Lisa started a thrtead to watch Isabel, but many people didn't recognize it by the title, hence another thread. This morning's map shows the eye may come on land in Tidewater Virginia, and climb right up the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore.
To those in the direct path of Isabel: I don't "know" many of you, but here are a few: Carol7, Jody, ginlyn, sgtdot. Take every precaution, and know our hopes and prayers are with you.
Mostof us in SC, NC, VA and MD will be affected even if not in the path of the eye. Button up well, stock up on candles and drinking water...
Darius, knowing first hand what a category 4 or 5 hurricane can bring sends shivers down my back. It is a horrible thing to know a monster like that is breathing at the back door. This one will surely bring devastation of catastrophic proportions. I pray that everyone in her path will be safe.
Darius, thanks for bringing this to our attention. I haven't watched any weather today and was surprised to see it may be heading our direction. We bought a small generator the other day, just hope we don't have to use it.
I had seen Lisa's post, but at the time didn't know what direction it might end up taking.I hope everyone takes precautions.
Have been watching it closely, right now they are showing the direct path right to us :( Since we are right on the bay I'm really hoping it vears off to the ocean and keeps on going... will be watching closely all week as it gets closer. Tried out the generator today to make sure it's in good working condition.
If it does indeed come this way poor DH will have to go to VA coast and stay on the boat and I'll have to tend the house alone :( He will be on a little tip of land on the ocean and the bay only 10 miles the other side.
It looks like it WILL hit the east coast somewhere so darius and everyone else on the east coast keep watching. I think no matter what, even it turns, somebodys going to get hit by it.
All my family is in Suffolk VA in the path. My son lives alone in my house there. I'm worried about them & hope & pray it turns. I'd rather have it here than there. At least we can leave & he doesn't even have a car or anyone to help him. Keep him & the others in your prayers.
I lived through Hurricane Andrew (have a T-shirt with that on it (grin). Lost half my roof to Avacado trees trying to get in out of the storm, my daughter lost all of her roof and her garage. The storm is BAD, but goes by in a matter of hours. The aftermath is VERY BAD, and lasts months. No power or water for a month, no phone for 3 months.
TO ALL IN ISABEL'S PATH: Think seriously about the aftermath! Prepare as if you are going to be wilderness camping for a long period and you should be O.K. Remembeer to turn off the water going into your hot water heater, that's 30 to 50 gallons stored there, and buy LOT'S of Peanut Butter, Jelly and Vienna Sausage!!
I'd appreciate your prayers too. Some of you may know that my family homeplaces and roots are in the projected path of Isabel's landfall at Cape Lookout, NC area. We are watching closely and praying for a cold front to move this storm back off to sea.
I've been watching this one for a while, and while I'm glad it's not coming for us I'm worried about those in it's path. We know what to expect, what to do, maybe some don't.
My advice ... If you are in the possible projected path of the storm make arraignments today for where you will stay if/when you evacuate. Call your aunt or your cousin or make a reservation. Do it today. You can always cancel if it turns out not to be necessary. Once the evacuation starts, all bets are off and you could end up driving from motel to motel in some strange place with no hope of getting a room. Make sure you get far enough away from the coast. This storm seems very powerful (look at the eye on that thing!!) and may not die back as early as expected.
Go NOW and fill up all the vehicles with gas. Keep them full until this has passed. You don't want to get caught in the line of panicked evacuees trying to get gas at the last minute.
Take with you the things that cannot be replaced. Records, policies, important papers, financial documents, photos, gramma's jewelry, baby books ... After Andrew I never heard anyone say "I should have taken my TV" but a lot of people lameted the loss of those small personal items that can never be replaced. Get as much of that as you can together now, so that if an evacuation does happen you can just load it up. And get cash, you will need cash. If you have camping equipment, take it, too. You may need it when the storm is over, and if you leave it, it may be gone forever.
If you are going to board up, make sure you have the lumber NOW. That is one thing that you may regret buying if the storm doesn't hit, but believe me when I tell you it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
If I were in the possible path of this storm, these are the things I would be doing now. I have my boards ready at this time of year on general principles.
Excellent advice SUNDRY. Living through Andrew in Miami was bad enough, but this monster has me very concerned about my Nags Head cousins. Their rule of thumb for evacuation is to go if the wind is 100 MPH or more. I pray they have already moved out of harm's way. Let me add one thing. There are so many things that are precious to us that can't fit into a car or van with family and pets. Don't take time to sort, just get super tough plastic yard debris bags, throw everything into them and seal the tops with duct tape. Put them as high up as you can in an inner closet and brace the closet door. My daughter did this, and even after the windows and roof went she saved many precious things. My prayers are with all in harms way.
