(Weather Watcher)
Sat Sep 09 2017 10:38 PM
Re: Surge "above ground" - what does that mean?

People who are at risk from a storm surge and don't heed the warnings need to download photos of the Mississippi coast after Katrina. It looked like a bomb had been dropped on the three counties which are on the coast. Nothing but slabs left from homes which made it through Camille in 1969. Apartment buildings were reduced to matchsticks. Major bridges which went over the bays...completely gone. I was looking at a lot in a small neighborhood. I inquired of the realtor what happened to the houses fronting US 90. I'm from Florida and have been through many hurricanes, but there was always evidence left behind if a house was completely destroyed. I assumed while looking at the slab lot the clean up was done by workers. I assumed wrong. His answer? He didn't say a word....he just pointed to the Gulf! Only one house for several miles along the coast made it through the storm because it was concrete construction. But, the whole inside was completely gone; just the shell was left. Folks, you can hunker down in wind, but you cannot fight water! The force is too great. Semi trailers from the ports floated and became battering rams. Look at the photos and decide if you want to try to survive hanging onto a tree like so many in this area did. Or if you find a floating piece of debris to grab onto only to be shredded by other debris in the water.

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