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September 16th, 2003

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[While Paul continues his trek across the South Pole, I’m here to cover for him.]

25 minutes of every 30 minute news broadcast on the east coast this week has been focused on Hurricane Isabel. People are doing what you’d expect: going berserk for water and batteries. As the first hurricane to head our way in four years, it’s certainly going to be an event and there’s going to be some damage. While I’ve been through a few of the major east coast hurricanes, none of them have done any super-serious damage. Mainly just high winds, rain, and some fallen trees, but no flooding or anything like that.

Have you ever been part of a major storm that’s done some real damage??

Posted in In the News

FROM: Brody
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 9:50:30 am
How come your face is blue like a smurf?

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 10:05:12 am
We were on vacation during Hurricane Agnes and returned home to find 4 feet of water in the basement. We had just moved, so most of our possessions were down there. My mother still laments losing our childhood treasures. It's taught me not to put anything in my basement that I ever want to see again.

I am storing some things for 2 friends in my current basement (I guess I don't care if they ever see their stuff again?) and my mother wants me to call them to tell them I am not responsible if anything happens to their stuff, and to get it the heck out of there.'s still there and I'm not worried.

Ryan's face is blue because it matches the overall graphic design of the Ping of course!

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 11:06:35 am
It's because Ryan actually IS a Smurf. Didn't you know?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 11:30:16 am
I was dating a girl from Miami at the time of Hurricane just so happened that the first time I went to visit her parents was the time of the was unreal the amount of damage it did. Miraculously, the house we were in was spared any major damage, despite the houses on either side of us being torn to shreds. You could drive around for hours just starting at the destruction..acres of debris filled fields, where developments used to be.

Before that, I remember Hurricane Gloria from '85 hitting the East Coast, but that was nothing compared to Andrew. I hope I never see that kind of hurricane again.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 11:40:18 am
Ah... '85... I'd forgotten when Gloria was. I remember Gloria, too. We got off school for Gloria, even though she didn't do much of anything. We lost power for much of the day, but it barely even rained. It was just really cloudy.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 1:03:19 pm
wait, Ryan, don't you remember when the remnants of a hurricane came through VA in the fall semester of ... 95? 96? Something like that. Even though there was ALWAYS flooding outside the bookstore with a big rain, there was that and I thought more damage in the area. I remember seeing the Rappahannock'd flooded.

FROM: abby normal
DATE: Wednesday September 17, 2003 -- 12:59:40 am
went through the mother of all storms while sailing to the persian gulf courtesy of the u.s. navy. the bow of the ship would go so far under water that we'd get "green water" at bridge level. everybody was throwing up, even the captain. good times had by all.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Wednesday September 17, 2003 -- 7:48:08 am
Aparantly I am told here in NJ we will be getting 4-6 inches of rain and heavy winds.. who knows. I have to DJ thursday (which is when its all supposed to start here) and do a "Name That Tune" Show... I think I will rename it "Name that Hurricane" :)

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Friday September 19, 2003 -- 12:39:14 pm
Here on the great plains where I live we don't have hurricanes. We do have tornados. I know people whose homes have been destroyed by tornados. By the way, the fastest wind ever recorded in the world was May 3,1999 in a tornado that swept throught the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 29, 2004 -- 1:46:49 am
Because it's relevant, dammit:

We had a tornado hit Delaware today. Veeeeery freaky. I got to explain it all on the news, but ended up doing traffic reports until 9pm or so, due to a ton of roads being closed or flooded out.

Remind me to never do traffic reports in Oklahoma for a living.

(Shameless plug!): Clips of me explaining the tornado approaching and a pic on my website. (There).

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