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Hope everyone on the east coast with the impending hurricane heading our way is safe!!! I know everyone is running around here getting ready. I have to say I'm nervous to be with no power with 2 toddlers for a couple days. But we are set to go here. Hope you all are too!!

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Yes, be safe all! I hope you have a heat source in case your power goes out!

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Yes. Thank you! We have a wood burning stove. Thank God we had it replaced when we moved in. It has been very helpful these past 6 years!

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yes i agree be safe, i hope we dont lose power cause i cant imagine how to explain to my 4 years old why there isnt any power

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Yea I hope that he storm won't be as bad as they are thinking. When DD was 2 weeks old, we had a horrendous ice storm and the power was out for two weeks, So I know what it would be like!

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

Yea I hope that he storm won't be as bad as they are thinking. When DD was 2 weeks old, we had a horrendous ice storm and the power was out for two weeks, So I know what it would be like!

WOW! 2 weeks? I'd have lost it! We don't get storms like this on our coast but we have a travel trailer with propane heat so we could live out there if we needed to, but the batteries would only last 4 days.

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I have 3 extra bedrooms, two couches, a futon, and a sleeper sofa if anyone needs it. Wink Be safe

edited to say: o and one of the bedrooms has 3 twin beds

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Yes be safe!

And on a similar note. Does anyone(hopefully everyone) have preparations in their home already if disaster strikes or do you wait for predicted storms to go out and get things you might need?

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"jax225" wrote:

Hope everyone on the east coast with the impending hurricane heading our way is safe!!! I know everyone is running around here getting ready. I have to say I'm nervous to be with no power with 2 toddlers for a couple days. But we are set to go here. Hope you all are too!!

Where abouts are you on the coast? I was going to ask if anyone on this thread is in the affected area...

"MJDttc" wrote:

Yes be safe!

And on a similar note. Does anyone(hopefully everyone) have preparations in their home already if disaster strikes or do you wait for predicted storms to go out and get things you might need?

We don't normally but we usually have stock of most htings anyway. so when predicted storms come we jsut stock up on the extras.. (water etc) but we also dont go crazy. we have plenty of stuf fin our pantry we wouldnt starve, and my parents live right next door and their pantry is more stocked than ours. we always have extra blankets etc on hand, and as for batteries I used to run out and get some (and may do so tomorrow depending on what our lantern takes bc I HAVE to get a start on report cards) but we have an emergency crank radio/flashlight and it does not require batteries so I dont freak out about those as much.

We spent today cleaning out our gutters and getting loose stuff out of the yard. tomorrow we will clean off our screend in porch bc the wind will still affect it. Tomorrow we will fill our bathtub with water and fill up our 5 gallon cooler and I have a case of water and 2 gallon jugs. now thinking about it I should probably get more water and drinks for me only bc I should be drinking more.... hmm. add that to tomorrows list. (but even not worried there bc we have a brand new opened yesterday walmart about 5 mins from my house now...dangerous but convinent!) Im not concerned about the hurricane aspect we made out fine last year, but the wind is what I am worried about. we live in the middle of the woods and alot of the trees around our house are dead... we live in a "critical" area and therefore it is illegal for us to cut them down. (though they are DEAD) so our biggest concern here is that we are going to have trees come down.

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

WOW! 2 weeks? I'd have lost it! We don't get storms like this on our coast but we have a travel trailer with propane heat so we could live out there if we needed to, but the batteries would only last 4 days.

We made it! Having a newborn, it is mostly a blur for me. We have 4 houses on the farm, and two of them are hooked up to a generator. We ended up mostly moving in with my in-laws, ours is the newest house and hasn't yet been hooked up to the generator. We only ran the generator periodically, but it helped. Landlines and cell phones didn't work either. It was quite the experience, once in a lifetime, I hope!

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we aren't ready yet. *sigh* need to fill up on water, put yard stuff away and finish laundry today. I hate losing power. I've been out for a week before and it sucked. With the kids I've been out for 48 hours was the longest.

So it looks like it's Jackie, Karen and myself in the affected area? Anyone else?

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Patience- I live in northeast New Jersey. About 45 min west of NYC. Where abouts are you?

