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I hope that all of the East Coast Bears remain safe and sound. Time to board up pack up and move to safer ground.
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Thanks Kima. In July we sold our ocean-front house on Hatteras Island in NC so I'll miss out on the plywood parties this year. This may be a good year to be a non-owner down there.
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Yeah,
Keep safe all you eastern seaboarders.

S
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Thanks folks! We'll keep you posted.

Tom / PM
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This is totally lame. We haven't had a good himicane (hurricane is a gender biased term, therefore unacceptable to me) since I was like 8 or 9 y/o. Now it's whittled down to a lil' ol' category 2.

Hardly even worth breaking out the windsurfing gear for.
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I certainly hope the very best for everyone on the east coast! The category I we had go through here earlier in the season did the expected coastal damage, and some spotty heavier damage with gusts over 120mph. The thing we all fear here along the coast are the tornadoes, and there was little or no evidence of that type of activity.

I sure hope everyone on the east coast is taking this thing seriously. The scenario I saw forecast today shows this tropical system hooking up with a cool front and pushing up through inland New England. I am no expert, but it looked to me like the old random tornado/flooding scenario. If everyone is lucky, this will shake out with just the expected coastal damage; but if it doesn't wind up so simple, I do hope everyone is ready to apply a big dose of common sense!
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Well, Isabel came and went, and it wasn't all that bad for those of us on the N side of DC.

After Isabel hit land, its course was more westerly than expected. It went further inland before it it turned north, and then traveled faster than expected and broke up more quickly. Because of this, it spared people and property in our immediate area (surburban MD), but the damage was much worse just south of here (eg, the northern VA 'burbs). The N-S gradient in damage is so pronounced that friends just a mile or so to the south and west of here are still without lights 24 hrs later, while our power only flickered a few times. Fortunately, our bilge pumps continued to work, and we didn't take on any water in the basement (...just joking, they really are sump pumps, but its been so wet around here I think of them as bilge pumps).

We now have two other families' food in our home fridges, a third family's food in my lab fridge, plus an 11 y.o. and a 90 y.o. staying with us for the next couple of nights.

This was a big storm, but its easy to see how it could have been a LOT worse, even down south.

Thanks for your thoughts & concern.

Tom / PM

[ September 19, 2003, 11:29 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]
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Surfs Up!
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Thread Starter 
PhysicsMan, glad to hear you faired so well.
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Thank you.

Its too bad that some of this water that has been falling from the sky on us couldn't arrive in the winter. : We're due for another inch or so tonight.

Tom / PM
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Heard an interesting stat on the way into work this morning. Last year at this time in Wash. DC, we were still in our drought and our rainfall was 10 inches below our average rainfall. This year, we're 19 inches above our normal rainfall. I think the drought is officially over here. If any DC skiers make it to the Academy or Tune Up, we'll be easy to spot -- We're the pruny ones.
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Seeing our docks completely submerged Fri. morning was quite a sight. The boats and docks survived though, and I only lost power for 25 hrs. The tip of the Eastport peninsula had a lot of damage, as did downtown Annapolis. My uncle lost a boat and dock on Kent Island. My folks who are in suburban DC still don't have power. It'll be a week tomorrow.

All in all we were very lucky and survived. Thanks guys for the concerns.
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