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Old 08-25-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hurricane ready jeep?

Well it looks like Irene is gonna take a direct hit to the New Jersey coast so I was wondering if anyone has ever driven their jeep around in flooded roads and to what extreme?

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There is not such thing as "hurricane ready car". If you live in an area that is subject to storm surge flooding, there is only one sensible thing to do - evacuate.

How do I know? I spend several months working in New Orleans and surrounding areas right after Katrina, helping with the rebuilding. I was on the ground 3 days after the hurricane in the first group of non-military personnel allowed back into the city. I have seen enough destruction there to learn that anybody who attempts to ride-out a hurricane after an evacuation order has been given is a prime candidate for a Darwin Award.

Stay safe and abide any evacuation orders given by the authorities.

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We go through these all the time down here (VA Beach) and are relative experts in dealing with this kind of weather...
1. If your jeep is a soft top park it in a spot sheltered from the wind. Keep in mind that the winds will come from the north and northwest.
2. Avoid driving in salt water but if you do wash it off as soon as you can.
3. Fill up your tank because power outages will shut down gas stations.
4. Get plenty of bottled water and food to weather a week of shutdowns and no power.
5. Secure anything outside that the wind can blow even if you think it's too heavy to fly. It will fly with 100+ mph winds.
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Is that a road or a river? Watch out for gators... That is awesome!

How much water got inside the cab?
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Now this video makes you want to update 'The Hurricane Check List':

1) Wrangler (If yes, then skip to end)
2) Evacuate.
3) You now know what to buy as soon as hurricane is over and dealerships open



End: Relax, you are in good hands
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Is that a road or a river? Watch out for gators... That is awesome!

How much water got inside the cab?
Not my video, just a great example of what these things can do in stock trim. According to the comments, a damp carpet was the worst of it. You are at much more risk of hydrolock splashing through a foot of water than you are doing something like this. Slow and steady through deep water is the key.

I've only been in up to the tops of my diffs so far.
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There is not such thing as "hurricane ready car". If you live in an area that is subject to storm surge flooding, there is only one sensible thing to do - evacuate.

How do I know? I spend several months working in New Orleans and surrounding areas right after Katrina, helping with the rebuilding. I was on the ground 3 days after the hurricane in the first group of non-military personnel allowed back into the city. I have seen enough destruction there to learn that anybody who attempts to ride-out a hurricane after an evacuation order has been given is a prime candidate for a Darwin Award.

Stay safe and abide any evacuation orders given by the authorities.

Only problem is being a EMT. I was already called and warned about the evacuations that are going to take place that I'll have to be a part of.
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Now this video makes you want to update 'The Hurricane Check List':

1) Wrangler (If yes, then skip to end)
2) Evacuate.
3) You now know what to buy as soon as hurricane is over and dealerships open



End: Relax, you are in good hands
Here are some pictures I took from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain after hurricane Katrina. The area on the pictures is a good 5 miles away from the sea. This is what 13 ft storm surge will do.

If you think you and your Jeep can survive that, make sure to buy a good life insurance - your family will need it to pay your funeral expenses.
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Only problem is being a EMT. I was already called and warned about the evacuations that are going to take place that I'll have to be a part of.
Make sure that your family and important possessions (including documents such as birth certificates, SS card, etc.) are in a safe place.

If you can evacuate your Jeep to a safe location, do it.

I'm sure you local authorities have an emergency response plan that will keep EMT's like you at a safe location during the hurricane, but close enough to be back and provide help as soon as the hurricane is gone.

Here are few more pics from Louisiana after Katrina (same area, north shore of Lake Pontchartrain). The picture were taken about a week after the hurricane, when locals began to return to whatever was left of their homes, but before any clean-up effort had started. Spent 6 weeks there, with no telephone, cellular, power and running water service. Hadn't taken a shower in 6 weeks. Had an 8 ft alligator living in the pond behind the trailer I was staying at. Interesting times.
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not looking forward to it at all. wouldn't want to drive around in salt or brackish water. be hell later on with corrosion. I live on the western shore of the chesapeake bay, well inland by about 1/2 mile and at about 200 ft above sea level. the one that hit the mid atlantic last time raked havic with the beach houses. this one seems to keeep shifting west.....track could easily be very near the bay or the eastern shore. We were without power for 5 days last time. Earthquake, Hurricane now all i need is another damn blizzard like we had a few years ago......and oh yea, a tornado.

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Here are some pictures I took from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain after hurricane Katrina. The area on the pictures is a good 5 miles away from the sea. This is what 13 ft storm surge will do.

If you think you and your Jeep can survive that, make sure to buy a good life insurance - your family will need it to pay your funeral expenses.
Now of course whether you set on a dining-chair or in a Wrangler's seat in the face of Godzilla, the result is one -you will get crushed like a roach. However, crossing deeply flooded street and running away from Godzilla in a Wrangler is much better than pushing your non-wrangler vehicle while doing so! (The video clearly speaks for itself and an average person without an MBA education will even figure that out)
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Will the hurricane be as devastating as the recent east coast earthquake?

