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Hurricane Irene Live Thread
NHC NOAA ^ | 26 August 2011 | NHC/NOAA

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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KEYWORDS: hurricane; hurricaneirene; irene; livethread; storm; tropical
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To: AGreatPer

Hi there GreatPer!

LOLOL! Not 1/4 of the total space, but 1/4 of the FLOOR AREA had seepage. 3/4 of the floor was totally dry! I’m not sure that the pump we have, will even be able to work well without sweeping the water toward it.

So how did you do in your neck of the woods? I have a son in Ashburn VA, and he did just fine. A daughter in Baltmore, but the apt. tower she lives in never even lost power.

For those who live in this mid NE part of the country, and those who experienced tornados first hand, can now say yhat they had an earthquake, a hurricane and a tornado within 2 weeks! Actually I’ll take a hurricane over any of the other two. I couldn’t sleep last night just because there were tornado warnings in the area, and with the power out -— how can you see one coming!?


2,351 posted on 08/28/2011 4:18:41 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Gabz

How high was the actual water surge there on Chincoteague? The NOAA surge model said about 3’ expected when I ran it.


2,352 posted on 08/28/2011 4:24:04 PM PDT by bvw
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To: NautiNurse

Yardley may get power soon according to scuttlebut. In Washington Crossing may be a week to two weeks, as PECO has to have new transformers shipped in, also according to scuttlebut.


2,353 posted on 08/28/2011 4:28:11 PM PDT by bvw
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To: fatima

Football great of the Iggles.


2,354 posted on 08/28/2011 4:30:02 PM PDT by bvw
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To: maica

“If Bush had done that in 2005, the media and the Left would have screamed bloody murder. Nauti-nurse and anyone who followed the Katrina live threads knows that it was Clinton’s former head of FEMA who advised Gov Blanco not to request Federal participation for one very bad extra day. And that was done specifically so that President Bush could not be seen to be “in charge.”

I also remember Hillary calling Blanco tellling her not to do anything until she, Hillary, got there. Hillary arrived — held a news conference, (oh, ya Gov. Blanco was there sic), AND blasted President Bush for not responding.

That was when I lost what little respect I had left for the media -—


2,355 posted on 08/28/2011 4:43:10 PM PDT by malia
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To: sageb1

I will be so glad when this thing is over. Woman in New Scotland where one of my daughters lives was killed in rising creek waters and ongoing current situation in Granville, NY where a woman’s car has been swallowed up by water and they are frantically searching for her. Very long day.


2,356 posted on 08/28/2011 4:56:35 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: bvw

Tropical Storm Public Advisory
Statement as of 8:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2011

...Center of Irene approaching the U.S./Canadian border...
...Major river flooding occurring in parts of the northeast...

summary of 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...information


location...44.1n 72.1w
about 20 mi...35 km S of St. Johnsbury Vermont
maximum sustained winds...50 mph...85 km/h
present movement...NNE or 25 degrees at 26 mph...43 km/h
minimum central pressure...978 mb...28.88 inches


2,357 posted on 08/28/2011 5:07:37 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: bvw

OHHHH ,would imagine he has beach front.


2,358 posted on 08/28/2011 5:09:32 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today:))
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To: bvw

It actually depends upon where on the Island one is. Some places it was well beyond 3’ others places that was about right. Of course most of the causeway had been covered in water and was impassable.

The place where I was slogging in ankle deep water is at least a mile the channel and at least 2 miles on the other side from where the tidal marsh begins.

And therein lies the issue about some of the surges - the tidal marshes. On road we were on where the water had all receded, it was easy to see how far it had come up and across the road and kept going for another 10 or so feet.

Another place where the water came rushing into town and across main street was near the Coast Guard station.

I hope all of this makes sense. the geography and topography of the Island is such that it is difficult for someone like me to explain it to someone not familiar with the Island itself. heck I still have difficulty with n/s/e/w just because of the lay of the land, and I practically live there :)


2,359 posted on 08/28/2011 5:12:54 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: NautiNurse

Power finally came back on here at my house about 10 minutes ago. Driveway is good only 2 smallish branches in the way of the truck. Minimal washout of the driveway. Thanks for the thread NN!


2,360 posted on 08/28/2011 5:19:12 PM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: NautiNurse; Gabz; nutmeg; Tea Party Hobbit; Nick Danger; The Shrew
Cox cable is back up, and I'm online for an hour using a generator. Thanks for the kind thoughts -- everything is fine here. Dominion says we'll have power by 11pm. We shall see.

Best of luck to everyone, and I'll look for your updates once we have power.

2,361 posted on 08/28/2011 5:24:32 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: nutmeg

We just got our power back at 7.30 P Sunday. We were without electricity for almost exactly 23 hours.