Patricia, that's a good idea, too. Here, all valuables that are not coming with go into the central hallway, which is the most protected area of the house. Rubbermaid containers work good, too, but those super heavy duty bags would be a lot better than nothing.
Take pictures of everything before you pack it up, for possible insurance purposes. Then take pics to show that you took steps to protect your stuff. Take the film with you, you don't need to get it developed unless ... well unless you need to.
Fill the freezer with jugs of water. This serves two purposes - keeps the stuff in the freezer frozen longer after the electricity goes out and provides drinking water during the aftermath. Crank your freezer up to it's coldest setting before leaving.
Before you come home, stock up on canned goods, but don't get ridiculous with it. Get a manual can opener. Get charcoal, and get matches and lighters. This will be in case your house and stuff is ok, but the electricity is out for a while. You will want to be able to cook as much of the stuff in the freezer as possible. You would be surprised what you are willing to give for a box of matches when the electricity has been out for a while ...
Generators are great, but they run on fuel, which may not be available, and that isn't something you can really stock up. Soooooo, get matches, get charcoal and get dry ice before you come home. While you are getting stuff to bring home, get as much water as you can. There is never enough water during a disaster.
These are things you don't think about until you live it. You think the worst case scenario is everything being gone, so anything less than that is do-able. It's best to be prepared for it, tho. After Andrew, the electricity was out for a while, but the gas was still on. We had the only gas stove on the block, but with an electric starter. Matches quickly became an issue. I can still see the little girl from next door standing there with a pot of Spaghettios, displaying the match she had brought to light the stove. LOL
All the suggestions above are great, and worth doing. I would add, Do not wait until 12 hours before the storm hits if you are going to evacuate! The roads will be clogged and moving at a snail's pace.
I have lived through many hurricanes in my lifetime, but none with winds over 120 MPH. I'd hate to be in Isabel's path.
I am now aware of probabilities to the point that I stay prepared as best as I can afford for any potential disaster. During the non-panic times, I have acquired a solar battery charger (and batteries!), a wind-up radio, a good hiking-style water filter unit that uses a ceramic filter (and an extra filter, good for 100-150 gals.), and a backpack camp stove. Plus other small necessary items like the space-age survival blankets that fit in the glove box.
Also, I keep 2 backpacks packed all the time with a change of dry clothing in plastic bags, a wool blanket wrapped in a bag (wool is warm even wet), quick nourishing food bars, waterproofed matches, and the like.
Carol7 is in Surry County too!! She and hubbie have a good head on their shoulders so I'm sure they will move out of harm's way, especially with all their pets. At least, I hope to God they do!! Having lived on the Tidewater I know all the implications that such a storm can bring. There are just two roads to safety from Hampton and Newport News and and they would never accomodate a mass evacuation. People really need to start moving now and I mean it. I think we might get some of the wind and possibly some storms but nothing like head on impact. These folks are in my prayers. God help them!!
Margaret, I've talked to Carol, and she is strongly considering taking the 4 dogs and the rabbit and heading to a campground in the Shenandoah Valley, as motels probably won't take dogs, or at least not 4. Adam works for the power company, so will be working 20 hour days.
A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and two (2) manual - can openers, hand operated (non-electric).
Towels, toilet paper and bathroom items
A first aid kit and prescription medications, and a first aid manual and package of examination gloves.
Additional family items include: bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, tampons, Syrup of Ipecac (used to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center).
Two large coolers (one to keep food; one to go get ice).
An extra pair of glasses, camera and film.
Several boxes of candles and matches sealed in plastic bags.
Credit cards and cash. ATM's may not be working.
An extra set of car keys. Try them out, too.
A list of current family physicians and current prescription medications. Do you have enough on hand for two weeks... should they be refilled now...!
A list of important family health information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers. Review the Special Needs Section for special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
I hope you have all on your list Dea as it looks like we need to batten down the hatches here also. I believe I will bring in the rest of my potted plants and all else that could become a potential flying object.
Mercy! Salisbury!! And bow season - LOL; my brothers have made Cabelas lots of $$$ ! Well, Lowes and Home Depot are now officially out of generators, plywood. My Corp HQ just sent a broadcast to delay all "business" until Monday as the region I "do" is from PA to SC. About half of my staff lives on the coast and even though this is now a Cat 3 Hurricane, it can gain strength and still do lots of damage. Happy your kiddies are home so they can button up!
We should have an Emergency Contact system set up for our hurrican-path friends. Is someone in contact with each of these folks? I know Darius has Carol's phone number...Anyone else have a buddy system going?
