Skip to comments.Hurricane Irene Live Thread
Posted on 08/26/2011 9:40:24 AM PDT by NautiNurse
Approximately 65 million people are likely to be directly impacted by Hurricane Irene as the storm takes aim at the densely populated Eastern Seaboard. Evacuations are underway for high flood risk areas.
Mass transit cancellations, schedule changes and road/bridge closures are occurring throughout the storm warning areas. Please check with local news and Emergency Management Operations to determine the recommendations for your immediate area.
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Shutting down power in NYC? What-ever for? I can’t imagine anything so stupid! Perhaps they just are hoping for some looting and rioting?
BTW..Obama now at FEMA headquarters...going to make the oceans recede or something....lol.
“Just turned to Fox to hear that NYC was considering shutting down power???”
That’s a big mistake. They did that down here (PR) for Jeannie a few years ago and when they turned the power back on the whole system crashed - for two weeks. They should leave the power on - that’s wht they have fuses and circuit breakers and what not. Plus Bloomie’s little people need to stay tuned as long as possible. Why put them into misery earlier than necessary.
For this same storm we left the power on and in my area power was back after only 4 hours. Most of the island had electricity within 24 hours, and almost a week later, there are only isolated pockets without power.
I was watching CNN (I’ll repent later) and they said the reason ConEd gave was that it’ll reduce the damage from salt water. Most of the power cables are underground. They said that if there is power going through them and the salt water shorts them out, it’s worse than if the cables get soaked with NO power going through them.
I’m not sure if that explanation makes sense, but it’s what they said.
I remember Ernesto. He ruined our camping vacation in northern PA.
I’m some distance NE of your sister. It started out a nice day, humid but clear. Like you said, it changed quickly. Now it is humid, foggy and rainy. From what I’ve read, tomorrow is not going to be a fun day for those of us in CT and MA, beginning in the morning and until about 8 at night.
Tell Cheney I’ll buy his book, just turn off the Halliburton Weather Machine!
Tweet: “NY Hurricane Tip: Leaving windows open while trying to catch cockroaches is a fun way to simulate “The Deadliest Catch.””
And my sister and brother-in-law live on the Severin river up from the Chesapeake Bay. They lost their home with Isabel and re-built. Really depends on what the storm surge is with the tides. So glad they left for higher ground.
You would set the dial to 14.325 MHz and the mode to upper side band (USB). If you cruise around 75 meters (3.900 MHz give or take) lower side band you might find your state emergency net. 75 meters is better for local/regional coverage whereas 20 meters is more long haul.
I don’t get why so many are giving you attitudes this thread.
Thanks much for checking in. Sounds like you are well prepared. Please keep us updated when you can. Take care!
Shep just showed a video of trucks lined up for miles to pick up emergency supplies and said that Panetta is calling out 6000 troops to help. I dunno folks...something just doesn’t sound right here. This storm is bad, but hopefully not THAT bad to need 6000 troops called out. Of course..if they cut the power to NY...who knows!
CNN BREAKING NEWS:
3 Darwin Award nominees playing in the Virginia Beach surf!
The Bike Path has flooded.
(oh, I forgot to add the “WE’S ALL GONNA DIE!!!!” part from CNN)
The overblown hype continues. Fox saying that hurricane force winds are going to be hitting Long Island at 10pm tonight...
Looking at the Wunderground Map, with LIVE wind speed reporting shows nothing higher than 40-45mph winds at this time.
Winds at Ocean Sands, NC are 26mph...
The amount of rain remains a question still.
Thank you. And I didn’t mean to say firestorms aren’t bad - they are. Luckily neither my brother nor uncle have been affected, being in L.A I guess. Nor my other relatives such as in AZ.
I know, had to hit the mute button when Barry the Magnificent appeared on both TWC and Fox. Love hearing Christie speak.
"Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, a senior Obama administration official said Saturday. "
Because I’m replying directly to you.
You’re out of line .. and offensive.. and on a
NautiNurse is a FReeper stalwart, religously
posting these threads every hurricane season,
which means everything to those in or potentially
in harm’s way in order to get the latest news,
tips, advice, etc.
She rightly deserves and gets great appreciation and
gratitude for her loyal devotion, experience and help.
She does NOT deserve your snarkiness and rudeness.
Nor do others, who could already be very stressed and worried, wish to see such idiotic, unnecessary, and
distracting combativeness on this important thread.
If you’re a standup person, it would be wise to
simply apologize and think before posting here.
Thanks for that CNN report, that does make sense. That’s why the subway system was shut down, too. They fear future damage from the salt water. I’d better make more coffee just in case Bloomie changes his mind.