2,362 posted on 08/28/2011 5:27:56 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: nutmeg

How are things for you now? Prayers.


2,363 posted on 08/28/2011 5:33:30 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: wardaddy
wardaddy, realize that Philly already had reported record one-month rainfall for any month this August before Irene came through.

Realize that the previous record was from when Floyd came through and flooded the crap out of the region.

Realize we have seen major flooding from Irene because, although Irene averaged two inches less than Floyd, the rain was on top of already-record rainfall, that in some drainage basins they saw record flooding.

And realize we are very grateful that there was no nearby frontal boundary like what happened with Floyd and Agnes to amplify the tropical rainfall, and realize that us in the NE are not just being wimps, but realized this could have been really, really bad and are grateful that it was just bad.

2,364 posted on 08/28/2011 5:48:16 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Interesting Times

Hey there IT. Thanks much for checking in. Good to know all is well. Sounds like your chat with the trees was successful.


2,365 posted on 08/28/2011 5:49:21 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: abner

All good news! Thanks for your update!


2,366 posted on 08/28/2011 5:50:35 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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Gilboa dam: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/350M-update-nears-of-Gilboa-Dam-New-York-City-1428191.php

There are news stories of Cuomo talking about how THIS DAM needs to be inspected for 'possible' damage because of a small New York earthquake. Earliest story I see is from 8/27. Cuomo said that while the 2.9 magnitude earthquake Saturday was small." http://www.whec.com/news/stories/s2259407.shtml?cat=565

People in this area have been told to evacuate.

2,367 posted on 08/28/2011 5:54:47 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: NautiNurse; thouworm; yield 2 the right; Abigail Adams; STARWISE; fatima; SquarePants

I am sorry to report, that at the end of the day a body was found floating in one of our marinas. He apparently came to the Island to check his boat this morning.

He was found late this afternoon by my friend (who owns the marina next door). I’m sure he will be counted as one of Irene’s victims, and rightly so. Prayers for his family.


2,368 posted on 08/28/2011 5:57:59 PM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: clyde260

Prayers up. I fear he will not be the last. The amount of rain we have received in PA is about half of a regular years amount. There will be sinkholes sooner than later.


2,369 posted on 08/28/2011 6:14:13 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: clyde260

Sad news. Thanks for your local update.


2,370 posted on 08/28/2011 6:18:49 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: clyde260

We will say special prayers for him on tuesday clyde260.(((((Hugs))))


2,371 posted on 08/28/2011 6:24:40 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today:))
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To: malia

Was it Hillary or Senator Landrieu that you remember? Every democrat used the suffering of the people on tv screens to bash President Bush.

Remember how the media criticized him for not landing in NOLA when he was flying from Texas back to DC! When people were still being rescued from rooftops!!!


2,372 posted on 08/28/2011 6:25:41 PM PDT by maica ( Multiculturalism is the smiley face of totalitarianism.)
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To: Interesting Times

Fingers crossed on Dominion.


2,373 posted on 08/28/2011 6:33:28 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: clyde260

So sorry to hear that! Very sad. God bless his loved ones.


2,374 posted on 08/28/2011 6:34:45 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: sageb1

So sorry to hear that sage..


2,375 posted on 08/28/2011 6:37:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: sageb1

Sorry to hear the news of the two people in your area. Very tragic indeed.


2,376 posted on 08/28/2011 6:37:44 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: clyde260

Saying a prayer.


2,377 posted on 08/28/2011 6:47:56 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Abigail Adams; Gabz

Good news on the lady in Granville. They found her in time. It was tough. Horrific flooding in that backwoods area and it had just gotten dark.

As I suspected, my son and fiancee on Long Island had a much easier go of it than upstate. Daughters in Albany area and Lake George area to my north had a much rougher time. The wind died very abruptly here about 15 minutes ago. Glad it’s over.


2,378 posted on 08/28/2011 7:11:17 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

My first thought.


2,379 posted on 08/28/2011 7:14:53 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Exit148

I hope that all is well with you and hubby and there wasn’t to much damage. Don’t you just hate it when these storms come through at night? The imagination goes berserk imagining what is happening.


2,380 posted on 08/28/2011 7:24:11 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: sageb1

Good news.

Yes, I know everyone is glad it is over.

On a lighter note. My family is from NYC and many are still there and on LI, but my dad now lives in Florida. When I spoke with him earlier today, after emailing him at 3am to tell him all was clear in this part of VA, he was telling me about an email from a cousin in Rockaway. Her email was along the lines of - gee thanks, you move to Florida and I get the hurricane!