I think an Emergency Contact list of some sort is a good idea. Many folks in Isabel's path now have cell phones (incl. free long distance, not that anyone cares much about cost in an emergency). Maybe have a couple of volunteers who are easily reachable who would be contact persons, and report here on a new thread?
I'm home most of the time and am reacheable. If I'm not home, we have an answering machine and I check it. I'm also willing to be a contact point for those who want to keep in touch with DG - e-mail me your phone number if you'd like to be my emergency buddy.
Hopefully this thing will downgrade one more notch before it hits land.
Being in inland PA, we will probably just get alot of rain and some high winds, but certainly not like those closer to the coast will get. I remember when Hugo went through PA it blew so hard that the hanging baskets of Impatiens on my porch were SIDEWAYS.
Just talked to Carol7 she said she was trying not to panic. She can't decide what to do, go or stay. She said she would wait untill Wed and see what it looked like them. I told her not to wait too late to leave.
Will be praying for all the Isabel's path.
Please let me know if I can do anything for anyone.
I just called my SIL little while ago and they are plan on stay home not have to worry to leave.. it will not hit where they are at that they live 3 hours aways from the ocean also my son live 3 1/2 hours from this too that good so now I'm relief so you all be careful and will think of you all and pray too also.
Good night! I don't feel good plus still sore and pain hate that feel. =( So will go to Therpy tomorrow.
Well I am just about as ready for Isabel as I am ever going to be. DH even checked the roof last night as a precaution. They are predicting now that it is going to be a category 1 hurricane in my area instead of what was thought earlier, and the direct path has moved west instead of directly over me. Although I am only 5 miles from the James River I am not considered to be in a flood zone - it's only supposed to flood here every 500 years - so let's hope this is not the 500th year! The main concern I have is that our ground is so saturated because of all of the rain this year, and the high winds could easily make trees fall and my home is surrounded by trees.
I can't say how much I appreciate all of the hurricane preparedness tips that were posted here. They were a big help for me to make sure I hadn't overlooked anything.
Since I may be without power for awhile after Isabel arrives tomorrow I just want to thank everyone ahead of time for their posts, prayers, private emails, phone calls, and those who took their personal time to search some things for me.
I'd also like to thank everyone for their insight and support. We made a special effort last eve to bring in all the potted plants, secure furniture, remove flying objects even bird feeders. We even contacted the insurance company to make sure the fountain, log splitter and a few other items would be insured in case of falling trees. Thanks again,
Carol you know that you and family are always welcome to stay here with us until its all over.
I am praying that it will disapate before it can cause any damage to anyone. Miracels do happen and I am asking for one now.
Looking pretty nasty folks, moving NNW and if it truly does take that path it's going to slam OC, MD, come right up the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River tribs, etc. and hit really hard. It's only 1 mph below a Cat III. The projected path still shows it landing at Outer Banks but it's still early. Guess we've done about all we can, generator's ready, water stock-piled since we're on a well and will be shutting down our Baltimore operations tomorrow morning.
Hang on to your hat Dea, will be thinking of you. Hope those newlyweds have cover in Salisbury, you know there aren't many basements for cover down on the shore. Not a great welcome home from the honeymoon and Tasha is on call for disaster relief if families are in need of help this is her week on call, not to comforting for "mom"! Just pray it is over soon and everyone remains safe and sound!
I hope that all of the folks in the path of Isabel fare well and stay safe. I live in coastal Louisiana, so I'm well-acquainted with the threat of hurricanes and can sympathize with your plight. It might not be of much help at this late date, but over the past year, I have tried to put together some information (mainly for my own reference) to which I can refer when hurricanes threaten. If it can be of help to anyone, here is the link:
LaSweetPea... good work on that list! Thanks for posting it.
The beginning of this thread has the link to the visual path of this storm. Here's the link for the text which gives the latest detail: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
(Just click on the latest advisory on Hurricane Isabel just below the top.)
Windy and rainy here...schools are closed, 122 storm shelters have been opened (mostly in eastern NC). Expecting trees to go down and power outtages, again mostly east of us, depending on how the storm turns when it hits land (at around noon or so).
I just talked to Carol7 and they are all ok, thank God.
A tree fell on the front of her house and two fell about three ft from the back of her house.
There were 16 trees that was ripped up by their roots in her yard along with a lot of her plants.
They still has some wind and rain but it is moving on and not as strong as it was.
She is without power so it might be a while before she is able to get online.
