Is Florence Going to Show Her Face in Charlotte? Another Hugo Perhaps?

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Hurricane Preparedness. Is Florence Going to Show Her Face in Charlotte? Another Hugo Perhaps?


September 22, 1989
- Hurricane Hugo, the storm by which all other storms are measured here in Charlotte, absolutely rocked our world. Being 150 miles inland, we never thought it possible to be faced with the level of destruction we experienced, nor the cost of over $9-Billion for clean-up and repair/replacement.

Hurricane Preparedness

 

During the disaster, Charlotte reported sustained winds of 69 mph and gusts up to 99 mph, causing tremendous destruction to a region that virtually never sees such impacts from a tropical system, especially a hurricane. Some were without power for more than 3 weeks so, being prepared is key for us all this week.

Forecasters say that Florence is vastly different than Hugo - both in the pace in which the storm will pass over and the speed of the winds. However, we do have to worry about the massive amount of rain expected - not only with regards to flooding but, falling trees. The trees that are the most vulnerable are the century-old trees that have massive above-ground weight.

Here are a few things to do today and to prepare for this upcoming storm.

Things to do TODAY:

Make a list TODAY1. Take inventory photos of your home - inside and out - each room, front and back of the house.

2. Review your insurance policies.

3. Park cars in the garage, if possible. If the power goes out, you can open your garage door manually.

4. Stock up on 1 gallon of water per person to use/drink each day.

5. Stock up on propane or charcoal for the grill.

6. Check your candle, lantern, torch and flashlight inventory. Do you have enough batteries for those flashlights?

7. Clear porches, backyard and carports of any projectiles - this would include any signs in your yard (such as for sale signs).

8. How is your weather stripping? Are your doors & windows adequately sealed?

9. Check for any loose shingles on your roof. If you are unable to access your roof with a pair of binoculars, have the professionals check it out.

10. Be sure to have plenty of the following on-hand:

  • Pet food
  • Non-perishable items for food such as high-protein bars
  • Any special medical equipment/supplies
  • Fill the bath tub with water; place pitchers or jugs of water in the freezer NOW.


11. Pack your valuables in a plastic container that has a lid to avoid any water damage. Most irreplaceable items are things that people forget to pack - pictures/photos, wedding albums, etc.

12. Assemble a first aid kit if you don't already have one.

13. Have a can opener handy.

14. Do you have a battery powered radio? A solar-power phone charger?

During our meeting this morning, everyone shared their ‘best tip’ for hurricane preparedness:

 

Debe: Be sure you have your chain saws readily available and filled with gas. We had 80,000 downed trees during Hugo and all we heard for weeks was the buzz of chain saws. Having one handy to use in order to get out of your driveway or to help others get out of their homes can be life-saving.

Will Florence Hit Charlotte?Scott: Everyone prepare for yourselves and your children but, don’t forget about your pets. That would include their medicines, food, leash, water and make sure the pet carrier is readily available should you need to leave your home. Keep bleach on hand - 4 drops of bleach per liter of water, let sit for ½ hour before drinking.

 

Elizabeth: Have old-school board games available for time without electricity. And, from the ‘lake girl,’ she recommends getting your boat out of the water and filling the tank with gas to add weight in the event we suffer the high winds that are being predicted.

 

Ray: Make certain your generator is properly grounded and filled with gas. DO NOT BRING GENERATORS OR YOUR PROPANE TANKS INDOORS and do not overload the power cords to run your appliances - this can cause a fire.

 

Christina: ALWAYS have your shoes on and have a Rubbermaid container packed and ready to go, if you need to evacuate. Pack your valuables in Rubbermaid containers and put in car. Put anything of value in the dishwasher & washing machine.

 

Stay safe and remember, preparedness is key in the face of any storm!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Is Florence Going to Show Her Face in Charlotte? Another Hugo Perhaps?

originally posted at https://www.icharlotterealestate.com/hurricane-preparedness-is-florence-going-to-show-her-face-in-charlotte-another-hugo-perhaps/

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Hi Amanda S. Davidson! I heard through clients who are getting ready to list their home, that their family in Charleston are being evacuated. They're right on the coast so, perhaps the entire city hasn't been evacuated yet. Keep an eye on them, for sure!

