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    June 1st, the beginnig of huricane season.

    I posted this to a new member of the other boomer group. The thought of hurricane season arriving brings back bad memories indeed.

    While I make a joke of the hurricane kit it is really not funny. A good sense of humor helps prevents insanity.

    My wife and I are actually lucky to be alive. When Hurricane Charley hit we had less than a half hour to dig in. We went to a community clubhouse to ride out the storm. When we went into the clubhouse it was a two story building. When we came out it was a one story building. We were one mile on the east wall of the hurricane, not a place you want to be. 145 MPH sustained winds and gusts to 185 MPH.

    About a half hour into the storm the second floor of the building started to come apart, the water was pouring through the ac vents and and down the staircase. We were lucky the storm was moving fast and past within an hour and a half. I don't think we would have survived a slow moving one.

    45 of us survived in that building. When we came out after the storm past it was total destruction. The city looked like it had been bombed. We went from a high tech society to cave dweller in an hour and a half.

    We had no power and no water for 26 days and it was 95 degrees. We relied totally on the relief agencies. One local gas station managed to get going on generators and that was our restroom for weeks. To take a bath or shower we had to drive a half our south to a friends house. He had no power but he had water. The only source of info was a battery operated radio.

    President Bush came for a visit and was about two miles from our home and while the whole country probably knew he was here nobody in our area did.

    The city has been mostly rebuilt but the mental and financial scars are still there. This season is supposed to very active with storms again. My wife and I don't say too much about it to each other but is like waiting for another war wondering if you can survive the next one.

    Sometimes hanging on to your sense of humor is all you have left. Trying to explain the experience to people who haven't been there is very difficult. The stories and pics on the news really don't tell the story. You would have to be there to really know. It is not something you would wish on anybody.

    Ron
    "Ronald" beachboyron19

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