It's time for some perspective, a long view, a reminder that Mother Nature doesn't necessarily have it in for you and I specifically. Here are some storm facts, fresh from the Mariner's Book of Days, by Peter H. Spectre.
* On average, five hurricanes, two in the major category, hit the United States every three years.
* The busiest hurricane season so far, was 1995, with 11 in the Atlantic Ocean and 7 making landfall in the US.
* During the 1900's, 158 hurricanes (64 major) hit the US.
* Typically, the month of the most hurricanes is September, with August a close second.
* 40% of all US hurricanes hit Florida.
* 83% of category 4 or 5 US hurricanes have hit either Florida or Texas.
* The deadliest US hurricane hit Galveston, Texas in 1900 with 140mph winds. 8000 lives were lost.
* The one that rang up the biggest dollar value was Andrew, a category 5 hurricane, which hit Florida in 1992, with 156mph wind. Estimated damage costs were more than $26 BILLION.
* The all-time most intense US hurricane struck the Florida Keys in 1935, with winds of over 190mph.
I experienced scary 60-70 mph wind gusts in tropical storm Irene. That was nice. When/if I hear of a TRUE HURRICANE coming my way, all you'll see of me is the dust off my heels as I rush madly for high, in-land ground, in a storm cellar!
What are you facing right now?
What did Irene do to you and yours last week?
Do you have emergency plans in place for when/if?????