I’m guessing no one wants a Katrina/post-Katrina federal situation anymore. Now even the feds have to get involved (which they shouldn’t) because no one wants to be accused of being a Callous Bush.
We used to do fine with our Baltimore Gas & Electric, e.g.; they’d send people all up and down the coast to help. (No more, though - they’re Constellation now so they really aren’t good anymore.) At least in the past, private people used to do things just fine.
He’s not a tool....As my husband likes to say, “I’d call him a tool...but tools are useful...”
2 p.m. from EOC: winds increasing now avg. 45. Rain is now 7 inches on Main Base. Still no overwash on the Island
Central Park in Manhattan just recorded its 5th highest all-time rainfall, at 8” I think it was, less than two weeks ago. It’s been a very wet August up here, so the ground is already saturated.
He’s right ...
It’s disgusting, I refuse to watch TWC. I don’t need TWC to tell me anything about hurricanes...they hide from the worst area being hit, then stand on the beach where winds are 20MPH and pretend they are being blown over. I’ve lived in Florida all of my life and I sure as heck don’t care what Ohomo says or does. I watch the satellites, radar, water vapor and NOAA computer models. I don’t need those Obongo butt kissers telling me what I already know.
I remember a few years ago there was a big Cat 3 on a direct path to hit South Florida. Later that afternoon while it was near the northern coast of Puerto Rico I saw something happening to it by watching the satellites and taking screen shots.
NOAA mentioned no changes. I watched Bryan Norcross(the so called hero weatherman of Hurricane Andrew) and he saw it too, but said he would wait to hear from the NHC. They came on with him and said they weren’t sure, he might be right but at that time they didn’t want to say. I thought that was weird, he was obviously right. The storm had encountered strong westerly shear and dry air entrainment and it was blowing the top off of the hurricane. You could clearly see it on the satellite loops. Within hours it was torn apart from the shear. By the next morning it not only was not a hurricane, it was gone, barely detectable on the radar.
I often wondered how NOAA could not have seen that when I saw it and what a local meteroligist saw. NOAA is wrong a lot of the time and I think they are making a HUGE deal over this storm when it isn’t a big deal. Time will tell. I think surge will be an issue in some areas, winds not so much.
They keep saying all hurricanes have flooding rains, well that is not always the case. Sometimes hurricanes are surprisingly dry, others, not so much. The rain bands move so fast that sometimes you will get a lot, other times not much at all. Hurricane Georges was a very wet storm because South Florida was getting the E and NE quadrant of the storm and the feeder bands were coming over as the storm slowed down, nearly stalled and grew from a cat 1 to a cat 2.
Wilma did damage that was never really reported on the news. Once it hit & passed Miami all you heard or saw was news about Miami. TWC, all Miami. Not much mention of the fact that when all that water was pushed into Florida Bay, once Wilma moved ashore that water all rushed back and flooded the entire Gulf side of the Florida Keys all the way from around Islamorada to Key West and ran across US1 and flooded many on the ocean side as well. Devastating floods down there. There is a video called Wilma the Witch made by a local attorney. You never saw any of this on the news or TWC, they were too busy showing downed traffic lights and roof tiles in Miami. But maybe the Tourist Development Committee in the Florida Keys was more than happy to not have that plastered all over the news.
If you live in a hurricane area all of your life, you watch, worry when you need to worry and don’t stress over things that might never be. They went into panic mode on the South Florida news stations when Irene was way out there.... get’s more viewers. I don’t care what the spaghetti stings say when the darn storm is over the Lesser Antilles. I care what they are showing when it nears Haiti and Cuba because almost always the track changes, the cones move, and they don’t have a clue where it will end up when it is so far out there. It’s just an educated guess at best.
Just read an article about it and they are on stand by. According to the laws of this land..Obama and his feds can’t do a thing unless asked to by the states. I’ve also noticed that Obama is picking winners and losers already by declaring the dem states disaster areas ahead of time. Haven’t heard him say anything about the republican run states though. Very strange.
I don’t trust Obama and his government at all!
Most NYers are here in the city, hunkered down in their apts. We only got word late yesterday afternoon that mass transit, Amtrak and the airports were shutting today at noon. That didn’t give many people a chance to flee—and as Shep pointed out we are without cars.
The looters are thanking them.
Knock it off.
NautiNurse has been providing Free Republic with invaluable hurricane threads for years- way before you came here with your attitude of superiority.
Lots of us use these threads to catch up with each other we’ve not “seen” for months - the service NN gives is actually appreciated by FReepers and require much time and effort on her part to post and update. It might also interest you to know that during Katrina and its aftermath there were several media people and some emergency management people who READ FR’s live ongoing threads for information before, during and after Katrina.
