(Weather Guru)
Sun Aug 17 2008 01:48 AM
Re: Fay's Florida Impact Potential

A category 1 storm is nothing to be overly concerned about. Most people stay in their homes just like you would during a bad thunderstorm. Personally, I head across the street and take photos of the bay. But don't follow my example.

My point is, there is no reason to panic whatsoever about a cat 1. Chances are you've endured winds that strong already in various thunderstorms over the years.

If you are afraid of losing power and enduring high temperatures, an easy way to cope is to take frequent cold showers, keep a wet towel over your head. A fan is also very helpful if you have a generator. Remember keep the generator OUTSIDE, not inside.

A cat 1 storm likely would not cause enough damage that FPL would be unable to get you back online in a reasonably short time. Also, the old cracker houses tended to be built much stronger than much of the construction from the 50's-90. Even in Cat 4 Charley, most of the old cracker houses withstood it with little damage while some of the newer structures didn't fare as well.

However, if you are ordered to evacuate, you should do so immediately. Even the old houses are no match for storm surge.

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