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OutThere
Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM
Anybody in the northeast getting ready? Looks like NYC metro is going to take a pretty big hit. Got my flashlight batteries checked, my iPhone charged, a tank full of gas and a fridge full of beer. ;) Local news is saying we could have 10 days without power. Maybe I should get some more beer...

Apple OC
Aug 26, 2011, 12:15 PM
definitely get more beer :D

soco
Aug 26, 2011, 12:22 PM
Was there really not a thread on this arleady? I'm shocked. Anyway, I posted this Somewhere Else™, but here's the scoop near me:

The court I work at here in Queens, NY has been in contact with the local authorities and so forth all day. We're being told that we'll likely be closed Monday and Tuesday.

From all of the more official and/or authoratative chatter, we're going to get moderately pounded up here in New Jersey/New York.

My plan is: Leaving work today at 4:30, picking up my gf in New Jersey, driving us and her son up to Pennsylvania where my mother lives. We'll have some good old fashioned family time and wait it out.

These images show what's expected (as of right now) and where I and my gf live are not in good areas. We're both very close to the water. We'll be slightly (not not too much) better off in East Pennsylvania, but at least it'll be away from the surge and subsequent flood areas. We'll be up in the Poconos.

http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/truvu/map_specnews06_ltst_4namus_enus_600x338.jpg

http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/truvu/map_specnews10_ltst_4namus_enus_600x338.jpg

http://i.imwx.com/web/news/2011/august/model-nyc-surge-440x297.jpg

Wish us and everyone up here the best. I just hope I come home to my new apartment in the condition I left it... :(

Edit: For anyone in the effected areas, please consider these links...
Evacuation information. (http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/united-states-irene-preparations_2011-08-22)

Being better prepared. (http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/when-a-hurricane-threatens_2011-08-22)

rovex
Aug 26, 2011, 12:28 PM
Hopefully this won't diminish any viewing time of the start of the US Open (tennis, that is) monday. :mad:

maflynn
Aug 26, 2011, 12:29 PM
Being in Boston, its been several years since we were struck by a major hurricane. It looks more and more like our luck may have run out.

I'm hoping and praying this bad boy veers to the east - out to sea, or veers west and then weakens dramatically while over land.

SDub90
Aug 26, 2011, 01:03 PM
I'm on long island. I'm prepared. Got everything off the floor in our basement in case that floods. I also live near one of the shelters.

On the bright side, if flooding gets really bad, I'll finally get to take the boat out this season.

I have no way of knowing how well our house will hold up. I know the stuff in our garage is going to get damaged (just had central air installed a few weeks ago, had to empty our attic, and we never put the stuff back).

nburwell
Aug 26, 2011, 02:41 PM
I'm making sure my iPhone, iPad, and iPod are fully charged come Sunday. Plenty of beer will be purchased tonight and tomorrow in preparation.

Everyone stay safe.

diamond.g
Aug 26, 2011, 02:46 PM
I have asked my folks to stay with us, but they are pretty confident that this will be like every other hurricane (and after 23 years they could be right). I feel more worried about them than us.

Macman45
Aug 26, 2011, 02:50 PM
In NYC, it looks like it's going to be a big one. Hope all ride it out okay.

fireshot91
Aug 26, 2011, 02:52 PM
Weather.com says it'll pass the DC area without too much damage.

We'll most likely just get some above average winds, and rain.

No biggie.

nebo1ss
Aug 26, 2011, 02:53 PM
Anybody in the northeast getting ready? Looks like NYC metro is going to take a pretty big hit. Got my flashlight batteries checked, my iPhone charged, a tank full of gas and a fridge full of beer. ;) Local news is saying we could have 10 days without power. Maybe I should get some more beer...
Hope you like hot beer.

barkomatic
Aug 26, 2011, 02:57 PM
I live in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. I've got extra food, water, radio, first aid kit, candles and after work I will be buying emergency vodka.

Does FEMA provide emergency cocktail ice during disasters?

Rodimus Prime
Aug 26, 2011, 03:00 PM
I think it is kind of sad how people in NYC are so panic about this. It is going to be a Cat 1 by the time it gets there. That really is not that bad.

A Cat 1 is not considered a major storm at all. Most it will do is dump a fair amount of rain and that is it. The Media is really focusing way to much on the NYC part. NC is going to suffer more.

Firestar
Aug 26, 2011, 03:01 PM
Good luck to those possibly affected.

steviem
Aug 26, 2011, 03:02 PM
I live in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. I've got extra food, water, radio, first aid kit, candles and after work I will be buying emergency vodka.

Does FEMA provide emergency cocktail ice during disasters?

Just like any other weekend in Chelsea....

I find it amazing that clients are now saying 'what can we do in advance of the hurricane for disaster recovery?' after not giving two hoots about it before :rolleyes:

barkomatic
Aug 26, 2011, 03:03 PM
I think it is kind of sad how people in NYC are so panic about this. It is going to be a Cat 1 by the time it gets there. That really is not that bad.

A Cat 1 is not considered a major storm at all. Most it will do is dump a fair amount of rain and that is it. The Media is really focusing way to much on the NYC part. NC is going to suffer more.

I agree--it may even be a tropical storm by the time it reaches the city. One thing to keep in mind though is that we are not accustomed to *any* hurricane here -- not even weak wimpy ones. The city rarely experiences them and so I expect there will be a little more damage than more seasoned people down south.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 26, 2011, 03:04 PM
I agree--it may even be a tropical storm by the time it reaches the city. One thing to keep in mind though is that we are not accustomed to *any* hurricane here -- not even weak wimpy ones. The city rarely experiences them and so I expect there will be a little more damage than more seasoned people down south.

Think of it as a very strong thunderstorm. I am pretty sure you all have been threw those. That is really all it is.

NYC will have very little damage is my guess.

Queen of Spades
Aug 26, 2011, 03:22 PM
I have two weddings to go to this weekend - I am not even sure the Sunday one is going to go on. I feel super bad for the brides. :(

Hopefully Boston gets nothing but windy rain.

Apple OC
Aug 26, 2011, 03:26 PM
Hope everyone stocks up on Food, Beer, Water and Ice ... lets hope for only rain and moderate wind. ... let damage be minimal.

Be safe folks

acurafan
Aug 26, 2011, 03:30 PM
...
Does FEMA provide emergency cocktail ice during disasters?
FEMA?? mickey mouse and donald duck has better response coordination.

got all my prep work done, emergency kit, beer, beer, beer ;)

Tilpots
Aug 26, 2011, 03:35 PM
We've been getting the outer bands for a few hours now. Nothing too strong yet, but its still very early. Lots of rain and wind a-comin'! Be safe folks, hurricanes can be fun, but don't be stupid. They'll surprise you in a second.

steviem
Aug 26, 2011, 03:38 PM
I'll be playing this on loop tomorrow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc-P8oDuS0Q

barkomatic
Aug 26, 2011, 03:46 PM
Think of it as a very strong thunderstorm. I am pretty sure you all have been threw those. That is really all it is.

NYC will have very little damage is my guess.

Probably right, but my question is will our subway system flood? That would be annoying.

rdowns
Aug 26, 2011, 04:01 PM
Think of it as a very strong thunderstorm. I am pretty sure you all have been threw those. That is really all it is.

NYC will have very little damage is my guess.


