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

Reblogger Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

Our very positive thoughts are with everyone in these areas...hoping that predictions are not anywhere close to the reality of what this storm brings.

Original content by Debe Maxwell, CRS 228209

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

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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Of course we are prepared.

Yes, 'n' how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind...
Sep 11, 2018 03:12 PM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David my oldest son and only grandchild are in Boiling Springs, SC which is just outside of Spartanburg.  So we are keeping a close eye on this storm.

Sep 11, 2018 03:13 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.


I have seen where people have decided to staying their homes and riding it out

Stupid in my book

Sep 11, 2018 03:35 PM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I hope all are heeding the warnings of this Cat 4 hurricane....Sally!

Sep 11, 2018 04:06 PM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My heart goes out to all anxiously awaiting the possible visit of Florence. It must be terrifying.

Sep 11, 2018 04:27 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Having gone through Sandy, I know what can happen. They are in our thoughts!

Sep 11, 2018 04:30 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Sally K. & David L. Hanson,

Thank you for re-blogging this post..I missed it today and just now checking in. Off to read and comment on Debe Maxwell, CRS's post.

Sep 11, 2018 05:51 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you, Sally! Being prepared for a storm like this is something that everyone needs to do. I hope this list helps more people do just that.

Thanks again - you know we'll keep you posted!

Sep 11, 2018 06:21 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thank you for this re-blog Sally and David. I think all our thoughts and prayers should be focused right now....

Sep 11, 2018 10:12 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

I know Mother Nature in her fury is something you just don't mess with.  Frankly, my wife and I would already be gone, west bound and down

Sep 12, 2018 02:32 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, thanks for the reblog, I missed the original.  Sure have to pray for those in the path of this hurricane.  It looks bad.

Sep 12, 2018 05:44 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, for sharing this timely reblog selection.

Sep 12, 2018 10:43 AM #12
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The "worst storm in our lifetimes" is petering out and by Saturday looks like a rain storm.  That isn't to say there won't be water on the coast, but right now it looks like it's diminishing by the hour.  Of course things change.  But in Virginia we are no longer worried.

However, I am still prepared!  And will remain so.

Sep 12, 2018 11:39 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am so woriied about so many of our friends here in the rain that could be in the path  of this storm.


Sep 12, 2018 04:31 PM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

weather is a unpredictable bitch sometimes.  I've met a few storms up close and personal like.  I'm praying Florence will just take a hike out to sea.

Sep 12, 2018 10:33 PM #15
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