Fairly unscathed here. Glad to hear Carol is doing well. Power back on here and the worst was about 3am when a huge tree split and fell, oh what a noise, but didn't hit anything thank goodness. 4x4 post with a birdhouse on it snapped in the garden, but most of the plants were already down so no damage there! Palm trees were really swaying in the winds. Lots of limbs and the tree to clean up, but will have to wait as we need to head to cabin as the hurricane eye went right through the Cumberland gap and that is where our cabin is. Hope for little or no damage there.
thanks again to everyone for their support and great ideas of water in the freezer and getting up all the flying objects, sure made things safer for us!
Had a thought about 3am as the trees were cracking around us, you don't think that putting in that Isle with Majestic Palms is what brought that hurricane up our way do ya? They were sure swaying in the "breeze"!
So far it looks like most of you have fared fairly well and made it through without injuries. I am so relieved that the worst is passed and pray the heavy rains don't damage what the winds missed. Please be careful as you begin your cleanups and do not forget to look overhead for possible danger from objects that were blown into trees and could fall on you. And if you have fallen trees and such to deal with be extra careful not to over do it when clearing things up. No need to hurt your back in the cleanup effort after coming through the storm without injuries!
Power back on here at home - yippee!! Generator sure is a loud beast! Damage is minimal; arbors all came down but that's small in comparison to the loss of loved ones for so many others. And, it's raining again, just what we need! How did your sand hold up Candee?
Isabel was a dud here in Western PA. Alot of rain, some moderately high winds, and not much else. The lights blinked a couple of times at work today, but we didn't lose power, although some places around the area did.
Just got power back on (7:00 P.M.) lost it at 7:00 p.m. last night. Gin Lynn has a gas stove so she had us up for dinner tonight and when we returned home out lights were on. She is still without electric. They have a small generator that they connect to the refrigerator. We had lots of trees down in our neighborhood, none on our property, we were lucky. It could have been much worse.
Our power came back on around 9:30 this morning. It was off 32 hours. Before the storm I rooted around in the basement for my old stovetop percolator so that at least we could have coffee.( Thank goodness for a gas stove.)
I consider us among the lucky ones, especially after listening to a Baltimore talk show today and hearing about all the people that have flooded basements,in addition to no power. Our small generator kept our refrigerator and our neighbors going. Thanks for everyone's concern. Gin
Just one tree down here and bird house on a 4x4 post in the ground. MIL still without power in Silver Spring. Cottage in gap was fine, just a few trees down and power out 24 hrs. Silver Spring MIL, still w/o power since Thurs. cottages at the bay at North beach not too good. Patio in back yard, cottage full of sand, bulkhead rocks in front and all the siding came off one cottage. Well got our work ahead of us LOL!
Good idea gw, MIL says power may be out for another WEEK! They lost all the freezer food and fridge and she said you can't get a block of ice within 100 miles. Hope it comes back on soon as FIL is very frail - told them to come up here but they won't budge.
still no power here and it's been a week already, hoping to have on with crossed fingers in about 3-4 days i think they estimate...
lost all food in freezers and 2 fridges hoping to get some help in that aspect from the food banks they have been sooooo very helpful here to everyone,thank God for Salvation Army too!
just an update...thought you'd like to know...
thanks for all the prayers to everyone you guys channeled for everybody!!!
cristina, Carol was asking about you on the phone yesterday. her insurance covered her freezer food, but I think she had a rider to cover it. Hope you get help!!! glad you checked in, hope you get your power on soon.
Oh man, hope you get power back on soon. MIL was without power in Silver Spring for a week and she lost all the food she had frozen that she had put up, berries, pies, etc. She said she'll never put any up again, I told her never say never. Hope the next few days go by quickly for you and you can regain some hot water and elec.
My son in Suffolk got his lites back Tuesday evening so maybe U will get yours soon. BOY was he one happy person as He doesn't have a car & didn't even have candles as I won't let him. He is bi-polor with other problems & safest without candles. He didn't even ask. He did have a flashlite with a couple of changes of batterys. I do plan on getting him a GOOD camping battery lantern in case there is another time or ice storms. He only lost what was inside the refrig as a friend put his frozen foods in her freezer as she has a generator. This same friend of ours brought him some hot food several times. He was really climbing the walls by Tue but would have been worse without them. He was very unprepared & they got what he needed. I have a old radio that my friend's husband wants to buy from me.. well it is gonna be his but he won't have to buy it. They wasn't home this morning when I tried to call them about it. They are probably out helping someone.
GW we bought him a nice Coleman battery lantern today. It should put off quite a bit of lite. Also got 2 sets of the 6 volt batteries but I hope he never has to use it though. Now if the lites will just not go out again till we get there Thanksgiving. I know we will have to replace the batteries at least every couple of years but thats not too bad. It also uses 8 D batteries so may later get a couple of sets of those for him too. By the time he started preparing U couldn't even find a flashlite there.