Thanks but I think I'll heed the warnings of my elected officials in this case.

By the way, are you aware that we are expecting winds of 90 mph. We've also had almost 10 inches of rain in August and the ground is saturated. Perfect recipe for downed trees and power lines.

iJohnHenry
Aug 26, 2011, 04:10 PM
Maybe I should get some more beer...

Hope you like hot beer.

Well, 10 days is quite a long while, but perhaps dry ice might be useful? :D

Shrink
Aug 26, 2011, 04:52 PM
Probably right, but my question is will our subway system flood? That would be annoying.

Last I heard from my sister who lives in Manhattan - she said it has been announced that the subways will not be running at all.

I'm near Boston - looks we'll be on the "wind side" of the storm - more high winds, a little less rain.

I'd be hiding under my bed - but I have a platform bed. Teach me to go for style over a place to hide! :eek: :p

rovex
Aug 26, 2011, 04:59 PM
Let's get the countdown rolling


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG7wB3G-xp0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

fireshot91
Aug 26, 2011, 06:15 PM
Honestly, I feel like some of our local/state governments are causing a panic for no good reason.


Yes, in some parts of the country, the hurricane is extremely violent.

But in places such as Virginia, and Maryland, we're put into a state of emergency for basically no good reason. All we're going to get is some minor flooding, heavy rain, and above-average winds. Oh well. We'll live.

It's not like our power lines will be down for a week or so. At the most, less than 5 hours.


Hurricane Isabel (I think was the name. In 03 or 04?) was much MUCH worse.

Tilpots
Aug 26, 2011, 06:40 PM
Honestly, I feel like some of our local/state governments are causing a panic for no good reason.


Yes, in some parts of the country, the hurricane is extremely violent.

But in places such as Virginia, and Maryland, we're put into a state of emergency for basically no good reason. All we're going to get is some minor flooding, heavy rain, and above-average winds. Oh well. We'll live.

It's not like our power lines will be down for a week or so. At the most, less than 5 hours.


Hurricane Isabel (I think was the name. In 03 or 04?) was much MUCH worse.

It hasn't even gotten there yet! Give it time and play it safe. Business as usual in a hurricane is a recipe for disaster.

fireshot91
Aug 26, 2011, 07:11 PM
Well, yeah. But it's not even in our path. And it's, what, a category 2 now?

Statistically speaking, hurricanes die down by the time they get to DC area.

Yeah, I can see evacuating places near the coastline. The tide will rise. Probably significantly.

But evacuating inland cities? :confused:

I'm sorry, but I don't buy into the overplaying by the media.


Nonetheless, I will be playing this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlsZes95qiA

Rodimus Prime
Aug 26, 2011, 07:15 PM
Thanks but I think I'll heed the warnings of my elected officials in this case.

By the way, are you aware that we are expecting winds of 90 mph. We've also had almost 10 inches of rain in August and the ground is saturated. Perfect recipe for downed trees and power lines.

Going to stand by what I said. We here in the south area laughing at this panic. It is not even a major Hurricane and will only be a cat 1 at land fall.
Also remember buildings are going to be designed to hand 90 mph that close to the coast so a non issue.

iJohnHenry
Aug 26, 2011, 07:21 PM
Why don't you 2 just piss into the wind, and see who gets wet first. :D

MacNut
Aug 26, 2011, 10:22 PM
Going to stand by what I said. We here in the south area laughing at this panic. It is not even a major Hurricane and will only be a cat 1 at land fall.
Also remember buildings are going to be designed to hand 90 mph that close to the coast so a non issue.Hurricanes in the Northeast are different animals from down south. A lot of damage has happened from cat 1 and 2 storms here. Long Island sound will funnel the water in with the southeast wind. Add to the fact that the storm is hitting at high tide and we are in a new moon cycle which adds 2 feet to the tide to begin with.

Unless you have lived through a hurricane up north best not to talk about things you don't know.

They are also predicting 12 inches of rain, on top of the 7-10 inches we have already received this month we can't handle anymore before trees start getting uprooted.

OutThere
Aug 26, 2011, 10:26 PM
Got my beer and discovered every single place was already out of D flashlight batteries. Knowing that I had a big box of 9 volt batteries sitting around taking up space, I stopped for some LEDs, resistors and 9v battery holders, fired up the soldering iron and have fashioned myself 3 mini 2-LED flashlights. Bring it on Irene!


As for the 'not a big deal' comments: we never have storms this strong, therefore there are lots of trees that can't stand up to high winds. When thousands of these trees fall across power lines and it takes crews days to remove them and fix the lines, it's a rather big deal, afaic.

MacNut
Aug 26, 2011, 10:31 PM
Hurricane Gloria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Gloria) in 85 was the last direct hit we have taken up here.

Hurricane Donna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Donna) in 1960 produced damage

Moyank24
Aug 26, 2011, 10:40 PM
Going to stand by what I said. We here in the south area laughing at this panic. It is not even a major Hurricane and will only be a cat 1 at land fall.
Also remember buildings are going to be designed to hand 90 mph that close to the coast so a non issue.

Let's not pretend that they don't sometimes panic and over plan for no reason in the south either. Remember the non-issue that Hurricane Rita was? Yet people were stuck on highways getting out of town that year. The media tends to beat the crap out of storms like this, and they are much more prevalent down here than they are in the North East.

Let's equate it to all of the craziness that happened here during Superbowl weekend when the state of Texas was in a panic over some ice and snow. Northerners (myself included) were laughing then.

(marc)
Aug 27, 2011, 02:49 AM
Meh, we never get that kind of action in Europe :(. Here, the weather only ever changes between cloudy skies, light drizzle, and light fog.

rdowns
Aug 27, 2011, 06:32 AM
Hurricanes in the Northeast are different animals from down south. A lot of damage has happened from cat 1 and 2 storms here. Long Island sound will funnel the water in with the southeast wind. Add to the fact that the storm is hitting at high tide and we are in a new moon cycle which adds 2 feet to the tide to begin with.

Unless you have lived through a hurricane up north best not to talk about things you don't know.

They are also predicting 12 inches of rain, on top of the 7-10 inches we have already received this month we can't handle anymore before trees start getting uprooted.


No, no,, no. Our resident expert on everything, Rodimus Prime, said it's a joke and Southerners are laughing at us. :rolleyes:

shukelson
Aug 27, 2011, 06:41 AM
definitely get more beer :D

Not only enough beer, but take your gf with you. :p

bizzle
Aug 27, 2011, 06:49 AM
Went to Target, Walmart and Kmart and they are all 100% out of water in my area. I happened to have half a case in my car which will be used for cats and we just bought soda (which I don't even like) for us. I don't think its going to be total devastation in my area but it's going to suck.

Located 10 minutes outside Philadelphia in NJ.

ActiveApp
Aug 27, 2011, 08:48 AM
I am in Norfolk and have been getting the edge of the storm this morning and the eye should be going by us around 5pm. Has not been too bad so far. Been raining all morning with some gusts of wind. The local news here have been reporting the storm has been weaking and is expected to continue. It might not even be a cat 1 when it goes over us. Still have power but been hearing transformers blowing up in the distance.

nebo1ss
Aug 27, 2011, 08:58 AM
Went to Target, Walmart and Kmart and they are all 100% out of water in my area. I happened to have half a case in my car which will be used for cats and we just bought soda (which I don't even like) for us. I don't think its going to be total devastation in my area but it's going to suck.

