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Anyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew?

Just checking to see if anyone is in the path of Hurricane Matthew. After we had to deal with Hurricane Hermine a few weeks ago, now Matthew looks to be headed straight for us by Friday before taking a hard right to the northeast.

Now's the time to get prepared and get my emergency kit going, I guess. I use this Kids with Food Allergies article about , as it has great info and helpful links to the American Red Cross. 

Hoping everyone will be safe!

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  • Jen

    Initially, the forecast was calling for Matthew to hug the east coast and bring lots of rain/wind to the DC area.  Now it's looking like it will be heading out to sea long before it gets here.  The forecast is saying we won't see any effects. I hope it doesn't rain  - not after all the rain we had last week.  Plus, I'd like for my girls to be able to go to lacrosse practice (was rained out last week bc the field was too wet) and I am going to the Ravens game Sunday.

  • K8sMom2002

    I think we'll mainly see rain and a bit of wind here, but nothing really severe. We'll be on the "good" side of the storm.

    DD just reported that the football game Friday may have to be moved to Thursday night due to the weather. Joy.

    On the flip side, she's out of school on Friday, and I was dreading having a game that Friday night, so maybe it's a good thing to have it early?

    OTOH, with all the evacuations, a loaf of bread, a bag of ice and a gallon of gas may be difficult to find.

  • K8sMom2002

    Glad you guys are getting spared, Gigi! 

    We have mandatory evacuations along the coast of Georgia as of this AM, and they reversed the east-bound I-16 to help with evacuations. We're on a main evacuation corridor, and in the past, that's become a sort of a man-made disaster. Hopefully the state has better plans in place to help manage the flow of people and get them the services they need. 

    So this AM I did my grocery shopping early and stocked up on batteries. Looks like we're mainly getting some wind, but nothing like what Florida will get. to anyone in Florida right now!

  • GigiGibson

    I have a friend in winterhaven and she said it's impossible to find gas and all the banks closed early. ATMS  were running earlier thankfully. 

  • Jen

    Cynthia – I hope it weakens a lot by the time it gets to you.  We've had few tropical storms/hurricanes up this way and they can do a number.

  • Kathy P

    Hope everyone remains safe! We just deal with earthquakes here I grew up on the east coast…it was rare that we got hurricanes as far north as PA, but I do remember one when I was a kid. So scary!

  • K8sMom2002

    Kathy P, I'll take the hurricanes, because at least I get a heads-up on when they're coming! 

    Jen, I've learned to respect the weather over the years.

    • I learned to respect even a tropical depression. A stalled tropical depression created river flooding that was high enough to nearly touch the bottom of an interstate bridge — the city of Macon looked like Venice for a little bit!
    • Hurricane Floyd in '94 taught me that mass evacuations can create real logistical problems for inland folks not normally at the mercy of a hurricane.
    • And Hurricane/Tropical Storm Frances taught me that the upper right hand quadrant of a storm can deal a nasty blow, even when the eye of the storm is on the Alabama state line and we're closer to the coast. We were without power for a week with that one!

    I think we'll be okay with this one. The interstates were crazy full yesterday, and as of lunchtime yesterday, one hotel owner told my step mom that if someone wanted a room, there weren't any vacancies below Macon (that's half the state, and Georgia is a BIG state.)

    But everyone seems a lot more organized and less chaotic than Floyd, and I'm thinking that we will get some rain and some wind and that will be all. The only thing I'm worried about is my sister's beach house on Tybee Island. It was the vacation home that she and my BIL bought not long before he died, and it will break her heart if anything happens to it.

    Edited to correct a sneaky grammatical error!

  • Jen

    Hope her vacation home is ok.  

    Yep, even a bad thunderstorm can cause some nasty flash flooding.  Up our way, back in July, historic Ellicott City MD was devastated by the flash flooding – it was worse than what it had seen from hurricanes.

  • K8sMom2002

    We were very fortunate and blessed that Matthew stayed off the coast far enough that we had  very little in the way of damage for us where we are in Georgia. We may have some wind this afternoon as it blows on out, but so far, so good. 

