By: FLCrackerGirl , 9:22 PM GMT on August 12, 2005

Steve, Thanks for ALL the fantasic info. Your Attention to this Blog is priceless. I hope all the needless posting the last few days doesn't put you off your updates & answering questions.

To All The Bloggers Who Want To Take A "Direct Hit" or think a hurricane is fun or a rush to go through,
You Have No Idea How Destructive & Horrible an Experience It Trully Is. (even cat 1, 2 storms)

My Family Has Lived In Indian River/St Lucie County's here in East Coast Florida for over six generations. Many of my relatives are still in agriculture and manufacturing here. HURRICANES ARE DEVASTING EVENTS for residents, businesses and the natural landscape.

Indian River/St Lucie Counties were hit last year with the "Twisted Sisters" Frances & Jeanne & had the "wave remants" of Ivan in between. This area was on the NorthEast side of these storms both times. The NorthEast Side being the notoriously stronger & wetter side of a hurricane. The destruction was immense....

Most residents were without power for 16-21 days, after EACH Storm. 90% of the area had extensive Powerline damage, no drinkable water, no traffic signals and no merchant services (no groceries, fast food, gas because everything was spoiled or polluted)for or almost 2 weeks after Frances. A County Long Barrier Island couldn't protect the mainlaind from a 10-12 foot storm surge. Hundreds of residents (many seniors) had to be rescued from their homes by dedicated law enforcement/fire rescue officers who had to brave storm winds & a waste treatment spill into the surge.

The landscape was unrecognizable. 250 Year-old Oak Trees (with 8-10" diameter trunks) were felled and debris piles were as high as 12FT in some areas. Trees & Greenery were stripped bare of foliage. Animals, Big & Small, killed. Almost no existence of wildlife for monthes afterwards. Ever building had some kind of damage to its structure.

And just when things started to be repaired... Along Came Jeanne to make the situation worse. Many residents & business here have never recovered.

Other "Fun" Things About Or After A Storm... Long Lines for EVERYTHING, FEMA & Insurance Agents, "Armed" National Guardsmen to keep the Peace, Dawn-Til-Dust Curfews, Short Tempers & Construction Contractors who'll get to you "eventually".

Thank Goodness for the dedicated individuals who gave of themselves to help this area afterwards...Out-Of-State (Power) Linesmen, Army Corp of Engineers, Civic & Religious Volunteers from all over the country. It's because of these people we still have a community.

From A Been Thru-It Perspective, I NEVER want to see a hurricane take a direct hit on my hometown ever again (though the chances are, we probably will). And I'd Never want Anyone/Anywhere to have to go through what our area has had to endure. I Hope Every Storm Goes Harmlessly Out-To-Sea or Dissipates Before Makes Landfall & Pray For Everyone In Its Path.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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