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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: NautiNurse

Pick up a hand operated water purification unit from a camping store and coffee filters for prefiltration and some sterno to boil water.


51 posted on 08/26/2011 10:15:27 AM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: MplsSteve

Clean your cache. It figures that someone from MN would need basic guidance for simple browser maintenance on a hurricane thread.


52 posted on 08/26/2011 10:15:56 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: NautiNurse
Other Resources:

webcam on Indian Beach, NC... should be within 10-20 miles of landfall.

Specific/Relevant NOAA Weather Buoys that will be closest to the path up to the point of initial landfall:
41004 (41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC)
41037 (27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach)
41036 (Onslow Bay Outer)
BFTN7 (Beaufort, NC)
CLKN7 (Cape Lookout)

Buoy 41010 was passed by Irene this morning. Wave heights went from a low of around 9 feet to a peak of 31.5. Maximum wind gusts: 64.1 kts... minimal hurricane force. I *think* the closest approach was about 72 miles.

53 posted on 08/26/2011 10:19:18 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: alancarp

Time for my morning look at the track... albeit a little later than I’d planned. First off, here are the last several reported eye positions:

1700 THR 27.0N 77.3W
2000 THR 27.7N 77.4W
2300 THR 28.3N 77.3W
0200 FRI 28.7N 77.3W
0500 FRI 29.3N 77.2W
0800 FRI 30.0N 77.3W
1100 FRI 30.7N 77.3W

Okay, I think we can be pretty well assured that the beast is moving NORTH. A couple of days ago (post #416), I opined that if there was any chance of missing the Carolinas, it had better be moving a little right (east) of due north by the time it passed Daytona Beach (29.2°).

Well, technically it was (77.2W then)... but as we see since, that was just a ‘wobble’, and Irene has steamed straight north since then and is now parallel to Brunswick, GA on that same straight north tack... well over 100 miles further north.

My guesses from this:
1. It’s still not turning as I type this, though probably will start to do so soon.
2. It’s going a little west of the official track - currently Cape Lookout.
3. I’m thinking Atlanta Beach, NC is in trouble.
4. Irene is about 250 miles to Morehead City... landfall at current speed is roughly 17 hours away - before dawn Saturday morning.

Beyond the NC landfall, I have no ideas — the interaction with that much land might be a Godsend for the NE Corridor due to substantial weakening.


54 posted on 08/26/2011 10:21:30 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: STARWISE

Aww rats, the Hurricane visible loop link seems to show a slight veer to the west. Definitely going to be a rough day for those people.


55 posted on 08/26/2011 10:21:54 AM PDT by Paradox (Obnoxious, Bumbling, Absurd, Maladroit, Assinine)
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To: NautiNurse
Here's another TV live coverage: News12 NJ
56 posted on 08/26/2011 10:23:08 AM PDT by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: NautiNurse

“Wow—this beats the record for people rushing to criticize the info provided for this thread.”

It was not a criticism. Just an observation.

Your initial posting contained an out of date map.

You then corrected your thread and put in the correct map - which I acknowledged in a separate post.

Don’t kill the messenger for simply pointing out that you used an out of date map.


57 posted on 08/26/2011 10:23:08 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: alancarp
(oh yeah - now that we're on the new thread, that was referring to post 416 on The original hurricane Irene thread.)
58 posted on 08/26/2011 10:24:16 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: Psalm 144

Wise words P144...

Please be aware of the horrific dangers of the flooding that will accompany Irene. Flash floods are deadly.

Last week, Friday afternoon to be exact, a series of quick heavy thunderstorms (nothing like Irene will bring) hit the Pittsburgh area. My youngest son and I took advantage of the “last day of summer vacay” to do a trip to the Pgh Zoo. We left about 2:30ish. The first of the series of t-storms was rolling thru—leaving our route, Washington Boulevard, with heavy run off and ponding of water. I have a sm Jeep..and I felt the “push” of the puddles. Washington Boulevard is a major thorofare (with aging infrastructure) in a big city. About an hour later, and after another sudden two inch down pour, Washington Blvd was suddenly under nine feet of water...nine feet! In a matter of minutes. Four people (a mother and her two little girls in a minivan; and a woman swept out of her car perished).