    My dad and my step mom are without power right now — and cell service and internet service, and their old landline phone won't ring, but they can call out.

    We don't know anything yet about my sister's vacation home on Tybee, except that we know they had record surges that came over the flood stage and possibly as high as the first floor of her house — and it's not on the beach. The causeway was under three feet of water yesterday, and they were worried that the storm's arrival would come over the island at high tide last night.

    Still, when all is said and done, it IS just property and it IS just a vacation home — life and limb are so much more important.

    We're okay here — but I'm worried about our members in Florida or the Carolinas … check in when you can!

  • GigiGibson

    Hammered by rain and gusts today, flooding all over hitting Fayetteville and Raleigh pretty good. We are high on a hill so never a worry. The lake was already high, can't wait to see that! Power outages happening all around, a few flickers here so it's probably going to happen. At least it's cool outside. Going to fix a pot of chili soon. Already lost three lives in NC today. So sad. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, Gigi, That is awful about losing folks. This has been a bad storm. 

    I hope your power hangs on — do you have a back up method for your neb if the power goes out?

  • GigiGibson

    Power is still on, we have a couple generators if we need it. Some apartment flooding here in chapel hill but we expect to escape unaffected unless a tree falls, insert that bug eyed emoti here, lol

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, glad you still have power — do watch out for fumes from generators! I hope you're still doing okay. 

    And the way you make that bug-eyed emoticon … :eek : without that space between the k and the last colon.

    My step-sister is trying to get home from VA to Georgia … her dad has just been DX'd with stage 3 lung cancer, and has wound up evacuated from Savannah and is in a small hospital near us. 

    I don't want her driving the whole way down because of the conditions of the roads, but she also may not be able to get a flight out …

  • Jen

    Gigi – We have family in eastern NC.  One of them posted video of the flooding in downtown New Bern  - it was like the rivers just took over all of downtown.  Dh's cousin's house (can't remember if it's on the Trent or the Neuse) was somehow ok.  My aunt and uncle are in Morehead City, right on the sound.  But…their house is up on a hill, so they usually don't have flooding much past their pier.

    Cynthia – Sorry to hear about your step-sister's dad.  I hope she was able to make it down to see him.

  • K8sMom2002

    Step sister got home!  

    Hugs to all of the folks who are in the Carolinas and are dealing with those awful flood waters … that is just breath-taking. 

    As for us, it could have been so much worse. Right now, we're still only dealing with limbs and trees down (no big trees in our yard, thank goodness) and possibly a bread shortage because of storm damage to a bakery in Savannah.

  • K8sMom2002

    Checking in because I've heard and seen really awful stories on the news about the flood waters in the Carolinas …

  • Jen

    Thinking about anyone who may be affected.  Has anyone heard from @Rfinchertaylor?  I think it's been a few days.  Hopefully she's doing ok.

    Dh's cousin posted a video from today of the flooding in Kinston NC.  It is incredible how this many days out the flooding is so bad.

  • Rfinchertaylor

    I'm doing well!  Fortunately we did not have any damage from the storm or suffered any power outages. Rain and wind but no damage.  I do have some friends in Princeville and the Rocky Mount area that had damage or have been evacuated from their homes.  My heart goes out to those impacted.

  • Kathy P

    Glad you are safe and dry Renee. I hope your friends can get back tohomes quickly to assess the damage.

  • Jen

    Renee  - Thanks for checking in.  I'm glad you're ok.  Hope your friends can recover soon.

  • GigiGibson

    More and more stories of loss and more flooding in princeville and Kinston in the last 24 hours. What will we do with all the trash and ruined belongings….

  • Kathy P

    AAFA's Kids With Food Allergies division has information about how you can help with flood relief efforts for families with food allergies.

  • K8sMom2002

    Renee, thanks for checking in!  And Kathy P, thanks for sharing the link to the .

    Gigi, any more news that maybe things could be turning around?

  • Jen

    Cynthia – I saw where at least one county closed school for all of this week.  I believe there were still some flooding issues and many of the schools were being used as shelters.