Carol Anne asks

Were you ever in a bad storm, or have you ever experienced an earthquake, or natural disaster?

Author: Carol anne

I am 40 years young. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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  1. About forty years ago we had a storm with winds close to 100mph, strong enough to uproot enormous trees. It did a lot of damage, but we were relatively lucky and had very little damage to our house. The worst part of it for me was that we had no power for four days. I had a baby in diapers at the time, so I had lots of laundry to do, and having no hot water and no washing machine was a pain. It was also hotter than blazes and we had no AC, so it was a very long four days. On the plus side, none of those uprooted trees landed on our house, and no one was injured, so we had a lot to be thankful for.

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  2. Hi Carol Anne. I have experienced a slight earthquake. back in 2008, a mild one was felt in Louisville, Kentucky, where I lived at the time. My first and only earthquake. It happened around 6 am and the bed was shaking, which woke me up. Lasted only a moment. But was very odd feeling. Also, in Louisville, several tornadoes hit close by to my house. Lots of downed trees and roof damage in the area on 2 occasions. But the intense wind had us on edge.

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      1. The earthquake was fairly quick. But yes, the thought of anything having that much power, was a little unsettling. The tornado sirens were going off all the time it seemed. And of course mostly at night. We were fortunate that they weren’t very devastating as they have been all over the Midwest. But, those winds are fierce.

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  3. Yes, I have experienced being in a bad storm. It was during a summer vacation at a beach town, where my family and I were staying in a rented house near the shore. One evening, while we were having dinner, the wind suddenly picked up, and the sky turned dark. Within minutes, the rain was pouring down in sheets, and the wind was howling like a wild animal.

    As the storm grew stronger, we could hear the windows rattling and the roof creaking. We all huddled together in the living room, feeling scared and helpless. It was as if the entire house was being lifted up and tossed around by the wind. The power went out, and we were left in total darkness, except for the occasional flashes of lightning that illuminated the room.

    The storm lasted for what seemed like an eternity but was probably only an hour or so. When it finally passed, we cautiously ventured outside to survey the damage. Trees were uprooted, cars were overturned, and debris was scattered everywhere.

    Despite the fear and uncertainty that the storm brought, it also gave us a sense of appreciation for the power of nature and our own vulnerability. It reminded us of the importance of being prepared for unexpected events and of the value of coming together as a family in times of crisis.


  4. I’m glad to share my experience with earthquakes. I’ve actually lived through a few earthquakes, and they can be quite scary. The ground shakes, everything in the room starts to rattle, and you can hear the walls creaking and cracking.

    One time, I was at home when an earthquake struck, and it felt like the entire house was shaking. I remember feeling incredibly disoriented and unsure of what to do. It’s a strange feeling when the ground beneath you isn’t stable and secure.

    But I’ve also learned that it’s important to be prepared for earthquakes, especially if you live in an area prone to seismic activity. You should have emergency supplies on hand, such as water, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit. It’s also important to know what to do during an earthquake, such as taking cover under a sturdy desk or table and staying away from windows.

    While earthquakes can be scary and unpredictable, they also remind us of the power and unpredictability of nature. It’s a reminder to be prepared, stay safe, and appreciate the stability and security we have in our daily lives.


  5. We had some really stormy weather when we were house hunting in 2007 and had the tent. Hubby nearly took hang gliding lessons across Anglesey! We had an earthquake when we were in the cottage in February 2008. Hubby knew what it was, but I had no idea. There had been a small one in 1990/91 when I was working in Poole and the whole office shook. When I was in NZ in 2010, I was staying with a friend in Napier and the ground trembled under my feet. She told me not to worry as tremors were the norm. Napier was flattened in 1931:
    Sept 2010 was also when earthquakes did a lot of damage to Christchurch on South Island. I saw some of that and it was surreal to see mounds of rubble next to buildings that were seemingly untouched. Natural disaster? Hm. I was blown off my feet in a hurricane in Poole in the 1990s.

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  6. No, I don’t think so. In my parents’ province of Groningen, there are relatively frequent mild earthquakes now due to natural gas production, but I never lived there.

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