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First one where I was old enough to understand...And let me tell you, it's some scary sh**!!!!

Damages are these...My privacy fence is gone and the tree in the front yard shed a few large limbs, but no huge damage...

Just around my corner (literally) is a local park with giant oak trees, palm trees, and others...There is at least a few GIANT oak trees completely uprooted and laying in the middle of the road...There's also a palm tree in the road that was uprooted...

Go up the road a little more and there's a giant oak on top of what appears to be a Ford Escort or something like that...All I can see is the back wheel..The rest of the car is now made of wood...

These are just a few of the things that I saw within a half mile of my house...I can't imagine what else is out there...Daylight will definitely have a few stories to tell...

I work all day tomorrow, but maybe I can have someone take some pics...Stay tuned...
 

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man, that sucks. At least there wasn't too much damage to your stuff

BTW, just today at work, we were discussing people living in the areas subject to hurricanes and tornados... it seems like I'm seeing the same exact faces on TV ever year, when they stand there crying and saying that they lost their home AGAIN. :dunno It's like every time it happens, they're like: "Wow, we totally didn't expect it"

If you know that the area is subject to such things......... why don't you just move?

That was just a side thought
 

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living on the gulf coast my whole life, ive been through 3 hurricanes. you can never get used to 10 straight hours of brutal winds and rain. those of you that have never experienced a hurricane probably think we are wimps, but until youve been through one, you have no idea. i experienced hurricane alicia in 1983. the stop sign at the corner of my street was stuck in our tree in the front yard. i dont mean it was stuck up in the branches, i mean it was stuck IN the tree. the winds picked it up like a spear and wedged it into the tree bark. you can imagine what that would do to a human body. and that was only a force 3 hurricane. ol charley here was a 4 at one point. hurricanes are really awesome and really suck at the same time.

l8braker, im glad you made it through okay with minimal damage. you are lucky.
 

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Great to hear your doin ok L8...... welcome to the 'cain club bro. Dam straight there some scary shit.... Sitting on Kauai inside a school gymnasium with several thousand whimpering screaming flippin out beyoun the beyond was a bit much for this ol boy. I went outside in the middle of it to see WTF it was like and believe me it was wayyyyy worse outside than inside with the crying terrified people.
That was one of the worst storms ever recorded and lemme tell ya I believe the weather doods when they said the winds were over 220 mph..... that was the last reading they got when the speed dohicky was tore off the roof of the building! :eek:

Next morn me and my buddie Phillip Oveland went out exploring on our dirtbikes and it was a absolute sureal picture like from a atom bomb blast or something. Just getting around was like a ISDE 7 day enduro it was trees and shit blocking everything, houses on the shore just not there.... pieces of the reef was miles inland! I couldn't believe we survived.
Over 1 month with no power! Generators were at a premium, a 300 dollar honda 500watt generator was worth 2 grand.... It was like something out of hell. Finding food was a trip. The water was unfit to drink due to torn up roads and water mains mixing sewage and water in the caverns in the roads......
Dam glad ya survived my friend. :)
 

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KH...our time is coming again out here. We're overdue
 

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we got lucky in riverview, its so strange to see all the areas around torn up and not a single overturned bush here. was watchin the news this morning and it was a mess pretty much everywhere else, glad you're ok l8
 

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If you get a chance, post up some pics.

Glad you made it through with the minor stuff!!
 

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Hope you all are doing ok, hold on to your helmets and everything else ya got. I'm rooting for you all to make it through unscathed.
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Thanks to everyone with kind words...But to Flip75, I will answer your question...You ask how we can live where it's known to to be dangerous?...Well, the good of living here outweighs the bad by a millenium...And I never said feel sorry for me...

But now I ask you a question...........

Why in the world do you ride a motorcycle????????????...Hasn't anyone ever told you how DANGEROUS it is to ride a motorcycle????????

Anyhoo, here's a link with some good pics of damage...

http://sportbikes.net/forums/showthread.php?t=6464&page=2

Again, thanks to everyone with kind words...
 

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living on the gulf coast my whole life, ive been through 3 hurricanes. you can never get used to 10 straight hours of brutal winds and rain. those of you that have never experienced a hurricane probably think we are wimps, but until youve been through one, you have no idea.
We don't think you're wimps...but we do think you're crazy to live in a place with such dangerous weather! Glad you guys are alright!
 

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Glad you are ok, that Charlie was on track for us in Tampa, I was still out side picking up all the shit around the house and boarding up one of the windows to make a safe room just incase. When I got back in the house and checked out the news at around 2 they said it took a turn and is going to hit Charlotte area, after seeing the damage I will need to be more prepared next time.
 

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Here's a pic of that car I was talking about...And you guys thought I was embellishing :twofinger :lol
 

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How can we live here? Very simple. I was raise here. The hurricanes don't hit that often. When they do you know well in advance that they are coming towards the state. They rarely get to the strength that this one got to. The deaths from this storm came from people not taking precautions. Granted the storm was forcasted to go elsewhere, it was still going to be close to them. Why they didn't at least somewhat prepare for it is beyond me. I was prepared for this storm I had some :spam (woo hoo! i finally used that smiley) in my room ready to last me a couple days. Think about this though.... do you know when an earthqauke is going to come along like the one back in 94 (i think it was)? I believe places out in california were left DEVESTATED. People were without power for weeks there too. At least with the hurricane you have the option to close up shop and evacuate. People are going to live in different areas. In those different areas are going to be different hazards. Think about some of the other countries in the world who have suicide bombers in malls? We havn't gotten to that point yet. But we all think how could people live there? They just do. I don't know of anyone down here in Florida that wants the rest of the nation to feel sorry for us. I think though that as a nation we usually try and help out others in some kind of need. Remember when 9/11 happened? How many states sent there emergency teams to those sites? That is one of the good things about this nation. It pulls together and bounces back from disaster's.....both natural and man made.
 

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One of the many reasons I moved here, no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no streams close to me nor a lake so less chance of flooding.

It is hard enough living a normal life & the additions of such storms, floodings or you name it are something one wants to avoid it possible. In my case it meant a complete change in life & that is what I did.
 

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It wasn't to be bad here. I had a few pine trees down in my backyard (10 acre backyard) and a bunch of tree brances all over the place. We were without power for about 14 hours, but much of Deltona is still without power. Most shops are all shutdown and the gas pumps that have power are all out of gas. Grocery stores are pretty much the same way, unless you need some extra depends diapers don't bother :p
 

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We don't think you're wimps...but we do think you're crazy to live in a place with such dangerous weather! Glad you guys are alright!
haha. hurricanes are dangerous, but dont come around too often. id say the blistering heat and hellish humidity is the biggest drawback to gulf-coast weather. but, the winters are nice. i dont even own a jacket. :)
 
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