Goodness! Tilghman Island is the end of the earth! Well, arguably the little hamlet of Fairbank at the south end of Tilghman Island is the very end of the earth. Good fresh seafood, though. Straight off the dock.
We were without power for three days after Isabel, but we, too, are campers. In fact, not only did we have the big propane stove (basically this guy here: http://www.rockymountainrange.com/stoveshow.cfm?id=34&comp=steel&cfid=783343&cftoken=39489338) but also a small butane burner, which we used for heating canned food and leftovers, and water for tea. The only issue we have with power outages is water. We’re on a well. No electricity, no water. Fortunately we were able to prepare for the storm, and filled the big cooler with ice and fill big buckets (and the ol’ Turkey Fryer Pot) with water for dishwashing and flushing. So we were fine. But the day after the storm? Not a cube of ice to be found in all of Maryland. lol
I’m glad to hear you came out of it alright. I was watching the news and worried about some of you guys!
Thanks to you all for your tips. Mayhaws tip about the containers of water in the freezer kept my frozen things nice & frozen & my fridge nice & cold. Did okay, just lost my electricity for 24 hours, no major damage to my place, lots around me though.
Well remember the shrimp boat in the pecan tree in Moss Point, Mayhaw, and am sure you’ve seen the boat which blew across Hwy. 90 between Biloxi and Gulfport during Camille, and last time I noticed was still there, thirty something years later. And in addition to the western end of Dauphin Island, which is it, Ship Island or Horn Island off the Mississippi coast, which is periodically cut into by hurricanes.
Actually, things a little bigger than lawn chairs can become projectiles. My dad has some photos of a friend in Moss Point Mississippi (between Mobile and Biloxi) that lived about 6 block off the beach during Camille. He had a very large, otherwise undamaged, shrimpboat parked in a pecan tree (or ontop of it anyway) in his backyard the morning after the storm.
Anyone wanting a great read about the worst recorded hurricane in the twentieth century should read "Isaac’s Storm" by Erik Larson. It tells the story, in novel form, of the weatherman for the US Weather Service (as it was called then) and the Sept. 8, 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island with high winds and a thirty foot tidal surge. Over 5000 people (no one will ever really know how many) were killed and the damage was unbelievable. This book won a Pulitzer and a National Book award and is well worth the time. Most library systems will have it as well.
There was also a storm in the 1890’s that is now called the "Isla Camarada" storm that may have been the worst one to ever hit the Gulf Coast, but it came on shore at what is now Grand Isle LA and at the time it and the area north of it was largely unpopulated.
Amen to Mayhaw, I am old enough to remember Agnes & Gloria & what they did here in Maryland. There is a river near me that runs a new route because of Agnes. I will remain in my house but I do have a lage, solid basement in which I plan to spend my time. All major electrical equipment will be unplugged to avoid surges, used to doing that during the frequent electrical storms we have. Still have to get out in my yard & gather up small projectile like objects, this is classified as anything from lawn chairs down.
Mayhaw, your comments above are so well stated and so very true. I do hope that anyone in any hurricane path will take note of them and heed your warnings. As you say, one can’t really understand the force of a hurricane until having gone through one and then seen the resultant destruction. And if one is inland and/or not directly in path of hurricane’s greatest force, the tornadoes which can be spun off from hurricanes (as well as the up country flooding) can still be real dangers. Remember all the huge pines between Gulfport and Hattisburg which were literally twisted off mid-trunk following Camille. Do hope and pray Isabel might continue to weaken (rather than strengthen as it approaches land) or best yet miraculously spin out into the Atlantic, totally avoiding landfall. In any event, Mayhaw’s words are well worth heeding.
I agree with you Mayhaw. My home is 30 miles from Galveston, and if it is a weak 2 or less, we stay, over that we leave. The only problem with that is that you do not want to leave to an area that is on the "dirty" side of the storm.
We left during one storm and went to our place in South Texas only to be flooded and threatned by tornadoes there.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people treat them like adventures.
I don’t want to sound holier than thou……but anybody who says that they are going to sit a real storm out has either never done it (either on purpose or by accident) or is a crazed fatalist. As like to eat refferred to in his last post, there were lots of people sitting in their houses on the Miss and LA gulf coast when Camille did the double dip. We had just left Dauphin Island about 8 hours before it hit and drove up to Mobile (not far enough but it was raining so hard could go no farther, when Camille hit the beach at 200 plus per hour (the national weather service at that time could not clock faster than that, but thinks it was substancially stronger)and we had to sit it out in Mobile. My most vivid memory has nothing to do with falling trees or gypsy ice salesman, but with our TV set. My brother and I were up in the middle of the night watching the storm and there was a power surge (incidentally this was the last electricity at our house for 6 days) and the TV blew up. It caught on fire and we had to throw it out the back door (or my dad and my uncle did anyway). It was amazing. Just like some bad sitcom.
We went down to Dauphin Island a couple of days later (by boat) and went to see the damage to our house. There wasn’t much to worry about….it was gone. ALong with (at that time) the largest one story holiday inn in the United States, along with the land behind the Dauphin Island School and a large part of the Island.
Frederick came along ten or so years later and did worse damage than that, but was not nearly as deadly.
I live 20 miles from the gulf and 5 miles from Lake Ponchatrain. I am 7 feet above sealevel. We leave. I do not own anything important enough to hang around and watch it blow away. My advice is that if you think you are going to be anywhere near the eye or where the tidal surge can innundate you is to go inland and watch it on TV. Hurricanes are an amazing force of nature and are very interesting to watch, but until you have sat in the quiet during the passing of the eye and then seen the backside of a storm, you will never understand just how little power humans have over the forces of nature. A little storm can be an interesting thing, big ones like the one in the Atlantic right now are just bad news. They are only good for thoses in the construction business and house trailer salesmen.
What I crack up about are the people I talk to that say they are just going to rent a pile of movies & sit back & wait it out![:D] When I ask them if they have a generator, the ususal response is of course not. Then I ask them how they are going to power the VCR without elecicity. The look on their faces is priceless![:D][}:)] Ah, to be young & thoughtless again![:D]
Seafarer John – Amen, Brother! When an ice storm and power outage hits now, the mayor brings in one of his John Deeres from the farm, hooks that green thing up, and we at least have limited city water, whereas before last rework of water system we had none in such cases. Am sure someone in here has somewhere mentioned filling up the vehicles with gasoline for same reason checking on cash and prescriptions have been mentioned as storm precautions. And again, Seafarer, my first reacation was to agree with your recommendation of just stocking up on the booze, until I recalled the many, many persons who were killed in Hurricane Parties being held in apartments on or near the beach when Camille struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Again, hope and pray for the best for all you folks in Isabel’s potential paths.
An ample supply of Gin ( or beer, or bourbon, or whatever) will get you through just about any bad storm…
If you take any type of daily medication and are expecting a big storm, check to see when your current container runs out. Disruption of power, etc. could prevent it from being refilled.
Liketoeat: That’s why we gotta love the South: A municipal water supply run off somebody’s tractor PTO !
It’s been on the news since last night. Just sat here & listened to 13’s warning again. Got some updates from a weather service website. There is a chance it will track up the MD/VA border or it may come up the bay. The only good news is that it is now a category 4 instead of a 5.
Winds down to 140!
Hey, I live in Catonsville, right behind the community college. next to the state park – you want to talk trees!! The area is know as Oak Forest!
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