Located 10 minutes outside Philadelphia in NJ.

Fill the bath tub with water. You can use that for the cats and flushing the toilets. Keep the bottled water for yourself.

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I think it is kind of sad how people in NYC are so panic about this. It is going to be a Cat 1 by the time it gets there. That really is not that bad.

A Cat 1 is not considered a major storm at all. Most it will do is dump a fair amount of rain and that is it. The Media is really focusing way to much on the NYC part. NC is going to suffer more.

I think you will find its just the Authorities who are in panic mode. New Yorkers are a sturdy bunch. Guarantee you there will be people out jogging in central park on Sunday. Always amaze me when I see them jogging in big snow storms.

Gregg2
Aug 27, 2011, 09:46 AM
I'm on long island. I'm prepared. Got everything off the floor in our basement in case that floods.
In case?

They are also predicting 12 inches of rain, on top of the 7-10 inches we have already received this month we can't handle anymore before trees start getting uprooted.
Um, that means floods, for sure

I have asked my folks to stay with us, but they are pretty confident that this will be like every other hurricane (and after 23 years they could be right).
No such thing as "just" a hurricane. And no two are alike.

I agree--it may even be a tropical storm by the time it reaches the city. One thing to keep in mind though is that we are not accustomed to *any* hurricane here -- not even weak wimpy ones. The city rarely experiences them and so I expect there will be a little more damage than more seasoned people down south. Oops! Which city, I forgot. But don't count on it weakening before it gets north of NYC if the predicted track is correct. The wind speed will be magnified in the canyons. There's gonna be lots of broken glass, from wind alone in the cities, from projectiles in the more rural areas. (Do you have farms in the east? ) ;)

Think of it as a very strong thunderstorm. I am pretty sure you all have been threw those. That is really all it is.

NYC will have very little damage is my guess.
I feel better now. Glad I'm in the Midwest though.

Probably right, but my question is will our subway system flood? That would be annoying.
That will be more than annoying. It's salt water. Metal doesn't like salt. If the subway floods, it will be out for quite awhile for the replacement of switch gear, etc.

MovieCutter
Aug 27, 2011, 09:54 AM
It's just gonna be a thunderstorm here in DC, people are freaking the hell out over nothing. I've got a charged iPad, iPhone, and MBP just in case, and a case of wine and a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue in case the water dies...but unlikely. Not to say I still won't drink the wine and the scotch.

samiwas
Aug 27, 2011, 09:59 AM
I'm currently doing exhibition work in a huge casino resort in Connecticut. My wife is kind of freaking out, but I'm not worried at all. By the time it gets here, it should be pretty minor. Plus, they have backup generators, huge supplies of food and alcohol, and I know where they store the bottled water for the hotel out in the open. :D

Oh, and then there's the fact that I'm the bad-weather anti-magnet. There have been numerous storms that come towards our house in Georgia, then split right before hitting us, going around us. Sometimes all the areas all around us are flooding, and we barely get a drop. Nope, not worried in the slightest.

*LTD*
Aug 27, 2011, 11:06 AM
From the radar tracking it doesn't look as bad as they predicted.

zioxide
Aug 27, 2011, 11:08 AM
Being in Boston, its been several years since we were struck by a major hurricane. It looks more and more like our luck may have run out.

I'm hoping and praying this bad boy veers to the east - out to sea, or veers west and then weakens dramatically while over land.

It's not even going to be a hurricane by the time it gets up here.. probably a strong tropical storm. Not much worse than a couple of the blizzards we had last winter.

The biggest issues for us is going to be flooding and possible power outages.

fireshot91
Aug 27, 2011, 11:44 AM
It's just gonna be a thunderstorm here in DC, people are freaking the hell out over nothing. I've got a charged iPad, iPhone, and MBP just in case, and a case of wine and a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue in case the water dies...but unlikely. Not to say I still won't drink the wine and the scotch.

Exactly.

My brother (who lives with us), is taking all these precautions. Hell, he even was like "Okay, here's how to use the battery backup system. If need be, plug it into a light to use for 20 minutes or so".

I just walked away in the middle of him talking. I don't even expect our power to go out for > 1hr. And for that hour, so what, our house is extremely well lit, I'm sure we'll get some light from the moon. And we have flashlights.

andrewlgm
Aug 27, 2011, 01:08 PM
In NYC here. Mass transit is now shut down for the first time in history - no subways, buses, and cabs may be out of service starting saturday midnight till Sunday night. And my boss still wants me to go into work overnight in manhattan from queens. I'm afraid I may be fired - I called off, but he was not happy. :confused:

nycdesigner
Aug 27, 2011, 02:30 PM
Not sure what this is going to accomplish: the Apple Store, which is made entirely of glass, has sandbagged and draped their doors, and nothing else....

nycdesigner
Aug 27, 2011, 02:32 PM
I think it is kind of sad how people in NYC are so panic about this. It is going to be a Cat 1 by the time it gets there. That really is not that bad.

A Cat 1 is not considered a major storm at all. Most it will do is dump a fair amount of rain and that is it. The Media is really focusing way to much on the NYC part. NC is going to suffer more.

I have finally figured out NC's biggest contribution to northern states. Not BBQ or Ben Folds but hurricane damper. Almost all hurricanes that come up the east coast hit NC and are automatically downgraded to Cat. 1 or tropical storm.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 27, 2011, 03:22 PM
Not sure what this is going to accomplish: the Apple Store, which is made entirely of glass, has sandbagged and draped their doors, and nothing else....

Chance are the doors are the weakest point. The rest of the glass is structure glass so it is a lot stronger.

derickdub
Aug 27, 2011, 04:32 PM
I have finally figured out NC's biggest contribution to northern states. Not BBQ or Ben Folds but hurricane damper. Almost all hurricanes that come up the east coast hit NC and are automatically downgraded to Cat. 1 or tropical storm.

Being a few miles north of NC I've been thankful for this. I actually still have power, but the worse is yet to come so we'll see how long that'll last.

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Honestly, I feel like some of our local/state governments are causing a panic for no good reason.


Yes, in some parts of the country, the hurricane is extremely violent.

But in places such as Virginia, and Maryland, we're put into a state of emergency for basically no good reason. All we're going to get is some minor flooding, heavy rain, and above-average winds. Oh well. We'll live.

It's not like our power lines will be down for a week or so. At the most, less than 5 hours.


Hurricane Isabel (I think was the name. In 03 or 04?) was much MUCH worse.

Hurricane Isabel was a joke here. Wasn't even a hurricane when it hit. We get northeasterns that are much worse than Isabel was. I do feel like this storm has been a bit of a joke so far, but they're better safe than sorry in issuing warnings since the weather isn't entirely predictable.

Tilpots
Aug 27, 2011, 04:35 PM
I've been without power for 12+ hours now. We didn't take that bad of a hit compared to years past, just a few poorly placed trees seem to have found power lines on their way down. Sounds like it could be a couple of days to be restored. No biggie, it's been weeks before. I'm very thankful this didn't turn out to be the monster it could have been.

Any stories from these being hit now?

fireshot91
Aug 27, 2011, 04:48 PM
Hurricane Isabel was a joke here. Wasn't even a hurricane when it hit. We get northeasterns that are much worse than Isabel was. I do feel like this storm has been a bit of a joke so far, but they're better safe than sorry in issuing warnings since the weather isn't entirely predictable.

