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Skip to comments.Hurricane Irene [Now at Cat 3]
Posted on 08/20/2011 4:22:03 PM PDT by NautiNurse
Tropical Storm Irene has developed from Invest 97 in the Western Atlantic Ocean, east of the Leeward Islands.
Sea Surface Temps
LOL - for a second there, as I was reading the second article, I thought that one of the Top 5 Dangers was ‘Like us on Facebook’.
Mom used to take us to Mobile every other summer or so and I will never forget the destruction all the way across. This was before Interstates and we pretty much drove the coastline.
Old colonial style houses that had been there forever, were gone.
Used to have family, or claimed family, almost every 50 miles from Corpus Christi to Pensacola. If a storm came into the Gulf, it was going to get someone. May still, just haven’t kept track.
Whoop...As soon as I hit post I thought of that.
Cape May County.
The last big hurricanes we had in our area...(central Florida) was 7 whole years ago....and we had 4 in a matter of a few weeks....
..there were blue tarps on homes (from all the roof damage) in our county for over a year!!....
..we evacuated twice....rode out the other two.
Right now.....as we are about 8 to 10 miles from the ocean....(as a crow flies)....we're getting some moderately heavy wind and rain.....actually it's been fairly windy all day...
..my husband & I took an early morning walk (82 degrees but a nice wind)
Watching all this gives us cautious prep & heads up... in case of next time....
..hurricane season is not over!
Indeed they do!
We were in Florida in 1979 for Hurricane David....only a minimal Cat1 but it stalled just off our coast for a couple or more days....and spawned tornadoes.
We stayed put in our home
....but the howling, incessant winds....the telephone wires snapping, the driving rain.....were really scary......
Water poured through the sides of our doors and and our front bay window....I'm only talking about a Cat1...and we moved mattresses to the inside hallway where I stayed with the baby as my husband mopped up the water...
..two blocks away a tornado ripped part of a roof off a large supermarket.
Category 1 is not harmless!
Just wanted to mention (small thing compared to whats going to happen up the coast) but causing power outages in our area (Delray Beach FL) just from the slight brush we are getting. We didn’t have any outages, but they are reporting them already. Lots of rain and wind this afternoon, gusts up to 45 MPH (they said)—looked pretty bad out there, altho I was watching from inside the house.
There have been many bigger ones.
Isabel (2003), for example.
We have had rain and wind all day, and some parts of town have lost power, but we have not. It has that feeder band feel. As much as my prayers are with people are in the path, I’m very relieved we are not. Our first 2 years here convinced me hurricanes were not that much fun.
Yikes that sounds like a nightmare, a stalled hurricane (no matter the cat).
The latest track has me on the eastern (heavy wind) side of Irene on Sunday afternoon here in CT.
I love this old hymn.
damn, dunno how i managed that .. html error, runners advance .. lol
That year of all those storms in Florida was insane!
This could get real ugly in PA and NJ - it's been a long time since we had a big blow (Isabel in 2003 I think is the last one) and there are a lot of big trees with roots in saturated soil just waiting to come down on power lines, roads, cars and houses. I'm heading out to the far NW suburbs for this one.
I'm afraid you're right Fatima. I'm looking out the window at the shed/workshop my husband is in the middle of building, I have a feeling I won't be looking ata it in the same condition come Monday.
Yeah, but I sure wish it wasn't because of this woman........
I think you should get the family picture, the insurance policies and bank books and then book a long weekend in Vegas.
That picture always made me smile, it still does :)
I will bring some flatbread crackers & 5 different GOOD cheese selections.
Hi everyone. I am getting ready for Browns/ Eagles. and following this thread and everyone’s news.
I hope all Freepers can get out of the way of this monster..and get their parents, other friends to be safe. Every storm breeds it’s bold attitude, testosterone & beer driven I am sure. Invincibility?
up here we think of the tornadoes that spawn off these storms. As much as I have wanted to get back to the coast, at times like this I am glad to be in the rust belt still.
lol, I remember that pic too! Don’t think they’ll come close to that though~!
Then, we've been reading that Irene might take a more westward route. We have a full tank of water, lots of food and propane, but which direction to go? I'm hoping that the 8am update tomorrow morning will give us more information.
We have a fairly safe, sheltered placed to ride it out in Utica. Anyone familiar with this Vermont/NY area, please weigh in.
Ok...here’s one for anyone near NYC..
My friend and her 20 something daughter have had a NYC 5 day trip planned for a long time, see a couple Broadway shows, etc. They are still planning to go—fly Sat from FL.
I think its nuts...Am I overreacting? I can’t imagine being in NYC during a major hurricaine...they are assuming that large hotels have generators.
