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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Top 10 Things Overheard Just Before a Hurricane Hits Florida

So the news tells me there's a hurricane headed for us and that we're under a hurricane watch right now. Well that's news to me, cause I'm looking outside my office and it's nothing but blue skies. It's funny to me how we get so excited about hurricanes here in Florida, and throw all rational judgement out the window and talk in nothing but sensationalistic phrases. It's so funny in fact that I thought I'd share a few of the most often overheard phrases you'll hear when there is a hurricane on the horizon. Yes, I've been guilty of it too but reading it just cracks me up.

Top 10 Hurricane Sayings
1.) Did you hear that they've already cancelled school for tomorrow?

2.) The last report showed us getting a direct.

3.) I can't really commit to any meetings or deadlines for the rest of the week because there's a hurricane out there.

4.) You get your hurricane shutters up yet?

5.) Have you heard the latest coordinates?

6.) Well, I work for NASA and my manager said family comes first and we don't have to go to work if I don't feel safe.

7.) Hh, well i don't know if we'll be back up and running by Friday. I'm a school bus driver so that's why i know. if there are branches and things down from the storm and the buses can't get through then there won't be any school.

8.) We've cancelled all our activities for Wednesday and Thursday.

9.) Well you definitely don't want to be out in the weather tomorrow and you need to make sure that you have all loose items tied down or put away from outside because we're going to see maximum sustained winds of at least 65 mph.

10.) Hurricane Party!

Hurricane Disclaimers
It's important to note here that in most of the above statements, the anonymous "they" is often quoted as being responsible for the ultimate accuracy of the statement and not the individual relaying the information on to their friend.

Hurricane Joke: Not For The Kids
A wife and husband are having a conversation about securing the house a couple of days before a major hurricane is suppose to hit their area.

Wife: So are you going to board up the house tonight?
Husband: Nah, not tonight, gonna wait til the mornin... Cause that's when I'll have the most wood.


Hurricane Tag Cloud
Okay so it's not a tag cloud but there are so many funny words we here in Florida use to describe hurricanes so I thought I'd throw some of the more humorous ones in here for laughs.

feeder bands
sustained winds
eye of the hurricane
marine advisory
riptides
rip current
trojectory
maximum winds
gusts
surface pressure
satellite imagery
spiral rain bands
squalls
re-intensify
intensity of the eye
category 1 - category 5
landfall

Favorite Words News Stations Use To Describe Hurricanes
drenched
fierce winds
gusts of up to...
maximum sustained winds
continues to intensify
stay in your houses
school closings
sandbags
destroyed
demolished
computer models
latest exclusive trojectory
potential for...
more than x feet of rain
strengthen into a hurricane
tropical storm
national hurricane center
hurricane center
live radar
local impact
new orleans


And the list goes on, what's my point? I'll be working at the office tomorrow cause there isn't a hurricane, IT'S JUST A TROPICAL DEPRESSION!

By Jason Dowdell at 03:43 PM | Comments (1)

(1) Thoughts on Top 10 Things Overheard Just Before a Hurricane Hits Florida

3.) I can't really commit to any meetings or deadlines for the rest of the week because there's a hurricane out there.


Using natural disasters as an excuse to get out of things is a classic. People will find any excuse to avoid boring meetings. I don't have hurricanes where I live, but the tornado is another story. I wonder if I could comprise a tornado excuse list.

Comments by Susan : Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 08:15 PM

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