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WISHING ALL THOSE OUT IN THE PATH OF THE STORM


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A safe an uneventful weekend. My sinuses have been awful the past 3 days due to the low pressure in that storm and it is really far away from us - Barometer MJ strikes again - please don't go out and do anything foolish - they say the grounds are so saturated up there trees can fall at any time in the best of times.

Take care of yourselves!

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This damn storm is headed straight for Long Island and it's bigger than Katrina ! :yikes:

I rent the top floor of a house where the roof needed to be replaced 5 years ago (which the landlord never fixed) and the house is surrounded by trees. In plain language...I'm screwed ! I've been listening to the news all day and my area has just been added to the evauation zone and the evacuation will most likely be mandatory as the day goes on. The nearest shelter is about 12 miles away at a community college so I guess I'll be packing a bag and heading there sometime tomorrow morning while the roads are still passable. I hate to leave all my "stuff". My entire life is in this place. My cat is staying at the vets (she's sick and has been there since last Friday), so I think it would be best to leave her in good hands. I just hope and pray I have a place to come home to when this is all over. I'm really petrified !

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This damn storm is headed straight for Long Island and it's bigger than Katrina ! :yikes:

I rent the top floor of a house where the roof needed to be replaced 5 years ago (which the landlord never fixed) and the house is surrounded by trees. In plain language...I'm screwed ! I've been listening to the news all day and my area has just been added to the evauation zone and the evacuation will most likely be mandatory as the day goes on. The nearest shelter is about 12 miles away at a community college so I guess I'll be packing a bag and heading there sometime tomorrow morning while the roads are still passable. I hate to leave all my "stuff". My entire life is in this place. My cat is staying at the vets (she's sick and has been there since last Friday), so I think it would be best to leave her in good hands. I just hope and pray I have a place to come home to when this is all over. I'm really petrified !

There's always a place for you in TUNESVILLE. Let me know

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Guest Rachan

I have arrived & at my evacuation destination & it is conveniently located in the bowels of hell.

I am in one small room with 2 "bored" 13 year old girls & 2 large dogs who get "gassy" when they are nervous. One of my dogs is on antibiotics that he is having a reaction to , so he is scratching nonstop.

My husband has the patience of a gnat...

I wisely stopped at the "package" store yesterday so that I will be able to "fortify" myself during the storm. A man in the hallway (who has a chilling resemblance to Charles Manson..) saw me carrying my wine in, winked at me & asked me if I "like to share"

I will be propping a chair against my door tonight.

This storm can not pass quick enough for me.

They are at least predicting the winds will be 75 mph here as opposed to the 105 mph the were predicting yesterday.....

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I am praying it will head w a y east !

I do have a few more tips

Keep your keys in your pocket you don't want to look for them during the storm

Keep your shoes on for the same reason.

Find your insurance papers and other important papers and put them in a waterproof container or ziplock.

Make ice now and fill your freezer with the ice

Get cash in small bills ATM will not work

Gas up, get medications

Don't forget to plan for your pets

I'm sure you know these things but we all can use reminders

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My very dear friend's house came down around them in hurricane Andrew. The kids couldn't find their shoes in the ruble and they never found the car keys.

A police officer drove them to shelter and they contacted us the next day. We squeezed them into our home for a month until they could find an apartment.

We learned a few things.

Don't forget to have your mortgage information and all those numbers and all important phone numbers in case your mobile phone fails

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Thanks for all the tips, Beth !!

I have a few more of my own:

- If you are going to stay at home during the hurricane, lower the temperature in the refigerator this way if you lose power, the food will stay longer.

- Place candles, flashlights or flameless candles in front of mirrors. The light will be reflected and you'll get more light.

- Cook the day before and freeze. If the power shuts off, at least you have a cooked meal that all you need to do is leave out to defrost. It beats the hell out of eating a can of beans !

Tracy...you just reminded me...I need to get some wine! I'll do that tomorrow. I'm going to need it ! Wine makes me happy. I need to be happy !

As of this morning, only three shelters were set up but an additional 17 have just been added. They are going to evacuate 300,000 people from where I am in Nassau County.

All my laundry is done and my food is prepared !! All I need to do is tape the windows and pack a bag. I really don't want to evacuate. If I decide to stay and wait it out, at least I'll have nice clean clothes on so I'll look presentable when they find me under the rubble!

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Great tips !

Take pictures of your house contents to prove what you had if the worse happens.

If you have a cooler put drinks in there so you won't have to open your fridge and let the cold out.

Don't bother taping the windows it doesn't help.It just makes a mess to clean up. If you can't board up the windows find a place away from the windows.

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It might sound disturbing, but unless you're using "Tidy Bowl", your toilet resevoir has an extra couple of gallons od drinking water should you lose your water supply... so long as you don't flush it away...

Fill your bathtub, if you have one, and for cleaning and to use to keep the toilet sanitary... and also any old detergent or bleach bottles can store water, bleach water can be ingested, the soap bottles I'd use for washing up...

If you're going to be without power for a prolonged period, and you may not know that initially; you don't want to burn more candles or lights than essential... to prolong their time of use...

It's also a bit late now, but I'd make sure there were an extra months worth of prescription drugs on hand...

Be safe everyone... please...

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Great advice everyone. Here's hoping everyone weathers this easily and that dear old Irene veers out to sea without doing much harm.

I am reminded of the time when I was just a couple of years old and my Mom, Dad, sister and I were at my Aunt Hilda's during one of the hurricanes. I can still remember the "terrific winds and rain" outside, as Aunt Hilda described it, and the darkness and the hurricane lamps...but somehow the atmosphere felt safe. The adults clowned around and laughed, probably to keep my sister and me calm. All four "adults" are gone now. I wish I had them here with me.

Be safe, everyone, and if they say to evacuate, GO!

:)--Love, Dar

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Diane - you go to the shelter if they tell you to go. It's better to have a false alarm then be scared out of your wits in a house alone during a hurricane. Way back when in 1985 when Elena churned 150 miles off of Bradenton for like 2 days it was horrible - it was Labor Day Weekend, my brother was here visiting, my mom and dad were here - my Aunt and Uncle had to evacuate to our house because we were on high enough ground. The sound of the wind was frightening alone - then the Emergency Broadcast System on the radio went on and they said "this is NOT a test"... there is a tornado down in St. Pete... luckily there was not a lot of wind damage or water, and thank god we didn't lose power for any length of time and that storm never even came onshore..... the next day we had a thunderstorm that was even more scary - I think I have a photo on it in my facebook photos.

P.S. I just found out that one of my old high school friends is out on Long Beach Island after they evacuated and he intends to ride the storm out alone.... I think he's a numbskull - even at a category 1 this thing is still HUGE and dangerous. Just be safe people!~!

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I am one of the crazies still driving around. I left my home 1pm today to drive LADY TUNES home and I am working my way back home slowly. I just stopped by my office to get on the computer. Should be leaving soon. It's raining no worse than ever right now. We'll see what Mother Nature has planned for us. My best to all me fellow East Coast posters.

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