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Old 08-28-2020, 06:32 PM
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A brief visit by Laura

I saw discussion on “Politics and Religion” concerning the hurricane and me. Since it involves neither politics nor religion (yet is way OT!) I thought it more appropriate to respond here.

Where we live in North Louisiana, we thought we were pretty much out of hurricane land. The previous thirty years we lived in southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Good living, but for hurricanes. So on retirement we moved into the Piney Woods if North Louisiana.

The eye passed over our farm. We had sustained hurricane force winds for several hours and gusts around eighty, according to news reports. It was indeed strong and sustained but I doubt it was hurricane force and certainly not 80 mph gusts. I have a lot of experience in hurricane damaged areas and this was not it.

However, we did lose corrugated steel sheets from a couple of outbuildings and a few trees, lots of large limbs and electrical power. Yesterday I cleared four large trees off our gravel road to provide highway access. My tractor was in the shop so I used my Tundra, cable and snatch block. Much easier with the tractor! And chainsaw, the only casualty.

I misjudged the stress on a downed tree and got the blade stuck. So I decided to pull on the trunk adjacent to the cut and open the cut. Done it enough times before to be pretty good at it. An unfortunate skill to have developed! Well, the tree did not skid or flex, it rolled into my chainsaw. Need a new cutting bar and chain.

The power company says we will get power in 7-10 days. I’m running electrical stuff off my Miller Bobcat 225. We live in a little shack while house building proceeds. I am soooo looking forward to moving in!

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Glad to hear you are OK!
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Old 08-28-2020, 07:31 PM
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... It was indeed strong and sustained but I doubt it was hurricane force and certainly not 80 mph gusts. I have a lot of experience in hurricane damaged areas and this was not it.
Very glad it wasn’t a “real” hurricane. Good to have you back......
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Old 08-28-2020, 07:45 PM
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Thanks guys.
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Old 08-28-2020, 07:55 PM
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Yes, congratulations on being prepared and at the same time fairly lucky.
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Old 08-28-2020, 08:43 PM
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Dang copy cat thread starters ...

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Old 08-28-2020, 09:42 PM
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Good to hear you're back safe and sound.
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:09 PM
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Yes, congratulations on being prepared and at the same time fairly lucky.
Preparedness comes from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions. And yes, very lucky. My wife’s nephew (and family) had their home destroyed and 40 miles from us. A tree knifed through the house and thrashed about. Fortunately for them, they were staying with his in-laws who have a generator.

Our new house has no trees within 100 ft. I’ve seen the damage trees do perhaps a few hundred times. We are also 20 ft above the 500 yr flood stage. I have seen whole subdivisions built below the 100 year flood stage. To me, that should be criminal negligence by the developer, architects and general contractors.
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:15 PM
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I cannot imagine being with out power for 7-10 days.. generator or no.

Glad you and yours are all doing well. Stuff can be replaced.... people , not so much.
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:19 PM
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I cannot imagine being with out power for 7-10 days.. generator or no.

Glad you and yours are all doing well. Stuff can be replaced.... people , not so much.
You got that right. For the past few days we have been a sort of refugee center for family and friends on whom fortune did not smile. They’d have done the same as we all know; it could’ve been us on the receiving end.
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:13 PM
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Ok, I did have structural damage: my observatory. I built it on piers made from cut-up telephone poles, 2x12 joists and 2x4 decking. All treated lumber and screwed together. I built a roll-off enclosure for me telescopes and pier mount. It is treated studs and treated 3/8 inch treated plywood wrapped in roofing felt and clawed with corrugated steel. It runs on angle iron tracks with vee wheels. I tied it down with 1” nylon rope to 3/8” shackles screwed into the deck. The deck was unaffected. The pier is 5’ of 8” steel pipe set in 7 bags of concrete. The pier is unaffected.

My screws were pulled out on one side and the door ripped off from repeatedly bashing the pier and mount. We had over 6” of rain in six hours. Dunno if the mount and 8” SCT were damaged. The 10” Newtonian looks ok. I’m waiting several days for drying. also the corrugated steel was ripped off the roof.

Experience is a hard teacher.

I’m gonna bolt the shackles down with huge washers. I’m putting more screws into the roof. And I’m hoping no more hurricanes!
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Old 08-29-2020, 12:36 AM
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Good your damage seems minimal. Glad you and yours came through intact.
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Old 08-29-2020, 02:41 AM
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All that damage from less than 80MPH winds .

Wow, glad you made it through O.K., SWMBO & I were watching the news and so many lost everything .
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:39 AM
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Laura made the NY Times, which is quite an accomplishment since they rededicated the paper to political commentary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/us/hurricane-laura-damage-lake-charles.html

I sympathize. We lost power for a week after Isaias, and I'll still be clearing tree fall into the spring. it's become an annual occurence for us. After the storm, we had a neighborhood chainsaw party to clear a bit of road, necessary because it can take a couple of days for the town to work their way out here. Just now we're getting the remnants of Louise, which must have been a wild ride just judging from the scraps.
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Old 08-29-2020, 10:27 AM
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? Do you save and dry it for firewood ? .

Nice try at lying, you alone changed this to political commentary proving you're aware you're lying and afraid .

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