Hurricane Frances?

Aug 31st, 2004, 07:14 AM
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Hurricane Frances?

Okay all of you Floridians, are you doing any early prepardness for Hurricane Frances?

This one has me sick to my stomache already. I think the evacuations are going to be a nightmare.

We'll board up the house for this one and leave town.
Aug 31st, 2004, 07:30 AM
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Me too, GoT, I used to get excited, now I'm heartsick. Leaving town this weekend for a vacation in the Pacific Northwest - leaving behind my two daughters!!! Everytime we have a huge storm this seems to be the situation. My kids joke about it...this time we're not laughing. Since we're in Tampa Bay though, don't think we'll board up unless things change by Friday.

God Bless the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, also the Virgin Islands! We're praying for all of you!
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Aug 31st, 2004, 08:32 AM
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My brother lives in Delray Beach (btween FLL and MIA) and he and others are already buying supplies, especially things with which to board up windows.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 08:41 AM
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Here is an interesting link on the noaa site with a discussion about the projected path.

Hopefully the forecaster's belief that it will not hit S. Fla and barely brush NE Florida will hold true. I'm keeping my eye on this site.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 09:11 AM
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GoTravel, my DH and I had to go on a battery and water hunt at Target...he is soooooooooo worked up about this, I think he is flipping out ! The bad thing is we had some damage here in Cape Coral, and our new townhouse in FLL is almost finished. It is to BIZARRE to think we could have damage to BOTH houses!!!!! What a freaky thing IMO. This Frances looks even worse than Charley! I am petrified for everyone in the SE US. JUdy
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Aug 31st, 2004, 09:31 AM
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Live in Orlando, and this morning had track straight at us. Latest track has it going in at Jacksonville. Can you believe this, no hurricanes in 40 years and now 2 in 3 weeks. Jees, this is so depressing. Some people here just got power back on Sunday, and now this. Just pray it turns right and heads out to sea. Generators here are already selling out. Many people still have unrepaired roofs, other damage. There is enough debris being collected to fill the citrus bowl.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 09:54 AM
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Our downstairs (like most homes on the coast, our house is built on pilings) is storage and we've already started moving stuff out and into a storage facility inland in case of surge.

As it gets closer, I will pull certain things out of the house, family heirlooms, photos, negatives, jewelry, important papers, paintings and a couple other things to take with us.

36-24 hours before the storm hits, we'll board up the restaurants (down to a science at this point).

18-12 hours ahead of time we will board up the house, load up the cats, load up the car and head east.
Aug 31st, 2004, 09:58 AM
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GoTravel, I know this isn't the neighborly thing to say but I'm hoping Frances heads north of FL. I think there's a sort of non-developed area north of St. Mary's, maybe we can wish her there.

BTW, I hear tape on the windows is a waste of time. Also, be careful if you use spray foam insulation in your door jambs. I know someone who had to take out the entire door just to get it open. I personally spent Saturday scraping the stuff off my beach house door then re-painting the frame.

This busy hurricane season is the curse of all those quiet seasons past.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 10:01 AM
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GT..are you in Charleston?
Aug 31st, 2004, 10:10 AM
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icee, a little south of Charleston on the coast.

TandooriGirl, I think the purpose of the tape on the window thing is to try and keep the window from shattering if something strikes it.

The problem is when the sun comes out and turns the tape adhesive to glue and it never ever comes off your windows.

Maybe this big storm won't make landfall and just let the Gulf Stream take it to the northern Atlantic where it will dissapate.
Aug 31st, 2004, 10:20 AM
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In my opinion the tape is a thing of the past. The best thing to have is solar film on all your windows and sliding doors-- saving fading inside the house anyway. That prevents the window from shattering even more than the tape, so it serves double duty. I once spent days scraping baked on masking tape off store windows -- never again.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 10:29 AM
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I need advice about this window thing.

I am trying really hard not to panic.

Does everyone board up their windows or only those on coastlines or with a house standing out in the open where the wind will slam right into it?

Do I need to go to Home Depot and buy big plywood boards, (God knows how I would get them home) and nail them to my windows, the house is stucco, a nail will not go into it!

Or should we pack the pup and some jewelry and insurance papers and get the Hell outa town?

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Aug 31st, 2004, 10:35 AM
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I'm sorry Scarlett! I hope I haven't scared the wits out of you!

I only board up my windows when it is going to be a bad storm. This will be the first time since Floyd.

I board up my windows for insurance purposes something about 'taking all precautions possible' or some other such lingo involved in my flood insurance. Ditto on the restaurant windows.

My neighbors who live year around also board up. The rental homes around me do not board up.

I think only those of us on the coast board the windows.

Do you know how many feet your house is above sea level? If you are more than a couple of miles from the beach, I wouldn't worry.

My house is only 12 feet above sea level and the storm surge worries me with the erosion we had with Gaston.
Aug 31st, 2004, 10:39 AM
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Scarlett, Home Depot and Lowes sell these metal clips (forget what the name is) that will attach plywood to the inside of a concrete window frame. They hold the boards in place without holes and are easy to install and remove.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 10:41 AM
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Me again, found the name of the clips they are called Plylox hurricane window clips. Go to for more info.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 11:12 AM
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Hi, We are near the river, not the ocean.
We are in a neighborhood of old homes and big trees.
But I have a family room that has one wall of floor to ceiling windows and the other wall is sliders.

I have no idea how many feet we are above sea level.
I will borrow a truck and go to Home Depot. Thanks gmoney! I will get those clips.
Even if we are missed by this storm, I will feel much better knowing that if I have to , I can board up the house..or at least that room.
Needless to say-this is not making me fall deeper in love with Florida
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Aug 31st, 2004, 12:00 PM
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I found this information about window preparations helpful to read:
It's from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (noaa) web site.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Thank you hibiscus! My neighbor just told me that they have never covered their windows. He said he was more worried about all the tall trees, ( I have about 20)
Oh well, we will see how things go, perhaps we will all be lucky and it will stay out to sea.
Poor Bahamas!
I hope our Statia is OK, I think it has passed them by now.
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Aug 31st, 2004, 12:22 PM
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joan, you missed one, he is Jerrey too

We should all be on the lookout, it is difficult to take advice when it can all come from one person with some weird agenda.

We are under Tornado watches now..Have I mentioned lately how much I love Florida? LOL
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Aug 31st, 2004, 12:30 PM
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I can't stress this enough but please pay attention and have an emergency kit (batteries, flashlight, radio, canned food) if you are inland.

These storms do just as much damage inland as they do on the coast.

Just look at what Gaston did to Richmond.

Scarlett, I wouldn't worry about the plywood. I would bet the past several storms have already gotten rid of any weak branches.

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