Leah- that's an impressive story. I hope it was a once in a life time for you too! Good thing you guys had a generator.

Mary- we have most of what we need before disaster strikes. But we did have to do a little bit of preparing here. I had run out of batteries so I bought them, we needed gas for the generator, and we moved all the furniture off the back deck. I always have tons of food stocked up in the house and we have a gas stove so cooking isn't a problem.

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"tink9702" wrote:

we aren't ready yet. *sigh* need to fill up on water, put yard stuff away and finish laundry today. I hate losing power. I've been out for a week before and it sucked. With the kids I've been out for 48 hours was the longest.

So it looks like it's Jackie, Karen and myself in the affected area? Anyone else?

add me to the list!

"jax225" wrote:

Patience- I live in northeast New Jersey. About 45 min west of NYC. Where abouts are you?

.

I am on the Eastern Shore of MD. about 40 mins from the beaches. our area flooded out bad during irene last year. our rain and wind has already started... we need to make a walmart run this morning and grab some things I didnt think of (like extra tylenol before my weather-induced migraines kick in) extra water and some breakfast stuff for DS.

We have to drive to Northern DE this morning to go pick him up from his Mom-moms... hopefullly the rain stays light until we get back !

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Living in an earthquake/tsunami area (and there was a 7.7 quake off the coast up north last night and we were on tsunami advisory!), I do have emergency kits. I have a backpack with all kinds of supplies and food plus water in our coat closet and I also have an identical kit in the trunk of my car if it were to happen when I'm not home. I actually need to go refresh some of the items, this would be a good time I think!

Stay safe on the east coast everyone!

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Freaky, right Hilary? We were at a Halloween party last night when we heard about the Tsunami warning. Luckily we were at pretty high land and our house is very high from sea level. Also, I've seen tsunami modeling and most of them don't make it up this far...phew! DH is calling out 'the big one' though. Silly man.

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Freaky, right Hilary? We were at a Halloween party last night when we heard about the Tsunami warning. Luckily we were at pretty high land and our house is very high from sea level. Also, I've seen tsunami modeling and most of them don't make it up this far...phew! DH is calling out 'the big one' though. Silly man.

We live on a major fault line and they have been saying that for years about us!

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Yikes! What is up with all the natural disasters going on?!?

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

We live on a major fault line and they have been saying that for years about us!

What state are you in?

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We live in Kentucky, we have small ones every once in awhile, I rarely feel them in fact. My whole life though, they have been talking about the next "big one". It may very well happen, and it scares me if I think about it. I normally don't think about it!

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No matter where you live, there seems to be at least one diaster that your area is prone to. Too bad there is no place that is danger free!

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Freaky, right Hilary? We were at a Halloween party last night when we heard about the Tsunami warning. Luckily we were at pretty high land and our house is very high from sea level. Also, I've seen tsunami modeling and most of them don't make it up this far...phew! DH is calling out 'the big one' though. Silly man.

It could happen! We arent in an earthquake area and we had one when I was in college and another one last year!

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

We live in Kentucky, we have small ones every once in awhile, I rarely feel them in fact. My whole life though, they have been talking about the next "big one". It may very well happen, and it scares me if I think about it. I normally don't think about it!

Yes, I'm on a pretty major one too. We have quakes daily but I never feel them. I've only ever felt one. We used to do earthquake drills in school and such.

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

No matter where you live, there seems to be at least one diaster that your area is prone to. Too bad there is no place that is danger free!

I thought we were only had a few things here. but in the last year we have had tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes. we get it all!

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No tornadoes or hurricanes here! PHEW!

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How are our storm friends this morning?

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hanging in so far. the worst is yet to come though... so far we have had over 4 inches of rain (this was the total hours ago) and the highest recorded gust was 32 mph (again over an hour ago) apparently this is nothing compared to wahts coming later today and tomorrow.....

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"PatienceW" wrote:

hanging in so far. the worst is yet to come though... so far we have had over 4 inches of rain (this was the total hours ago) and the highest recorded gust was 32 mph (again over an hour ago) apparently this is nothing compared to wahts coming later today and tomorrow.....

