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Mobile Homes a Danger in Hurricane Zones, Owners Say

Did they really need to interview the owners to figure this out?


Comments (14)

What a shame they couldn't ... (Below threshold)

What a shame they couldn't poll Darwin award winners to see how many of them lived in mobile homes.

Notice the people they choo... (Below threshold)

Notice the people they choose to interview. They do these interviews to shore up their sense of superiority over the "common man". This fills them with enough guilt to do whatever they need to do to "help the common man."

Excrement a Danger Near Fan... (Below threshold)
Tom:

Excrement a Danger Near Fans, Collisions Possible

That's absolutely the dumbe... (Below threshold)

That's absolutely the dumbest headline I've ever seen.

I confess that I'm getting ... (Below threshold)
Jack:

I confess that I'm getting a bit tired of the Florida hurricaine thing. Every ten or twelve years there's a hurricaine that does $20 billion in damage, and every time the people act like it is a huge surprise. I certainly hope that homeowners insurance premiums in Florida reflect $2 billion/year in incremental risk. Otherwise, we are all subsidizing the people who live there. Hell, we are anyway, given the federal disaster aid we pump into that state every few years.

I hear they aint too great ... (Below threshold)
peat:

I hear they aint too great in Tornados either. Maybe that could be a follow up article.

Jack Sez: "I certainly hop... (Below threshold)
Bucky Katt:

Jack Sez: "I certainly hope that homeowners insurance premiums in Florida reflect $2 billion/year in incremental risk."

Oh, they will. A friend of mine moved down to Ft. Walton Beach last year from St. Louis (new job). He's already getting notifications that his insurance premium will be going up.

I think after Andrew some 8-10 insurance companies went out of business due to the losses.

Why anyone would stay in a mobile home with *any* huricane coming is beyond me. But the SO (who is a native Floridian) says it's because the majority of these people are transplants from the Northeast and have no idea what they are in for.

I'm just stunned that a thr... (Below threshold)
Paul:

I'm just stunned that a throw away post got 7 comments.

Brevity is the soul of wit.... (Below threshold)
Jack:

Brevity is the soul of wit. Eight.

You think that this is the ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

You think that this is the dumbest headline ever? And to the dipshit Paul noting how many comments there is to this article? Somewhere on this web is a WORST headline along with one picture and I hope he gets a new one from what he wrote. It was TITLED "God hates mobile homes!" I live in a mobile home and have for 20 years. Many people I know got caught in that hurricane and it's not just mobile homes that got destroyed. My late father had a mobile home in Largo which I hope did NOT get wiped out. Some of these so called mobile homes aren't really mobile homes, THEY ARE MODULAR HOMES which you can get in garrisons, capes, ranches, split design and any other design you want. How do you think these houses all over the country get up so fast? They make a foundation, put on a modular home of the person's choice, build a deck off it , a porch, whatever, and then sell it. Even in New England, one minute there will be the beginnings of a house, then all of a sudden a house is there and it sure wan't hand built. Your comment is just as bad as this other guy's comment "God hates mobile homes!!" These homes are MODULAR and CAN'T be removed because they are NOT mobile anymore. People really need to find a new and unignorant proper word for these homes - ie MODULAR. And if you were one of them, MAYBE, just MAYBE, you'd have some sympathy for these people who lost their homes, their livelihood right along with those who lost their homes, their livelihood and/or businesses devasted by the storm.

If you want to make a donation to help those people and I hope you do, go to the Red Cross website and donate money for these people, their families, their children who no longer have a roof over their heads and lost everything they owned, including memories of the past in photos and other little things that mean something to them. And to those who have lost their individual enterpreuner businesses.

I went to Florida after Hurricane Andrew; even though the area hit hard in the very low section of Florida's southeast corner, even that was hard to see. And it seemed so strange to me around Christmas, that there were so many people without homes, homes destroyed, homes all boarded up and the insides completely gutted and sitting outside on the lawn and the tent homing, they were selling Christmas trees. If you saw the destruction in person, it would have made your stomach flip and you'd be absolutely shocked.