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not looking forward to it at all. wouldn't want to drive around in salt or brackish water. be hell later on with corrosion. I live on the western shore of the chesapeake bay, well inland by about 1/2 mile and at about 200 ft above sea level. the one that hit the mid atlantic last time raked havic with the beach houses. this one seems to keeep shifting west.....track could easily be very near the bay or the eastern shore. We were without power for 5 days last time. Earthquake, Hurricane now all i need is another damn blizzard like we had a few years ago......and oh yea, a tornado.

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The biggest thing about driving in flood waters is that you can't see what is underneath it. I remember seeing this guying driving a Ford Ranger during a flood a few years ago. It really looked like he was following the road...until he smacked into a fire hydrant.
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Regarding salt water - it was said before but it can't be repeated enough.

Salt water is bad stuff. Don't just give the Jeep a rinse if you drive through salt water. Spend some real time flushing everything especilally the brakes and anything that moves or you may want to move in the future.
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My dad lives a block from the bay in atlantic city.... he's boarding up the house now and heading over to my house (mandatory evacuation) .... his wife wanted to take the silverado and leave the jeep in the drive way!!!!!!! My dad was not having that. Both vehicles will be in my drive way.... crazy b!$%&
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I live in eastern nc. Supposed to be in the direct line of fire. 12+" of rain on Saturday. I just hope I bought enough beer.
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Yup. Might be crazy a crazy weekend. Here in southeastern MA (the armpit) we are being mandatory held at work. Looks like I won't be home from Sunday to Wednesday. Stay safe guys
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Here are some pictures I took from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain after hurricane Katrina. The area on the pictures is a good 5 miles away from the sea. This is what 13 ft storm surge will do.

If you think you and your Jeep can survive that, make sure to buy a good life insurance - your family will need it to pay your funeral expenses.
Compared to the F5 tornado that hit Joplin this year, these photos look like a picnic in the park. Believe me I was there 3 days after the Joplin disater and I have never seen such desturction anywhere on this planet. But the hurricanes can get that water surge, and it has power that is unmeasureable and I don't care if you are driving a piss ant jeep or a Sherman tank I would head for high ground. Better safe then sorry!
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I live in eastern nc. Supposed to be in the direct line of fire. 12+" of rain on Saturday. I just hope I bought enough beer.
Crap! I forgot to mention getting enough beer!!

My whole house liquid cooled genny is all set to keep my three fridges and all the beer icy cold! Hurricane party time!!
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Hurricanes spawn tornados, imagine fighting the storm surge with tornado winds. I thought I also heard they shut down alcohol sales in NC. After Katrina beer was like money. A case could get you 5 gallons of gas. So I had to decide what was more important the comfort of a generator or beer. Luckily I was the only one around with the tools material and knowledge to safely hook up generators and the police recruited me to take care of them. Needless to say they commandeered the local minimarts and I was all set. Right before the storm I was lamenting to my wife I needed some excitement so I was contemplating a job offer in the middle east when Katrina hit. I will never ride out a hurricane and live in it's aftermath again. That was way too much excitement in my life. Not to mention the stress of our local inhabitants turning into animals to rob, kill steal, loot and take over. That is the biggest problem we have here now. Should you evacuate? If your house survives it will probably be looted. But if you evacuate you would be alive. Good luck! Been there done that.
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Will the hurricane be as devastating as the recent east coast earthquake?


Only hell knows... I evacuated in 2005 for Rita, only to find not a thing happened in my area. Driving back from San Marcos, I kept driving and checking every 20 miles for ANY sign of gas station backups. I was going to stop at the first sign of it and refill again, no matter how much I still had left and how close I was to home. It was completely normal. When Ike came through (which did hit us, but our apartment complex survived with just a peeled up car port at the impact point and no broken windows), we had enough gasoline in most of the stations, but we couldn't get to it because there was no power to run them! Why you should always fill up if you're staying put.

Hang in there securely upland, or get out if you are in the storm surge area.

Edit: This is going to be nasty. It will hit the area at full speed, and only the people in SC MIGHT get the clean side of it. Everyone else will get the dirty side of it.
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My moms house is completely gone because of the tornado. I live ten minutes west of Joplin and work in Joplin for the electric company. Still driving around joplin in the affected areas today is erie. x2 kscrude! I came back to Joplin 12 minutes after the tornado lifted back up and was in Joplin at the gym right beside the hospital that everyone saw on tv right before it hit. When I heard that it was coming I got in my Jeep went 100mph away from the storm which is what I advise Hurricane people to do as well. Coming back right after the tornado was extreme chaos it was very difficult to get to my mom to rescue her and without my Jeep I wouldnt have.. I was in the ditch most of the way there, drove over trees and power poles. Thank god for big tires nails were everywhere I just had to pull them out : ) Stay safe east coasters! take your jeeps and leave
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Will the hurricane be as devastating as the recent east coast earthquake?
Much more!! There will be a small pool of water around the chair that had fallen.
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Looking forward to the hurricane, but not the damage. If my Jeep wasn't brand new, I'd consider driving it if it wasn't too bad out during the storm. Urban crawling!

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