Really? Hmm.

Up here in NoVA area, Isabel hit hard. Not enough to damage buildings and stuff (At least not on it's own), but trees were uprooted, fallen down, etc. There was (Well, probably still is) a stream/creek by my old house surrounded by trees, and a pathway in the middle of the mini-forest. I remember trees had fallen on the pathway (And are probably still there. They were there last I checked, when I moved out in 08), and the pavement on the path was broken down from all the trees falling, etc. It was bad.


And at the moment, Irene isn't that bad. My friends were planning on hanging out at somebody's house (Like two miles down the road), but now everybody backed out from fear of the upcoming storm. It's not like they'd be out on the road all night.

arogge
Aug 27, 2011, 04:55 PM
My Apple laptop will continue operating while exposed to these conditions, right? It's getting really wet and windy!

derickdub
Aug 27, 2011, 05:21 PM
Really? Hmm.

Up here in NoVA area, Isabel hit hard. Not enough to damage buildings and stuff (At least not on it's own), but trees were uprooted, fallen down, etc. There was (Well, probably still is) a stream/creek by my old house surrounded by trees, and a pathway in the middle of the mini-forest. I remember trees had fallen on the pathway (And are probably still there. They were there last I checked, when I moved out in 08), and the pavement on the path was broken down from all the trees falling, etc. It was bad.


And at the moment, Irene isn't that bad. My friends were planning on hanging out at somebody's house (Like two miles down the road), but now everybody backed out from fear of the upcoming storm. It's not like they'd be out on the road all night.

Well it will be another couple hours before the worst of Irene hits here from what everyone is saying. What we've seen so far has been on par if not worse than Isabel IMO. Heavy wooded neighborhoods around here got it bad during Isabel too. But really the last nor'eastern we had here was way more intense to me, at least as far as flooding goes.

maflynn
Aug 27, 2011, 05:25 PM
Looks like Boston is going to be spared. The track of the hurricane appears to be taking it well west of Boston and most of Massachusetts

Shrink
Aug 27, 2011, 05:38 PM
Looks like Boston is going to be spared. The track of the hurricane appears to be taking it well west of Boston and most of Massachusetts

Hi neighbor

I'm just south of Boston, about 25 mi inland from the coast. I guess the only issue is trees coming down and power outages.

I just saw the weather (6:34) and we will be on the east side of the storm - 60+ mph winds.

I hope we dodged a bullet. :p

Mainly, selfish ***hole that I am, I hope we don't lose power.

Be safe... :D

maflynn
Aug 27, 2011, 05:40 PM
I hope we dodged a bullet. :p

Mainly, selfish ***hole that I am, I hope we don't lose power.

Be safe... :D
You too.

I live in a tiny town next door to boston surrounded by water. I am thankful that its on a more westerly track :)

Being selfish (with kids) I'm hoping we don't lose power either :)

Tilpots
Aug 27, 2011, 06:54 PM
Power's back on here. Almost 15 hrs w/o. Not too shabby.

Good luck Nothern Neighbors!

bruinsrme
Aug 27, 2011, 07:17 PM
You too.

I live in a tiny town next door to boston surrounded by water. I am thankful that its on a more westerly track :)

Being selfish (with kids) I'm hoping we don't lose power either :)

We have had enough bad weather.
I wish this storm would rock inside the 495 loop, sorry.
We've been hit by many microbursts, ice storms and so on.
Many of the trees out in my area are damaged, still, from the ice storm. It's inevitable we will lose power for a minimum of 5 days. It's just a matter of when will it go out.

Shrink
Aug 27, 2011, 07:52 PM
We have had enough bad weather.
I wish this storm would rock inside the 495 loop, sorry.
We've been hit by many microbursts, ice storms and so on.
Many of the trees out in my area are damaged, still, from the ice storm. It's inevitable we will lose power for a minimum of 5 days. It's just a matter of when will it go out.

Well, if my power goes out I know who to blame. :rolleyes: ;)

I'm assuming you're out west, and you guys have really been creamed.

Good luck.

Most important - stay safe :)

bruinsrme
Aug 27, 2011, 07:59 PM
Well, if my power goes out I know who to blame. :rolleyes: ;)

I'm assuming you're out west, and you guys have really been creamed.

Good luck.

Most important - stay safe :)

Thank you!
Out by Wista.
We have 8 60+ foot pine trees within striking distance.
The last one we had to take down was 73 feet tall.
My neighbor, is a treeing pro, he thinks 3 of them will fall towards my house.
Joy oh joy. The ice storm in 2003 dropped an oak on our house.

My biggest worry is whether or not dunkin will be open in the morning

OutThere
Aug 27, 2011, 08:06 PM
Hi neighbor

I'm just south of Boston, about 25 mi inland from the coast. I guess the only issue is trees coming down and power outages.

I just saw the weather (6:34) and we will be on the east side of the storm - 60+ mph winds.

I hope we dodged a bullet. :p

Mainly, selfish ***hole that I am, I hope we don't lose power.

Be safe... :D

Yeah it does look like the storm will swing pretty far west of Boston, unfortunately, however, this puts the latest forecast for the track of the wind passing almost directly over my house in Connecticut. Lovely. :p

Shrink
Aug 27, 2011, 08:06 PM
Thank you!
Out by Wista.
We have 8 60+ foot pine trees within striking distance.
The last one we had to take down was 73 feet tall.
My neighbor, is a treeing pro, he thinks 3 of them will fall towards my house.
Joy oh joy. The ice storm in 2003 dropped an oak on our house.

My biggest worry is whether or not dunkin will be open in the morning

The best I can wish for you is that dunkin is your biggest problem. ;)


Edit: OutThere - RUN AWAY!!!

nospeed411
Aug 27, 2011, 08:30 PM
I've been without power for 12+ hours now. We didn't take that bad of a hit compared to years past, just a few poorly placed trees seem to have found power lines on their way down. Sounds like it could be a couple of days to be restored. No biggie, it's been weeks before. I'm very thankful this didn't turn out to be the monster it could have been.

Any stories from these being hit now?


Ya I am now living in PA but was blessed enough to ride out Bertha and Fran ON the Outer Banks....this seems like it's nothing compared to that. Glad all my southern friends made it through pretty much un harmed.

I think Fran was the one that really screwed up Raleigh that year.

Tilpots
Aug 27, 2011, 08:43 PM
Ya I am now living in PA but was blessed enough to ride out Bertha and Fran ON the Outer Banks....this seems like it's nothing compared to that. Glad all my southern friends made it through pretty much un harmed.

I think Fran was the one that really screwed up Raleigh that year.

Thanks!

Yeah, I'm a vet of Bertha, Bonnie, Floyd, Fran and a handful of other storms. Irene won't make my "hit" list, but it rained quite a bit. No official word yet, but I'm guessing around 10". I heard on TWC earlier that Philly just set a record for the wettest month ever at 15". Month? Ha! I've been thru a couple storms that dropped +20" in a day!

nospeed411
Aug 27, 2011, 09:16 PM
We are in Harrisburg, and let me tell you...it is WET. We are def not having a rain shortage by any means this year and it's going to be real interesting tomorrow through Monday. When it rains here it has literally no where to go. Will be out taking pics tomorrow will post em up when I can.

einmusiker
Aug 27, 2011, 09:25 PM
I am right in the path of the storm on roosevelt island in the east river of manhattan. Pretty bad location, on the top floor so at least above the possible flooding but worried about the windows etc. oing to bed soon as I'm sure will be woken by the storm in the morning

kellen
Aug 27, 2011, 10:26 PM
Couple tornados touched down and had the alerts on the TV, but currently just a little bit of wind and a lot of water.

