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Hurrican Irene

Post by KenDowns » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:51 pm

Projections for the past three days put Irene passing within 5 miles either side of me. These things can be very unpredictable though. When I was about 12 a friend and myself made it to 4:00 am before falling asleep during a hurricane, only to have the eye pass directly over his house and his parents did not wake us up!!!. Not like I'm still nursing a resentment decades later or anything...

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by stuward » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:18 pm

We had one a few years ago pass over and we got up to watch the trees sway back and forth. In the morning they were all laying down. Irene is supposed to enter our region about Sunday but we're not expecting anything right here. I hope you have emergency food and water, etc.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by KenDowns » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:59 pm

Being a camper, I'm well equipped with batteries, large containers for water, lamps, stove, etc.

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by TimD » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:22 am

5:00 AM ET, it's around the outer banks right now. Been downgraded to a cat 1 hurricane. I work on the beach area (Virginia Beach) at night, and just got off work We're getting the bands right now, but the good news is that it is starting to break up a bit, and will probably be a tropical storm after it hits Wallops Island. Of course, the local news media is pushing this thing, and yes, it is a big one, but way down from the cat 3 they were predicting.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by stuward » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:04 am

Tim I hope you have everything secure. The storm surge where you are will probably be significant. This one's bringing a lot of rain. Here in Canada it's forcasted to hit in the upper Saint John river area, a river that's prone to floods. Hopefully this time of year that's not a big deal, not like spring.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

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Stay safe, all of you in the areas affected!
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by TimD » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:21 pm

Hey, Diana, how you guys doing in Raleigh?I didn't know it was going that far out west, but saw on the news that it's affecting things all the way out to Goldsborogh. Saw Hatteras take it hard. Right now, it's finishing up here in the VA Beach area and starting to head out to sea and shoot up the coast . In between a trop storm and cat 1 hurrican right now.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by KenDowns » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:06 pm

STATUS 7:00PM Saturday. Hurricane is "wobbling" and projections still put it crossing Long Island. Wobbling could send it directly to NYC or out my way.

Drizzle but no wind at all yet. Obviously power still on.

My son has a new friend who's parents are apparently extremely cool, as the son declares, "Yeah, his Dad is just like Dad." Anyway, this guy is extremely prepared and, like myself, is planning for the power to go out. Just a matter of time.

I have to be extra nice to the wife, she was supposed to fly out of town to spend a few days with her sister and then bring back our daughter. She doesn't understand why she can't fly out of NYC tomorrow just because of "a lot of rain." What do you say to somebody who has never sat out a hurricane?

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by Oscar_Actuary » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:14 pm

KenDowns wrote: What do you say to somebody who has never sat out a hurricane?
Watch the news?
Watch NatGeo?

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by stuward » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:30 pm

I get the impression that people are starting to take this kind of thing seriously now. I think Katrina got everyone's attention.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by TimD » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:34 pm

Stu, we're basically done here. This got way over hyped. I do understand they got that way because of Katrina, but this was barely a cat 1 hurricane. Mostly a rain and tidal flooding event.

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by stuward » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:22 pm

It seems to be flooding they're mainly concerned abot in the NY area and that's the concern here. Last fall we had to rebuild a couple of bridges in Newfoundland from a storm like this. Here's the operation. Sorry the pictures are so bad. http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/daily ... ma-eng.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Better pictures here: http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/spec/ ... to-eng.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is an overview of the area. The bridge that washed out was the only way into the area for a lot of people.
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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by KenDowns » Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:07 am

STUNNED AND AMAZED that I still have power. We've lost power more than once in lighter conditions than this.

I think the idea with "hyping" these things is to make sure nobody gets hurt. The news forecasts the worst possibilities so they can planned for. The desired outcome is that they are wrong -- that it is not as bad as the worst that it might and could be. But imagine people dying in their homes and the news saying afterwards, "well there was really only a 50% chance of that kind of storm surge, we didn't really want to fill the airwaves with a lot of hype."

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by jlmoss » Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:43 pm

Kind of reminds me of the 'boy who called wolf' story.

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Re: Hurrican Irene

Post by stuward » Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:29 pm

10's of billions in damages and 11 deaths is not crying wolf. Sure it could have been worse. Aren't you glad it wasn't?
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