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I've been watching Hurricane Beryl

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by fasbman, Jul 5, 2024.

  1. fasbman

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    Although I generally like living in Texas, perhaps the biggest downside has been Hurricane season. Right now, the current threat is Hurricane Beryl. For those of you who have not been paying much attention, Beryl was a category 5 storm just a few days ago. However, due to wind shear and being over the Yucatan Península, it is now a Category 1 storm (which still can do a lot of damage). Unfortunately, some strengthening is expected once it emerges into the Gulf of Mexico.

    One of the worst aspects of a tropical system is the waiting, Sometimes the forecasts are spot on, and sometimes they are wildly divergent. This is one of those times. Right now, the cone of uncertainty ranges from south of the Texas Mexico border to western Louisiana. Also, the intensity could be from a tropical storm to a Cat 2 (and worse can't be ruled out). So, at this point, all you and do is hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

    So, now is the time to prepare. I have filled up my car tank and parked it in some higher ground. I'm doing a load of laundry.today. I have a case of water, and I'm filling up some 2-litter empty soft drink containers with water. If I remain in the cone tomorrow, I will fill up my guest bathroom tub with water for flushing purposes if necessary. I have enough prescriptions and non-perishable food to last for at least 10-14 days. I'm making sure that my spare cell phone battery charger is at full power. Fortunately, I'm far enough away from the Gulf that I don't have to worry about storm surge. However, flooding rains is another story.

    Now, I hope that my preparations will be unnecessary. However, while you have no influence on where a storm will go, you can influence on how well you are prepared to meet it. If you are also potentially in harm's way, I strongly encourage you to make your preparations while you can.

    I hope that everyone emerges from this storm safely.
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    Great to be prepared- best of luck!!!
     
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  3. fasbman

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    Thanks!
     
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    Well, it looks like the storm will hit sometime on Monday. Right now, it appears to be on a path for a very close hit, as a Category 1. Unless something substantially changes in the next 24 hours, I doubt I will evacuate. After another 24 -36 hours, the weather conditions will probably make evacuation a little dicey. We almost certainly will get a lot of rain, so I may move my car to even higher ground. In the meantime, I have made all the preps that I can (i found my battery-operated radio and flashlights with spare batteries). If you haven't been through a hurricane, even a low end one, it is a somewhat unnerving experience.

    Since I expect to lose electricity during the storm (winds at 60 mph or higher tend to bring down power lines). If I do lose power, I probably won't post during the storm to conserve phone power. However, I will give everyone an update once I can.

    Again, I hope that everyone emerges from the storm safely!
     
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    Stay safe
     
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    Id rather a cat 2 hurricane over a tropical storm, the TS usually moves slower and just dumps rain. fortunately, I live on an area called Metairie Ridge, it can rain for a year, we dont flood, now 4 blocks north of me, it floods lol

    always be prepared. I generally dont evacuate but when its a 4 or 5, ill take the animals to the building my mom works at, its solid and they have a whole building generator, stay the night and right back home in the morning to clean up

    for us, we have a heavy duty roof (done by us). plenty food/drinks including a deep freezer full of deer and hog, food for months. I keep plenty batteries on hand for certain items and a few phone chargers that will fully charge my phone from 0% to 100% 4 times each charger, whole house tri-fuel generator running off natural gas so we dont have to buy gasoline and two smaller backup generators just in case, milwaukee battery chainsaw just incase, also one of those antennas for the TV if the cable goes out and you want to see news updates. a bicycle and some smaller transportation if roads are blocked near the house, beats walking lol

    before the storm, we pick up whatever is in the yard and then kick back and wait
     
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    Something that has been clutch for me in the past, is I have a chest freezer and fill it with cases of bottled water. When the power goes out, it becomes a cooler. When I returned from my Bahamas trip to half a house and no power, my chest freezer in the garage was between 30 and 40F inside about 36 hours after power went out, totally food safe for all the meat in there. I got my generator going once I arrived home, and I didnt have to chuck anything in the garbage. I also throw 2 liter bottles and 32oz Hatorade bottles full of water in my kitchen freezer, which doesnt necessarily keep food safe, but keeps drinks in the fridge cold quite well!