Lights have flickered, got the mac pro and ACD's unplugged. Besides that we are just watching and waiting. Being from the West Coast never experienced any of this for the most part.

Moving out here 3 years ago was an experience. Had the first winter with like 7 feet of snow, then the next with 4 feet or so, then this.

Tilpots
Aug 27, 2011, 10:40 PM
Couple tornados touched down and had the alerts on the TV, but currently just a little bit of wind and a lot of water.

Lights have flickered, got the mac pro and ACD's unplugged. Besides that we are just watching and waiting. Being from the West Coast never experienced any of this for the most part.

Moving out here 3 years ago was an experience. Had the first winter with like 7 feet of snow, then the next with 4 feet or so, then this.

At least this made you feel at home:

http://lohisport.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/2011-va-earthquake-we-will-rebuild-east-coast-damage.jpg
:D

Diddiyo
Aug 28, 2011, 01:07 AM
as of 12:30am in edison, nj (30 miles south of manhattan).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidKzFQTSx0

MovieCutter
Aug 28, 2011, 01:16 AM
I am right in the path of the storm on roosevelt island in the east river of manhattan. Pretty bad location, on the top floor so at least above the possible flooding but worried about the windows etc. oing to bed soon as I'm sure will be woken by the storm in the morning

It'll be a rainstorm by the time it gets to you. I'm in DC and I've got a breezy rain at the moment. At least I can say GO PACKERS!!!

spencers
Aug 28, 2011, 01:54 AM
as of 12:30am in edison, nj (30 miles south of manhattan).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidKzFQTSx0

Yep, it looks like rain

MacNut
Aug 28, 2011, 07:14 AM
Interstate 95 is closed statewide in CT from the NY to RI border.

Over 300,000 people currently without power.

Huntn
Aug 28, 2011, 07:43 AM
And may I add over hyped?? This really seems to be a case of the media going overboard with the adjectives in their coverage. I've been listening to CNN and MSNBC. I'm not minimizing this weather event. It is significant, however the description seems over blown.

Historic flooding.

Incredible Storm Surge.

A tragic death in Connecticut (vs normal untragic deaths)

Gregg2
Aug 28, 2011, 07:53 AM
Over 300,000 people currently without power.

That's true, but you could also add another zero.

So far, nine deaths from the storm... Without the "hype" and fewer people being scared away, I wonder how many more there would be.

fireshot91
Aug 28, 2011, 08:41 AM
We lost power for about 7 hours.

No flooding in my neighborhood or anything, only in low-lying roads near streams/creeks/lake(s).

Overall, it wasn't that bad. At least not here. Some of our shingles came off the roof, but they weren't on completely in the first place (Weakened from the last major storm/snowfalls of the past couple years).

barkomatic
Aug 28, 2011, 09:59 AM
Well, the storm didn't amount to much in NYC. It's amazing when I think areas of the city were evacuated, businesses closed, and subways shut down for little more than a heavy rainstorm. There have been overnight thunderstorms here where I've witnessed more damage.

This is actually very bad for any future hurricane preparation. I guarantee you people will remember this experience and flatly ignore any dire predictions, evacuation orders etc, should we ever be faced with a serious threat.

einmusiker
Aug 28, 2011, 10:00 AM
definitely sensationalized by our media. What else is new?

Don't panic
Aug 28, 2011, 10:07 AM
Well, the storm didn't amount to much in NYC. It's amazing when I think areas of the city were evacuated, businesses closed, and subways shut down for little more than a heavy rainstorm. There have been overnight thunderstorms here where I've witnessed more damage.

This is actually very bad for any future hurricane preparation. I guarantee you people will remember this experience and flatly ignore any dire predictions, evacuation orders etc, should we ever be faced with a serious threat.

yep, the old cry wolf story.

i live on the east river and this was probably the third or fourth worst storm this year, if that.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 28, 2011, 10:27 AM
Well, the storm didn't amount to much in NYC. It's amazing when I think areas of the city were evacuated, businesses closed, and subways shut down for little more than a heavy rainstorm. There have been overnight thunderstorms here where I've witnessed more damage.

This is actually very bad for any future hurricane preparation. I guarantee you people will remember this experience and flatly ignore any dire predictions, evacuation orders etc, should we ever be faced with a serious threat.

They over reacted and the problem comes when the big storm really comes because people will not leave then.

fireshot91
Aug 28, 2011, 10:30 AM
They over reacted and the problem comes when the big storm really comes because people will not leave then.

Pretty much.

The media blew this way out of proportion. Not for the interest of the people, but rather for generating hits/viewers.

Now, when there's something that is potentially dangerous, there will still be those people who will listen to the media, and get the hell out of there. But there will also be those who won't, when they think of this.

The worst thing that happened to me was the lack of power last night. It got really hot around 2 am when the AC shut off.
And the tree by our driveway bent over a little so the branches were over our car. No biggie, my brother took a chainsaw to the tree, and now it's all better. (We didn't cut down the tree, only trimmed the branches so it wasn't hovering over our cars)

kalsta
Aug 28, 2011, 10:40 AM
Well, the storm didn't amount to much in NYC. It's amazing when I think areas of the city were evacuated, businesses closed, and subways shut down for little more than a heavy rainstorm. There have been overnight thunderstorms here where I've witnessed more damage.

This is actually very bad for any future hurricane preparation. I guarantee you people will remember this experience and flatly ignore any dire predictions, evacuation orders etc, should we ever be faced with a serious threat.

I don't live in NY (or even the US), but even I know it's because of likely flooding that the evacuation order was given, not the actual ferocity of the storm where it hits land. Obviously flooding is occurring in some areas…

Hurricane Irene takes out downtown Rye, NY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uv67hQ61Jw)

Gregg2
Aug 28, 2011, 12:52 PM
I wouldn't say "It wasn't that bad" to people who lost loved ones.
One way it could have been worse is if there were more people in harm's way.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 28, 2011, 01:02 PM
I wouldn't say "It wasn't that bad" to people who lost loved ones.
One way it could have been worse is if there were more people in harm's way.

To those people but over all lets face it. It was not that bad and I know some of those deaths could be tossed out as being directly related to the storm. Heart attacks and car crashes for example I tend to toss out.


Over all this storm has been not that bad and not even the worse storms that hit the area this year. We have the tornado out breaks, the winter storms that I would say were both much worse.

samiwas
Aug 28, 2011, 04:51 PM
I'm currently doing exhibition work in a huge casino resort in Connecticut. My wife is kind of freaking out, but I'm not worried at all. By the time it gets here, it should be pretty minor. Plus, they have backup generators, huge supplies of food and alcohol, and I know where they store the bottled water for the hotel out in the open. :D

Oh, and then there's the fact that I'm the bad-weather anti-magnet. There have been numerous storms that come towards our house in Georgia, then split right before hitting us, going around us. Sometimes all the areas all around us are flooding, and we barely get a drop. Nope, not worried in the slightest.

