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Old 08-29-2019, 04:53 PM   #21
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..."thanks for the obvious about evacuating"...

Well...you seem to have your answer. Dorian was just upgraded to a Cat 4. With your knowledge and experience, protecting windows in an RV would be last on my list. By days end I would be pulling into the Welcome Center just across the Georgia state line. Moving inland isn't a good "evacuation" option. We're just south of Atlanta and offer any assistance we can for you and any others that are smart enough to get out of Florida while you can. Good luck and hopefully...safe travels. Peace!!

Dorian is PREDICTED to be a Cat4. Currently it is at a Category 1. I won't move mine until I see a Cat 3 with a prediction of 4 then hightail it to the panhandle.
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Old 08-29-2019, 05:19 PM   #22
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Dorian is PREDICTED to be a Cat4. Currently it is at a Category 1. I won't move mine until I see a Cat 3 with a prediction of 4 then hightail it to the panhandle.
That's all well and good: until traffic jams prevent you from getting anywhere...
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:36 PM   #23
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I would never criticize anyone either way. There's still homeless people in PCB and Mexico Beach from Michael. There's people that died as a result of not evacuating. There's people that laugh at others for leaving areas not affected too badly. I rode out Opal in PCB many years ago. That was my lesson in life with hurricanes. The Euro Model is the one to watch...it's mostly spot on...it predicts landfall in Miami as a Cat 4. There are millions of people in South Florida and barely more than one way out. I like to claim myself as a leader...not a follower. I would not want to be the one among thousands of cars out of gas with babies screaming and diapers full...nothing to drink or eat, no money and every business closed/out of everything...all staring at me and my motorhome with my generator running, A/C's blowing cold and a fridge full of cold beer as we all sit still in the blistering sun following a hurricane with traffic back up for hundreds of miles. Nope, I'd be out of there tonight. I may be wrong...but not by my standards.
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:41 PM   #24
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For those hitting the road, highly recommend getting enough jerry cans for fuel to at least get you back home and to power any generators in case gas stations lose power and can't pump fuel.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:01 PM   #25
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Grits, there is also risk in evacuating. Not that long ago Texas lost lives when much of Houston was evacuating towards Dallas. Granted, much could have been avoided by starting early. We all agree thatís the key ó if youíre going to leave donít hesitate, just hit the road as soon as possible.

If it wasnít for my parents not being able to travel Iíd be half way to the Smoky Mountains by now. A change of scenery would be great anyway.
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Old 08-30-2019, 02:14 AM   #26
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thanks for the obvious about evacuating - but looking for some ideas in covering the glass once we get there?? (Mid-state somewhere will still be Cat 1-2).
we've evacuated this barrier island since 1979 Hurricane David.

Just don't know how to deal with these "frameless" windows.

wish us luck..

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Debbie,
I live in Viera, about 4 miles inland from you. We bring ours home and park in the driveway, it's on the west side of the house. The house gives it about as good of protection as we could ask for without storing it at an in-door storage facility. Wherever you evacuate to, if it's still in FL, try to park on the west side of something, preferably not a tree. Good luck.
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Old 08-30-2019, 11:40 AM   #27
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Let's hope that everybody stays safe, and that nobody gets hurt...

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Old 08-30-2019, 12:25 PM   #28
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Debbie,
I live in Viera, about 4 miles inland from you. We bring ours home and park in the driveway, it's on the west side of the house. The house gives it about as good of protection as we could ask for without storing it at an in-door storage facility. Wherever you evacuate to, if it's still in FL, try to park on the west side of something, preferably not a tree. Good luck.

All dependent on the actual path. When Michael hit the Gulf Coast people in PCB prepared for it...winds from the south...as usual. Because it went a bit east of PCB, all the winds came from the north (counter-clockwise rotation) as it moved ashore and the city was hit much worse than the beach. In general, there was more damage to the north side of properties than the expected south. Debris from Mexico Beach was found in the city of Panama City. The path can change the direction of the wind so the west side of a building could be the worse hit if it passes north of you. either way...be safe if you're sheltering in. There's really no safe place in a Cat 4 other than 200+ miles away from it.
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Old 08-31-2019, 01:01 AM   #29
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All dependent on the actual path. When Michael hit the Gulf Coast people in PCB prepared for it...winds from the south...as usual. Because it went a bit east of PCB, all the winds came from the north (counter-clockwise rotation) as it moved ashore and the city was hit much worse than the beach. In general, there was more damage to the north side of properties than the expected south. Debris from Mexico Beach was found in the city of Panama City. The path can change the direction of the wind so the west side of a building could be the worse hit if it passes north of you. either way...be safe if you're sheltering in. There's really no safe place in a Cat 4 other than 200+ miles away from it.
That's true, especially in the panhandle. I lived there for several years. In the peninsula, winds from the east are strong, on the other side, not so bad. Florida is a 2 direction state. Even the later, weaker winds can cause damage when the ground gets saturated...roots loosen, wind changes direction, tree falls.
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Old 08-31-2019, 01:04 AM   #30
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If you live in Florida....
RV makes a great escape vehicle. We have a box with financial/medical records, photos, titles and computer files. The plan is to leave early and set up far enough away to be clear of the problem. 50 or 100 miles is not going to provide much benefit.
For Ivan, we left Pensacola and ended up in Monroe, La. (330 miles). After the storm was through Pensacola it was 10 days before we could get back into our neighborhood. When a hurricane or any problem threatens it is a good time to visit relatives...
Leaving early is key, the day prior all roads will be a parking lot, and any RV parks along your route will already be full.
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Old 08-31-2019, 02:22 AM   #31
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I would think the best way would simply be to drive the RV somewhere where the hurricane isn't.
I agree. This is why RVs have wheels. If you not going to move it, make sure that the RVs insurance is paid and current.
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