Besides- watching the media hype itself into hysteria is half the fun of being a citizen.
They said if salt water gets in the lines when the power is on the damage will be extreme. If it gets in the lines when power is not on it can be cleaned and power restored more quickly.
The overblown hype continues:
Memory lane from Katrina Threads:
What’s that, 75mph? We had thunderstorms with 60mph winds yesterday. I am so sick of everyone wetting their pants for weather that we’ve had how many hundreds of years of?
Andrew, Betsy, Camille, big suckers over 150mph- ok. But, honestly, getting into panic mode over every tropical thing with a name is sad.
Hard to believe we are descended from people who braved the elements in shacks- and survived. Now we sit in modern cities and get panic attacks over 75mph wind.
Good grief- why not just permanently force everyone from their homes within-say-100 miles of the Gulf Coast and be done with it?
61 posted on 08/23/2005 8:58:59 PM by ClearBlueSky (
63 posted on 08/23/2005 10:12:00 PM by dogbyte12
Another storm for the media to hype.
6 posted on 08/24/2005 9:32:39 AM by bluebeak
Posters at WeatherUnderground have noted that the live wind speeds shown there have a history of being significantly low.
Best way to do it, imho, is right click the 'post reply' link in a thread you wanna post to, and then click 'open in new window' (or similar, depending on your browser).
Then after you've typed your reply in the new window/tab, hit 'post' once and return to the original thread (in the other window/tab) while the cogs are turning on your new post.
A little different imho. Katrina was a Cat 5 storm churning in the gulf for days and nowhere for the water to go but into the gulf. This storm hasn’t been above a Cat 2 since it came on the radar in the US. It also is not in a total bowl like the gulf. We also have an incompetent POTUS trying to make it all about himself now.
I wouldn’t comment on the media hysteria, it’s heresy here. ;)
Turns out I need a receiver that'll p/u sideband, as my current one isn't geared for such.
Thanks for that reminder - I used to do that all the time on the hurricane threads and I guess being away as long as I was I totally forgot. Thanks, again!
Yes he did. And before the storm hit, he also deployed US Navy support ships from the East Coast down to the Gulf of Mexico, so they could follow the storm into the Gulf, in order to be of assistance at the earliest opportunity. The media never shared that bit of info with the public.
FEMA reserved whole cruise ships to be used as emergency housing, and the residents of NOLA refused to go aboard to live there. They were not only stranded in New Orleans but picky as to their new digs. So the govt ate the cost of three months or so of entire cruise ship rentals.
Damned dismissive fools. As with all weather, no one really knows what is going to happen.
Also, I direct anyone to study Agnes if you want to poo-poo 60mph. Of course, that was horrific mostly because unlike most TS/hurricanes, it traveled overland and stalled rather than skirting the coast.
Hi again Tomkat. During “normal times” I occasionally listen to sideband at around 7,100 KHz give or take. Once or twice I heard activity at 14,135 but not since. I’ll have to try the 3.9 MHz the other poster suggested once I get my random wire antenna on the roof fixed. I think it is too low a frequency for the Degen indoor loop antenna to be effective, although that antenna and tuner is really good at reducing noise.
You didn't read the first comment-it was posted when the storm was a Cat 1? I recall that even after the sucker hit many on here were making fun of the "media hype" because the early reports were minimal damage and some even started partying in New Orleans again.
The point is that none of us know what was going to happen, just like none of us know what this storm will bring and its the height of hubris to lay claim that this is all hype at this point. Perhaps the law of averages will side that most storms warnings are not necessary but that is what warnings are all about. Only a fool would claim that these storms are harmless and over hyped before they even run their course.
Thanks allot for doing them.I'm from Missouri and don't need them,but I trust what is going on here more than the media to find out really going on.
The people who are in the path of these storms are getting an invaluable source of information from what you do here.
Thank you for your service here.:)
I get the feeling that some of this hyperreaction of local governments is real, and some is just going to help the ‘economy’ in the form of ‘stimulus,’ with a wink and a nod from the Obama regime. Sort of the way that hiring thousands of census takers lowered the unemployment numbers for months.
Unless your friend lives in a flood zone she should be ok. She may have lost power though. There are power outages all around us. I am surprised that we still have power here at our place...
Virtually all HF voice communications today are single side band. Time to upgrade!
Yes, but it also hit land as a Cat 3 and less. It petered out pretty soon after it lay waste to LA and AL.
You never can tell - even “wimpy” storms can pack a big punch. There are more variables involved than just wind speed.
But its an awful waste of money if our president has the power to lower the sea levels like he promised.
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