What is the worst weather-related natural disaster you have lived through?
The flood generated in 1999 by the Tropical Storm Floyd. It caused me to have to drop out of college, and my family and I to have to stay in a FEMA trailer whilst finding another home.
I was 6 when hurricane Hugo hit my childhood home in Goose Creek, SC. Memories I will never forget. Children in a nearby neighborhood killed, my neighbors house had a 200 yr old oak split it in half. There was no power for several weeks. You couldn't drive anywhere because trees and debris were every where. All of the severe part came though at night so we all hovered in one room only napping sitting up for a few minutes at a time. We were one of the lucky people. We only had minor damage from a tree falling on the corner of our house.
Nothing too drastic fortunately, but a few years ago there were bad tornadoes in France and one went straight through our top garden pulling up a sturdy plum tree by its roots and depositing it on the neighbour's fence. The wind howled around the house, the big lime tree swayed and hail stones the size of golf balls battered the windows, water flooding through into the kitchen. The most frightening thing was the thought that if the main force had hit the house, instead of the garden, it would have been a whole lot worse. Some houses in the village had a lot of damage.
I hope I never have to experience major disasters like my sister-in-law did in Christchurch, New Zealand, and others' experiences on this page. My heart goes out to them.
I live in the Northeast and the blizzard of 1978 is the first thing that comes to mind..I was literally stuck in the middle of it. I was working and as the day progressed the storm intensified so much so that they closed down pretty much the entire city. I was still living at home and used the bus as my transportation. About half way to my house the bus became pathetically stuck in snow, so I had to walk the rest of the way home. It was cold and windy and extremely snowy....I remember the snow being over my knees deep. I felt like I was walking through quick sand. The city plows couldn't get around fast enough, the snow was falling too fast and furious. By the time I made it home I looked like a snowman. er...snowwoman. A warm bath and hot cocoa was my next move!
We experienced hurricane Wilma. Our home didn't suffer as much as others but the wind was really something! The howling winds shake the home, rattle the windows as if they were tin foil. What makes it scary is that you can't look out to see what is happening. We were thankful that we made it through with little harm done.
Living in Florida since 1976, I've weathered (ha ha!) many hurricanes. Oddly enough, the worst I've experienced were in Central Florida, rather than South Florida. We had 4 back to back several years ago. My home suffered no damage. However, when I lived in Atwater, California at age 4 or 5, a tornado came thru and tore our roof off. It landed in our neighbor's front yard! All in all, I've been lucky enough to dodge the Wrath of Mother Nature!!
live in mailland china, jiangsu province.there was a flooding in 1991s,i have no ideal what happened,because i was born that year
This would have to be the typhoon which hit Southern Taiwan and Kaohsiung City in the summer of 1977. I lived on the third floor of a brick building at the time and I can still remember the wind howling and the walls shaking. Following the typhoon, water and electricity was cut off for 2-3 days. I can still remember walking to a well across the street to get water.
A few years back my family was visiting Niagara Falls, Canada on a hot September day. Suddenly the sky became extremely dark and it was obvious that a storm was approaching. I left my family, including my mother-in-law in a wheelchair, at the bottom of Clifton Hill and ran back about half a mile to where I had parked the van,.As I started to drive back to pick them up the storm hit. It started to hail, first small pellets, then increasingly large until they seemed to be the size of golfballs or bigger. I pulled up under a tree and actually got in the back because I was afraid the glass would break. When it eased off and I reached the bottom of Clifton Hill, my family were standing in over a foot of freezing water with giant hail stones floating in the mix. My mother-in-law was freezing and my father-in-law had actually climbed the wall to stand on the edge of the Niagara river - not normally a good move!
As we fled the area, we stopped briefly to video the giant hailstones on a lawn - wish I could find it now! Once we got back into the sun again it seemed surreal that we had gone through such a terrifying, but very localised, experience. My daughter dreads going back to Niagara Falls even to this day!
Postscript: That night I heard on the news that some house windows were broken in the storm. And, it cost $2,200 to repair the dents in the van!
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I live in Baton Rouge, about 70 miles north of New Orleans and not near any rivers or streams. It was still a harrowing experience.
My worst experience of life was with massive flood that took place last year. It was really a terrific situation for each individual as it shook the whole economy of the region. But thanks to flood damage cleanup in Long Island New York http://flooddoctorny.com/ that stood with us throughout the recovery process. They truly worked hard to make things normal in our life. I am really thankful to them for their tremendous support and efforts that helped me a lot to overcome the dilemma.
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