storm: My Experience With Hurricane Ike III - The Recovery Begins - 10/12/08 05:25 PM
Sunday September 14, 2008 - 8:45am
Woke up (WIDE AWAKE) around 6:30 and jumped out of bed ready to work!  Too bad...thunderstorms rolling in (more feeder bands from Ike) and I've only got minutes before the bottom drops out of those clouds!
Went next door to assess the damage.  Tree did bust through the roof in 2 places that I can see.  I'm going to need:  Sheetrock & paint all ceiling & ½ the walls in the living room, Couple of joists & beams in the attic, couple of squares of decking and shingles, carpet in 3 rooms and baseboards in … (2 comments)

storm: My Experience With Hurricane Ike II - The Day After The Storm - 10/07/08 04:14 PM
Saturday September 13, 2008 - 8:40

What a night!  This tree (far left, almost out of picture) split down the middle & fell toward my house, knocking down a second tree (both were neighbor's trees!).  They both fell onto a tree that leans naturally over my house.  Luckily (not so luckily, as I later found out from my insurance adjuster), the tree didn't fall onto or, more importantly, into my house!
THAT was the loud crash I heard but refused to go check on just over 3 hours ago!  I thought it went through my roof & … (2 comments)

storm: My Experiences With Hurricane Ike - 10/05/08 02:58 PM
Wednesday September 10, 2008 - around noon
It's become obvious that in the next 2-4 days we'll either:
Get a category 3+ direct hit
-  OR  -
Get a category 3+ near miss
Either must be treated exactly the same, as a near miss could actually be worse than a direct hit.  It's really just a big (200 miles wide, in Ike's case) tornado.  The only questions being how high will the winds & surge get?
Whichever the case (hit or miss), you have one important decision right off the bat...stay or go?  My general rule of thumb is leave for … (6 comments)


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