It appears I spoke too soon. The storm wasn't bad at all. In fact, it completely passed with no damage. Then randomly this morning, the power went out. The backup generator kicked in, but soon failed. There has been only some lights on in main areas. All rooms and hallways are dark and no power is available. Almost all of the restaurants and bars are closed, so there is little food available. We are in the middle of nowhere so cant just walk down the street for stuff I'm here doing a freelance job and staying here while I do that, so I'm just trying to figure out where I can go and how I can get there (along with all my other coworkers), as I have no mode of transportation.

D'oh!

iJohnHenry
Aug 28, 2011, 05:00 PM
The backup generator kicked in, but soon failed.

D'oh!

Sorry, but I had to LOL. :D

I guess they went with some cheap option, instead of some sturdy diesel unit?

The GM Centre, a hockey arena in town, runs their full-backup system one Friday morning a month, for about an hour.

This is smart.

einmusiker
Aug 28, 2011, 06:23 PM
Sorry, but I had to LOL. :D

I guess they went with some cheap option, instead of some sturdy diesel unit?

The GM Centre, a hockey arena in town, runs their full-backup system one Friday morning a month, for about an hour.

This is smart.

my building just had a new 400klw green energy fuel cell and I'm glad they did. we had no energy interruptions whatsoever and it made the storm seem tame.

iJohnHenry
Aug 28, 2011, 06:36 PM
my building just had a new 400klw green energy fuel cell and I'm glad they did. we had no energy interruptions whatsoever and it made the storm seem tame.

This is a nice perk to living there, for sure, but like a over-sized UPS, it will not create power it does not have.

Yes, full-blown diesel back-ups are problematic too, over a very long black-out, as you have to replenish the fuel from somewhere.

If you have a portable diesel pump, you could perloyn some from underground tanks, here and there. ;)

Cue Mad Max.

OutThere
Aug 28, 2011, 06:39 PM
Connecticut got pretty well pwned. 53% of all Connecticut Light & Power customers are out right now, some 650,000. Somehow we still have power, though I'm not sure for how much longer it's blowing like mad outside.

weemanpow3
Aug 28, 2011, 06:48 PM
Connecticut got pretty well pwned.

Yup, my power went out at 6:30am and now it's almost 8pm and still no power. I hope it comes back tomorrow and not days like their saying now.

Gregg2
Aug 28, 2011, 06:59 PM
Well, now the water starts to rise...

It's not over.

iJohnHenry
Aug 28, 2011, 07:08 PM
Well, now the water starts to rise...

It's not over.

In Wisconsin??

This is bad, worse than we have been lead to believe.

:rolleyes:

Mac'nCheese
Aug 28, 2011, 07:09 PM
yep, the old cry wolf story.

i live on the east river and this was probably the third or fourth worst storm this year, if that.

definitely sensationalized by our media. What else is new?

They over reacted and the problem comes when the big storm really comes because people will not leave then.

etc etc.

Come on. Sorry to point out the obvious but weather reporting isn't an exact science. They thought this was the big storm but, thankfully, it died down. Better to be safe then sorry. If you want to ignore the media the next time, go right ahead.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 28, 2011, 07:18 PM
etc etc.

Come on. Sorry to point out the obvious but weather reporting isn't an exact science. They thought this was the big storm but, thankfully, it died down. Better to be safe then sorry. If you want to ignore the media the next time, go right ahead.

While not an exact science is true this was pointed out well in advance that it was not going to be major by multiple people and the media was way over blowing it from day one. The media was making a cry wolf on day one.

If this storm was heading threw Florida or Texas chances are it would not really be in the news. It would of been talk about nothing more than tracking but that is it. None of this OMG action because lets face it Irene is not a major hurricane. It is a bad storm but not even the worse storm that the NE has had dealt to it this year.

Mac'nCheese
Aug 28, 2011, 07:25 PM
While not an exact science is true this was pointed out well in advance that it was not going to be major by multiple people and the media was way over blowing it from day one. The media was making a cry wolf on day one.

If this storm was heading threw Florida or Texas chances are it would not really be in the news. It would of been talk about nothing more than tracking but that is it. None of this OMG action because lets face it Irene is not a major hurricane. It is a bad storm but not even the worse storm that the NE has had dealt to it this year.

No its really a damned if they do and damned if they don't situation. You have to understand how most people watch the news. They click on to a cable station for about fifteen minutes a day. That's it. News junkies might keep fox or msnbc on for a lot longer, business men/women have cnbc on all day, but your average viewer, turns to a 24 hour network for fifteen minutes or watches their local news every at night. The media has to run this story constantly because that's the only way most people will see it. And what did they report on? A storm is coming that is going to probably be a tropical storm by the time it reaches NYC but the governors of NJ and NY are shutting down their states (mass transit) and everybody who doesn't need to be out, shouldn't be out. Not much crying wolf there since that's exactly what happened.

samiwas
Aug 28, 2011, 09:01 PM
Sorry, but I had to LOL. :D

I guess they went with some cheap option, instead of some sturdy diesel unit?

The GM Centre, a hockey arena in town, runs their full-backup system one Friday morning a month, for about an hour.

This is smart.

They had two huge generators running out back for a while, but when I metered one of the electrical outlets in the space we were working, I got only about 2/3 the standard voltage. Lights all over the resort were flickering and whatever. So those generators were definitely not doing their job. They DID look like they were about 400 years old.

What is even more interesting is that every one of the thousands of slot machines was powered up, but the guest rooms and hallways had nothing.

But here's the kicker...the resort finally ordered an evacuation of all guests at about 6:00pm, to the point that they were going door to door, coming in and telling us we had 30 minutes to get out. We were there working basically FOR the resort, and their only response was that they might be able to put us into a ballroom if we couldn't find anything else. We were able to secure our own other accommodations, and after a lot of back and forth, the resort was able to give us a ride to our other hotel. So in the end, it all worked out...but it wasn't without a complete ball-drop. At least I finally got a beer!

On our drive to the new hotel, it looked like there were a lot of downed trees, and a large area without power. I also looked at that map above, and we were smack dab in the middle of the black area.

Rodimus Prime
Aug 28, 2011, 09:02 PM
No its really a damned if they do and damned if they don't situation. You have to understand how most people watch the news. They click on to a cable station for about fifteen minutes a day. That's it. News junkies might keep fox or msnbc on for a lot longer, business men/women have cnbc on all day, but your average viewer, turns to a 24 hour network for fifteen minutes or watches their local news every at night. The media has to run this story constantly because that's the only way most people will see it. And what did they report on? A storm is coming that is going to probably be a tropical storm by the time it reaches NYC but the governors of NJ and NY are shutting down their states (mass transit) and everybody who doesn't need to be out, shouldn't be out. Not much crying wolf there since that's exactly what happened.

locally maybe but it was way over blown on the national level. Really it did not need to be reported on all the time on the national level. It was rather insane how much we saw it down here in Houston.

renewed
Aug 28, 2011, 09:10 PM
locally maybe but it was way over blown on the national level. Really it did not need to be reported on all the time on the national level. It was rather insane how much we saw it down here in Houston.

What else are they going to talk about? News in this day and age is sensationalism. Reporting that NYC is being shut down is sensational. It's movie quality. It gets views.