And, yes, I love the goodwill here - WOW! People are so helpful and I'm passing each and every tip on to my clients!  

Sep 12, 2018 07:12 AM #42
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No harm, no foul in being prepared, right, Gabe Sanders?! I will be ready...at least to the best of my ability. We'll see what Mother Nature delivers! 

Sep 12, 2018 07:13 AM #43
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I've lived in NC for 5 decades, Brian England and this is only the second time I've been faced with this. I'm hopeful that ole Flo will go easy on us! REALLY, I'm hoping that she just peters-out at sea!!

Sep 12, 2018 07:14 AM #44
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Stay safe, Debe.  I'm praying for all those in danger!  Please keep us informed.

Sep 12, 2018 01:49 PM #45
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Good to see you're more than prepared, Debe Maxwell, CRS. Thanks for sharing. I can't imagine being in the path of a hurricane but it looks like you're a pro! Keep your ActiveRain friends updated! 

Sep 12, 2018 02:16 PM #46
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This is timely advice to share with area residents. 

The impact of hurricane Florence will change many lives.

Sep 12, 2018 03:11 PM #47
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Thank you, Carol Williams! We are too - especially for all on the coast of NC, SC & VA. 

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Thank you, Shawn Kriewaldt! I THINK after today, I'm 100% physically ready - not sure about mentally though! I'm still hoping that over the next couple of days, ole Flo takes a dive at sea, never to be seen again!

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Yes, I totally agree, Roy Kelley! I'm hopeful that she peters out at sea but, only time will tell!

Sep 12, 2018 03:30 PM #50
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Katrina was our Hugo. Actually, Camille was the worst the MS Gulf Coast had seen until Katrina came along. The major of Biloxi said at the time that Katrina was our Tsunami. It was devastating. It even affected Jackson, MS and where I am now located in Brandon, roughly 150 miles inland (just like Charlotte). I'm praying for everyone in the area and hope the damage will not be as devastating as expected. Your advice to everyone is sound. Be prepared!

Sep 12, 2018 08:13 PM #51
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I moved to Gulfport in 1970 (as a teen - my dad was in the Air Force), right after Camille and rebuilding went on the entire time I lived there, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

And, having gone through Hugo here and thought nothing of the news that it was coming, I'm on high alert now for Florence. I AM prepared and hope and pray that Mother Nature goes easy on us...especially the coastal cities. I'm more worried about those guys!  

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My sister is in Charleston. She and her husband are first responders and can't leave. Hopefully they will be safe. It's frightening for those whose jobs require them to stay put.

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Debe, Hope you guys will be spared from the wrath of Florence, be safe and keep us posted, on a side note Diane has cousins in Myrtle Beach...Endre

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Yup, I didn't expect IRMA to be blowing down my trees last year, but she did.

This is a great list of ways and things to be prepared for.  The only thing I would add.... is not only to have food for pets but water as well.  And it's a great idea to fill your bath tub before hand and then you can use that water to "flush" if you have no water.  I have carried water from the lake for that purpose.  It's a lot nicer when it's just across the room.

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Oh, I agree, that's terrible that they have to stay, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty. I am confident they are housing them at the safest possible venue though and that they will be well cared for as well. My prayers are with them, Pat.

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Now, they have been evacuated, I believe, Endre Barath, Jr. Last I heard, all coastal towns have mandatory evacuation. I hope they heed the advice of the authorities and leave. Some are staying put to ride out the storm and I'm not sure that's the smartest thing to do!

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Yes, my tub will be filled Friday night. I'm not too worried about losing water unless we have major flooding (we're on city water) but, I did recommend that because there are many who do not have city water.

I don't think we can ever plan too much for these events either, Tammy Lankford,. Like you & Irma, it's worse when we don't plan or expect it!

Sep 13, 2018 04:46 AM #58
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I did not see your new posts, Debe Maxwell, CRS 

How is everything? My heart with all N and S Carolina. 

Sep 15, 2018 05:35 PM #59
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I will be texting this morning to see how you are doing...wishing you dry thoughts !

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Hope everything goes ok!  Such scary weather this year!  Hoping the area does not get hit like Hugo did.  I went to college in SC in 1990-94 so I saw some of the aftermath of Hugo.

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