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  • Cual ha sido tu experiencia con un huracan?

    Nuestras oraciones con los compatriotas en Florida, que esten bien y seguros en sus hogares con el paso de Charley.

    Yo vivi 24 anos de mi vida en PR y nunca experimente un huracan; desde que me mude a Connecticut he experimentado DOS; Gloria y Bob.

    Cuales han sido tus experiencias con un huracan y como se llamaba?

  • #2
    Hurricane Donna 1960
    One of the all-time great hurricanes, Donna was first
    detected as a tropical wave moving off the African
    coast on August 29. It became a tropical storm over
    the tropical Atlantic the next day and a hurricane on
    September 1. Donna followed a general
    west-northwestward track for the following five days,
    passing over the northern Leeward Islands on the 4th
    and 5th as a Category 4 hurricane and then to the
    north of Puerto Rico later on the 5th. Donna turned
    westward on September 7 and passed through the
    southeastern Bahamas. A northwestward turn on the 9th
    brought the hurricane to the middle Florida Keys the
    next day at Category 4 intensity. Donna then curved
    northeastward, crossing the Florida Peninsula on
    September 11, followed by eastern North Carolina
    (Category 3) on the 12th, and the New England states
    (Category 3 on Long Island and Categories 1 to 2
    elsewhere) on the 12th and 13th. The storm became
    extratropical over eastern Canada on the 13th.

    Donna is the only hurricane of record to produce
    hurricane-force winds in Florida, the Mid-Atlantic
    states, and New England. Sombrero Key, Florida
    reported 128 mph sustained winds with gusts to 150
    mph. In the Mid-Atlantic states, Elizabeth City, North
    Carolina reported 83 mph sustained winds, while
    Manteo, North Carolina reported a 120 mph gust. In New
    England, Block Island, Rhode Island reported 95 mph
    sustained winds with gusts to 130 mph.

    Donna caused storm surges of up to 13 ft in the
    Florida Keys and 11 ft surges along the southwest
    coast of Florida. Four to eight ft surges were
    reported along portions of the North Carolina coast,
    with 5 to 10 ft surges along portions of the New
    England coast. Heavy rainfalls of 10 to 15 inches
    occurred in Puerto Rico, 6 to 12 inches in Florida,
    and 4 to 8 inches elsewhere along the path of the

    The landfall pressure of 27.46 inches makes Donna the
    fifth strongest hurricane of record to hit the United
    States. It was responsible for 50 deaths in the United
    States. One hundred and fourteen deaths were reported
    from the Leeward Islands to the Bahamas, including 107
    in Puerto Rico caused by flooding from the heavy
    rains. The hurricane caused $387 million in damage in
    the United States and $13 million elsewhere along its

    Additional data on Donna is available from the
    National Hurricane Center's ftp site.

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    Hurricane Andrew 1992
    The most destructive United States hurricane of
    record started modestly as a tropical wave that
    emerged from the west coast of Africa on August 14.
    The wave spawned a tropical depression on August 16,
    which became Tropical Storm Andrew the next day.
    Further development was slow, as the
    west-northwestward moving Andrew encountered an
    unfavorable upper-level trough. Indeed, the storm
    almost dissipated on August 20 due to vertical wind
    shear. By August 21, Andrew was midway between Bermuda
    and Puerto Rico and turning westward into a more
    favorable environment. Rapid strengthening occurred,
    with Andrew reaching hurricane strength on the 22nd
    and Category 4 status on the 23rd. After briefly
    weakening over the Bahamas, Andrew regained Category 4
    status as it blasted its way across south Florida on
    August 24. The hurricane continued westward into the
    Gulf of Mexico where it gradually turned northward.
    This motion brought Andrew to the central Louisiana
    coast on August 26 as a Category 3 hurricane. Andrew
    then turned northeastward, eventually merging with a
    frontal system over the Mid-Atlantic states on August

    Reports from private barometers helped establish that
    Andrew's central pressure at landfall in Homestead,
    Florida was 27.23 inches, which makes it the third
    most intense hurricane of record to hit the United
    States. Andrew's peak winds in south Florida were not
    directly measured due to destruction of the measuring
    instruments. An automated station at Fowey Rocks
    reported 142 mph sustained winds with gusts to 169 mph
    (measured 144 ft above the ground), and higher values
    may have occurred after the station was damaged and
    stopped reporting. The National Hurricane Center had a
    peak gust of 164 mph (measured 130 ft above the
    ground), while a 177 mph gust was measured at a
    private home. Additionally, Berwick, LA reported 96
    mph sustained winds with gusts to 120 mph.

    Andrew produced a 17 ft storm surge near the landfall
    point in Florida, while storm tides of at least 8 ft
    inundated portions of the Louisiana coast. Andrew also
    produced a killer tornado in southeastern Louisiana.

    Andrew is responsible for 23 deaths in the United
    States and three more in the Bahamas. The hurricane
    caused $26.5 billion in damage in the United States,
    of which $1 billion occurred in Louisiana and the rest
    in south Florida. The vast majority of the damage in
    Florida was due to the winds. Damage in the Bahamas
    was estimated at $250 million.

    More information on Andrew is available at the
    National Hurricane Center Web site.

    More images of Andrew are available from NASA Goddard

    I lived at 255 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., when DONNA came around. We walked to and from school. I lived in Davie, (Ft. Lauderdale) Florida when ANDREW arrived. I experienced other hurricanes's as well but remember DONNA and ANDREW the most. Peace
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    • #3
      Hey Yujike

      When I was a little boy in Puerto Rico, my job was to run home and save the goats from the quebrada that became a lake in a short time. However, noboby told me what the big storm was. I acted tough but was scarred of the howling winds and heavy rain. I did like the new charcos!


      • #4
        Donna es Santa Clara en Puerto rico

        De Santa Clara( Donna en los EU) me acuerdo de los vientos y los preparativos pues solo tenia 9 anos, pero creo que no se catalogo como un huracan sino como tormenta tropical. Bob y Gloria, que arribaron a Connecticut con vientos de mas de 75 mph lo mas que recuerdo fue la calma que reino despues de su paso pues no se oian TV ni radios ni habia trafico y recuerdo que salio una luna llena brillante y un cielo estrellado muy nitido. Despues decubrimos que el huracan Gloria habia traido una plaga de "Adelgids" que ha acabado con casi todos los "Hemlocks" en la Nueva Inglatera. Durante Bob dormi casi todo el tiempo y ni siquiera perdimos el Cable TV, una cosa increible!

        Rivera, uno de nuestros "deportes" favoritos de ninos despues de un aguacero era echar los "barquitos" por el desague; unos eran de paletas de Payco y otros muy elaborados que tenian hasta velas, la mayor parte del tiempo un insignificante fosforo (cerillo) era suficiente. Que tiempos aquellos!!