posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 12:09 PM
reply to post by Starwise
I understand what you are saying completely, but understand this... being emotional in times of high stress can get you killed. Now is the time for
people to use common sense. Use your head. Remain calm. Making decisions or acting out of emotion is how people get hurt in these situations.
I understand completely what it is like to be without power for weeks. I was living in North Carolina in early 2000 when a huge ice storm came
through. We were without power for weeks. People literally burned up in their homes because they built fires in the middle of their living rooms
trying to keep warm. Believe me... I get it.
I am not trying to be a Mr. Know it all and if that is how you choose to take my words, so be it. I can't help that and I can't control that.
And yes, Floyd was devastating, but comparing a Cat 4 Hurricane to a Cat 1 Hurricane is like comparing Irene to Katrina. This storm is a Cat 1 which
means 75 mph to 90 mph winds.. storms like Katrina and Floyd were much much stronger which means increased wind speeds well over 100 mph. If my memory
is correct, Floyd was a Cat 4 which came onshore with 135 mph wind speeds gusting to over 150 mph.
and a quick update for those who care: Do not be shocked if this storm does get upgraded to a Cat 2. It will be a close call. It's current wind
speeds are at 90 mph with wind gust of 115 mph. 96 mph is considered a Cat 2. That being said, the eyes appears to be right off the coast of Delaware
and once it makes landfall it will begin to weaken some and will not strengthen. So there is a chance to see the storm upgraded to a Cat 2. It should
drop to Tropical Storm strength within the next 20 hours, so sometime over night between 8pm Monday evening and 8am Tuesday morning.
My advise: Catch a nap now cause your in for a long night.
Some things to know is relation to where you live: The "right" side of the storm is typically where you find the strongest wind speeds. This storm
is moving West at this time, so if you are North of the eye, expect the strongest winds. Once it turns on Tuesday, if you are East of the eye, you can
expect the strongest wind speeds. If you have a lot of trees in your area or by your home, I highly suggest sleeping in the lowest part of your home.
In the event a tree does fall, you have the upper floors to slow the tree and even stop the tree. If you have not boarded up your windows, duct tape
is your friend. Use the duct tape and make a big X on your _ It is a pain to clean up afterwards, but it can keep your window together should it