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We are thinking about relocating to your beautiful Island from Florida. What type of preparations are made and what do you do when a hurricane hits? How many have you had over the years and what category storm were they?

Anne and Steve
Edgewater, FL

Posted : September 2, 2010 12:29 am
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we pray a lot!


Posted : September 2, 2010 1:47 am
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Anne - you live in FL - you must know something about Hurricane preparedness.
Which Island do you think you want to move to? Have you been here before?

Posted : September 2, 2010 1:53 am
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2 major damaging hurricanes in my 3 decades here - Hugo 1989 -- Marilynn 1995.
There is no reason to think that historical data will influence the future on hurricanes.

Posted : September 2, 2010 2:04 am
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Poor ol' Wrong Way Lenny just can't get any respect. Wrong Way Lenny was a high end CAT 4 packing winds of 150 MPH when he slammed into St Croix in 1999. He didn't cause nearly as much damage as Hugo and Marilyn did but very few storms do. Those 2 were catastrophic.

Posted : September 2, 2010 2:45 am
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After Hugo, 150mph is a breezy day!!

Posted : September 2, 2010 10:21 am
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Thank you all for your replies. Yes, I do live in Fl, however, we have only have had one busy year and that was with Charlie, Jean and Francis. We live in Central Fl (3 hours north of Miami), You guys seem to be in the middle of things. Do they ever evacuate the Island?

Posted : September 2, 2010 11:18 am
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No, we do not evacuate.

Posted : September 2, 2010 11:32 am
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So just board up and pray then? Do you get hit every year and if so, bad? Not sure if I'm ready for all of that. I know here in FL they drive you nuts before a storm comes...the news that is.

How's the weather other than that?

Thanks Lin!

Posted : September 2, 2010 11:56 am
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It's absolutely amazing 10-11 months of the year but September and October is hurricane season.
Last year was quiet. This year hit the ground running.
November - May it's 85 degrees, sunny, breezy, and balmy everyday. It usually rains once every afternoon.
June - October it's 85-90 degrees, sunny, not so breezy (unless a hurricane blows through), and very balmy/muggy. We get a ton of rain since it's the hurricane season and of course, we get some hurricanes.

I think the weather is awesome, despite the chance of hurricanes

Posted : September 2, 2010 12:44 pm
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lived in florida for 6 years, the last being 2004 the year all of the hurricanes were coming our way. i have lived here since november 2004 and we have only had two. omar and the one from the other day. we board up and provision just like in the states, well, we did no special provisioning for the one the other day.

Posted : September 2, 2010 3:27 pm
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What Island do you live in now, Speee1dy? We got hit by all of those hurricanes. One of which we left FL for. Charlie came in too fast to be able to do anything. What do you miss most about the mainland? What kind of work is there? I've looked on the job board and seems to be slim pickens. *-) It's such a huge many things to consider.

I really do appreciate all your help!


Posted : September 2, 2010 3:32 pm
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Aanne, i live on stx and i miss the grocery stores the most. and the barnes and noble and target and fabric stores. oh and family.
job wise it is slim pickins. try, usajobs, tropicalshipping and they are some good sites for jobs. first time i was out of work it was for a year. next time not so long. i have been lucky this go around. if you have school age kids, you would want to send them to private school. there is a lot to consider when moving here.
any other questions, just ask

Posted : September 2, 2010 5:13 pm
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Hurricane Prep (per person):

1 case water
1 case canned tuna
1 case rum
1 case ammo
1 sense of humor

Everything else is extra.

Posted : September 2, 2010 6:37 pm
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It usually rains once every afternoon.

Where? My neighborhood (Salt River STX) can go weeks without rain.

Posted : September 2, 2010 9:15 pm
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anne: As long as a hurricane could be coming your way, you have to watch it. You have to be prepared on June 1st for a storm. You take the same precautions if it is a TS or a hurricane. Some of the most damaging storms we have had were "only" tropical depressions, but increased in power quickly. You gotta be tough, like the pioneers.

Posted : September 2, 2010 9:32 pm
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And like the realtors say: 'Research, research, research'. And buy a 'good' generator. Soon come!

What part about these above statements don't you understand?

Posted : September 3, 2010 1:35 am
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