2,381 posted on 08/28/2011 7:27:02 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

That’s funny. I had a similar situation yrs ago. Tornadoes are a real rarity in upstate NY. We moved to St. Louis, then to Minneapolis, and every time there was a tornado watch or warning, we’d run outside to see if we could catch a glimpse. Never did. In the meantime, my brother calls me from upstate NY and says, “Hey! We had a tornado!” Go figure.


2,382 posted on 08/28/2011 7:44:54 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: Interesting Times

Glad you and family are okay. My nephew and his wife reported in earlier to my sister and they only had lights out.


2,383 posted on 08/28/2011 7:47:38 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: Gabz

Glad you are okay. No damage, I hope.


2,384 posted on 08/28/2011 7:50:21 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: sageb1

Go figure is right!


2,385 posted on 08/28/2011 7:51:46 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: dixie sass

Everything’s just fine here Dixie! have to replace a sheet from the metal roof on the barn, but that was the extent of the problems. Oh and my husband no has been fully reminded why he needs to put gutters on the one side of the house - he got up this morning to a couple of ceiling tiles on top of the coffee pot.

Worst part of the whole thing for me was we were supposed to have gone away for the weekend. Good thing we stayed home, from the pictures I’ve been looking at all day from friends back in Dover, they got it even worse than we did with the flooding.


2,386 posted on 08/28/2011 7:56:37 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Very lucky with just minor damage... and to the area over the coffee pot, anywhere but there!!!


2,387 posted on 08/29/2011 5:27:27 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: NautiNurse

And here comes Jose, tagging along just like a kid brother.


2,388 posted on 08/29/2011 5:31:04 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

No concerns with Jose. A fish, it will be history within hours.


2,389 posted on 08/29/2011 5:50:40 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: nutmeg
Kind of late, but we just got back our electricity at 5 AM.

All my family made it out of the storm safely. Still waiting to hear how my sis in OC, NJ made out as far as her house is concerned.

BTW Dr. Who is a BBC series (I think one of the longest running shows in the UK.

Dr Who is the last of a race of time travelers who journeys around the universe helping folks out.

There has been (I think 11 different Dr's since its inception. The Doctor can regenerate so there is a continuity from one doctor to another.

2,390 posted on 08/29/2011 5:55:24 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Exit148
Sure glad your water damage ended up being minor.

"So how did you do in your neck of the woods?"

Looking our the window, Hershey Park never closed and everything operated the entire week-end. A few downed trees from sporadic winds but no big deal here.

2,391 posted on 08/29/2011 7:22:51 AM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: NautiNurse
No way for Jose, but we'll take a week off and then re-convene on a new thread for Katia... heading for the east coast of the US again.

In the meantime, well done; rest well.

2,392 posted on 08/29/2011 9:11:36 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: alancarp

Many thanks for all of your help with the storm analysis. Your valuable contributions are much appreciated.


2,393 posted on 08/29/2011 9:20:27 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: clyde260
So sorry to hear of this...very sad. I found this article:

Father of 13 drowns checking on his boat in aftermath of Hurricane Irene [Jose Sierra, 68]

2,394 posted on 08/29/2011 9:21:07 AM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: RightField

How did things turn out with the canal? Please check in when you get a chance.


2,395 posted on 08/29/2011 10:10:10 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: NautiNurse
Thanks for remembering me. We all appreciate your weather threads so much.

The canal rose to within 15 inches of the wall at 5:00 am this morning. The marina manager said he was in contact with the canal authorities all night, and they assured him it would not go over the banks. The rain yesterday was steady all day but not intense, and there were only a couple of minor gusts of wind.

However, the trees and debris that floated past us did jam the canal a couple of miles down, and the water diverted to the Mohawk. It will be a few days before that is all cleared out.

We are still here for another day or so, as the New York State Thruway is closed in a couple of places between us and Massachusetts.

2,397 posted on 08/29/2011 12:39:32 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: RightField

Good news. Best wishes for a safe trip. Thanks for the update.


2,398 posted on 08/29/2011 2:14:59 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Drink good coffee. You can sleep when you are dead.)
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To: wardaddy

the evidence is in...the media blew this event way way way out of proportion..I am reading now that the precautionary measures are costing cities and states exponentially more than the storm damage....

The media coverage was just like you get from the local stations when one is coming in anywhere. Problem is the local media was in Washington, Philly,NY, and Boston.


2,399 posted on 08/29/2011 3:04:10 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: TBall

“Wow, I’m starting to really freak out. I just looked outside and it is not just raining, but it is also windy.” It was not three seconds after posting this that the power to my house went out for the next thirty hours.


2,400 posted on 08/29/2011 5:15:33 PM PDT by TBall
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