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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Is Irene still classified as a Hurricane? In all seriousness hope all is safe up there..this seems to be a dreadful event.
Hope no one decided to ride out this storm; anyone in its path should evacuate to an Obama shelter.
Any reports of loss of life?
I have lots of camping gear, moved 3 propane lanterns and a propane cook stove into the house, and sanitized and filled my 4 water jugs to have 22 gallons of clean water.
Located ~15 miles SSE of Atlantic City NJ, and 115 miles SSW of NYC
Max sustained winds 75 mph 958mb
Moving NNE at 18 mph
Hurricane force winds extend outward 125 miles
Tropical storm force winds extend up to 320 miles from the storm center.
Pouring rain in Central NH, no wind yet.
thanks for update NN. Haven’t been able to sleep much. Not that this storm impacts me directly but just worried about so many of you out there.
I haven’t had TV on once. Dont have cable/dish , but from what many of you said, perhaps that is a blessing with the juggling balance between important coverage & mania.
Keep looking at all the maps & data (which I have no clue how to apply to forecasting)
Looking forward to sunrise & some updates from FReepers who still have the ability to communicate.
I always worry about the pets and the livestock in various areas. Seeing pix of dogs chained to a doghouse on a very short chain is heartbreaking. Big floods & they have no chance.
Prayers continue for you all in safety as you clean up & dig out in many cases.
cable is out but power is on. Dog won`t go out except fast pee breaks. Many shelters are accepting pets this time. So far, almost 24 hours straight heavy rain.
Glen Ridge- NE NJ-12.miles west of NYC.Power still out.I love my B’berry!
I’m dozing on sofa keeping ears open for any trees crashing in this woody area. White Oak over house behaving. Winds/rain more like Nor’Easter. My portable radio on to keep informed.sure hate not seeing what is going on.
This stuff should be over about noon and then I will crash—figuativel! So happy I have FR! Thank you Jim Rob and NautiNurse!.
Sorry if I woke you up! I'll type very quietly...
Be careful if you go outside, if possible wear a hard hat.
Back around 1985 I think in Houston Texas we had a hurricane that came through, what happened was that on many of the downtown office buildings that were under construction there were materials that broke free and then went on a cascade effect of smashing all the high rise windows, there was literally piles of broken glass over 3 feet high on the streets.
I just woke up and I am watching the news, I don’t get any hurricanes here in Alaska but I have been in several when I lived in Texas many years ago.
I got this email from a friend in Philadelphia about 11:20 last night:
“We are under an area wide tornado alert. What is very bad is that this is at night....They just announced to get to a “safe room”, listen for transformers blowing and then try to see if there is a tornado (at night???!!!!! Are they nuts???!!!!!!!!!!!)
The rain is coming down so hard it is blinding...........we are getting 2 inches per hour and the storm sewers are flooded and filling the streets here........... You can’t go down the basement because of the flooding, and you can’t stay upstairs if you have a tornado..........So now what do you do?????
The banks of the rivers here are overflowing and they are evacuating people in the low-lying areas of Philly near the rivers. This is really bad. The winds are beginning to kick up now and we are being told that we could lose power from 1 to 2 weeks. The eye of the storm is now hitting Delaware, it will probably hit here in about 2 hours.”
smart dog Abby... stay safe!
A very frightening description. I hope your friend made it through the night safely.
Irene should just be pulling just NE ACY about now, about 4 more hours until she gets to NY-LI. Rain fairly light but steady here, light wind, intermittent gusts here and there.
Stay safe all!!!
Thanks for checking in. Good news about the brief power outage. How much rain have you received in your area from Irene?
Tornado warnings in Nwe York this am:
Only if they track to the Left
woops! New York. (need more coffee before typing.)
Still up here in northern nj. . . been scared to sleep with the tornado warnings since 3am. Just vacumed out a few inches of basement water. . .too wide awake to sleep.
What’s the Hudson doing now?
Glad you are ok!
Hi nutmeg! Still online for now. Let us pray for each other.
I don’t know about the Hudson, but I do understand not sleeping during a hurricane. Too many tornadoes and constant beeping on the weather channel. We do not even have basements here in Fla. and must hide in a bathroom or hallway from tornadoes.
Note that i only posted weather links; Snopes entered in as a response in jest as to whether these could be trusted.
First Energy (PA & NJ) maps have a message, "Outage information not currently available. Please try later."
Times like this I've learned to be very grateful that we can make a hot pot of coffee.
I haven't seen the rain gauge since I'm awake, I would estimate about 4-4.5" at this point. Did a walk around after getting geney hooked up and saw 2-3" ponding on low lying grass areas, other areas I walked across were fairly squishy underfoot.
I think I'll try to catch a wink or two, before I'm needed again!
Thanks! So far, so good!
During Hurricane Charley my neighbors knocked on our door in the am with some hot coffee from their bbq. I did not refuse. LOL!
Here in Annapolis, it's still a little misty, not quite strong enough to be a drizzle. Still getting modest gusts of wind, but mostly just breezy.
My generator is still cranking, my sump pump is still pumping, my basement is still dry, and nearly half of Anne Arundel County, and about one-third of BGE’s Maryland customers are without electricity from the grid this morning.