Please...flooding kills. Like P144 noted if you think youi need to get away...get away now while you can!

Prayers up!


59 posted on 08/26/2011 10:24:21 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( Barry, eat your own damn peas.)
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To: All

Here’s Joe Bastardi’s new web site:
http://www.weatherbell.com/


60 posted on 08/26/2011 10:24:40 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: alancarp
Good info--thanks.

Buoy 41004 SE of Charleston SC:


61 posted on 08/26/2011 10:25:24 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: BigFinn

Doesn’t California have earthquakes? And socialism? I’ll stay in Phoenix, Arizona. A bit hot but no earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, volcanoes.


62 posted on 08/26/2011 10:26:08 AM PDT by MichaelNewton
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To: LibsRJerks

Good luck with that one!

Had that several years ago when daughter was going to evacuate Corpus and go to her brother’s up the country. Storm changed directions and was headed much further north. Sil called and asked if I’d please call her and try to explain the storm was going more his way than ours.

It took a while, but I finally got the point across.


63 posted on 08/26/2011 10:26:26 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: NautiNurse

I’m so tired of the constant news on this hurricane, uggh !


64 posted on 08/26/2011 10:26:53 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: NautiNurse

Ramps up pretty there, eh?


65 posted on 08/26/2011 10:27:03 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: NautiNurse
Thanks for the thread. I am about 1-1/2 hr from the coast, in Richmond VA. We are preparing for an experience similar to the one of 2003...power outages, no water or gasoline, etc. We had two weeks without power then. Trees and debris were everywhere, power lines down all over and it took the employees an exhaustive effort to repair the lines. I think this time will be even worse since the hurricane is so large and so much of the East Coast will be affected. We must all get ready to endure hardships for quite a while. So get prepared!

My son works for the power company and employees are going on "storm duty" starting today. Please remember, if you call the power company to report an outage, or ask when you can expect power returned...be polite.

The power company employees who handle those calls suffered quite a bit of stress during the last hurricane that hit this area. Many callers were obusive and impatient and gave the Customer Service people a really tough time, cursing and screaming at them. Remember...When they are on storm duty they often work around the clock with few breaks; many do not go home and even sleep there or in motels nearby. Many stayed there while their families endured problems at home without them. They are a dedicated bunch, there to help and serve the public, so they should be appreciated...not mistreated.

66 posted on 08/26/2011 10:27:19 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: NautiNurse

Checking in. We are supposed to be having our pre-Labor Day party tomorrow. VOC also just put up a drive in theater in the back yard. I don’t think the movie is going to happen.


67 posted on 08/26/2011 10:28:18 AM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: USMCWife6869
We are directly in it’s path here in coastal Carolina. Please pray. I’m worried. The rain seems to have started now. I’ll try to post updates.

If I were in your shoes, I'd be heading for someplace inland. You don't want to be caught in a traffic jam like Rita or Ike created in Texas.


68 posted on 08/26/2011 10:29:06 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: LibsRJerks

Where is she in NYC? Is she in lower Manhattan (it’s called LOW for a reason!) or along the beaches of Brooklyn and Queens? Otherwise, she’ll probably be OK. We had a brief discussion whether to evacuate to our apartment in Murray Hill but have been told by the police that we are in such high ground that we shouldn’t worry. So we’re staying put for now.

Try not to get too upset!


69 posted on 08/26/2011 10:29:22 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: abner
Ridin the Storm Out... REO Speedwagon

I am NOT old enough to have heard this song when it first came out lol.

70 posted on 08/26/2011 10:29:53 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: MplsSteve
You then corrected your thread and put in the correct map

Ummm...No. I didn't change anything in the thread. Clean your own browser cache. Get a clue, then take this discussion off the thread. Now.

71 posted on 08/26/2011 10:29:59 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: alancarp

Big rain band about to be slung into NC.... I’d expect twisters from it.


72 posted on 08/26/2011 10:30:35 AM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Wise words,PennsyvaniaMom. I am from the ‘Burgh and have relatives still living there. I had no idea about the flooding of last week you described. I know that area well and cannot imagine nine feet of water on Washington Blvd. Goodness.


