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Journal Safety Cap's Journal: Rita - over, no real damage 4

Turns out that from our end, it was nothing.

We rode out the storm; mostly wind, a bit of light rain, and some green lightning (I was unable to get a picture of it--boo!), and that was it.

Saturday, the cable was out, so no TV or internets. We drove back to our place, hauling back the cans and water.

Observable damage:

  • A handful of trees had lost limbs,
  • One abandoned car dealership's canopy was torn from its mounts and was lying on the ground,
  • A store's fabric sign was ripped,
  • Two large flags (10-15 ft/3-4.5 m in width) were ripped and the ends were tattered, and
  • There were a billion leaves on the ground.

No mass destruction here, and the end result was (besides the green lightning) no worse than a normal Spring storm... in summer.

It is still as hot as hell (~90 f/32 c), so we didn't even get a post-storm cooling. :(

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Rita - over, no real damage

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  • Great to hear it wasn't a major disaster for you. Hurricanes generally suck. Sounds like you escaped the worst by a long margin.
  • Better safe than sorry. When dealing with superior powers, it's wise to take precautions even if they are unneccesary. Right now it's easy because we've all just seen the worst case scenario unroll in New Orleans, the hard part is keeping up your vigilence.
    • What will be bad is if the same area is threatened by another big one within a year or two. Everyone will remember the long lines to get out of town, followed by the non-event (for the city, that is), and stay home.

      Then, after the mass destruction, the survivors will ask, "Why didn't the government tell us to leave/do something?"

      I'm betting even money on this, because this is exactly what happened in New Orleans. They got so many evacuation orders over the years that people started ignoring them. Then whe

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