Hurricane Charley hit a more widespread area by crossing the state the way it did and it broke my heart that these people had to lose everything and that is putting it mildly. Most people will have to be displaced because the whole area will have to be raized before anything can be rebuilt and this is going to take years. You should have a great deal of sympathy for all the Floridians whom have been wiped out. I know people who live there and it's an area I would like to move to, even if it is a modular home, so take your picking on mobile homes and go somewhere else to rant about them along with the guy who's topic said 'GOD HATES MOBILE HOMES." Gawd, I hate ignorant, annoying stupid people - you would not have said that if you had lived in one of thoe places. So think about what all those people lost - some even their lives - and grow up!
~C

You think that this is the ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

You think that this is the dumbest headline ever? And to the dipshit Paul noting how many comments there is to this article? Somewhere on this web is a WORST headline along with one picture and I hope he gets a new one from what he wrote. It was TITLED "God hates mobile homes!" I live in a mobile home and have for 20 years. Many people I know got caught in that hurricane and it's not just mobile homes that got destroyed. My late father had a mobile home in Largo which I hope did NOT get wiped out. Some of these so called mobile homes aren't really mobile homes, THEY ARE MODULAR HOMES which you can get in garrisons, capes, ranches, split design and any other design you want. How do you think these houses all over the country get up so fast? They make a foundation, put on a modular home of the person's choice, build a deck off it , a porch, whatever, and then sell it. Even in New England, one minute there will be the beginnings of a house, then all of a sudden a house is there and it sure wan't hand built. Your comment is just as bad as this other guy's comment "God hates mobile homes!!" These homes are MODULAR and CAN'T be removed because they are NOT mobile anymore. People really need to find a new and unignorant proper word for these homes - ie MODULAR. And if you were one of them, MAYBE, just MAYBE, you'd have some sympathy for these people who lost their homes, their livelihood right along with those who lost their homes, their livelihood and/or businesses devasted by the storm.

If you want to make a donation to help those people and I hope you do, go to the Red Cross website and donate money for these people, their families, their children who no longer have a roof over their heads and lost everything they owned, including memories of the past in photos and other little things that mean something to them. And to those who have lost their individual enterpreuner businesses.

I went to Florida after Hurricane Andrew; even though the area hit hard in the very low section of Florida's southeast corner, even that was hard to see. And it seemed so strange to me around Christmas, that there were so many people without homes, homes destroyed, homes all boarded up and the insides completely gutted and sitting outside on the lawn and the tent homing, they were selling Christmas trees. If you saw the destruction in person, it would have made your stomach flip and you'd be absolutely shocked.

Hurricane Charley hit a more widespread area by crossing the state the way it did and it broke my heart that these people had to lose everything and that is putting it mildly. Most people will have to be displaced because the whole area will have to be raized before anything can be rebuilt and this is going to take years. You should have a great deal of sympathy for all the Floridians whom have been wiped out. I know people who live there and it's an area I would like to move to, even if it is a modular home, so take your picking on mobile homes and go somewhere else to rant about them along with the guy who's topic said 'GOD HATES MOBILE HOMES." Gawd, I hate ignorant, annoying stupid people - you would not have said that if you had lived in one of thoe places. So think about what all those people lost - some even their lives - and grow up!
~C

Mr/Ms angel:You do r... (Below threshold)
Jon:

Mr/Ms angel:
You do realize you wrote a comment that was about 20 times longer than the post itself?
OK. Just checking.

I hear God hates trailer pa... (Below threshold)

I hear God hates trailer parks too.

I have several relatives th... (Below threshold)
Old Patriot:

I have several relatives that live in truly MOBILE homes, and a daughter and uncle that live in MODULAR homes, so I know the difference. My uncle's MODULAR home is 20-something years old. It's been through one hurricane with minimal damage.

I went through Hurricane Audrey, that killed over 3000 people, as a kid. Audrey, like Andrew, caused massive damage. There were massive changes to evacuation plans, building guidelines, and much else as the result of that disaster. Still, living anywhere where there's the potential for a natural disaster is a gamble. I was in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1976 when a massive tornado tore up huge apartment complexes, leaving little but toothpicks. At the same time, back yard storage sheds 30 yards away, built of plywood and 2x4s, were undamaged. During any natural disaster, a certain percentage of damage will occur, whether it's a flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc. If you're the unlucky one, it doesn't matter what you live in, your property is damaged or destroyed. You can be a short distance away and be unscathed. Building strong, sturdy structures increases the odds in your favor, but doesn't eliminate the danger - some of the buildings damaged in Florida were sturdy brick homes and well-constructed townhouses and condominiums. In a hurricane, all you can do is get out of the way, and pray.




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