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FlaPenny
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Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985
      Wed Sep 03 2008 10:40 AM

Hi, all - I went through Elena while living in Mobile, AL. I remember watching Elena loop around, but knew in my gut that we were going to be hit. At the time, I was the director of 2 ICU's in one of the local hospitals there. We closed down the unit with the most window exposure, to decrease the danger to patients and staff. My office was in that area. I remember being in the hospital that night, hearing the howling of the wind and feeling that prickling sensation as the pressure fell. We had no shutters on the windows, so we could see the blue flashes as the transformers blew all around us. The hospital was right next to a canal, so we nervously watched as the water level rose (during Frederick they had 2 feet of water inside the hospital). Our end stayed dry, but the lower part closer to the front of the hospital started having some flooding and people were reporting snakes in the hallways. After the storm passed, I was in the side of the ICU we had closed, checking that all of the windows were intact. As I went toward my office, I started smelling smoke and noticed some coming out of the A/C vent in the ceiling. First time I ever had to actually activate the fire alarm!! Some wiring had gotten wet and shorted out when the generators kicked the A/C on. If I hadn't been there checking, we might have had a bigger problem on our hands!!

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Veteran of: Cleo, Isbell, Betsy (Homestead); Frederick, Elena (Mobile); Irene, Frances, Jeane, Wilma (WPB) among others

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* Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88 Wed Sep 03 2008 10:40 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 flynorm   Mon Sep 08 2008 08:55 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Andi   Tue Sep 02 2008 09:27 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 FlaPenny   Wed Sep 03 2008 10:40 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 brooksville girl   Tue Sep 02 2008 09:25 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 CJ1   Mon Sep 01 2008 05:12 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 CPALabLover   Fri Sep 17 2004 04:09 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 rufusfrog   Wed Sep 15 2004 12:27 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88   Wed Sep 15 2004 01:15 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 natb1   Tue Sep 14 2004 11:00 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 msgatorslayer   Tue Sep 14 2004 06:42 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 vci_guy   Fri Sep 17 2004 02:31 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 gulftrade   Tue Sep 14 2004 12:28 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 dfwguy   Sat Sep 11 2004 12:28 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Redbird   Sat Sep 11 2004 02:22 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 BillyV   Mon Sep 13 2004 08:34 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Redbird   Tue Sep 14 2004 08:06 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LisaJ   Mon Sep 13 2004 11:51 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 TampaDon   Tue Sep 14 2004 12:43 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Wed Jul 07 2004 07:52 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Timbo   Wed Sep 15 2004 03:32 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 MichaelA   Sat Jun 25 2011 07:44 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Goula Girl   Fri Jul 09 2004 04:49 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Fri Jul 09 2004 07:35 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Goula Girl   Sat Jul 10 2004 12:41 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Sat Jul 10 2004 11:51 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 hurricane_run   Fri Aug 06 2004 03:08 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88   Fri Jul 09 2004 04:53 PM

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