Yikes! Is your school closed today then?

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we are closed today and tomorrow... most likely wednesday too. They have changed the storm and are now saying we are going to get it worse than what we orginally were supposed to.

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that sucks that it is going to be worse than expected Patience!

We are doing okay, still have power at least for now. We haven't gotten much rain, but we are expected to get a lot more wind than rain. Gusts up to 45mph so far. We're on the northern side of the hurricane where the wind is stronger and rain less. Though it it is raining right now. So flooding is only supposed to be coastal, but wind gusts/sustained wind is supposed to be really high this afternoon. I really am expecting to lose power in the next couple hours.

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mind if I lurk over here a little? I did say I would...
we're in the storm area, too. We just had a tree come down. Our driveway is right next to our neighbor's and somehow it fell between the two cars! Anywhere else it would have hit a car or powerline or something. And the peak winds/gusts aren't supposed to come for a few more hours still! Luckily, right now the wind is blowing the only remaining trees away from the house and none of them lean over it or anything. It's getting pretty nasty out there. Our gusts are 50-60mph.

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Yikes! So glad it didn't hit the cars/powerlines/houses!!!

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We are doing ok so far. So far we still have power but I don't expect it to last much longer because its still supposed to get worse. Th winds are so crazy like 40-50 mph. I have never seen anything like this in my life!

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Yeah, I still have power too, but it's been flickering - about 5 times in the past half hour so I'm expecting it to go soon. the wind is INSANE! I don't remember anything like this since Hurricane Bob back in the 90's.

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we have had sustained winds of 35-45 mph. they are prediciting 80mpg guts tonight. so far not too much damage here. the wind is getting very scary sounding, but its hard to tell whats going on outsie bc it is getting so dark. we do have a very large branch down on our fence, and a huge limb fell on our boat. other than that I am not sure what hs come down. thankful we still have power right now. hoping everyone else is staying safe.

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Everyone check in! Smile

My family is safe, my house is still standing and we have power. I have no idea if the cars are okay, but I'm grateful at this point. That wind was insane. Right now it's still pouring.

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"tink9702" wrote:

Everyone check in! Smile

My family is safe, my house is still standing and we have power. I have no idea if the cars are okay, but I'm grateful at this point. That wind was insane. Right now it's still pouring.

So glad to hear it! Amazingly, we still have power, too, and it seems no real damage. Just branches and the tree (which didn't start or end on our property, thankfully). It's not windy or pouring and DH is back at work. Whew.

I hope everyone else is okay, too!

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now that it's past dawn - the cars are both okay, some tree limbs down. DH has gone to work and says much of the area does not have power.

Glad you are okay too!

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I'm more than okay. I have a positive OPK this morning and I'm hoping to tag along just behind you ladies. Wink

How about everyone else? I hope you're just waiting for power to come back. Stay safe!

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How is everyone fairing? The wind is picking up here and they expect Lake Michigan to overflow the banks because of waves. But, we are safe and have nothing going on compared to other areas.

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we are safe and sound. haven't been outside to see hte damage, but we never lost power. DH went out with a flashlight in the mess last night and he said we lost a few shingles, we know of a few limbs down... other than that we faired ok for living in the middle of the woods! We will take a walk in a little bit to go see how my parents faired (we live next door and they have 11 acres of woods) alot of our town is without power and some had flooding. We are very thankful

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We have done ok. We lost power last night at 10. But we have a generator for the freezer and fridge. So at least our food is ok. The house has no damage so we are very luck there!

On a side note. I never realized how much my kids depend on their white noise machines. Cause they were up all night! I got 1 hour of sleep! Ugh!!!

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that sucks about the kids being up all night Jackie! gladyou are okay though

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I'm glad you're okay, Jackie. I hope you get some rest today!

I just went for a walk because the kids had to get out of the house. On our normal 1 mile walk there are roads closed off, wires down, a few trees down, and one tree which fell on a house and wires. Wow, we were lucky.

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checking in, everything is ok never lost power, the lights did flicker hear and there but everything was fine, down the block a line did come down but thank god didnt effect us. glad to hear everyone is ok