Hurricane Season… Again?!?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 2:00 am 24 comments

Hurricane eyewallEach year, mother nature gives some part of the globe a good whuppin’.  In fact, here in the good ol’ USA  it seems that each region has its own unique, chronic, and catostrophic event. 

 The flood plains see sections washed away.   California seems to be one good tremor away from snapping off into the Pacific.  Tornado Alley is repeatedly uprooted and wild fires destroy thousands of acres of forest.  And any “snowbird” will tell you:  only fools live in Florida between June 1st and November 30th.  Yes, it’s hurricane season, AGAIN!

Hurricane season has become synonomous with the stockpiling of batteries, flashlights, nonperishable foods, and bottled water.  It’s an annual rite of passage.   Bring in everything that can become a missile in 74 mph winds (patio furniture, potted plants, you name it).  Cover all windows with plywood or aluminum shutters.  How many of you have “old fashioned” wall phones?  The new fangled cordless phones are useless in a power outage.  Thank God for cell phones.  Just make sure you have a car charger for it and make sure your car has a full tank of gas!

Hurricane reconnaissance aircraftDespite the inconvenience and the potential for death and destruction, hurricane season provides solid entertainment.  Every few hours the National Hurricane Center sends planes into the storm to check it out.  If you’re tired of sitting in a cubicle from 9-5, this just might be the job for you. (actually the missions are flown by special airforce details – you can always dream though!) 

A favorite passtime before a big storm hits is watching the local news and snickering at the poor souls in a massive line at Home Depot as they try to get last minute supplies.  Of course, you suddenly stop snickering when you remember that you FORGOT to buy batteries.  At this time you simply yell at the TV,  “hey you in the green baseball cap, save me a spot in line!” as you run for the car keys.

Hurricane preparedness can certainly be stressful.  Here are a few tips for the uninitiated:

1.  Never operated a chain saw before?  Don’t start now.  Don’t decide to buy one after the storm so you can clear debris.  Or at least read all the instructions before using it.  Save that trip to the ER for some other occassion.

2.  Gonna get one of those big generators so you can watch TV and have air conditioning  while the rest of us sweat it out in the dark?  Then make sure it’s hooked up correctly with proper ventilation.  Sadly, after every hurricane induced power outage, some poor family dies from carbon monoxide poisoning due to an improperly installed/operated generator.

3.  Don’t put up aluminum panels on your windows while wearing flip flops – here’s another emergency room statistic waiting to happen.  Those things are heavy and guillotine-like.

4.  Whatever you do people, when the streets look like rivers, resist the temptation to play in the standing water!!!!  I know you’re bored and sick of being couped up inside.  But after every hurricane people get electrocuted because they don’t see the downed electrical cables!  Seriously, this happens after each and every hurricane! 

Be safe everyone!  Please…

Hurricane Eyewall picture from here ***you must see the rest of the pictures on this site!!!***

Hurricane reconnaissance aircraft photo from here ***check it out, interesting facts about the plane***

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  • 1. cindy  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    We don’t get hurricanes up here (thankfully) and nothing scares the wits out of me more than to just think about them. But, if you’re prepared, I guess you don’t really have too much to worry about.

    Good luck this hurricane season! 🙂

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    • 2. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

      Thanks, I’m praying for a calm hurricane season this year!

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  • 3. Nelia  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Those photos are worth checking out! Wow. Mother Nature is awe-inspiring and demands respect.

    Era, have you been personally affected by a Hurricane?

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    • 4. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

      Too much experience. A little of it can be found in the Author section. I’ll probably write a post on it in the future.

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      • 5. Nelia  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

        Thanks for the additional link.

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        • 6. Era  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

          Don’t mention it.

          Reply
  • 7. Just a Mom  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Great post! Some of this sounds like it might be from experience…flip flops and aluminum panels maybe?
    I live near Galveston, TX and I am very familiar with hurricanes. I love making fun of the news teams they are just too funny! I loved it during Hurricane Ike when Geraldo fell on his keester after a wave hit him while he was reporting from our Seawall!

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    • 8. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

      LOL!!! I loved that footage of Geraldo. What a riot. I’ve also seen Al Roker and a few others have some “fun” playing with mother nature. Come to think of it, I believe Anderson Cooper may have had a hurricane run in of his own. Yes, I’ve had a lot of experience with hurricanes, but thank God, I had more sense than to put up shutters in flip-flops. But every year, we do hear reports of shutter related injuries.

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  • 9. Jax  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Very interesting & informative. I would love to see the inside of the hurricane hunter or even travel in it (preferably not during a hurricane). Sometimes they have tours of the aircraft here, but I always hear it on the news after the fact. Have a great day.

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    • 10. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

      I wouldn’t mind seeing it myself. Enjoy your day!

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  • 11. Doraz  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

    My relatives in Florida live with the horror also! They claim they are in auto pilot, this time of year! I guess it would be like us in CA with the earthquakes we have daily! Mother Nature…what a gal! Be careful! Are you all moving soon?

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    • 12. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

      The whole moving thing is up in the air… more to come.

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      • 13. Doraz  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am

        I will be waiting! My relatives live in Naples, Florida. Sound familiar?

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        • 14. Era  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 1:56 am

          Yeah, Naples is beautiful. It’s about an hour and a half northwest of where I am.

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  • 15. starlaschat  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I agree keep us posted on the Moving idea. Hurricanes I’m glad we don’t have to deal with that here. Looks like a good list of what not to do in case of a hurricane,

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    • 16. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      There will be more about the move. – which was not inspired by hurricane season, by the way 🙂 . Unfortunately, either during preparation or after every storm people are injured by the same mistakes.

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  • 17. Tony  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Those things are scary stuff, we don’t get them this far south but northern Australia gets the occasional cyclone. I’ve never figured out the difference between a hurricane & a cyclone

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    • 18. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

      My understanding (based on a quick google search) is that the only difference is where the storm is formed. They are called cyclones in the southwestern Pacific and Indian Ocean, typhoons in the northwestern Pacific (near Asia), and hurricanes in the Atlantic. Thanks for mentioning that. I just learned something!

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  • 19. Eric Richardville  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hey I had a question. how do you put the picture both on your blog page and in a post. I can’t seem to figure it out and it will not just let me copy and paste. Any thoughts. I want to show it off. Thanks again.

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    • 20. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      I’ll send you an email with the details

      Reply
  • 21. nat  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    This is why I ALWAYS wondered why would people want to live in Florida.

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    • 22. Era  |  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

      So when are you coming to visit?

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  • 23. Dennis the Vizsla  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Don’t forget how much fun it is to try to go windsurfing or parasailing during a hurricane, like that guy during Ike last year — always a good time for you adrenaline junkies out there!

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    • 24. Era  |  Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

      LOL! There’s always at least one out there. We’ll have to see if the footage of that guy being dragged around like a kite and getting slammed into the beach deters this seasons thrill seekers… Probably not.

      Reply

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