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Old 10-10-2016, 08:16 AM
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We left Tuesday afternoon as the storm looked like it would have serious impact on Charleston. We went to Richmond, Va as all our family is there and tried to turn it into a vacation.
So we decide to come back yesterday, it normally takes us 6 hours to make the trip yesterday took 10.
As we left Va, the sun started to come out and we could see the back end of Mathew to the left of 95, we thought ok this is going to be a good drive.

We get to Benson NC and 95 is shut down, under water. So they detour us around, and while it added 40 min to the drive the detour was orderly and well shown.

Then we get to Fayettville NC 95 is shut down, I could see the north bound lane was completely under water, the south bound lane, only one lane was under water, but maybe further up it was worse as 95 was shut down for a long way.
Well we get dumped in fayettville, no detour directions, but I can't blame them the city was destroyed. Every route we tried there were streets under water or bridges washed out. That city took a big hit. It tooks us 2 hours to go inland and try to get around all the trees down and streets under water, at one point we had to cross a river to get to the other side, but that was the only way out.It was amazing how streets were under water or washed out.

Then we get to 26 the last leg to charleston, and it was bumper to bumper averaging 5 mph.

Get home and hardly a limb down in the yard, and thank goodness no damage, and really no sign a storm even went by. I spoke to other people where the police was preventing them from getting back, etc.

This is the first time we have left for a storm, and while we were lucky to not have any damage it made getting back very challenging, and after talking to people who have left before they said the reason they didn't leave this time was how hard it was to get back before.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:19 AM
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Did you check the traffic pattern before you left? I heard google maps/ware was trying to stay on top of the roads closures/ detours.
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Well the drive home may have sucked but at least your not dead like the guy who died when a tree came through his roof.
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We went to Bradley/McCormick SC and left Sun morning about 3:30am....nothing like doing 70 down the backroads with no traffic. Was home before 7am. Did all I could not to get stuck in the masses trying to get back to town. I'm betting it was a bit easier for us due to the fact the storm went north towards you and not us.
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I checked the routes before we left richmond and google didn't show what we ran into, in the end it was ok. Better nothing happend than it did, but my point was people don't leave due to how difficult it can be to get back.
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I evacuated and came back the next morning. The reason WHY I evacuated - the inherent danger of all aspects of a hurricane (wind, downed power lines, falling trees, etc.). The reason why I didn't WANT to evacuate - looters. I stayed home the next few nights without power at the advice of a police officer friend. He told me they had a report of someone driving thru my neighborhood at night with night vision goggles on looking for activity in homes. He was confronted by a homeowner carrying a rifle and sped off. I slept with a hot AR15 and a 1911 next to me after that.
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Did you get any flooding? We got a few inches on the ground floor Saturday morning. The Ashley was about 4' over high tide past the railroad bridge.
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Did you get any flooding? We got a few inches on the ground floor Saturday morning. The Ashley was about 4' over high tide past the railroad bridge.
My hood along Turkey Creek got flooded...my house was about only one that didn't have water in it in my area...I'll try to post some pics in a bit.

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No damage to house that I could see...luckily
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I was more nervous about this car than anything else...lol. Don't have full coverage on this one.


Down my street where it's pretty low
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I checked the routes before we left richmond and google didn't show what we ran into, in the end it was ok. Better nothing happend than it did, but my point was people don't leave due to how difficult it can be to get back.
I understand, sorry I didn't mean sound like a dick about it.

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I evacuated and came back the next morning. The reason WHY I evacuated - the inherent danger of all aspects of a hurricane (wind, downed power lines, falling trees, etc.). The reason why I didn't WANT to evacuate - looters. I stayed home the next few nights without power at the advice of a police officer friend. He told me they had a report of someone driving thru my neighborhood at night with night vision goggles on looking for activity in homes. He was confronted by a homeowner carrying a rifle and sped off. I slept with a hot AR15 and a 1911 next to me after that.
That's why I didn't want to leave ( I did though) I heard reports of break ins on Friday as people were heading out of town.
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I guess it will take a cat 5 for me to evacuate. Frances, Jean, and Wilma all hit my house and one of them was a cat 3. Matthew was a cat 4 with 140mph winds headed straight for my home on Friday night. It finally took the right turn northward and spared us, but it could have kept coming and I knew that would have been real ugly, but I stayed anyway. It stayed only about 60 miles from my home.

I still feel safer at home.
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I hear two reasons given; looters and not being about to get back. Unfortunately both are true.
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I guess it will take a cat 5 for me to evacuate. Frances, Jean, and Wilma all hit my house and one of them was a cat 3. Matthew was a cat 4 with 140mph winds headed straight for my home on Friday night. It finally took the right turn northward and spared us, but it could have kept coming and I knew that would have been real ugly, but I stayed anyway. It stayed only about 60 miles from my home.

I still feel safer at home.
Hugo didn't put as much water in my neighborhood as this storm did...flooding seems to be much worse than it used to be. I'll stay through a Cat 2, but anything stronger and I'm out.
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Doesn't sound that bad to me. Had family that spent well over 24 hours on road trying to get from Houston to Dallas after hurricane that hit after Katrina and no roads shut down due to flooding. 10 hour drive???? Your bitching over nothing man.
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Hugo didn't put as much water in my neighborhood as this storm did...flooding seems to be much worse than it used to be. I'll stay through a Cat 2, but anything stronger and I'm out.
The flooding is terrible. I don't have that issue at my home. Really high winds taking my roof off is my biggest worry.
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I understand that having a college football game Sunday afternoon in Columbia didn't help the traffic situation for those trying to return home on I-26. .
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Back about 16 years ago, while stationed in Mayport Fl, we were told to evacuate for a coming hurricane. Took me family and decided to drive to Tallahassee. That 3 hour drive ended up being a 13 hour ride because the roads were so jammed up. People on the highway were getting out and walking their dogs. Arrived in Tallahassee and then it took a long time to find a place that had a room available. After all that, the storm had taken a turn and was no longer heading towards Mayport.
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We made out pretty well. Only lost power for about 4 hours according to my neighbors that stayed. We took the opportunity to visit college friends. I have to give my liver a break and my kids had a great time with their "cousins." My neighborhood was under 10 feet of water during Hugo ...so no way in hell I am risking that. Everything is insured. Did see plenty of disaster along the way taking the back roads yesterday. Damn, Elloree looked rough!
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We went west-south west figuring the storm was going to track north, north west. We waited till Thursday night after we knew the storm path - no traffic going our direction, and we camp home Saturday at noon, beating the traffic.

Used Waze to route us around the flooded roads - easy ride.

We still don't have power.
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We went west-south west figuring the storm was going to track north, north west. We waited till Thursday night after we knew the storm path - no traffic going our direction, and we camp home Saturday at noon, beating the traffic.

Used Waze to route us around the flooded roads - easy ride.

We still don't have power.
You want to borrow a small generator?
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once someone is determined a looter they should be shot on sight , taking advantage of the misfortunes of those during these disastrous times is un forgivable.

people should feel safe to evacuate without the threat of coming home to their home intact after the disaster only to find some scum bag has rummaged through their home and taken their belongings .
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