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Reports of evacuations in New Orleans due to Tropical Storm Isaac certainly bring back scary memories, especially with the predictions it may be a hurricane when it finds land some time tomorrow. I was surprised to realize by way of the news about this that Wednesday is the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as it seems more recent than that. Here's hoping that all the time that's passed has been used to better protect that area from the possible ravages of the storm.

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26. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2012, 02:21 eRe4s3r
 
Hey, that is a perfectly legitimate strategy  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 22:40 DNForever
 
Certainly it's proportionally higher in the flood plains. I was mainly giving a small perspective that I've seen some floods come out of seemingly nowhere.  
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 22:12 Mr. Tact
 
DNForever wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 21:51:
I don't totally agree on flooding being avoidable.
I said "pretty avoidable" not totally. Let me put it this way, if you were to ignore damage done to property in flood plains the total damage done by floods would be reduced by a very large amount -- possibly a majority, but I'm not going to bother looking for numbers.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 22:00 Mordecai Walfish
 
I also live in the Midwest, USA, except I quite like the crazy storms we get here. Nothing keeps you (and your battery backup) on it's toes quite like summer tornado warnings and massive lightning storms with gale-force winds ^_^

Now what I can REALLY do without is the crazy humidity we get here..

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Holy shit, that guys ankle at :33...



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22. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 21:51 DNForever
 
I don't totally agree on flooding being avoidable. A bad enough storm or too much precipitation on the wrong hilly area can create a flood almost anywhere.

Floods are also really scary and dangerous in person. I've seen way too many flash floods here in Pittsburgh. People regularly die in them.

But knowing that weather is the one thing humans will never control, there's some solace in that.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 18:16 sauron
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 16:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm.
It varies widely across the country. You have to remember how large the US is. Here in the central part of the country the only real issues are tornados and flooding. Tornados are totally random. You can live in "tornado alley" and never see, let alone get hit by, a tornado for years. Flooding is pretty avoidable, don't live in a flood plain. But for people on the coasts...totally different.

Here in NYC, natural disasters aren't really a major threat, but clear blue skies in September still freak me out.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 17:28 TrevorC
 
My parents live in New Orleans. They told me that there's no forced evacuations. They're planning to ride it out. Supplies are stocked. Generator's got plenty of gas.  
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 16:47 Dagnamit
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 12:36:
i read somewhere that silt deposit has raised the level of the river above ground level in some parts of the city and the levees are the only thing holding the water back. they can reinforce the levees, but nothing is indestructible, and when the rest energy of a system is to deluge the surrounding area, it's a disaster waiting to happen which is what happened in '05. that said, i'm pretty sure the levees have been reinforced to survive another katrina, which was way more powerful than this storm, but there's not much they can do about the storm surge that accompanies every hurricane. shouldn't be too bad though since this appears to be a weaker hurricane.

I lived in NOLA for 2 years, this is one of the first things I checked. When you're standing on the top of the levee, the water level is clearly higher than the ground on the dry side. It's quite a thing to look at the levee and realize the surface of the river is 5 feet above your head. It took some getting used to.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 16:23 Ray Ban
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 16:15:
They could wall it in and make it the first underwater city test-bed...


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17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 16:18 SimplyMonk
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 16:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm.
It varies widely across the country. You have to remember how large the US is. Here in the central part of the country the only real issues are tornados and flooding. Tornados are totally random. You can live in "tornado alley" and never see, let alone get hit by, a tornado for years. Flooding is pretty avoidable, don't live in a flood plain. But for people on the coasts...totally different.

San Diego, Pacific Coastline. Here all we really worry about is fire and earthquakes, although I don't think the county in particular has had a really bad earthquake in as long as I can remember. Fires on the other hand can be a real problem due to the dry brush and people generally being morons.

I guess there is also the potential for tsunamis, but due to the Pacific coast structure, it is less of a concern this far south unless something happens right off the coast.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 16:15 eRe4s3r
 
They could wall it in and make it the first underwater city test-bed...  
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 16:01 Mr. Tact
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm.
It varies widely across the country. You have to remember how large the US is. Here in the central part of the country the only real issues are tornados and flooding. Tornados are totally random. You can live in "tornado alley" and never see, let alone get hit by, a tornado for years. Flooding is pretty avoidable, don't live in a flood plain. But for people on the coasts...totally different.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 15:57 sauron
 
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:56:
Also, Katrina was already a Cat 5 hurricane when it was about to hit land, and it was one of the most powerful C5s ever witnessed. Isaac is a Tropical Storm that may turn into a Cat 1. Quite different scales of destruction there.

Creston

Yeah, I hope it doesn't do any damage. While the mental image of soaked Republican Convention delegates in rubber boats IS pretty appealing, that city has been through enough already.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 15:15 Verno
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm. Seriously, I have experienced all bad weather Germany has to offer and never ever was there ever something that could endanger my life.

Debris and breathing are your biggest concerns. Try to stand outside in hurricane force winds and you will have a life endangering experience pretty quickly.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 14:47 Mr. Tact
 
I hope N.O. dodges the bullet.

That said, I have been advocating the abandonment of that city for 20 years now. Either that, or please stop wasting my tax dollars on it. Hell, the lower third of Louisiana should probably be made a national/state park with no permanent residents.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 14:31 xXBatmanXx
 
Anyone that lives in that area needs their head checked.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 14:20 eRe4s3r
 
Yeah, I don't think I envy you for that. In fact, it is the main reason I would never consider moving to the states for work reasons, that, and the inane border molesting.  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 14:12 mag
 
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:56:
Also, Katrina was already a Cat 5 hurricane when it was about to hit land, and it was one of the most powerful C5s ever witnessed. Isaac is a Tropical Storm that may turn into a Cat 1. Quite different scales of destruction there.

Creston

It hit land as a cat 3, though. Still a big difference from a cat 1, but.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 13:56 Creston
 
Also, Katrina was already a Cat 5 hurricane when it was about to hit land, and it was one of the most powerful C5s ever witnessed. Isaac is a Tropical Storm that may turn into a Cat 1. Quite different scales of destruction there.

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7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 13:55 Creston
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm. Seriously, I have experienced all bad weather Germany has to offer and never ever was there ever something that could endanger my life. Or maybe that's because I would never move next to a river or a mountain. Only thing that pisses me off is when my cellar floods. I even have sandbags prepared in case the next "storm of the century" is announced. And that is just to prevent flooding, not a matter of survival. But then, I also live about 50m above the water level. Those 50m make all the difference, apparently.

Not to be rude, buddy, but the "storms" you get in Germany are peanuts compared to the ones that tear up the US. I lived in Holland for 30 years, and now live in the Midwest; what we call a mild storm here would have people in Holland cowering in shelters...

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