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Post  bigdogrock on 9/4/2017, 4:11 pm

I wasn't sure where or even if I should post this, but, Hurricane Irma could be a significant event for a large part of the US. I am not a meteorologist, or weatherperson, and I have only heard one report say IT COULD effect the east coast, but I take notice of weather constantly.
I live in New Hampshire, so when we get one up here they tend to still have enough punch to cause great damage. I don't worry about flooding like all the unfortunate folks after Harvey, but we still need to be careful. Since I live on the side of a south facing hill, I need to prepare for high winds and rain. I have the trees trimmed back so nothing falls on the house.
I have started bringing in things like porch furniture, the things that can be picked up by 50 mph winds (or higher) and slung into the window or into the road and causing an accident. I have checked on the neighbors to make sure they are aware of the potential.
I will make sure I have all my gas cans filled, my storm windows shut, and all the barn doors braced for high winds. I will have enough supplies for at least a week. 
I hope this doesn't sound like I am crying wolf. If this fizzles into nothing, I can go on like normal, the gas cans can be emptied into my car and I have put my summer furniture away just a tad to early. If I find I must have it back out, it isn't a big job.
I have to tie this to gardening, which is really why I am posting this anyway. I have two pole bean rows, both are about 8 foot tall, one 40 inches wide, the other about 6 ft. wide. Both will catch the wind and not only get ripped out of the ground, but have the potential to sail with the wind to who knows where. I have braced them both, staked into the ground using rope. I will add stakes to my tomatoes, and any smaller containers of veggies will be brought into the barn.
My new electric fence is working, the ladies that survived the bear won't have to worry about a big storm. If we loose power for an extended period of time I can bring my solar powered charger on.
So I hope Irma doesn't make landfall and gets pushed out to the Atlantic. If not, I hope we prepare and can stay safe.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/4/2017, 5:29 pm

Hope all is well...thanks for the head up, Rock!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/5/2017, 8:48 am

Rock, I totally agree. The pressure system we've got down here right now may cause Irma to turn directly north over the east coast.

We're getting ready as well. We had already filled up the big gas cans after Harvey. Little ones will be filled this morning when I go do the shopping. And with everyone going back to work today, it'll be interesting to see what's still on the shelves... Either they'll be FULL or they'll be EMPTY. (And I'm betting full. "It won't happen to here. It'll be fine.")

And just a reminder - September is National Preparedness Month! FEMA has some great guides we use in our classes. Here's a link to the hurricane one:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98105
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Post  sanderson on 9/6/2017, 1:36 am

Nothing wrong with being prepared!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/6/2017, 4:41 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote: The pressure system we've got down here right now may cause Irma to turn directly north over the east coast.  


Boy, Marie, you sure called that one right! Unfortunately.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/7/2017, 8:37 am

Yeah.... Smh... We were supposed to be in Savannah this weekend. THAT got postponed yesterday afternoon. I've got friends evacuating today.
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