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awaiting execution

Postby dillon » Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:30 pm

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That's what it feels like, anyway, and will for the next few days. The combination of certainty and uncertainty is what adds stress to the preparations. I've always said the scariest thing about Katrina, in Louisiana and Mississippi, was...was knowing that one day it not only could be us, but WOULD be us..

Last year, with Florence, despite being totally isolated by flooding, my home fared better than I did. I ended up with a shattered right wrist and pulled ligament in my left leg. When my wife retires, in a year, we will start relocating, and although we'll remain in a coastal city, we will be in a situation less vulnerable to the ravages of a storm. The bulk of my life will then be moved 3 1/2 hours inland...to my farm in the piedmont of SC, away from the worst effects. We have been here at the coast for 20 years, and raised our family in this home. It saddens me to leave, but you can't halt the inevitable. Maybe if we had had courageous leadership in the 1990s...when we might have effectively acted...or had any honest leaders ever since. Clearly, it's far, far worse today.

With the undeniable and rapidly advancing pace of climate change, this storm situation is only going to worsen. With the sea level now rising even faster than the models had predicted, our barrier islands will become too saturated to sustain structures, and any structures on them will be repeatedly destroyed. Portions of them will simple dissolve into the ocean, like a sand castle washed away by the tide. As the waters warm, the Gulf Stream expands and also slows, making us all the more vulnerable. It just ain't the place it used to be...

If you look at the image, let your eyes move due west of the first (in the path) "H" symbol on the map and about 20 miles inland. That's where I live.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby crfriend » Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:50 pm

dillon wrote:If you look at the image, let your eyes move due west of the first (in the path) "H" symbol on the map and about 20 miles inland. That's where I live.

Good luck, Dillon -- and if the call comes to evacuate, do so. You're in for a serious blow and soaking. Check the rain-potential map as well as the predicted eye-position. The real meat, if you're interested in meteorology, is in the "discussion" section which lays things out quite nicely.

Fred's a bit "down" the coast from you in South Carolina, and I know some folks in Florida who I hope will be OK. It has the potential to be a mess. We shall see what happens.

I'm not convinced that humans can really do anything about this; however, we would be committing a serious error by not doing anything -- even if the change is not the fault of humankind (recall that we are climbing out of the last ice age). Climate change is definitely real, and it's happening quickly enough that noticeable impacts have happened within living memory of lots of folks. Since we're the only species on the planet with the technology to potentially slow this down it behooves us to act -- and act wisely. However, even if we do, it still may not be enough; but we need to try.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby Fred in Skirts » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:57 pm

I am about 100 miles inland and I have supplies to last a week stored up.. Hopefully it will stay far enough off the coast that all we get is rain and very little wind. Since I live in a tin can (mobile home) I do not need the wind.
To all of the members who are on the track of the storm please be safe. If asked to leave your area do so, We are a shelter area for most of the coastal regions.

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Re: awaiting execution

Postby r.m.anderson » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:33 am

dillon wrote:
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If you look at the image, let your eyes move due west of the first (in the path) "H" symbol on the map and about 20 miles inland. That's where I live.


So somewhere near Willmington ?

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When it rains it pours - floods briefly and then the sandy based soil soaks it all up game on keeping the golf
carts off the yet drying fairways - but the lightening strikes holy cow - hit a power pole and torched a car
parked underneath what an explosion just a few feet from us hunkered down in a club house.

Take care - stay safe - give all respect to mother nature and don't play with a -1- iron in a storm !
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby denimini » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:05 am

Not a nice situation for you. I wish you luck.
I don't think that I could live in a place that was subject to that sort of weather. We just have slow disasters; heat and drought.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby dillon » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:34 am

Thanks for the well-wishes. The storm is, for the moment, a bit slower, but wider. If it would just come ahead and blow on through, we'd be fine. The thing about our current state of climate is that it slows hurricanes to a crawl, and that worsens the flooding. I have been through a Cat 2 storm or two before. Lots of tree damage always, but the severity of flooding depends on the path and speed of forward motion. We are inside the sustained 70 to 80 mph wind zone prediction, which means gusts in excess of 100 mph. Just keeping my fingers crossed and sharpening my chain saws.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby dillon » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:12 am

r.m.anderson wrote:
dillon wrote:
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If you look at the image, let your eyes move due west of the first (in the path) "H" symbol on the map and about 20 miles inland. That's where I live.

So somewhere near Willmington ?

I live about 40 miles north of Wilmington, but own some properties in Wilmington, mostly AirBNB apartments, but one we have not rented but held for our own use, and for family and friends. Wilmington is Americas best kept secret, as a cultural and entertainment hub. It's a less gaudy and safer version of Beale Street. My farm is 180 miles west, near Lancaster SC, south of Charlotte.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby K_Highlander » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:12 pm

Dillon, stay safe. My son is on his way back to Melbourne, FL after evacuating last Friday.
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Re: awaiting execution

Postby dillon » Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:31 am

K_Highlander wrote:Dillon, stay safe. My son is on his way back to Melbourne, FL after evacuating last Friday.
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LMAO!!! Ain't that the livin' truth! You managed to cheer me right up.
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