Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hurricanes

Okay, so we put up with the detours around flooding, rattling, flexing windows and bouncing chairs compliments of Irene.  Granted, we were in a poorly constructed tower with a rotten wood exterior, and the monster had been down-graded to Tropical Storm by the time it got to us in Maine,  but still.  Now we are watching Lee and next-in-line, Katia.

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?????



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