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Reminising About Hurricanes

October 29, 2012


I have been trying to think of a cool and awesome blog today about Indie gaming, but instead I thought I would write about hurricanes.

My family and I lived for many years in the Caribbean and I have also resided on the coast of North Carolina for a summer. Hence, collectively we have seen a lot of tropical storms and hurricanes. I suppose the concept of a great storm can be quite a curiosity to some (especially when you are a kid), but the damage of such a natural force is awe-inspiring.

As a boy I remember hurricane David. What a devastating storm. It just missed us but I remember the lighting caused our walls to shake, water was everywhere and electricity was out for a considerable time.

My parents where still living down there when the eye of Hugo passed passed four miles from their place (on a crowded island there is NO where to evacuate). A couple of years before we had installed 200 mile an hour storm windows. During the storm, my parents watched other condos implode due to the incredibly low pressure of the storm. (My mother always kept a window open on the opposite side of any storm to combat the wickedly low pressure. She learned this when she lived in "Tornado Alley"). I still have a photograph (somewhere) showing the side of a building appearing as if it was spray painted green only to find out the  200 mile an hour winds actually blew the "green" out of a palm tree. If I remember correctly, their power was out for ten days. My Dad's car began to see little specks of rust color on his car in the aftermath of Hugo. The air was so thick with glass debris it caused hundreds of tiny nicks destroying his paint job.

The interesting part of the aftereffects of Hugo was the vast majority of telephone communication still worked. Why? because they were landlines and buried. Now-a-days we all have cellular phones which depend on towers.

Now I could continue with stories about other hurricanes. For example, there was hurricane Bob where I had to evacuate and thankfully didn't hit and others which came way into inland areas where I was residing.

I have never been in a Nor'easter and have absolutely no desire to have that experience. I pray for those stuck in Sandy's path and continue to wonder why some people refuse to evacuate and are intent on  "riding-out" the storm. Winds might be predicted but water cannot. Possessions can be replaced but not lives.

Without a doubt this has been a strange blog but you know, its mine.