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Scary stuff down there, hope everyone is ok and makes it safely through the storm.

There's so much talk about evacuating people, I hope those who had to leave games behind come back to find them safe and sound too.

Did you take games with you if you evacuated? Orlando is supposed to get some weather, Cool Stuff is there, and of course The Dice Tower is in Miami now. Be safe!
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Thoughts and prayers with the good people of Florida and the coastal regions. heart

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Visiting in Florida. I'm near the west coast. Nothing much happening here. They are saying damage on the east coast is minimal so far. Lots of folks there without power though. So far Florida has lucked out.
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Never store your games on the basement floor folks! Assume a pipe bursting or something like that is just a matter of time.

Also flood insurance, think about it.
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I'm in Orlando. With the storm taking that slight jog east late last night we got spared the higher winds we'd been expecting. Last night was relatively calm but today has been steady heavy winds with some pretty good gusts. I still have power but there are plenty of friends of mine around the area who are out. All told, we're lucky; this could have been a lot worse.
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News this morning was almost half a million people without power. Also that the storm is downgraded to Category 3.

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spotH3D wrote:
Never store your games on the basement floor folks! Assume a pipe bursting or something like that is just a matter of time.

Also flood insurance, think about it.


Having spent most of my life living in a place where Mother Nature is pretty obnoxious, I second this as very good advice. Most of the time if there are water problems, it's going to be just enough to ruin your carpet.... and whatever you have laying on the floor. It's not an accident that most bookshelves have 2-3" legs below the bottom shelf!
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Not a lot of people in Florida have basements.
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plezercruz wrote:
News this morning was almost half a million people without power. Also that the storm is downgraded to Category 3.

Pete (parrots his car's radio)


Cleaning up and restoring normal life after a storm like this is really the terrible part, as we have seen with other major weather incidents.
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I'm in Jacksonville, all my games are in large contracters bags. No basement here in Florida. Fingers are crossed.
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Good luck to everyone in its path!!! Be safe.
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Hope everyone stays safe. Best wishes from over the pond.
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spotH3D wrote:
Never store your games on the basement floor folks! Assume a pipe bursting or something like that is just a matter of time.

Also flood insurance, think about it.
Most homes near the coasts of Florida don't have basements. But, that's a good tip for folks with basements!
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I live in Longwood, 12 miles northeast of Orlando and about 35-40 miles from the coast.

We got VERY lucky. The storm never veered west. At its closest, the eye was about 5-10 miles east of Cape Canaveral. That left central Florida outside the hurricane force wind bands and probably spared the coastal regions to some degree as well. There is a lot of debris in my yard (broken branches, leaves, etc.), but we still have power and there is no significant damage to my house.

Very, very fortunate.
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sdonohue wrote:
Not a lot of people in Florida have basements.


Why is that? I would have thought a solid basement would be an ideal safe area. I am thinking of those films when the whole family pile into them when the wind gets up. Kansas? Oklahoma?
 
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infectedeggs wrote:
sdonohue wrote:
Not a lot of people in Florida have basements.


Why is that? I would have thought a solid basement would be an ideal safe area. I am thinking of those films when the whole family pile into them when the wind gets up. Kansas? Oklahoma?

Because in Florida, the water table is about 3 feet below the ground.
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infectedeggs wrote:
sdonohue wrote:
Not a lot of people in Florida have basements.


Why is that? I would have thought a solid basement would be an ideal safe area. I am thinking of those films when the whole family pile into them when the wind gets up. Kansas? Oklahoma?



Water table is to high and the soil is not conducive for basements. Others parts of the country like Kansas and Oklahoma have storm shelters below ground for tornadoes but Florida cannot.
 
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aaaah. I see. Is the water table so high due to the flatness of the state?
I have stayed many times in villas in Kissimmee. I dread to think what a hurricane hit could do to one.
 
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The average elevation in Florida is six feet above sea level. In some places it's as low as three. We're oh so very flat.

And it's also the geology underneath the state. As prone to sinkholes as we are, you'd probably be in more danger in a basement during a hurricane soaking the ground than you would be up in the house.
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Thanks for that. It is something I always wondered about.
Fingers crossed!
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I've read that the other reason for lack of basements is the lack of a significant frost line.

Here in Michigan you have to dig 5-6' to make sure you're below the frost-line. Digging a little more to get the 8' of a typical basement isn't that expeneive.
 
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Thanks for thinking of us. We're in the NW part of Orlando and only had a few broken tree branches. Still remember the 3 direct hits we got in 2004 so feeling very blessed this time around.
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sdonohue wrote:
I've read that the other reason for lack of basements is the lack of a significant frost line.

Here in Michigan you have to dig 5-6' to make sure you're below the frost-line. Digging a little more to get the 8' of a typical basement isn't that expeneive.


I know that most places that I have lived in Oklahoma are surrounded by houses without basements. The houses I have lived in and seen in Oklahoma that do have basements were almost all built before 1940. For whatever that's worth.
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Research Karst topography. That's Florida.
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