(Weather Watcher)
Thu Sep 22 2005 03:30 AM
Re: Category 5 Hurricane Rtia Moves Westward in the Gulf

I've met a lot of people who have stayed for a Cat 3 hurricane, including some of my neighbors here in FL who stayed last year for Jeanne. I have yet to meet one who said they would do it again. Two doors down, mother and 10 year old son spent most of the night in the hallway, wind roaring, watching the interior walls of their home move back and forth as if they were breathing. Across the street, another watched a small tornado rip through her neighbor's back yard, tearing their pool structure to shreds and ripping trees up by their roots. Their house, designed to handle 150 mph winds, had massive roof failure, collapsing most of their ceilings from the rain.

And I am talking about a Cat 3. Stay for a Cat 4 or 5? NOT!

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