I've been in 24+ inch snow storms. I've been in a 75 mph wind and rain storm that blew over a couple of my trees, but the worse was hurricane Wilma. I was in Miami a day before my cruse; that night Wilma hit. I would never want to go through that again. I can really relate to what fear the people in the path of hurrican Dean are feeling.
The worse storm I have been was hurricane Floyd.We got hit with hurricane Dennis about 7 days earlier. Floyd was to be no problem. But the Gov. of North Carolina recommended people to prepare for 3 days of food and water just in case we needed it. We bought bunches of food and gallons of water figuring we could use it at anytime if the storm wasnt bad. When Floyd hit eastern North Carolina was flooded. Our little neighborhood didnt flood but we were trapped because the way in and out of the neighbor hood was flooded. We had no elec. no water, no t v. only each other.
Neighbors were coming out asking what were we going to do.I was very thankful that my husband and I listened to our governor that day. I told everyone to get there grills and bring them into the street, bring what food they had and I had enough food in my freezer to feed the street for about 4 days. There were 10 familys on our street that came together that few days to take care of each other. Amazing how we lived there and never really got to know each other until a disaster. I am thankful to each and everyone of our neighbors that joined together to help each other thru a very very difficult time.
As macmom111 said, that was one that packed the rain and caused so much damage with flooding here in the Carolinas. It was bad, people's homes were flooded that did not have insurance and were just homeless. Her story of everyone comming together to help each other is awesome.
As for me the worse was Hugo in 89.
Casanova, Carol, and myself all have that storm in common. It hit Puerto Rico first then headed this way. I will never forget it.
I was in Hugo, too, sailing from New York to Bermuda on Chandris' ship, Amerikanis. As you recall, the hurricane came up the east coast and hit the Carolinas, affecting us on our path either to or from Bermuda. The strange thing was that, if we went outside on deck, it was incredibly windy, but inside the ship, it wasn't so bad. Amerikanis wa a small ship by today's standards, but since we just got the outskirts of the storm (I love that ships can maneuver around storms), it wasn't too scary.
I've never been in or near a bad storm on a cruise ship. However our first cruise, on the previous Westerdam in 1992, had 12-15 seas on our run from Port Everglades to San Juan. It was not a lot of fun since that ship rode terribly after it was stretched.
In the Navy, while in USS Texas CGN-39, we encountered a tropical depression which caused us more than a little grief. 40 foot seas breaking over the bridge, 40 degree rolls, the Captain's gig was heavily damaged, a main deck hatch vanished during the night. It was a rough time! We heard later that the Admiral who directed our little battle group to ride the storm (we also had a carrier and a couple other escort ships) received a reprimand. Not sure if it is true.
As Dwayne stated Hugo '89. We had a 100 year old oak tree slam into our house, while we were in it. No body thought the storm was going to come so far inland, but we did prepare with candles, oil lamps, food and water, which was a good thing, since we lost power for over a week. The bad thing after Hugo came through the heat was horrid. The storm was so bad that some people who had evacuated Myrtle Beach headed towards Charlotte, stopped at a motel at least 100 or so miles west of the storm were and killed from a tornado that spawned off it and hit the motel. They actually found parts of a water slide from Myrtle Beach in the Charlotte area..thats approximately 250 miles away.
I would like to add that no one has experienced darkness until the city is without electricity. With over cast skys at night, no moon light, no stars to see and no warm glow from street lights and all there is, is candlelight,THATS DARK. We felt a lot like the early settlers did out on the plains.
The worst storm we've experienced while living in the northeast U.S. was the "no name" storm or the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991. This eventually became known as "The Perfect Storm." It went on for several days. We had very high winds (some exceeding 70 mph), flooding, and -- most significantly, about a dozen lives lost, including six fishermen from a neighboring town. In many ways, the storm itself was worse than category 2 Hurricane Bob, which struck just to the south of us, and again to the north of us, two months earlier.
North Sea in November is no picnic. I guess I've experienced 12-15 meter high seas. in feet that shoud be 45-50.
With regards to cruise ship experiences we were surprisingly hit by tropical storm Arthur on the Majesty enroute to Bermuda end of July 2002. It delayed our St George arrival with one day.
I was also onboard the Majesty in oct 2001 when the wind suddenly increased from 20 kts to 60 kts and blew us off the pier. We literally pulled up a bollard and broke most of our other lines. Luckily we managed to manouver to a safe area and as a miracle noone was on the gangway when it happened. You can say we made the front page in Bermudas "Royal Gazette" the following day.
Let's see... there was the crazy Alabama blizzard of 1993. (Believe me, the only blizzards that Alabamians know of come from Dairy Queen.)
Imagine your surprise if a tornado just sprung up out of nowhere... watch this video.Tornado!!