When I first moved to FL in 2004, I stayed for those as well. Being a Colorado guy, I thought it was pretty interesting to witness such crazy weather events. But the cleanup and no power for weeks on end really sucked. Even if you’re in a bullet proof place, it really sucks.
Exactly. The aftermath is the worst part. No power, running on generators, monster mosquitos and boil water notices... After evacuating for the last couple of storms, it would be really hard to stay now. Even with impact windows and a generator.
They weren’t in an evacuation zone. Michael was forecast to make landfall as a cat 2 or possibly a 3, and by the time it started to blow up, it was far too late to evacuate.
Evacuating a diversified area of 500,000 mostly lower to middle-class people with no real arterial traffic flow is already extremely difficult; most of the people in evacuation zones went to shelters, but the storm was drastically stronger than anticipated, especially inland. (Wind damage is like drag in that it’s a logarithmic scale.)
It’s easy to fling “they should have evacuated,” “they shouldn’t have built there,” etc... but ignorant.
Evac from PC is very difficult. The closest interstate highway is 60 miles north. The only roads out are at most 2 lanes each way and most are just 1 lane each way. And even at that there’s only really 2 or 3 roads out that go north rather than east/west.
I came really close to buying a little bungalow that opened right on to the beach there, but it’s just too far away from everything. That drive through the base on 98 is the longest 20 minutes evvvveeeerrrrr