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Old 08-23-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Question What Would You Do????

We have been planning a trip to Fort Wilderness for six months now to arrive on Wednesday of this week and be with out-of-state family we have not seen in a long, long time. An unwanted guest, Hurricane Irene, may be a little too close and could have some interference in our plans; right now Florida is out of the so-called cone. Being rv newbees for just a little over a year now, would like to know "what would you do?" Postpone the trip, or take the chance and travel in our 41 ft diesel pusher and hope for minimal winds. We live on the west coast of Florida and our travel time is only 1.5 hours to get there, but just dont know about those winds.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:52 AM   #2
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I would make sure I was somewhere else.

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Old 08-23-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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I would postpone the family reunion until a later time. Better safe than sorry.

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Old 08-23-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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Been there done that, I have evacuated, returned and minamal damage. Also evacuated and returned and 96% of city under water. I would wait as that hurricane does not see the cone on TV
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:21 PM   #5
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I grew up in South Florida. Even if you get a hurricane brush, there is so much junk flying around and the ground water is only a few feet deep. The streets and everything flood very easily. In North Fla, we would often get Nor-Easters. They can be as bad as a hurricane and flood the streets. You'll still have debris flying all around to deal with.

There will be a few days of yuckie weather before the storm hits.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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I would stay away unless you see a dramatic change to the projected path. We lived in FL for a few years. Once we were evacuated and the hurricane never came close. The second we were not evacuated and the hurricane turn left and cut right across the State catching everyone completely off guard. Stay away!
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We were faced with the same problem in Sept. 1989 when Hugo went up the coast.
We were loading a cruise ship for a trip to the Caribbean islands, in Orlando, we were told to keep loading and not to worry, OK I will belive anything. When the darned thing got closer they removed the gangway and we went to sea, again we were told not to worry.
We rode it out at sea-NEVER DO THAT AGAIN,then we continued our trip, everyplace we went was destroyed, we saw sail boats on the side of mountains, a mile inland from the sea.
My advice call the reunion off and be safe.
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Well, no problem now going to Florida - JUST don't head for Myrtle Beach or the Outer Banks.
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I think I would postpone as well...If for no other reason than to stay the heck out of the way of people trying to get outta there...alot of east coasters are trying to head west...I wouldnt want to be caught up in that traffic.
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Traffic!!! There's a concept...
I remember traffic sitting in Northbound roads out Florida before a hurricane for hours and hours....
And the debris is the worst. I would stay away from the East Coast this week period if I had the choice. If you've ever sat in a Motorhome in 75+ MPH winds, you won't want to do it again.....
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I'd go. As a long term Florida resident, I'm comfortable that this one does not look like anything more than some rain in the Orlando area. I live about an hour west of there myself.

Now the NC Outer Banks is a different story.
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We have been planning a trip to Fort Wilderness for six months now to arrive on Wednesday of this week and be with out-of-state family we have not seen in a long, long time. An unwanted guest, Hurricane Irene, may be a little too close and could have some interference in our plans; right now Florida is out of the so-called cone. Being rv newbees for just a little over a year now, would like to know "what would you do?" Postpone the trip, or take the chance and travel in our 41 ft diesel pusher and hope for minimal winds. We live on the west coast of Florida and our travel time is only 1.5 hours to get there, but just dont know about those winds.
I am a fulltimer living in a motorhome BECAUSE a Hurricane (a "little" one named Katrina, you might have heard of her - she took out about 5 million homes, left tens of thousand dead...) took my house 6 years ago. I spent 3 years in a tent, 3 years in a car, while saving up for a MH.

Have you ever seen an RV or an 18wheel truck during a hurricane? You might want to Google some news reals and watch them flying through the air with the greatest of ease before crashing down on top of a house several miles away.

Advice? Your house has wheels on it: drive it as far out of the path of a hurricane as you can.
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I am a fulltimer living in a motorhome BECAUSE a Hurricane (a "little" one named Katrina, you might have heard of her - she took out about 5 million homes, left tens of thousand dead...) took my house 6 years ago. I spent 3 years in a tent, 3 years in a car, while saving up for a MH.
Didn't you say in other threads your home was in Maine, and that it was destroyed in a flood?

Was the flood in Maine caused by Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico?
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