I personally would cancel the trip, take the travel ins money and reschedule. but then, what do I know.
...husband and I are here in Sussex county, about 12 miles from the ocean. We’re gonna batten down...estimate our biggest concern would be a tree falling on the house.
Only place we could go is daughter, who lives near Baltimore...not much better than where we’re at. HER mother-in-law lives in Ocean City, in a mobile home.
All other relatives live along the east coast also right in the path of storm. tomorrow we’re doing inventory outside, anything might be a projectile will be made safe. We’re getting some cash, filling up cars with gas, got batteries, kerosene lantern.
Doing best we can and thinking it will be scary but we’ll get through it.
p.s. LOVED renting an RV several times to watch the final shuttle launches. Great fun!
Lol! This makes me laugh too.
Dirtboy, we will keep you and all the others in prayer.
...this tracking path is so out of the norm!
If I might make one humble suggestion. If you have a pocket knife around, sharpen it and carry it with you. They come in handy in a thousand ways.
Additionally, sharpen all your kitchen knives, your wood saws and check your chain saws. Having spent a few days after a storm, I can assure you that you will need more than one sharp knife and you will need that saw.
Rope or line comes in handy and of course, duct tape. Just sayin’
That is as funny now as it was the the first time I read it. I should include it in the next thread...coming late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
I’ll be in a good spot to ride it out, but thanks for the prayers. Please also pray for all of the morons on the East Coast who don’t do basic prep for this - like having water put aside for drinking and flushing.
That one passed right over my house on the bad side. Watched my neighbor lose his roof and four trees. It took out my attic window and flooded it. Took four days to be able to leave my neighborhood with all the trees blocking the roads, and another 11 to 12 days for electricity to come back on. This thing swings anymore west, maybe 20-25 miles and it’s a basic repeat at a little different angle.
They would be able to arrive Saturday, hole up in the hotel, and the airport should be open when they fly back out.
But will anything worth seeing be open while they are there?
Tell Victim to stay out of the pool.
If it does hit the area, the shows they wish to see may be canceled. Even if they have power at the hotel, how fun is being shut in for five days?
Yes! Also a hack saw saved my balcony during Hurricane Frances. The solar pool heater (really big black rubberized mats filled with water) tore away from its roof mooring. It was flapping around on the roof and stressing the 2" pvc pipe attached to my balcony support. Sawed the PVC pipe in two, relieving the stress. Don't recall where the solar pool mat finally landed when it blew off the roof.
Isabel dropped a 100-year-old double oak on (or more accurately, through) our bedroom. It took six months and $60K worth of insurance to put everything right. We lived in the basement for most of that period.
A word of caution to hurricane neophytes...Do NOT apply duct tape (or any tape) to your windows. It does not protect anything and it is a beast to remove the adhesive. A complete waste of time, money and effort.
Some airlines are already cancelling their flights.
I’m in Accomack County 12 miles from Chincotague and 9 miles from the Chesapeake. We had plans of spending the weekend in Dover, just got off the phone with my SIL explaining we would see her later in September.
Husband had a service call in Bethany this afternoon and said traffic getting out of the beach area was a bear.
The road that runs along the west side of our property is the line for Chessy storm surge concers, however my northern property line is a creek that runs out to the bay, so I will probably be dealing with some of that.
Oceanside high tide is going to be a beast. high tide at Chincoteague is around 7:30 Sunday morning which is close to when they’re calling for this witch to be about here.
Oh well, we’ll feast well on all the shrimp I bought this afternoon for the trip to Dover and I’ll spend tomorrow and Saturday canning the bushel and a half of tomatoes that were delivered to me this morning.
I love that one! I remember we boarded up for Frances (not going to get caught unprepared after Charley!) and left the boards up for several weeks because we wanted to be sure we were done! Then there was Jeanne....we also lost power during what we called Ivan Jr.
She is a nurse and her husband also works in the medical profession.
They are going to work tomorrow, and will make the final decision tomorrow. I suspect their decision will be made when they order all people off the island.
Can you be more specific as to airlines and locations? Please provide a verifiable link to source reference. We've had a couple of issues already where television news mis-reported and/or somebody didn't hear the verbal info correctly. Best to provide specific details with a verifiable source.
Not a good idea all! Tell them to cancel!
That was my thought...NYC is a walking city and I read that they may also shut down the subways because of potential flooding.
I can’t think of a place I would rather NOT be in during a hurricaine than NYC. Can you imagine evacuating that city or parts of it??
But, as they are friends and adults, and she is determined to go...I am now KEEPING MY MOUTH SHUT. ha.