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    Default Lovely Rita, meter maid

    To all my Houston, East Texas and LA compatriots:

    Here's hoping you fared well in the storm. The Wilhouse's made it through with only minor damage. You'll never know fear until you are told there's a 175 mph monster coming right up your front door.

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    I'm near Victoria, on the middle coast a hundred miles south of you, and if you remember, three days ago when the storm was a Category 5 at 175 mph, everyone thought the storm was coming to this area down here. All the coastal counties here were under mandatory evacuation. My aunt called from Beaumont area early Thursday morning--she was worried about us down here--I told her "But you be careful up there too, because it looks like it coud take a more northerly direction t the Houston area." But who would have thought it would eventually make landfall near Beaumont right near her!! I hope she and her family are okay. You just never can tell what a hurricane will eventually do.

    I just dread all the excruciating work involved to get a house ready for a hurricane and evacuate. I didn't do much myself because I was at my job all day Wednesday, and by Thursday it changed course to the north of here. Because of the hurricane I got some unexpected days off from work, and that's nice because I really needed a vacation. It didn't even rain here, we just got a steady dry breeze. I'm so relieved I dodged a 175-mph bullet.
    If anything, I've learned to really repect Mother Nature lately. I've had way too many close calls with the weather in my life. I guess I should plan for things like this a little better, huh.

    I hope you didn't have to sit in traffic, wilhouse. I'm glad you only got minor damage.

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    by the time we were ready to evacuate, the roads were too clogged, and we were told to stay put. That turned out the best for us, so we just had to sit through winds all night long, a broken tree in the back yard, and part of a gutter that had been ripped off.

    Soonerfan, hopefully you're ok too.
    wilhouse

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    Glad to hear you're okay...there's been so much tragedy down there!

    Hope our other southern trovers are doing ok too!

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    Glad to hear everything is OK Wilhouse. I left Houston about 2 months ago. I left NYC about 3 months before 9/11. Very strange.

    I heard lots of stories from friends who spent 10-20 hours on the highways. Looks like staying put was the right thing to do in retrospect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrag
    Glad to hear everything is OK Wilhouse. I left Houston about 2 months ago. I left NYC about 3 months before 9/11. Very strange.
    Where are you now jrrag, just so we know what to expect in a couple months!

    This has already been a horrible year for destruction from hurricanes, and from what the weather people are saying, we're in for 30 years of it. :c(

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    I'm now in Charlotte, NC with a new job, new baby, new house, and precious little time to be chasing black rocks

    I hope this doesn't mean the New Madrid fault is going to act up...although that's pretty well west of here.

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    didn't hurricane hugo hit charlotte pretty bad?

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    September 29, 1989...  I remember it well... We went without power for thirteen days... (Little House on the Prairie theme song plays softly here...) I remember the sound of chainsaws - it was the only sound anybody could hear since we didn't have power (and TV/radios, etc.) for so long - just chainsaws all day long. The houses that weren't totally smushed by the trees, (and we have a TON of trees here) had leaves stuck all over, so that they looked polka dotted. The Hornets were coming to play in Charlotte and they couldn't get anybody to their exhibition games at first... and nobody could believe that a hurricane hit so far inland.

    And the thing of it is, now we know how lucky we really were!

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    Well, you know, flooding is the number one cause of property damage and the vast vast vast majority of home owner's insurance doesn't cover it at all!

    I've done the no power for more than 2 weeks thing too.... but luckily it was just a major snow storm so the trees were trashed and a lot of people's roofs needed repair (lots of tin parking structures flattened, etc.... but not the kind of "lose all the photos" kind of losses.

    We were one of the only families in our neighborhood not to move into a hotel because we had 2 dogs... the families with babies and young kids really couldn't stay so they got out once the streets were cleared (still took a week or more)... We used propane space heaters (can anyone say carbon monoxide poisoning?) and a propane grill to survive. Water still worked, thank god, but no electricity and thus no heat.

    After we got the rusted flu opened and the years of squirrel/bird nests out we finally got a fire going... so me and my folks were all living in the smallest room in the house with two dogs.

    When I become dictator, I'm going to just bury all the electrical lines... especially in places where there are lots of old trees and it snows. Every winter we get multiple outs during storms... it's just a given.

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