People here act like the world is ending when all we're getting is a little wind and very little rain. x.x
I'm semi-with you on the hurricanes thing. I'm over it ... I'm tired of people freaking out ... but at the same time ... my mom lives in Tampa and has been hit twice, almost a 3rd time and therefore I've gotta have her back. I understand it ... especially if you live over there where they can't keep power without a hurricane hitting for more than 2 days. She was out of power from Charley for a week, then from Frances for almost 2 weeks. So she's fucking over hurricane season. I'm over it.
And yeah, the Carolinas get hit hard every year, but the hurricanes are rarely of the same strength we end up seeing here. You never here about "devastation" in the carolinas ... perhaps it's because they are actually prepared ... you'd think FL would learn. Bastards.
I dunno ... just rambling. I'm done.
Tampa hasn't been hit twice. o_O; Charley didn't hit Tampa, and neither did Ivan. Tampa got the tropical-storm version of Frances, which was nothing like West Palm and cities stretching 50 miles north got. West Palm was relatively lucky compared to Jupiter and Stuart, but we still got gusts here of 80-90 mph.
I told my mom and friend living in Clearwater to stop bitching about "being over the hurricane season", because Tampa is always spared, it seems. ^^;
And yeah, you do think Florida would learn to be more prepared...
Ok ... perhaps Tampa hasn't been hit twice ... but my mother, step dad, brother, and sister were without power for a total of about 3 weeks due to those "tropical-storm versions" of Charley and Frances. I understand they weren't directly hit, but I also understand my mom not being able to work, schools being closed, and easily a few thousand worth of repairs on her home due to damages ... so ... call me crazy ... but to me ... that counts as getting hit. I don't know how bad your mom was hit ... but frankly I think my mom has the right to bitch all she wants.
From what I understand - via reports on the news etc - Jupiter south to West Palm only got gusts of "up to 70 mph" ... but coming from our meteorologists - that only holds so much authority. I was in Jupiter during the hurricane, standing outside for most of it ... and I was genuinely disappointed in the storm.
LOL you were disappointed with Frances?
Well, I was watching the Weather Channel during Frances, and when the eye started coming ashore, it said we got 80-90 mph gusts. *shrugs* Either way, still fucking windy to knock the breath out of you.
Frances was a tropical storm when it got to Tampa... ^^; A strong one, but technically not a hurricane. (Sorry, I live for technicalities >_>;;;;)
I don't know about you, but considering Progress Energy runs electric out in Western Florida, I know they're not so quick to restore power. FPL seemed better, I was only without power for 2 days. (They forecast a week without power here, originally.) How much damage your family sustained isn't entirely due to a storm's strength, but also strength of tree roots, strength of power poles/lines, and strength of houses themselves.
And Charley did not hit Tampa. At all. I was there that weekend, and we got no rain or wind whatsoever. I'm not trying to appear like a bitch, god knows how easily I do appear like that without meaning to, but they didn't. It hit Ft Myers/Punta Gorda upwards through Orlando et al.
Oi.. I stress out too easily.
Actually they don't... Florida gets 36% of hurricanes, North Carolina gets about 20% (or less) and South Carolina only gets 9%. I saw it on the news a couple weeks ago.
I think the reason people are complaining so much, besides the fact that lots of people are repeatedly having their houses beaten to death by wind and flying tree parts, is because, particularly inland Florida, we don't see this many hurricanes, and not in succession. This is the first time I have ever had serious hurricane force winds hit my house and I have lived in the same area for 14 years. And then a second AND third one? As far as I remember hearing on the news, something like this hasn't happened in at least a century. It's not unusual for people to be exasperated; some people don't even have a roof anymore--which most can't even get fixed, because there are millions of other people without roofs.
I actually just feel really sorry for the people who have had their property seriously damaged by the hurricane. I mean, I am sure there are people who have lost their homes just due to flooding. I think that's really sad. I understand why they're upset.
I've lived in Florida my entire life, and have seen more hurricanes skirt up the Eastern Seaboard to the Carolinas (or even go towards Louisiana and surrounding states) than i've seen hit Florida. And when Florida gets hit, it's always the Panhandle or Southern Florida, never Tampa/West Florida (where I'm a native of, specifically).
It actually hasn't been a hundred years since Florida's seen something like this. It's definitely been more than 40-50 years, but not an entire century. Something to do with cyclical ocean patterns, not relating to anything El Nino.
At least building codes will get stricter due to this. It's about the only silver lining after the succession of three major hurricanes.