Tilpots
Aug 28, 2011, 09:34 PM
locally maybe but it was way over blown on the national level. Really it did not need to be reported on all the time on the national level. It was rather insane how much we saw it down here in Houston.

Houston? You're in Houston? It's really easy to judge the strength and impact of a storm from 1,000 miles away.

The media did their job and the "non-event" it was is proof. Earlier in the week, when the focus on the storm began, Irene had a good chance of becoming a Cat 4. That's when preparations need to be made for an 800 mile wide storm. Millions eventually lost power and it's in the national media too much? There is record flooding. All told, there will probably be billions in damage. Just because Manhattan didn't become the Lower 9th Ward doesn't make the story any less important.

Queen of Spades
Aug 28, 2011, 09:38 PM
It was heavy rain and wind when it got to us, but I must admit this storm was more of a pain in the arse than I expected. We lost a couple of trees in our backyard, lots of huge branches littered our driveway and the road, and one of the nearby streets was shut down because a giant tree fell over. I think it got a few cars in the fall, too.

Really not looking forward to all the damned yard cleanup. :mad: But at least we're all fine, no house damage, etc.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/cruzalicious/backyard1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/cruzalicious/backyard2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/cruzalicious/shawmut.jpg

kellen
Aug 28, 2011, 11:55 PM
Went to sleep around 2 am here, it was blowing some and raining, just a typical thunderstorm here.

Woke up around 6, then on the hour. Finally out of bed at 9 or so. Never got any worse or I slept through it I guess.

Gregg2
Aug 29, 2011, 12:42 PM
One woman was out in her car while the storm was right there. She's dead. I guess she didn't have a TV.

Some teenagers were out in a canoe. They had to be rescued, endangering the lives of the public servants who saved them. Then they got their 15 seconds of fame on the news. The media did not serve the public well by broadcasting even one image of any of those kids for even half a second. What they should tell us about these scofflaws is how much they were fined.

ECUpirate44
Aug 29, 2011, 12:46 PM
Heres a video of the damage at East Carolina University. Classes have been canceled for today and tomorrow.

Hurricane Irene Damage at ECU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCbNhNBQ2lo)

rdowns
Aug 29, 2011, 02:46 PM
Finally got power restored about a half hour ago. We lost power SUnday at 2am (quite early) in many parts of Long Island. Of course, I just got back from my moms house where I recharged all my electronicals and lugged 15 lbs. of ice home. Lots of trees down all over Long Island but it could have been much worse.

bruinsrme
Aug 29, 2011, 03:03 PM
It seemed as if it went right around us. There are some branches down, no major flooding, not much rain either
The pictures I am seeing look very similar to those of the 2009/10 winter ice storm, of course add leaves subtract ice.

If anyone needs help, I have a truck cleaning up I an free Wednesday afternoon. Drop me a pm

arviescoot
Aug 29, 2011, 05:04 PM
That was so devastated,Many disappear in that hurricane.

Mac'nCheese
Aug 29, 2011, 05:22 PM
What else are they going to talk about? News in this day and age is sensationalism. Reporting that NYC is being shut down is sensational. It's movie quality. It gets views.

The entire NYC subway shutting down is not sensational. Its historic and newsworthy. People needed to know so that they didn't go out thinking that they could use mass transit.

Gregg2
Aug 29, 2011, 07:23 PM
It seemed as if it went right around us. There are some branches down, no major flooding, not much rain either
The pictures I am seeing look very similar to those of the 2009/10 winter ice storm, of course add leaves subtract ice.

If anyone needs help, I have a truck cleaning up I an free Wednesday afternoon. Drop me a pm

Um, in Boston?

Rodimus Prime
Aug 29, 2011, 07:45 PM
The entire NYC subway shutting down is not sensational. Its historic and newsworthy. People needed to know so that they didn't go out thinking that they could use mass transit.

locally yes but it did not need to be repeated god knows how many times on the national level.

MacNut
Aug 29, 2011, 10:22 PM
Some towns in CT are 100% without power, homes were washed into the sea. So to call this storm over hyped is just plain stupid. Went about 30 hours here without power.

Just because NYC didn't get a direct hit doesn't mean this wasn't a big storm. The storm surge alone did plenty of damage.

steve2112
Aug 29, 2011, 10:51 PM
Rodimus is right. Had this storm been heading for say, the Gulf states instead of NYC, the news coverage wouldn't have been nearly as widespread. The media just isn't as interested when stuff happens in "flyover states". Also, not to sound crass, but I don't have a lot of sympathy when the last hurricane to hit my home state left it looking like this. (Hint: It happened 6 years ago today, and this damn sure isn't New Orleans)

Edit: Here is a really good, but big, pic from Wikipedia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Hurricane_katrina_damage_gulfport_mississippi.jpg)

OutThere
Aug 29, 2011, 11:29 PM
Rodimus is right. Had this storm been heading for say, the Gulf states instead of NYC, the news coverage wouldn't have been nearly as widespread. The media just isn't as interested when stuff happens in "flyover states". Also, not to sound crass, but I don't have a lot of sympathy when the last hurricane to hit my home state left it looking like this. (Hint: It happened 6 years ago today, and this damn sure isn't New Orleans)

Edit: Here is a really good, but big, pic from Wikipedia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Hurricane_katrina_damage_gulfport_mississippi.jpg)

Media coverage was largely inline with previous storms in terms of damage caused: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/how-irene-lived-up-to-the-hype/?hp

Potential losses totalling $14 - $26 billion isn't pocket change.

This was extremely rare weather up here—high winds and flooding are not something we usually deal with. Case in point: we had nearly 10 feet of snow this past winter. It got old, but I only missed one day of work due to snow. I couldn't help but notice that the south was paralyzed and in a state of emergency with 1-3 inches of snow. My college had 26 inches of snow overnight and didn't cancel classes (I went!). Different places face different challenges...

Rodimus Prime
Aug 29, 2011, 11:43 PM
Media coverage was largely inline with previous storms in terms of damage caused: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/how-irene-lived-up-to-the-hype/?hp

Potential losses totalling $14 - $26 billion isn't pocket change.

This was extremely rare weather up here—high winds and flooding are not something we usually deal with. Case in point: we had nearly 10 feet of snow this past winter. It got old, but I only missed one day of work due to snow. I couldn't help but notice that the south was paralyzed and in a state of emergency with 1-3 inches of snow. My college had 26 inches of snow overnight and didn't cancel classes (I went!). Different places face different challenges...

How big was the coverage from Ike on the national level which did more damage?
I was way to close to be a good judge on it. Plus I was reading and following Houston news at the time plus Houston being shutdown for over a week did effect where I worked.

Moyank24
Aug 30, 2011, 12:08 AM
How big was the coverage from Ike on the national level which did more damage?
I was way to close to be a good judge on it. Plus I was reading and following Houston news at the time plus Houston being shutdown for over a week did effect where I worked.

I was also in Houston during Ike, and I can say I know we got a lot of coverage in NY, becuase my friends and family kept in touch with me through text and IM the entire 48 hours I was without power. They were actaully the ones giving me updates on how much damage and how many were without power. And they started asking me about it days before it came. So, it was a big deal nationally I would venture...especially coming fairly soon after Katrina.

