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Off Topic - I survived Charley. On Topic - So did my Disney CDs <G>

Discussion in 'Archive' started by SharonKurland, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. SharonKurland

    SharonKurland Active Member

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    We were VERY, very lucky. If you look at Charley's path, he went right over us, more or less. Our house has only minor damage (1 shingle missing, 2 smll tears in our lanai). Our neighbors were not so lucky...there is LOTS of MAJOR roof/shingle damage, lanai's that were twinted linto tinkertoys and I think there are more oak trees down than upright (we lost a lot of branches on our 2 oaks but they're still upright). I've got some pictures if anyone wants to see:

    This one shows the front of our house looking from the left side. The branch on the lawn missed our house by about a foot and a half. The tall guy in the picture is Joe, a.k.a. "Mr. Sharon"
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/gee...caneCharley.jpg

    A view from our driveway. The trees in front of you are the ones belonging to the neighbor across the street, that fell towards us. The one on the left missed Joe's car by 6 inches.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/gee...ostCharley1.jpg

    The front of our house looking from the right side. Our next-door-neighbor's tree fell between his house and ours, though many of his upper branches landed on our garage roof. Our tree (the one between me and Joe) is still standing, though a few branches wound up on our
    garage roof too (thanks to the weight of the next-door-neighbor's
    tree).
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/gee...PostCharley.jpg

    Don't have updated pictures available, but ALL of the trees in these pictures have now been cut down to the lower/middle trunks, except for ours (the one between Joe and I in picture 3), which we plan cut down ASAP, as well. We had NO shingle damage from the trees on our garage roof.

    We got electricity back at 5pm yesterday, never lost water, got cable/cable modem back at 4pm today. Cell phone service (AT&T/Cingular) is sporadic at best and house phone might be out until Wed.

    -Sharon-
     
  2. Tink

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    Thankfully you survived. :) But i was hoping that your CD's might have been blown across the country to my house...

    Tink
     
  3. SharonKurland

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    Sorry Tink....I told them that they could aim themselves that way (and that my homemade stinkbombs could try to make it to some other peoples' houses...they know who they are ) but they just stayed put.....

    -Sharon-
     
  4. Dirk

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    Glad to hear that you survived Charley without any major damage!
     
  5. SpectroPluto

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    Re:Off Topic - I survived Charley. (Polk County)

    hey folks! I (as is my CD collection) am ok. Our house came through untouched! We were VERY lucky!

    Our back fence fell in two spots...but technically it's our neighbor's fence so, financially speaking, we are fine!

    http://hometown.aol.com/spectropluto/hc1.JPG
    and
    http://hometown.aol.com/spectropluto/hc3.JPG

    the tree was in our neighbor's yard and fell into their sun room. We think they are snow birds (or whatever they're called) since we haven't seen them in a while, so we hope they have someone looking over their home for them!

    http://hometown.aol.com/spectropluto/hc2.JPG

    here we are roughing it with no power and a ton of candles. We JUST got our power back yesterday.

    http://hometown.aol.com/spectropluto/hc4.JPG
    (note the DVDs and VHS videos on the left and center, record lower center, and all our CDs on the right- two shelves!)

    But, again, we are unharmed (including the 3 dogs!)

    *Tommy
     
  6. SharonKurland

    SharonKurland Active Member

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    Just called our homeowner's insurance to make a claim...had to explain what a lanai was, since the lady I spoke to was in New Hmpshire .

    Got phone service back at 9am this morning. Woo hoo! Still no cell phone service though (next time we DON'T get AT&T/Cingular!)

    -Sharon-
     
  7. Dirk

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    @ SpectroPluto: glad to hear the good news from you too...

    @ Sharon: from what I read on the web I don't think the other mobile phone providers (besides AT&T) are providing better services right now. One of the main problems is also that the Cell Towers are using the normal power grid, so if that is still down in the area where a tower is located...


    Yours
    Dirk
     
  8. SharonKurland

    SharonKurland Active Member

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    Hi Dirk-

    Things seem to be doing a little better with our cell phones...now we can use them pretty much anywhere EXCEPT our own neighborhood! I guess whatever towers transmit stuff near our home is still affected. My in-laws use T-Mobile and they never lost any cell phone power. Then again, those lucky dogs never lost electric or cable either!

    It'll get better soon, I'm sure. And no matter what, we're a whole lot better off than a LOT of people right now.

    -Sharon-
     
  9. Michael Zielski

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    Just got back late Saturday from a 2 week Maine-to-WDW road trip--just have to echo the "glad you guys are OK"! We witnessed the downed trees, crushed roofs, trees snapped in half--somewhat reminiscent of the infamous ice storm we experienced in Maine in 1998--13 days, no electricity--in January! A number of cast members we spoke with in the parks were still waiting for their electricity to come back on after several days!

    Again, glad that you folks got a sprinkling of Tink's pixie dust and made it through OK!

    Michael
     
  10. SharonKurland

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    Thanks Michael. And now we might have to go through it all again....STAY AWAY, FRANCES!!!

    -Sharon-
     
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    Sharon & Tommy: Glad to hear you are both okay! ;D

    Gee, Sharon...maybe those Staten Island winters aren't looking so bad now, eh?! ;)
     
  12. SharonKurland

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    I'll tell ya Mike...when we had 5' high piles of tree branches on everyone's easements, it was very much like NY streets after a blizzard. And when I was shoveling millions of oak tree leaves (14 BIG bags' worth), I DEFINITELY used my "snow shoveling" experience to work!

    I'll stick to FL, thank-you-very-much!

    -Sharon-
    (bought 6 more gallons of water today...just in case)
     
  13. Michael Zielski

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    Hey Sharon--where are you??? Can't believe you guys are getting hit again! Did you have to evacuate???

    Best of luck to you and your husband--I'm sure everyone on board the site is thinking of you!

    Mike
     
  14. SharonKurland

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    Hi Mike-

    Oh, we're here...hunkerin' down and waiting for Frances to hit hard. Right now we're getting bands of weather every few hours and it should be getting worse and worse.

    We've got our supplies and our 'safe room" (well, hallway). Pippi the 14y/o (very healthy) poodle is wondering why she's wearing her harness in the house even though we're not going outside for a walk.

    Frances' winds are supposed to be somewhat less that Charley's but because she's moving so slowly, we're going to have hours and HOURS (like, 12) of sustained winds and rain...upwards of 10-12" of rain here in Central FL, upwards of 20" in other places.

    I'm staying online for as long as I can and will write back here as soon as I can, as well.

    Oh the weather outside is frightful....
    -Sharon-
     
  15. Michael Zielski

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    ......and our fires here in Maine will be delightful(in probably just a few more weeks, amazingly enough--we were just swimming/kayaking in our favorite local lake today!).....

    Glad to hear you're ready as possible--I can't believe we were down there a little more than a week ago, with all that's been happening.....

    Keep us posted--

    Mike
     
  16. SharonKurland

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    Log: 9:44pm.

    Frances still hasn't hit land and although 2,000,000 Floridians have lost power (mainly on the coast), we haven't. Yet .

    -Sharon-
     

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