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March 15, 2017



Personally, I will take my earthquakes over either. But I think I would take a hurricane over a blizzard. I can't stand the cold either. Heck, 55 is freezing cold for me as well.

Elaine Viets

You're my kinda man, Mark. Give me heat over cold any day.

Kathy Lynn Emerson

Wood stove makes it toasty warm during a blizzard and we cook on it, too. Snowblower saves shoveling. You can keep your hurricanes. We know how to weather blizzards here in Maine, plus they rarely cause lasting damage.

Storyteller Mary

I managed ten Minnesota winters, just hunker down and read . . . hurricanes scare me a bit. Stay safe, folks! <3

Maria Kight

Having experienced both, I'll admit the howling winds of both storms give me the shivers. They sound so evil. Overall I think the hurricane is the worst since the recovery takes so much longer. We have a house on the Gulf of Mexico and the storm surges deposit so much sand under our house on stilts...sand doesn't melt and we've paid $$$$ to have sand put back on the beach. Hurricanes have mandatory evacuations. Blizzards have you hunkering down with supplies like you're going to stay and fight. Which makes me understand snowbirds a little better. LOL

Elaine Viets

You are made of sturdier stuff than I am, Kathy Lynn. We didn't have the wood stove for cooking and keeping warm. In Maine, you really have to love winter.

Elaine Viets

The good side of hurricanes is you get enough warning you can evacuate, Mary. If you live near the beach, evacuation is mandatory.

Elaine Viets

Was your place on the Gulf hit by Katrina, Mary? That was a bad one, made worse by the fact that many people were unable to evacuate. New Orleans is still recovering. Florida got sideswiped by Katrina but our damage was nothing compared to what that hurricane did to the Gulf.

Maria Kight

Elaine, our house is 4 miles from Ft. Morgan (mouth of Mobile Bay) We bought it in 2000. 02 Isadore deposited 2 feet of sand underneath the house and on the driveway. 04 Ivan struck-direct hit and he was terrible. Everyone told me those big storms are only every 25-30 years...well Katrina came to us and we were on the wrong side and it was less than a year since Ivan & all our repairs were undone plus extra. Issac/Gustav brought sand as did Rita which hit Texas (how far away???) The worst of all were the insurance adjusters. Heartless folks that acted like it was their personal money they needed to hang on to. LOL I've done ice storms in St. Louis with power outages. Less drama than the tropical stuff. Post Katrina gas was $5/gal if any was available. I think the aftermath of the hurricane is so much worse than the blizzard. I lived in Rockford Illinois and my boss was on his roof knocking snow off and he fell off the roof. He wasn't the most popular boss so lots of us said we would have paid to see that happen.(He wasn't hurt)

Elaine Viets

Oh, Maria, you have really been through it with the hurricanes. Like your colleagues, I would have paid money to see your boss fall off the roof. My friends in NY state have to pay someone to SHOVEL THEIR ROOF, which I find amazing. As far as permanent and lasting blizzard damage, I had a hip replacement after I fell on the ice. Down here, the only ice is in the drinks.

Alan P.

I have done a few blizzards. No Hurricanes.

When I worked in K12 we got a new Superintendent from Norfolk, VA. He thought he was hot, er, something.

He had lived in the Midwest for about a month when a tornado removed several buildings from the Greenville school district. For a tornado they had a lot of warning...five minutes. Mr. Supe was used to the week warning a hurricane gives. We called it a lucky day and moved on. I think he slept in the basement for a month.

Elaine Viets

Tornados are a whole 'nother category, Alan. I grew in St. Louis and spent most of every spring sprinting for the basement. Our house was never hit, but the tornado skipped our place, bounced two blocks and wiped out a house directly in line with ours.

Deb Romano

I've experienced both, and I prefer hurricanes to blizzards. With a hurricane you can at least get out of the house shortly after it's over- as long as you keep an eye out for falling wires or branches. Blizzards are too confining. If the electricity goes out and you don't have a fireplace or a wood stove it'll be days before you're warm again, and the roads may not be safe, so you can't necessarily go somewhere to warm up. After one of our hurricanes we didn't have power for close to two weeks but it was a warm September so we didn't freeze.

I thought it rather funny the day of the storm earlier this week that a public building was going to be open as a "warming center" for people without power- but people were told to stay off the roads!

Elaine Viets

I'm with you, Deb. But a warming center no one could reach? That's strange.

hank Phillippi Ryan

AH, I've been in both. Covered both. I guess..blizzard. It's all about the power, right? If the power is on, it's interesting and fabulous. If it's off..it's miserable.

Elaine Viets

Agree with you about the power, Hank, but I'd still opt for hurricanes. Furnaces are wonderful but the air is so dry.

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