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(Huffington Post)   Anyone else wonder how hard it can really be to live through a hurricane? Based on the TV news, seems all you have to do is stand in the middle of the street like a fool   ( huffpost.com) divider line
    More: Florida, correspondent Mark Strassmann, New York Times, hard-hit downtown Miami, President Donald Trump, U.S. Coast Guard, Tropical cyclone, Kyung Lah, Storm surge  
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2017-09-11 02:55:26 AM  
Yeah. That's pretty much it.
 
2017-09-11 03:14:36 AM  
B-b-but ratings!
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2017-09-11 04:48:22 AM  
or you can be a cat, and your imbecile owner will risk his own life to spare you the inconvenience of moving somewhere unfamiliar.
 
2017-09-11 07:06:31 AM  
Hurricanes are pretty dang easy to survive.

Just live where the air hurts your face in winter.
 
2017-09-11 08:08:18 AM  
You can *live* through it, it just sucks.  Live in a 70s house around huge trees - With every gust of wind you think some 3' diameter tree is going to impale the house.  You can feel the ground shake while huge oak trees are ripped out of the ground and pine trees snapping in half sound like little bombs.

Ike was nothing.  I'm in an evacuation area but the way suburbia is designed, there are plenty of wind breaks and not many overly huge trees in the neighborhoods.

The big thing is the power loss after the storm.  If a front comes through and brings the temperature and humidity down, it's not much of a problem.  If it hits the 90s every day and is 85%+ humidity at night, it sucks.  You don't need to buy tons of water - just fill containers up with water, freeze bags of it, fill your tub with flush water in case the pump station goes down.  Fill your propane, charcoal, gas tank.  Have solar and gas lanterns.
 
2017-09-11 08:45:51 AM  
I got tired of media types standing in the rains of an approaching hurricane telling everyone to "run for your lives, this is a killer storm, only  a fool would stay" after about the first 1000 or so of those broadcasts.
 
2017-09-11 09:33:18 AM  
I've lived though a handful of hurricanes and tropical storms living in Charleston, SC for 10 years or so.  If you're staying it's not too bad as long as you take the correct attitude.  You are not "partying" through the storm, you are passing time and working.  Make a schedule and have backup plans for everything.  Do regular checks of what is happening in the outside world with specific goals in mind.  Check the TV/radio and see if there is damage at work or school.  If the storm is relatively calm, peek outside and see what the conditions look like.  Do you need to sandbag the garage?  Can you lash something back down that's started coming loose?  Is there damage you can start planning on fixing in the eye of the storm?  Is your neighbor OK?

DO NOT go outside if winds are disorientingly strong or there is any sign of debris being carried.

DO NOT get sloppy drunk.  You may need to be able to react quickly to problems and perform tasks in high wind with rain spraying you in the face.  If you're too drunk to tie a knot with a hose going in your face you're too drunk.

DO NOT try to make it a party or ignore the storm.  The raging environment around you will make you tense and ruin any fun you have.

DO enjoy the weather right after.  The day after a hurricane has blown through is the single greatest weather I've ever experienced.  Cool, clear, calm, and the bluest sky you'll ever see.
 
2017-09-11 09:54:01 AM  
I live in AZ so no hurricane here but ive lost 2 patio umbrellas to strong winds so i can relate, one just yesterday blew across the road behind my house almost hit a car and got stuck in a barbed wire fence.
 
2017-09-11 11:23:25 AM  
Despite decades of awareness and the ability to implement and adapt infrastructure (and development) to co-exist with hurricanes, the American approach still seems to be "if you can't beat it, ignore it and then ask the taxpayer for assistance." Congress will balk and endlessly debate a $100 billion infrastructure bill that could improve things and build resilience, but when a disaster hits they will rush through $100 billion in band-aids and recovery without blinking an eye... and then do it again a few weeks later.

I currently live in Hong Kong, which gets two or three typhoons a year. This place was built not in denial, but in expectation, of severe storms. Three weeks ago, I worked from home in my flat on the 59th floor during the most powerful storm to hit the area in 40+ years... and never lost power or internet service. Four days later, I flew out of HKG during -- not just before, not just after, but DURING -- the next typhoon. Of course with a storm as powerful as Irma all bets are off, but with most storms within a few days you can't tell anything happened. They don't fark around here.

We need to do two things. Where we need to build, build it to last. And only build where it doesn't erode the benefits of the natural surroundings. Our efforts to "conquer" nature only exacerbate the consequences of severe weather. Instead of draining swamps and estuaries and building ever-higher levees, we need to take advantage of and supplement natural infrastructure; the most functionally- and cost-effective storm mitigation system in existence.
 
2017-09-11 12:05:20 PM  
Al Roker Being Blown!
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2017-09-11 12:43:44 PM  
I have no problem with news people reporting from hazardous areas. It's newsy, and provided me with many opportunities to explore Florida in Google maps this weekend. Plus it's entertaining.
 
2017-09-11 01:09:49 PM  
There's also the issue that if a single tree falls over, there will be a line of reporters waiting for their turn to duely report in from in front of that tree.  Hurricanes are like elections and sports.  They are "news" with enough warning to get the cameras and reporters on location before it happens, and you better believe that every station will cover it.

Some people need the news read to them, and something to look at while they do.  Hopefully, this need will die out with the boomers.
 
2017-09-11 01:14:17 PM  
So if you want to survive a hurricane, run outside and start broadcasting!
 
2017-09-11 03:31:41 PM  
I won't be satisfied until one is catches an 80 mph coconut in the coconut, blindsided by a hurtling garbage can (preferably metal) or impaled by a tree.
 
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