I haven't looked around too closely, but a quick glance from the upper deck and from front windows reveals no obvious damage of any sort.
Thank You, God.
http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?crisis=2011_hurricane_irene_nyc (Evacuation Zones and Hurricane Evacuation Centers in New York City.)
BGE indicates 429,170 customers without power at this time.
“BGE indicates 429,170 customers without power at this time.”
Yes, that’s out of about 1.266 million customers. Wow.
Does your home automatically shut off from the grid when the generator starts up?
Meteorology is indeed a complex science.
Didn’t someone recently post a link to a website that showed power outages by state? I don’t seem to be able to find it.
Yes, it does. And it would be very noticeable very quickly, as lots of other stuff would come on that is currently off.
At this point, the generator is only partially installed. As I mentioned, the electricians working on our basement project installed it this week, but for them, it isn't a high priority. For me, on the other hand... So, they still need to come back and hook up one of the heat pumps and a few of the appliances. Right now, none of the major kitchen appliances, or the washer or dryer, are connected.
But we can unplug the microwave from its outlet and plug it into one of the functioning wall outlets in the kitchen, we can use the coffee maker, and the electric frying pan, as well. My wife anticipated the storm and cooked several days’ worth of meals that can be nuked, we can fry eggs, or we could even cook steaks if we wanted, the fridge is working fine, we have running water, working toilets, Internet, e-mail, TV... it's PARADISE!! LOL!!
I actually had the electrician out here yesterday, as the rain and wind was picking up, until about 4 pm, hooking up more stuff. Truly, I'm a slave-driver.
Well, I surveyed the property a little more closely. Other than some broken tree branches (we have a pretty good number of trees), and the fact that some parts of the yard could now officially be declared wetlands, no visible damage.
I don't know when we'll get our power back. But I went out and looked at the fuel guage, and I'm guessing that at the current rate of consumption, I'm using about a gallon of propane an hour, or even less, so I could hold out here without BGE for a week or more.
Mid Long Island, NY here 7AM.
Power still on just windy and rainy so far. Nothing too major at this point. God bless you all wherever you are.
I'll bet your home was the bright spot on the horizon last night!
Thanks for checking in with your local update. Glad to learn weather is mild at this time.
Great job on the thread looks like it’s far from over.
I’m in Catonsville. The power is on, it looks like some vines and a shurb in the back yard are lost. Some large, old tree branches are down.
Central PA Irene periphery update 28aug 0700:
Tho this mess keeps rotating counterclockwise and feeding continuous rainclouds over the Susqhehanna Valley, it's also continuing to move slowly north.
The WunderMap has made it look like we should have been getting moderate rain since about 1800 yesterday.
But apart from a light off/on sprinkle and ~15-20mph breezes out here in the country this morning, it appears to have been relatively precipitation free overnight.
The actual effect re rain seems to be that it's been falling all along, but turns to humidity on the way down and then just hangs there like a tropical sweatsuit clinging to everything !
All the AGWbs aside, the bullet that this area has so far dodged re Irene will likely circle back around in a few months and shoot us in the ass with mountains of snow .. lol
There's still today to get thru of course .. the downpour threat won't pass til this evening, and the wind acts like it would love to gust up and scatter limbs all over.
Y'all will hear nary a peep from me about having gotten all the soakables up off the 'garden level' floor and shopvacs on standby to aid the sumps.
Awoke at 0600 to find power still on and 'net still up, both of which were even more welcome than finding no interior ponding ! Not having gotten the brunt of it that many of you are having to cope with, I'm looking at it as a general preparedness exercise for SHTF season next year.
My thoughts to all of you who've suffered propery damage and 'cane stress throughout, and best wishes for your cleanup exertions.
And that goes double to those of you still in the path of this thing.
Nurse, thanks again for your yeoman's efforts here !
Disruptors notwithstanding, this thread has been a comfort and a welcome/helpful distraction for many members, and prolly a fair number of lurkers too.
Checking in from suburban Philadelphia. It’s light out now, and I did a quick walk around the interior of the house. It’s still raining, but lightly. We’re up to 16 hours of rain now. Light breezes; no heavy winds so far. Limbs all over the yard, but nothing major that I can see from the windows. Forecast has been somewhat downgraded by NWS with top wind gusts down to 46 now. Once the family is up we’ll go out and check the creek and the trees. After Isobel we thought that all was OK until we checked the trees and found one had started to uproot and lean toward the house. Power is on.
How sweet, thank you...I think I’ll be fine on the Upper East Side. Besides, we have no way to travel. :)
Might be this...
7:22am. From high ground at the Jersey Shore - it’s just a lot of wind and rain, no damage at all except for some downed branches. My NYC friends who have facebook are not reporting any problems.
From local news it looks like the Asbury Park boardwalk is taking a small hit. The news is so hysterical I don’t know what to believe. But right now everything seems pretty mild.
All good news! Thanks for your local update.
Good news! Thanks for your local report.
> CBS is reporting chest deep floodwaters in Norfolk: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7378622n
Well, that guy is a bit more believable than this reporter from a prior storm:
though I suppose he could have been on his knees.
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