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  • #21
    Originally posted by ponysaurus View Post

    I understand and I am well aware of the state's topography. The important point is.... anywhere in the state could be impacted by this storm, coastal - piedmont - sandhills - foothills etc. depending on where and how the storm comes inland.

    Bottom line - BE PREPARED.
    yes, you're quite right. I can see potential power outages should the ground be super saturated and the winds cause trees to topple.

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    • #22
      About 10 years ago, I was living in Cleveland OHIO; Hurricane Ike came barreling all the way from Texas, hit us w/ significant wind and rain. My area and many others around us were without power for ONE WEEK as a result of wind/tree damage. Part of that problem was that power repair crews were so overburdened we had to wait for help from out of state. My point here is that you cant underestimate the potential for problems.

      Last year right around this time we got a direct hit by Irma as it came up central Florida. By then borderline hurricane, still caused chaos.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Prime Time Rider View Post

        The barns are certainly better equipped than the groom's quarters!
        The barns almost flooded during the reining test event earlier this year. They were pushing water out to keep it from reaching the stalls. And that wasn't with hurricane level rains.
        Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by bugsynskeeter View Post

          The barns almost flooded during the reining test event earlier this year. They were pushing water out to keep it from reaching the stalls. And that wasn't with hurricane level rains.
          We were there. Was a terrific hail storm. Lasted an hour or two. Now they are saying Florence will stall once it reaches land. I can't imagine. Feel sorry for all.

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          • #25
            From what I can gather, the current prediction for the Tryon area would be 4-6" of rain on Thursday evening with 30-40 mile an hour winds; if the storm wobbles one or two degrees between now and Thursday, the effects could be truly catastrophic or reduced quite considerably. But if it stalls or bounces back into the Atlantic and re-enters, the rainfall could be in feet, not inches.

            To the person who said Florence was an African hurricane, it actually isn't. It generated in the mid-Atlantic, somewhere west of the Cape Verde Islands.
            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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            • #26
              Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
              From what I can gather, the current prediction for the Tryon area would be 4-6" of rain on Thursday evening with 30-40 mile an hour winds; if the storm wobbles one or two degrees between now and Thursday, the effects could be truly catastrophic or reduced quite considerably. But if it stalls or bounces back into the Atlantic and re-enters, the rainfall could be in feet, not inches.

              To the person who said Florence was an African hurricane, it actually isn't. It generated in the mid-Atlantic, somewhere west of the Cape Verde Islands.
              https://weather.com/storms/hurricane...tes-east-coast

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              • #27
                Tryon's parking lot FLOODED (over my dirt bike tires) after an hour of heavy rain. The horse paths were in the parking lot, the schooling ring for the international ring had close to 6in of standing water, and some barns had to improvise to keep some water out. People staying near lake lure had their road wash away.

                Florence could easily make all of this happen but 10x worse. I'm not worried about most of the horses as much as the infrastructure. There sure seemed to be a lot of mud slides/roads giving away in the month of May this year, plus those temporary housing structures for grooms do not look sturdy.

                Also keep in mind, Europe does not really get hurricanes, which is where the majority of the teams are from

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                • #28
                  As of the most recent update from the National Weather Center, the area of W NC will get 2"to 4" of rain. Very miserable but not catastrophic.
                  However, the Sandhills area (inclu Southern Pines) can expect 8" to 10"... imo, that is enough to wreck havoc.
                  Last edited by Lord Helpus; Sep. 10, 2018, 10:25 PM.
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                  • #29
                    Here is the latest from the NOAA National Hurricane Center ( if you don't want to read the details, scroll down to "Key Messages"). This is not the time to ignore the NOAA. I hope that the WEG management and participants will keep on top of the situation.

                    The "oh it's no problem for WEG because we're inland" attitude contained in the press release seems indicative of a lack of appreciation of the seriousness of the situation. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refres.../102055.shtml?

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                    • #30
                      I am rather dismayed that I can't find any articles anywhere acknowledging this hurricane is coming and explaining what evacuation or sheltering plans are for all the horses and people (including those grooms in tents!) for this hurricane, just to acknowledge there IS some kind of plan. "Hope for the best" is not a plan. And my FB feed shows horses schooling and things going on rather blithely, as if nothing's actually going to happen there. I hope that's the case but it is worrying!

