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  1. ander420

    Hurricane Michael

    For sure - I live in Chancellor's Ridge.
  2. ander420

    Hurricane Michael

    I live about 1.25 miles from the mall - been pretty quiet here.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Still here - couple good bursts of serious wind but nothing crazy beyond that.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Meanwhile up at Elon they have been hard hit with the power out and multiple trees down on campus. https://www.elon.edu/E-Net/Article/167050
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    Hurricane Michael

    We just had about 12-15 minutes of some seriously gusty winds and an increase in rain. It has now passed and is raining gently again and trees barely moving in Durham.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Same here in Southpoint corner of Durham.
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    Florence Observations

    Wild weather in Durham and Chapel Hill overnight with tornadoes, massive thunder storms, torrential rain, and significant flooding. By mid afternoon the sun was out and Florence left behind this.
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    Florence Observations

    Tornado warning in Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough area. Just torrential rain most of the night and strong thunderstorms the last few hours. WRAL just showed 3 inches an hour rainfall here. Wild stuff. Lots of flooding locally right in middle of kids going to school here. Crazy the one day they have school is during the worst weather here.
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    Florence Observations

    I worked down that way for several years, at UNCP in Robeson County. So not a good place for flooding - terribly flat, the Lumber River right there, and such a economically down area of the state. This corner of NC is pretty poor, but the people are some the greatest I have ever met in my life. It might sound trite to say it, but it reminds me of growing up a long time ago where people looked out for each other, did the best with what they have, and the community was more than the person living next to you for a couple years. If this goes as bad as it might, I would really suggest this be a place where focused donations be aimed.
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    Major Hurricane Florence: STORM MODE THREAD

    folks down there are in my thoughts. I taught at UNCP for a few years and fell in love with the people and area there. Praying you guys get spared the worst of this.
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    Florence Observations

    Took a nice walk around my neighborhood in the Southpoint area of Durham, about 12 miles from RDU airport. Breezy, fast moving clouds, no rain but it has sprinkled off and on this morning.
  12. ander420

    Hurricane Florence

    In Durham, I went out for a ride this morning to see what was going on. Tons of tree service and utility trucks staging here in parking lots. I took a few pics from different parking lots (Home Depot on 15-501, Target @ Southpoint, Rise Donuts @ Southpoint, and a Hess gas station @ Southpoint and one on the road). https://photos.app.goo.gl/pySFf4aBDFcAv3S17
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    Hurricane Florence

    Well my wife works at UNC Chapel Hill and in prior storms they took in lots of UNCW students. They have some there now, not sure how many.
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    Hurricane Florence

    I see the posts about overhyping. I am by no means even knowledgeable enough to be dangerous discussing weather, but I do study and have worked in politics all my adult life. In my corner of the triangle right now there are still gas lines, people evacuating, and water and essentials have been hard to find for days now. All the schools are closed Thursday and Friday. UNC basically shut down Tuesday evening and has been trying to get all their students to go home. At Elon, where I work, they cancelled class and encouraged all students to go home beginning Tuesday. At a school where 25 or so of the kids are from NC and many from the NE etc this isnt as easy as it sounds. Tons of folks to fly out etc. Overreaction yeah maybe, but with 7000 undergrads needing 3 meals a day if the power goes out thats 21000 meals a day on generator power. No bueno. The school is not supposed to keep students on campus if they lose power, but local communities cannot absorb 7000 bodies in their shelters so they basically had no choice. I dont know what the answer to this stuff is, but when you are hitting 5 days out or less and everything seems to be pointing one way and historic flooding, what do you do? I feel bad for the people who are going to take a hit from this. I am a bit of a prepper so I just needed a few things, but many people were making choices between bills and hurricane prep etc. Its a tricky situation. It doesnt feel good enough to just say better to be safe than sorry, but the alternative is? I very much worry that most people will just tune out next time on this kind of stuff. On a personal level, I have been in NC for 12 years now and havent even gotten a good kiss from a hurricane yet. Weirdly, I felt more hurricane effects in Massachusetts than NC and thats depressing.
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    Hurricane Florence

    Look I am sensitive to all of this and not trying to be a dick about anything. I have just never seen such buy in and worry about the fall out. We cancelled 2 days of classes, basically a third and told parents and students to get the kids the heck out. Flying your kid to California or Boston or Philly or Florida or Oregon is a big expense for a lot of people and not just an inconvenience. The level of certainty in all this and how it was pitched (if it turns out wrong) is going to cause some significant problems that will eventually come back to bite people really hard. That is all I am saying. Personally, I have never seen folks in the Triangle take a storm more seriously in my years here. The threat was clear, it was communicated clearly, understood, and acted upon. The lack of doubts or possibilities along the way is going to leave a lot of folks angry and a lot of folks just not trusting this kind of stuff in the future. My two cents.
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