chatillion 71M
2262 posts
9/1/2019 10:26 am
The shelves are bare...

Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida as a category 5 storm with winds of 0mph. All indications say it will head north and not make landfall on the east coast. This has been broadcast on a regular basis now. Not the fear is over, but the odds of it cutting through the state leaving a path of total destruction are very low.

The gasoline panic is over. I no longer see dozens of cars wrapped around gas stations like we had earlier in the week. People at many stations waited 20- minutes to fill up.

Water? 's a different story. You cannot find water on the shelves of supermarkets... with the exception of the French stuff $3.50 a liter all bottled water is sold out. When they bring a pallet of bottled water to the front of the grocery store it gets scooped up within minutes.

I heard on TV to keep 1 gallon person per day for at least 10 days.
Are you f'kin kidding ? A gallon of water lasts 2 weeks!

My coworker came to complain he procrastinated and was lucky enough to have gotten the last supply in the store near his house in Hollywood... miles away from predicted strike zone. I asked how much water did he get and his answer was 48 bottles. It's him and his wife. Why so much, I asked and his response was he could return what he didn't use.
I'm saying temporary insanity came over him.

Thinking the fear of bad things would lessen, I went to the grocery store to fresh salmon. Gone. So was the beef and chicken. Only some seasoned sausage was on display. All of the frozen meats were gone!

chatillion 71M
1570 posts
9/1/2019 10:27 am

So much for fresh salmon...

chatillion 71M
1570 posts
9/1/2019 10:59 pm

Around here, If the power goes out, pumping stations immediately switch to backup generators.
Only small towns have problems when a loss of pressure causes sediment in the pipes to dislodge and come through the lines. That's when people have to boil water for drinking purpose.
I don't know anyone who drinks tap water.

My family moved to Miami in 1959 and as long as I remember, with the exception of notified planned maintenance/upgrades we always had running water for showers and flushing toilets.