Also, isn't this the first hurricane that has hit land in a few years? That could have something to do with the advanced coverage as well.

nebo1ss
Aug 30, 2011, 04:43 AM
Just got power back after losing it Saturday night on the East coast from Irene. Only communication and cooking facilities are shown in attached pictures.

Had 26 movies on the IPAD which was very useful.

Queen of Spades
Aug 30, 2011, 09:21 AM
Also, not to sound crass, but I don't have a lot of sympathy when the last hurricane to hit my home state left it looking like this. (Hint: It happened 6 years ago today, and this damn sure isn't New Orleans)

Edit: Here is a really good, but big, pic from Wikipedia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Hurricane_katrina_damage_gulfport_mississippi.jpg)

That doesn't make you sound crass, it makes you sound utterly without compassion. Soo...the only way you can feel any sympathy for another person dealing with a natural disaster is if it:

a) directly affects you
b) is worse than anything you've ever experienced
c) all of the above

How ridiculous. I'm sorry the hurricane coverage annoyed you, but there are actually people still without power, dealing with quite a mess. If it bothers you that much, don't watch the news.

I will never understand the "competition" for who gets screwed the most by natural disasters. You can have that trophy all day, every day. It doesn't mean that other people's troubles aren't worth feeling compassion for or worth mentioning.

MacNut
Aug 30, 2011, 10:48 AM
Rodimus is right. Had this storm been heading for say, the Gulf states instead of NYC, the news coverage wouldn't have been nearly as widespread. The media just isn't as interested when stuff happens in "flyover states". Also, not to sound crass, but I don't have a lot of sympathy when the last hurricane to hit my home state left it looking like this. (Hint: It happened 6 years ago today, and this damn sure isn't New Orleans)

Edit: Here is a really good, but big, pic from Wikipedia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Hurricane_katrina_damage_gulfport_mississippi.jpg)The media doesn't care what is currently happened in Connecticut or Vermont because they are "flyover states" as you so put it.

Gregg2
Aug 30, 2011, 12:57 PM
Another take on the "over-hyped" coverage:

The mantra of many elected officials and forecasters was "Plan for the worst, and hope for the best". That's a very prudent approach with something that is very unpredictable. Forecasters say they've figured out timing much better than years ago, but have not made much progress on predicting the intensity levels as a storm progresses.

So, what if they're off in the other direction? That is, if the storm turns out to be worse than the models predict. Then what would the "Monday morning quarterbacks" be saying?

What would you ask of forecasters if you were charged with the safety of millions of people? I'd ask for the worst case scenario within the realm of reality based on past data and present measurements. That's what you should plan for, just in case. There's no time to adjust. The preparations have to be made days in advance.

So some prepared for the worst, hoped or prayed for the best, and got something in between. (The best would be the storm got lost in the Bermuda Triangle and was never heard from again.) Far better than not preparing at all and losing your life, I'd say. Maybe some disagree...

samiwas
Aug 31, 2011, 11:00 PM
I just left Connecticut today from the resort/casino where I was working. The resort got their power back on Sunday night or Monday morning, but all of the area around it were still without power today. In fact, from Foxwoods to the interstate, not a single traffic light was working, which meant no one around there had power. I saw several families pulled over on the side of the road collecting water from a stream or something. It was sad. CP&L outage map still shows large portions of the state without power.

Another friend posted some pics on Facebook with a before/after shot of the valley in Middleburgh, NY, which got some heavy flooding. It was kind of shocking.

This storm didn't bring the kind of widespread damage that Katrina did, but it did bring the flooding. The bad part is that many people do not have separate flood insurance, and most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding (I mean why would it? That would be silly! :rolleyes:). So there are going to be a lot of people devastated by this.

MacNut
Aug 31, 2011, 11:09 PM
The southeast portion of the state got hit the hardest power wise, the shoreline communities have been 100% dark for about a week now. Those numbers are starting to come down now but it is currently at 234,902. Even up near Hartford a lot of areas are still dark 4 days later.

How much generator power does Foxwoods have? Or did they shut down the whole gaming floor?

samiwas
Aug 31, 2011, 11:29 PM
How much generator power does Foxwoods have? Or did they shut down the whole gaming floor?

Oh, this was ridiculous beyond belief and gave Foxwoods quite the black eye from a lot of people.

The power first went out at about 11:00am on Sunday morning, after the main storm had passed. The generators (there were two of them for the section we were in) kicked in right away, so power was back up within about 10 seconds. But the generators were not working correctly. I measured the voltage at 79 volts, instead of the 120 volts it should be from a standard outlet. There were also lots of flashing lights around the place, presumably from the low voltage. At about 2pm, one generator finally bit it, and all power was lost for certain portions. What portions? All of the guest rooms and hallways, and some event spaces (where I was working...we worked by flashlight for about two hours before finally giving up).

All restaurants were closed except very limited service at the buffet and Dunkin' Donuts.

But the slot machine areas were lit up! All of the gaming floors had full power (although they closed them), but the guest rooms and most restaurants and public spaces had nothing. They finally ordered an evacuation of the hotel at about 6:00pm on Sunday. They had security going door to door telling everyone they had 15 minutes to get out, but offering little assistance in the process. I had to go up and meet my wife on the 7th floor and carry all of our bags down the 8-9 flights of stairs to the lobby. There were people in wheelchairs being carried down, and all sorts of crazy stuff. Luckily, we found a hotel in Mystic that still had power, and went there for the night.

I guess to really answer your question, Foxwoods has enough generator power to power the entire resort, minus some air conditioning. But those generators don't necessarily work!

MacNut
Aug 31, 2011, 11:36 PM
I wonder how Mohegan made out.

Shrink
Sep 3, 2011, 08:03 AM
Another take on the "over-hyped" coverage:

The mantra of many elected officials and forecasters was "Plan for the worst, and hope for the best". That's a very prudent approach with something that is very unpredictable. Forecasters say they've figured out timing much better than years ago, but have not made much progress on predicting the intensity levels as a storm progresses.

So, what if they're off in the other direction? That is, if the storm turns out to be worse than the models predict. Then what would the "Monday morning quarterbacks" be saying?

What would you ask of forecasters if you were charged with the safety of millions of people? I'd ask for the worst case scenario within the realm of reality based on past data and present measurements. That's what you should plan for, just in case. There's no time to adjust. The preparations have to be made days in advance.

So some prepared for the worst, hoped or prayed for the best, and got something in between. (The best would be the storm got lost in the Bermuda Triangle and was never heard from again.) Far better than not preparing at all and losing your life, I'd say. Maybe some disagree...

Well said! Possibly the most rational post in the thread. :)

reedomann
Sep 4, 2011, 11:15 AM
Vermont got hit the worst probably..

Gregg2
Sep 4, 2011, 06:48 PM
Vermont had terrible flooding. Crops as far as 75 miles from the coast* are a total loss. The economic impact is mostly from water, not wind.

Lee might do as much damage as Irene, even though he(?) is "just" a tropical storm.

*specifically in North Carolina (...an article I read in the paper today)

iJohnHenry
Sep 4, 2011, 07:08 PM
Lee might do as much damage as Irene, even though he(?) is "just" a tropical storm.

Lee is a boy, in the hurricane naming scheme anyway. ;)

Gregg2
Sep 5, 2011, 07:47 AM
Lee is a boy, in the hurricane naming scheme anyway. ;)

Actually, I was torn between using "he" or "it". ;)