Quote: I have witnessed in person today what several have posted about regarding storm apathy here in Central Florida. The tension reached an unbearable peak during the days leading up to Frances' landfall. The shock of Charley being far worse than we imagined could happen this far inland jolted nearly everyone into some sort of storm preparation for Frances. This time around, the attitude is more a resigned acceptance. I have actually noticed yesterday and earlier today, that several homes in my neighborhood were taking their plywood DOWN! I work in a local department store and, in the days immediately prior to Charley and Frances, business was non-existent. People were too pre-occupied to shop. Sure, the grocery and home improvement stores were packed, but clothing stores did no business. Today, we were very busy with people casually browsing....a totally different attitude from before. Even tonight at the grocery store saw very little lines.....huge stocks of water, canned goods & batteries....no rush to grab these typical hurricane supplies. I certainly hope that Jeanne turns out to be a fizzle, because I fear the lack of preparation could come back and haunt many people.
I can relate to the apathy, Lou. Even though we folks on the GA coast won't come close (God willing) to experiencing the initial landfall of Jeanne and what she will bring, we're in for some nasty weather. I'm pretty much prepared all year round for whatever comes my way because I live on a small island that is east of a small town. Savannah is a little north of me. I went shopping last night to pick up a few more things, and the grocery store was empty. I went to Lowes today (in Savannah) for a little extra plywood (just in case) and that store was empty, too. I just couldn't believe it!!! Heck, parts of Savannah were without power for 2 weeks when Hurricane David dropped by for a little visit in 1979. As you know, it was a category 1, and if I remember correctly, it passed over Tybee Island and missed the city of Savannah. I talked to some neighbors today that weren't even aware that Jeanne was headed our way. Like I said, I can relate to the apathy. Folks around here could be in for a big surprise.
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