August 25th, 2011
|cieldumort||01:56 am - Hurricane Irene Potentially Epic |
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From Weather.com Hurricane Central
Hurricane Irene: Major Northeast Threats
It's not every day you see a hurricane forecast cone pointed into the Northeast.
In fact, the concern among meteorologists is high. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read: "We are very concerned with what's going to happen in New England. The benchmark is the 1938 hurricane. I am very concerned with what will happen there."
The potential is real for the strongest hurricane hit on the Northeast in at least a couple decades this weekend!
...How rare are Northeast hurricanes?
Going back to 1851, there have been only 5 hurricanes whose centers of circulation have passed within 75 miles of New York City. The last hurricane within that distance from New York City was Hurricane Gloria 26 years ago.
Read article: NYC's hurricane history
Similarly, only 10 hurricanes since 1851 have passed within 75 miles of Boston. The most recent was almost exactly 20 years ago: Hurricane Bob...
|Date:||August 25th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)|| |
Like I'm not nervous enough
That first graphic shows me on the edge of the extreme area. I started preparations two days ago, i.e., shopping, prescriptions, and preparing bug-out-bags for me and my animals. I've never experienced a hurricane. Tropical Storms, yes. And they were bad enough at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Last night I spent an hour packing outside knick-knacks and clearing my front porch.
My friends/neighbors are laughing at me!!!
|Date:||August 25th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Like I'm not nervous enough
Where do you live? If you are anywhere in or near the "extreme" area as painted in by TWC, preparations two days ago are exactly what you should have been doing. Are your neighbors finally catching up to that reality at all, or are they whistling past the graveyard?
|Date:||August 26th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Like I'm not nervous enough
One guy at work and I are preparing. The rest are laughing at us. I've even rented a pet-friendly hotel room 3 hours west, and tomorrow I'll be finishing the bug-out bags for the dog/cat/birds since my bag is done. I can cut out Saturday early. I know a lot of the back roads, so I shouldn't hit any traffic.
I live in the Northeastern corner of Maryland - right at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Combine the storm surge with the astronomical tide, and I'll be happy I'm 22 feet above the high tide level even though only 300 yards from waterfront.
They just shifted the center to go right over my house. I figure I will be evacuating - I'm surrounded by (saturated) forest, and there is no way I want to be here when trees start falling (like during Isabel) and debris starts breaking windows. It's not like I can stop it!
All shopping was done two days ago, and final prescriptions were refilled last night. I think I've got a lock on everything but fear.
I have a generator and all to come back to once the heavy stuff has passed - assuming there's still a habitable house. heh
Edited at 2011-08-26 12:29 am (UTC)
Got Food In Yer Fridge?
We've got 30-40 mph wind gusts here in E. Florida
I've been watching - pretty impressive outer squally bands crossing the state. Irene is so large!
ps: GREAT user pic! lol
She is massive! Winds picking up sending tree and foilage debris our way. My big picture window is taking a slight beating.
Whoa! I'm amazed at how big this storm is, and I'm biting my nails thinking about it going up the east coast.