Away

Aug 31, 2019 - 3 comments

As most of you probably  know by now, we've been dealing with dear Hurricane Dorian playing around in the ocean for the past few days.... the fact that we have a hurricane bearing down on us is bad enough, but I think what's worse (for me) is the fact that  nobody can really  decide where it's going to go and when it's going to get there.  It seems like this thing has been plastered all over our TV and/or computer screens for way too long...

It was, originally, supposed to come in on the east coast, nail the entire state and wipe us all out on Monday so everyone went into a panic and emptied store shelves of bottled water, bread and other food staples, batteries, generators, tarps and various survival supplies. as well as depleting gas stations of every drop of gas they could muster.  

Then they changed landfall to Tuesday, but maybe Wednesday, then back to Monday, then Wednesday again, with every update bringing more uncertainty and for many people many panic, especially those who are new here.

When the storm was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, I started reading postings of people searching for gas cans - some begging for 5-10 cans... okay, that means they bought that shiny new generator, now they have no gas with which to operate it... Of course, it doesn't matter whether they find cans or not because, as I said, the stations are out of gas... of course, they could get new supplies by the weekend, but since much of our gas supplies come in via the sea and I  watched a news conference yesterday about sea ports being closed down, it's anybody's guess whether that's possible...

Most people don't realize that there are only 2 major roads into/out of the state and some people have decided to start clogging them by trying to evacuate when there's no evacuation order in place and one may never come. The problem with that when there's so much uncertainty with a storm like this is it's impossible to know where to go until they figure out where the storm is going.  The only safe thing to do if one is going to leave is to head to the midwest and that might not even be totally safe... lol  Of course, I'd never waste money on an unnecessary evacuation because who knows what the next storm might bring?  And there always will be a "next storm"...

As updates came yesterday, it began to look as though the storm might go up the east coast and at least not do a lot of damage to the western part of the sate...Being central I'd still get it (or at least "something"), but locations on the west coast would be safe and we'd be grateful for everyone spared.

This morning's update indicates that it might actually go north, completely offshore, which means the entire state could be spared, getting only tropical storm winds... wow; how awesome would that be!! Not that we can't  get damage from tropical storm winds; just that it wouldn't be nearly as devastating as a Cat 4 hurricane...  The bad thing about it missing Florida is that means some location further up the coast will get hit, whether it ends up being the Carolina's (as is being shown now) or even further north.

Have I mentioned how much I hate these things?  :-(  

Anyway, we still don't know what will happen because a wobble this way or a wiggle that way can change all the projections in a heartbeat and although I'd like to think we're out of harms way, we can still be devastated.  

When Hurricane Andrew hit the Miami area in 1992, we were still in Iowa and one of my co-workers was insensitive enough to make the comment that: "when you live in an area like that you have to live with things like that".  I think of that every time I have to deal with a hurricane or every time we, or another part of the country/world endures tornadoes or I see deathly blizzards up north, earthquakes out west, etc.  Every part of the world has their individual weather phenomenon.

I hate hurricanes as much as I hated the snow/ice storms and blizzards that caused us to leave Iowa and seek warmth in the Sunshine State...

Did I mention how much I hate hurricanes?  Go away Dorian...

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by tootopheavy740, Aug 31, 2019
Hurrican Dorian - I agree with you totally. I grew up in south Texas around Beaumont and Houston. Hurricanes can be unpredictable although they have gotten better information now then 30 years ago. The direction that a hurricane travels on is determined by the hi and low pressure areas. The fact that these change constantly results in a variety of predictions on landfall. I don't think I would ever stay in a Cat 4 hurricane though. That can be really bad. At the same time it is too late to even attempt to evacuate so all you can do is hunker down and hope it blows over soon. Good luck to all in Florida. I hate hurricanes so much that I moved to an area of the country that does not have hurricanes.

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by tootopheavy740, Aug 31, 2019
Hurrican Doriane - I agree with you totally. I grew up in south Texas around Beaumont and Houston. Hurricanes can be unpredictable although they have gotten better information now then 30 years ago. The direction that a hurricane travels on is determined by the hi and low pressure areas. The fact that these change constantly results in a variety of predictions on landfall. I don't think I would ever stay in a Cat 4 hurricane though. That can be really bad. At the same time it is too late to even attempt to evacuate so all you can do is hunker down and hope it blows over soon. Good luck to all in Florida. I hate hurricanes so much that I moved to an area of the country that does not have hurricanes.

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by Barb135, Aug 31, 2019
Ah - I'm familiar with the Beaumont/Houston area as I have family from that area, as well as Louisiana where hurricanes are as prevalent as they are here.  

For some reason, the forecasting for Hurricane Dorian seems seems less organized than that of previous hurricanes so even though Dorian's path hasn't really wobbled as much as other hurricanes we've had the forecasting has seemed less reliable.  

At any rate, the latest update has Dorian staying even further offshore than the 5:00 am update, so that's very encouraging for the entire state, especially me, since I just got word this morning that one of my brothers up north is very ill and I may have to try to catch a flight soon.  I'm not even sure what airlines are flying right now or where they might be flying to, so I'm past ready for this pest to be gone...

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