Originally Posted by John A
Thanks for the pics. Its really hard to convince people just what the huricane season means. It's equally frustrating to explain what your experiences have been and then people take issue with you when you try to answer their questions.
Sailing east from Florida
is an upwind sail in the best of times, during hurricane
season it canbe life threating.
If people chose to ignore the facts, that's their choice.
Skipmac, the jaywalking comment had nothing to do with boats, but was in referance to people assuming responsibiity of the risk involved for their actions.
One last try and I give up. Sure hurricanes can be life threatening, never in any way said or implied otherwise. Sailing any time any where can be life threatening. Driving on the highway (forget about jaywalking) is life threatening. My point is NOT to ignore any risk or to not assume responsibility for one.s actions but the exact opposite, to know and understand the risks and to assume full responsibility for one's actions.
Let me add to the warning of Nick's photos. I had a friend who lived in south Miami
when hurricane Andrew struck. He lived miles inland in a solid, well built house. The house was reduced to rubble while he and his family
huddled under mattresses and tables in tub on the back side of the house. It was by far the most terrifying experience of their lives and they survived only by luck or the grace of God, however you prefer to see it.
These are facts.
1. The risk and danger
of a hurricane is not to be ignored. Hurricanes can be horrible, dangerous and can kill you.
2. Anyone who ignores the risk of a hurricane is foolish.
3. Hurricanes can occur any time of year, not just June through November.
4. Nowhere in the west north Atlantic is immune. Hurricanes or tropical storms have made landfall on the north coast of South America
and all the way to New England
5. Hurricanes do not appear magically overnight from nowhere. Weather
satellites, hurricane hunter
aircraft, deep sea buoys and other modern technology provides reliable information and advance notice of hurricane formation. This can range from a few days to a few weeks.
My conclusion and decision, based on facts and for which I assume full and complete responsibility, for one who is aware of and understands the risks and carefully monitors weather
data from multiple sources, the risk of being caught in a hurricane is very small.
If you do not understand the risks, cannot or will not monitor
weather conditions or have some situation that would prevent you from evacuating in case a storm approaches then should should by all means stay home. To do otherwise is extremely foolish.
If you think Grenada
or Chesapeake Bay
or wherever you are is totally safe then stay where you are but be prepared, you might be in for an unwelcome surprise.