                      Originally posted by windygirl View Post
                      Does anyone know how affected the Charlotte airport will be? Supposed to fly in to Charlotte Thursday morning.
                      My DH is supposed to fly through Charlotte on Friday. He has already been contacted by the airline and told he can change his connection to a different city for free.
                      I evented just for the Halibut.

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                      • #31
                        Thanks, NeverTime! Our new thought at this point is to try to come down saturday after hopefully the worst is over. Hoping for the best for everyone in harm's way.

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                        • #32
                          A ha! You can find WEG weather updates here. Apparently there is a "robust evacuation protocol," should it come to that.
                          I evented just for the Halibut.

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by windygirl View Post
                            Does anyone know how affected the Charlotte airport will be? Supposed to fly in to Charlotte Thursday morning.

                            Even if Charlotte airport is OK your flight may be affected due to cancellations and airlines holding aircraft out of the area during the storm. In otherwords, depending on airline and flight, your plane might not even be able to get to the airport.. best bet is to just keep checking with the airline to see..

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by NeverTime View Post
                              I am rather dismayed that I can't find any articles anywhere acknowledging this hurricane is coming and explaining what evacuation or sheltering plans are for all the horses and people (including those grooms in tents!) for this hurricane, just to acknowledge there IS some kind of plan. "Hope for the best" is not a plan. And my FB feed shows horses schooling and things going on rather blithely, as if nothing's actually going to happen there. I hope that's the case but it is worrying!
                              They're not going to post a plan because that could cause security issues. For the most part, they will be continuing on with the events unless there is thunder or lightning. At the volunteer orientation we were told to prepare for the weather - bring extra clothes and lots of towels...

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                              • #35
                                I hope they are considering that if they must evacuate, that they do it ahead of the storm and not in the middle of it or just before it makes land fall. Roads will be clogged with traffic and people evacuating, it's not something you want to get caught up in, especially towing a rig with horses. Also, realize that a lot of farms and horses are evacuating from coastal areas, so inland stalls/fair grounds etc. that are available will fill up quickly. Hoped they plan for food and water for humans and horses available if power goes out for sometime for those that don't evacuate.

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                                • #36
                                  Airports will close down early, so no horses flying in or out. You cannot move horses under USDA quarantine "down the road somewhere" particularly horses that test positive for piro. Tents, temporary stalls, campers etc do not fair well in significant winds.

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                                  • #37
                                    I am astounded at those here who are minimizing the danger in Tryon. https://wlos.com/news/local/people-s...arrowing-night

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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by Tackpud View Post

                                      They're not going to post a plan because that could cause security issues. For the most part, they will be continuing on with the events unless there is thunder or lightning. At the volunteer orientation we were told to prepare for the weather - bring extra clothes and lots of towels...
                                      I really doubt that the outside events will continue as normal unless thunder or lightening appears. Maybe the planners

                                      have not experienced a 'real hurricane' where rain comes down in buckets sideways. Valuable horse owners will

                                      not want to jeopardize their horse and rider safety simply to compete as planned. They need to put competitions

                                      on hold for a couple days til the storm passes. If the storm stalls, as some predictions claim, the logistics

                                      could be worse than being planned for.

                                      Also I hope planners are making backup plans for having sufficient water on hand for 500+ horses. You can't

                                      believe how much water they drink when power is gone for several days even if confined to their stalls.
                                      "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                                      • #39
                                        For those looking for a forecast by a seasoned Florida Weatherperson look to Denis Philips page. Denis is a no drama zone. He is predicting as much two feet of rain in the region. With my lifelong experience living in Florida, wind and coastal flooding aren't HALF the issue. With downed trees in sodden ground you will have loss of electricity. With that loss comes one very significant issue. NO WATER.

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                                        • #40
                                          The weather forecast I've seen shows over 3 feet of rain wherever Florence stalls out. Some projections have it stalling far enough inland that yes, Tryon could get nailed. I can't believe there isn't any plan in place with under 3 days to go.

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