73 posted on 08/26/2011 10:30:39 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: NautiNurse
Pick up paper plates and plastic forks and spoons. You’ll thank me...

Will do... thanks! :-)

74 posted on 08/26/2011 10:30:51 AM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Paradox
Aww rats, the Hurricane visible loop link seems to show a slight veer to the west.

Yeah, I noticed that, too: it may be just a quick jog, but the more important point is that it's STILL not turning at all toward the east of due north. The longer it take, the more of Emerald Isle is in jeopardy.

75 posted on 08/26/2011 10:31:07 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: NautiNurse

Well done, NautiNurse! Good links and info. I’m out in Colorado, but I have close friends in Hampstead, MD, and I’ll be following the news on Irene.

To all mid-Atlantic-coast and New England FReepers, good luck!


76 posted on 08/26/2011 10:32:45 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: NautiNurse

The new theme song for EastCoasters: “Goodnight Irene, goodnight.”


77 posted on 08/26/2011 10:33:05 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: NautiNurse

Ummm, yeah it was wrong. I clicked on your thread right after you posted it. There’s nothing wrong the cache. Don’t try to make me look bad because of your own failings.

The map was wrong. It’s OK if you don’t want to admit it.

Don’t like what I’m saying? Report me then.


78 posted on 08/26/2011 10:33:29 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: CitizenM

That is a really good reminder.


79 posted on 08/26/2011 10:33:38 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: USMCWife6869

May God bless you and keep you safe.


80 posted on 08/26/2011 10:34:08 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: MichaelNewton
Speaking of earthquakes...here in Richmond we just had one earlier this week which left many structures a bit damaged or compromised. Now with the hurricane coming I hope those structures are not more adversely affected...or worse.
81 posted on 08/26/2011 10:38:30 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: nutmeg; NautiNurse

Thanks, NN - just told my husband to pick up paper plates, hadn’t even thought of that.


82 posted on 08/26/2011 10:43:43 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: NautiNurse
Here's the bouy link for all of them.
83 posted on 08/26/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: nutmeg

These things really are a crapshoot. I remember being in the expected path of two during my time in the navy. First time I was in VA. Beach on shore duty and the storm turned East and out to sea. We got the day off anyway and played golf in the sunshine.

Second time I was on shore duty in Charleston and they predicted the storm (HUGO) would turn north. It didn’t and it hit us dead on. Mass destruction, deaths, flooding, islands washed away, no power for at least a week, 2 months worth of sawing up downed trees, etc.

Hurricanes are like a box of chocolates....


84 posted on 08/26/2011 10:45:31 AM PDT by DJlaysitup
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To: SouthTexas

buoy


85 posted on 08/26/2011 10:45:35 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: SouthTexas

**


86 posted on 08/26/2011 10:51:00 AM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: CitizenM

I’m most worried about flooding in Pennsylvania, NJ, and NY. Just a couple of weeks ago, they got up to 10 inches of rain (Central Park was 5.5” and JFK Airport was 7.75”). The ground is saturated and won’t be able to absorb another 6-12 inches of water.


87 posted on 08/26/2011 10:53:42 AM PDT by MichaelNewton
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To: CitizenM
To lighten the mood, I found a version of that done by the "good doctor" himself, Hugh Laurie, and the "Band from TV"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlmo9rEr8Dw&feature=related

88 posted on 08/26/2011 10:54:08 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: DJlaysitup
Hurricanes are like a box of chocolates....

You're so right. Hugo was a terrible storm. We were battened down in Newport News, VA, but after it demolished Charleston, it went west and THEN turned north, and we just had a few justs of wind. Never thought I'd see a hurricane to the west.

89 posted on 08/26/2011 10:54:21 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: LibsRJerks

I know what you mean. I had a young daughter there during 9-11. That added some gray hairs to my head. Seriously, she needs to get where she’s going by tomorrow morning because I think I just heard on Fox News that they are shutting down the subway and train system at noon Saturday and won’t open till Monday after rush hour, if I heard correctly.


