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    Hurricane Matthew

    Well, Governor Haley declared a state of emergency for SC. My area is included in the evacuation zone. We aren't evacuating but we need to begin preparing. Schools will be closed and lanes begin reversing tomorrow (Wednesday). Some stores are already out of propane, and gas lines are beginning to form.

    After the nightmare evacuation we experienced for Hurricane Floyd we decided "never again." We stayed for Hurricane Hugo and survived, so we'll stay for this one, too. It might not even hit here.

    Of course, this hurricane is effecting more than just my state. Florida has already begun their preparations. Island nations of Cuba, Bahamas and Haiti are already feeling it.

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    They say that this could be as bad as Hurricane Hazel in 1954. If you live on the east coast and can remember 1954 you know this something really bad coming out way. I was 10 years old when it hit Maryland and we had to evacuate our home and go to my grandmothers in town for almost a week. Lots of damage and deaths caused by that one. Hope this isn't as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SR9 View Post
    They say that this could be as bad as Hurricane Hazel in 1954. If you live on the east coast and can remember 1954 you know this something really bad coming out way. I was 10 years old when it hit Maryland and we had to evacuate our home and go to my grandmothers in town for almost a week. Lots of damage and deaths caused by that one. Hope this isn't as bad.
    I hope it won't be so bad. We lived thru Hurricane Hugo in SC, 1989, and that was terrible.

    On the way home tonight, Hubby stopped at Publix to buy a few things. He said that the store was mobbed with people but for the most part they were patient and friendly (normal for this area). However, there was one woman at the store yelling and screaming for a full 10 minutes, freaking out. She finally left.

    Gas lines are about 1-1.5 hours of waiting. We were already gassed up, so we avoided that.

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    I can feel for you Reba. I was scheduled to go home Sat/Sun but looks like Amtrak may shut down the AutoTrain on Sat. Not too worried about our Florida home as it stood up to Andrew fairly well. Just don't want to live on generator power for weeks at a time again. FPL has been beefing up the local grid with new design concrete poles on the 3-phase lines. Where they used to plant them 7 feet into the rock, they now are planted 11 feet in. The wooden pole that was put in when our house was built in 1978 is still standing even after all these years. It has a slight lean to it thanks to Andrew. House was dead center of the eye. Anything less than a Cat 5 and we should be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S&W645 View Post
    I can feel for you Reba. I was scheduled to go home Sat/Sun but looks like Amtrak may shut down the AutoTrain on Sat. Not too worried about our Florida home as it stood up to Andrew fairly well. Just don't want to live on generator power for weeks at a time again. FPL has been beefing up the local grid with new design concrete poles on the 3-phase lines. Where they used to plant them 7 feet into the rock, they now are planted 11 feet in. The wooden pole that was put in when our house was built in 1978 is still standing even after all these years. It has a slight lean to it thanks to Andrew. House was dead center of the eye. Anything less than a Cat 5 and we should be good.
    Yes, Florida has done a lot since Andrew to beef up the infrastructure and building codes.

    At least you have a generator. :D

    Our house was built in 1989, and was hit by Hugo that same year. It got some damage and lots of fallen trees but nothing dire. We had other friends who lost their houses and vehicles.

    Some people don't realize that no power also means no traffic lights (for the few left hanging), no sewer pumps, no water pumps, no gas pumps, no ATM's, no internet, in addition to the expected no lights, no AC, no TV, for possibly weeks.

    We had National Guard and curfews after Hugo.

    It was a weird world to wake up to. (Hugo hit us at night.)

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    Just now on FoxNews they're showing the reversed lane traffic right outside my town. Only one-way traffic on all lanes now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reba View Post
    Just now on FoxNews they're showing the reversed lane traffic right outside my town. Only one-way traffic on all lanes now.
    Well I don't get to go home till Wednesday/Thursday as Amtrak annulled the AutoTrain for Saturday. Which means I'll get back just in time to clean up after part two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S&W645 View Post
    Well I don't get to go home till Wednesday/Thursday as Amtrak annulled the AutoTrain for Saturday. Which means I'll get back just in time to clean up after part two.
    Oh, man. I hope you don't find too much mess at home. Do you have a place to stay until then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reba View Post
    Oh, man. I hope you don't find too much mess at home. Do you have a place to stay until then?
    Yes we have a place to stay. Looks like I won't even have much to clean up in the yard as I talked to a neighbor tonight. Winds never got high and little rain. For us anything like what happened today is just like a summer rain storm. Power is still on and isolated from the rest of the east side of the state so the nukes stay up. They are sensitive to line variants and by taking them out of the system north of us keeps the south end of the state powered up. So we came thru fine. Don't know how friends in Jupiter are doing though.

    Take care because it is heading your way but has weakened to a Cat 3.
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    This is from our local councilman for our county:

    "UPDATE (1:30pm)

    NWS just announced to expect Cat 2 hurricane winds in the eastern half of Dorchester county. This is a major change from earlier with only tropical storm winds expected. The storm has shifted west.

    Make preparations or evacuate safely immediately.

    Update: per our emergency meeting with our EMD director, expect sustained winds of over 100mph from 5am-11am [Saturday]. Public safety vehicles are no longer on the roads when sustain winds exceed 39mph. Expect tropical force winds after 6pm tonight [Friday]. The eye of the storm is expected to pass within 10 miles of Charleston harbor. Do not take this storm lightly. If you are not prepared you need to strongly consider evacuation immediately."

    We're staying.

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