Wow Peter!!! Glad to here you are ok. That is quite a feat to board up during a storm.
Everyone around here laughs at me every time a major storm is headed our way. I am the first to board up my house and leave. I went through hurricane Donna in 1960 or 61 while living in Ft Lauderdale. I was only 7 years old at the time and I NEVER forgot what that storm did to our house. That storm was no where as bad as Katrina. I have seen first hand what can happen. I know lots of people who lost everything they owned in Charlie last year. Some parts of Punta Gorda still have not been cleaned up.
I know what you mean by not believing what the forecasters tell you. Charlie was supposed to be a cat 1 storm, but when it was about 2 hours away from us all of a sudden it was blowing 140mph! The authorities said to stay put. BS!!! I got the hell out of there and I'm glad I did. 140 mph WILL rip your house apart. It only slightly missed us but it could have easily been us. Ended up in Ocala.
I talked to my sister while I was typing this. She is just east of Nashville and she is getting lots of rain and some wind right now, but not bad.
I still think I would rather take my chances in the mountains! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]