Monday, June 12, 2006

Alberto is a Four Letter Word

Central Florida is not nearly as hurricane ravaged as New Orleans but that doesn't mean we're looking forward to hurricane season. Tropical Storm Alberto is currently slated to pass a little north of us and yes there are still lots of people here with damaged roofs from the hurricane hat trick of 2 years ago.

For those of you unfamiliar with tropical weather systems, remember it's not the wind or the rain that kills the most people, it's the stupidity. If you're in mobile home, leave. If you're neighborhood floods when you turn your sprinklers on, leave. Don't try to sneak in a round of golf before the storm hits. Yes, 70 mile an hour winds will improve your distance but the swirling gives you a murderous slice. Don't try to surf during the storm. Seawalls are hard on surfboards and surfers. (Yes I had a friend do this once. It's more common than you think.) If the sheriff asks you to evacuate, leave. If the mayor refuses to send school buses to evacuate you, leave anyway. But I digress.

Maybe I'll publish some hurricane tech tips later. hmmm...


The Johnson Clan said...


To clarify the surfer comment, I went surfing after the hurricane had passed, not before. Anyone who surfed beforehand, not real smart.

I did enjoy the waves later and they were well worth it! 10 ft + at New Smyrna Beach. Something I will probably never be able to experience again.

Mark said...

I was actually thinking about Kenny breaking his board in two on the New Smyrna sea wall. I seem to remember it was early in the day and a hurricane was due that afternoon or evening. At you don't have a golf story too!