Originally Posted by Katie H
Yep, Claire. For many years Buck and I enjoyed the sport of kayaking and whitewater canoeing and one thing that has to be learned and understood...water ALWAYS wins. We had a healthy respect for the beauty and the power of water.
Yeah, one thing that most people don't get is don't fool with Mother Nature, you'll lose every time. If warnings tell you to stay home, or to evacuate, then do so unless you're emergency first responders. You may think you're being brave and strong when you get the warning that your house or car and life itself is endangered, but what your are doing is ending the life of someone who has to rescue you.
If the beach has a sign saying there are riptides, lightning threats, or sharks, stay he he** out of the water. If you can evacuate when there is an order out, do it (I do understand some handicapped people can't just up and move). If the siren says go the the basement and you have one, go there, or go to an interior room. Oh, here's a good one: I used to have a swimming pool in Florida. After living there a few years I learned how close a lightning storm was. Two separate times I told everyone to get out of the pool and into the house. One time there was no problem (although a tussle with teenagers who refused), but one time all of a sudden lightning struck near my house and my phones all fried. "duh, Claire, I guess you know what you're talking about."