Originally Posted by Martin918RSR
I wish you all states side good luck and fingers crossed. Never been near a tornado or hurricane but if what I saw on tv did any justice I seriously hope you all of you guys get out of it with minimal casualties
God bless all of you
I rode out a hurricane in South Carolina years ago. Imagine the worst thunderstorm you've ever experienced -- pouring rain, wind roaring through the trees, branches and leaves flying everywhere, ominous sounds outside the house. Now imagine that storm lasting for 12 hours
. And that doesn't even include the storm surge along the coast, which is the biggest killer. And that was a Category 1 hurricane.
Sandy was also a Category 1 hurricane. Category 1 is defined as having winds in the range of 119-153 km/h.
By comparison, hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 (winds 178-208 km/h) when it hit the Gulf Coast back in 2005.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
Where a lot of people get into serious trouble is when they decide to wait it out, and "if it gets bad, then I'll leave." The problem is, once it gets that bad, you can't
leave because roads are blocked by rising waters, downed trees, power lines, etc.
Bottom line -- if the local authorities say evacuate, DO IT!