    ETA: I also buy cases of US military MREs about once every 3 to 5 years, generally keeping 3 full cases on hand. They surplus a lot of them at 1.5 years prior to first inspection date, and you can buy on eBay or whatever. They're supposed to be good for at least another 5 years after 1st inspection date if stored properly. I had to eat some in May for a few days, so it was great to have them on hand, and the flameless ration heaters are great. The civilian ones really suck by comparison, generally getting most of their protein content from beans and peanut butter. Military versions are meant to be a morale boost for troops, so they are generally significantly better, but just expensive and hard to find since the manufacturers cant legally sell new ones to anyone but the federal govt.
     
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    It sounds like you are well prepared. I evacuated for Hurricane Harvey voluntarily (later they called for mandatory evacuations). So far that is the only one I have had to leave. It sounds like you live near where I did when I was in working in New Orleans in the 90's. I had a place in the Creeks of River Ridge apartments. I remember one night we had almost 20 inches of rain (It wasn't even a tropical system). There was a lot of flooding in the area, but we were OK. Sometimes, just being a few feet above others, can make all the difference.
     
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    yea I live close by there, if you know where East Jefferson High School is near clearview and airline, im in that area. and that flood, if I had to guess, it was May 8th, 1995. even then we didnt flood in my neighborhood but we walked down to the canal and the water was several inches over, you couldnt see where the street was. for those that dont know, we are below sea level, the drainage is dug out in canals between the streets and they pump the water out that way

    only storm I evacuated for was Katrina and thats the only one that caused any damage, why we have a newer roof lol. I just think about how it took us 9 hours to get to Baton Rouge simply because people dont know how to drive, thats an hour ride. I dont want to do that ever again
     
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    I think that I roughly remember that area. May 1995 sounds about right. I was definitely living there then. So many people had carpets and their belongings out by the curb for weeks waiting pickup.

    Right now, I plan to be in NO in December. If you are at the casino at that time, it would be good to meet you.
     
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    yea, even with hurricanes, we never experienced rain like that day. and yea just remind me when it gets close, ill definitely be there somewhere. all construction will be finished by then
     
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    just seeing the latest, looks like you're getting the rain side of the storm, has my area getting around 7 straight days of rain if the forecast stays the same
     
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    Well, it looks like I will be Riding the Storm out (Cue REO Speed Wagon song). Right now, the storm winds are 60 mph, and forecasted to get up to 85 mph. Then throw in 5-8 inched of rain on top of that. It is supposed to be a direct or almost direct hit. Not fun, and I'm almost sure that I'll lose power. It should be here inn 24-36 hours. However, it could be worse.

    Again, here is hoping that everyone remains safe!
     
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    Well, I just moved my car to the highest ground available and I turned my freezer to the maximum setting, which may buy me a few more hours before food goes bad. That is all that I can think of. The outer feeder bands are expected within the next few hours. So as of now, I am officially sheltering in place until the storm passes. Good Luck everyone!
     
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    Stay safe. I live in the Texas Hill Country and we have been parched so we are looking forward to some rain. We got about 2 inches yesterday. When Harvey hit several years ago many flocked to Hill Country towns and some had to drive all the way to San Angelo to find a room. Our HEB was on rationing. You couldn’t find bottled water or tortillas — Texas & tortillas. Also we ran out of gas because people were panic buying.

    On our local rants & raves Facebook page there was a post about HEB limiting briskets to 2 because of Hurricane supplies. Funny because I doubt that anyone riding out a hurricane is going to be smoking brisket
     
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    I was going to “Like” some of the posts but thought it in poor taste. Take care folks.
     
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    First Band of rain is hitting inner Houston where I live now. Power is still on for now. Power banks charged up, weeks worth of non-perishable supplies and beer on hand and portable stove at the ready, here we go.
     
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    Take care & stay safe, all.
     
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    Stay safe everyone! Growing up in Pensacola, Florida, we definitely had our share of hurricanes. The waiting game sucks but it's always better to be prepared. I live in Virginia Beach now and still take those same precautions my dad taught me, if one is coming this way.
     
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    Just reading this thread gives me PTSD. I too evacuated NOLA for BR during Katrina. I ended up taking Airline to River Road out at 5am and made it there in 3 hours. It would be another month before I was able to get back, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

    Stay safe all.
     
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