90 posted on 08/26/2011 10:54:31 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (When scraping bottom of political barrel, the top layer of scum candidates isn't better than bottom.)
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To: alancarp

Latest Hurricane Hunter aircraft observation put the eye at 77 degrees 29 minutes west, a tick shy of 77.5W. It hasn’t started the NNE arc yet. Atlantic Beach and Morehead City are still squarely in Irene’s sights. After that, who knows.

I understand that the major media is going to obsess over NYC and New Jersey getting hit with what will probably be a strong tropical storm, since 10+ million people live there and the media organizations are headquartered there. But not long after landfall, this thing (if it stays near the forecasted track) is going to plow over Tidewater Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, up as far as Williamsburg and then onto the Delmarva), and there’s almost two million people in its path in that urban area alone. And hardly anything is being said. That worries me. I’ve got a friend in Poquoson who lives about 50 yards from the York River, he says he’s ridden hurricanes out there before but I don’t know if he’s ever taken a near-direct hit from one.

}:-)4


91 posted on 08/26/2011 10:56:26 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: MichaelNewton

That’s my great fear. The ground truly is saturated in points around my yard. In other areas, it’s fine.


92 posted on 08/26/2011 10:56:37 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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I’m gonna have a bag together for whenever it hits, in case I have to go outside and help anyone.


93 posted on 08/26/2011 10:57:14 AM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: nutmeg
Reminder in case you've not done it- scrub out a bathtub and fill it with water to use for various things if you lose power for extended period.

My late mother lived on the Cape and lost power for two weeks after Hurricane Bob twenty years ago- she and her pals walked together to the little restaurant every evening with their bottles and glasses- the restaurant provided ICE (by then it was like gold) and had their cocktail hour together!

Thinking of you and all our FReepers on the coast.

P.S. Hardboil some eggs too ;)

94 posted on 08/26/2011 10:58:04 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: MplsSteve
Don’t like what I’m saying? Report me then.

It's not worth reporting you, but do know that you're coming off kinda like somebody criticizing a hero policeman by discovering - after he killed the intruder threatenting your family - that one of his shots missed its target and broke a mirror.

95 posted on 08/26/2011 10:58:10 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: nutmeg
Reminder in case you've not done it- scrub out a bathtub and fill it with water to use for various things if you lose power for extended period.

My late mother lived on the Cape and lost power for two weeks after Hurricane Bob twenty years ago- she and her pals walked together to the little restaurant every evening with their bottles and glasses- the restaurant provided ICE (by then it was like gold) and had their cocktail hour together!

Thinking of you and all our FReepers on the coast.

P.S. Hardboil some eggs too ;)

96 posted on 08/26/2011 10:58:21 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: NautiNurse

2 PM update JUst came out — More Weakening.

100 MPH now. Pressure continuing to rise.

location...31.2n 77.5w
about 300 mi...480 km SSW of Cape Hatteras North Carolina
maximum sustained winds...100 mph...155 km/h
present movement...N or 360 degrees at 14 mph...22 km/h
minimum central pressure...951 mb...28.08 inches


97 posted on 08/26/2011 10:59:55 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Moose4; All

Latest Stormpulse track based on model averages has moved the storm about 30 miles to the east, putting it coming ashore between Cape Hatteras and Morehead City, moving across the sound and marshes, then moving back out to sea, passing Virginia Beach about 25 miles to the east.

This path keeps it 10-15 miles offshore all the way up New Jersey, then coming ashore directly on top of West Islip on Long Island, putting it 30 miles east of JFK Airport, or 40 miles west of Manhattan.


98 posted on 08/26/2011 11:01:32 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: Gabz

My family is in Dorchester County...and they are moving people up from low county into Cambridge...

this is a nasty storm playing into a bad scenario...full moon, high tides, rain and surge...

NOT GOOD if it doesn’t turn more East....


99 posted on 08/26/2011 11:06:07 AM PDT by antivenom (visit SBPDL.com and at least read what you and the liberal media are too afraid to say)
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To: Moose4
But not long after landfall, this thing (if it stays near the forecasted track) is going to plow over Tidewater Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, up as far as Williamsburg and then onto the Delmarva)...

Holy smokes. I lived in Newport News for 6 years, when I was assigned to Langley AFB (elevation 6'). Prayers up for all in Irene's path.

100 posted on 08/26/2011 11:06:14 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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