isn't really fair, because I believe the Carolinas get
hit by more storms than we do - we just get the reputation.
Some people swear they would not live in a place that gets
hurricanes, but to me earthquakes and tornadoes are worse.
At least with a hurricane you get plenty of advance warning
and can get the heck out of town!
the marsh a hurricane is just pretty much more rain and
wind than normal, and after a storm there is little visible
damage. Deadwood and birds nests are blown from
trees, Maple trees are blown over, ripping their shallow
roots off the ground, and the water level comes up, but
the marsh is well designed to handle wind and rain.
supple willow and myrtle trees bend and blow with the wind.
Palm trees have leaves that are designed to hold on in
the highest winds, and a big round rootball that makes
the them nearly impossible to blow over. There are a few
huge old oak trees that just stand there and take it, but
take it they do!
falling rain raises the water level quickly, which submerges
the lower plants and bushes, protecting them from being
stripped of their leaves in the high wind.
take to their roosts and to the ground - along with 'gators,
rabbits, deer, raccoon and every other living thing in
the wild. Anything that can be underwater is, and if they
can burrow on down into the mud that's even better.
the storm has blown over the water drains away quickly,
leaving the plants to shake off the water and the animals
come out and sun themselves. The landscape might have changed
a little, but life picks up and goes right along.
<<< SideNote: It
has always been my theory that if you had to
be out in the marsh in a hurricane you could dig in
amongst the willows and just ride it out. So long as
a tree doesn't fall on your head, you don't get struck
by lightning, or the water doesn't rise deep enough
to drown you, you should be fine. This is just a theory,
mind you, and I'm not at all anxious to test it. >>>
back in town, it's a different story...
There is a lot to
do to prepare for a major storm heading your way, and civilization
is not quite as flexible as the wilds during violent acts
of nature. Depending on the severity of the storm you can
expect anything from slight flooding and damage from flying
debris to total decimation of your entire town with no
utilities, groceries or water for 2 - 4 weeks - or more.
Typically, a day or two after the hurricane has passed
we get a day of incredibly heavy rain that causes as much,
if not more, damage as the storm.
You need to stay
informed as to the progress and direction of the storm,
prepare your home, gather your supplies, and decide whether
to stay and ride it out or to evacuate. Here are a few
pages of background information on hurricanes, local storm
history, and checklists I use for preparing my home and
packing my survival kit.