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DisneyFreak
24-08-2011, 01:03 PM
Johnie, wdwgrandma & uscwest and anyone else on the Eastern seaboard.....stay safe this weekend with Irene heading your way. Us here on the Florida Gulf coast will feel minimal effects (rain..some wind) of the storm if it stays on this course.

Make sure you stock up on batteries, non perishable food, water (1 gallon per person per day), radio, etc. Make sure your cell phones are fully charged, that you have full gas tanks in your car, that you have cash on hand and full propane tanks for your grille if you have one.

If you lose power it could be days/weeks before it comes back on depending on the severity of the storm.

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Wendy
24-08-2011, 01:15 PM
:( stay safe everyone :hug2:

Dawn
24-08-2011, 02:30 PM
oh ****

catrancher
24-08-2011, 03:06 PM
Hurricane Party! :wavehands:

Tom (:macwave:... as long as it doesn't come ashore!)

Johnie
24-08-2011, 03:50 PM
Looks like it will my way on Sun morning. You can already tell it's coming because the temperature has dropped. It's actually quite nice out right now.

Kate
24-08-2011, 05:33 PM
Oh gosh, scarey stuff :( Stay safe everyone :hug2:

daveann
25-08-2011, 06:23 PM
stay safe my friends :unsure:

DisneyFreak
25-08-2011, 07:07 PM
The current forecast has Irene going directly over JFK International as a strong Cat. 1 hurricane.

DisneyFreak
25-08-2011, 08:58 PM
8.25.11 5PM update:

Irene looks like it will weaken to a Cat.2 before coming ashore in North Carolina. As it continues to travel up the East coast it will still be a Cat.1 once it hits New York right in between Manhattan and JFK.

lozzy
25-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Just been watching sky news and it is saying that new Yorkers are being told to evacuate, surely this isn't true.

Johnie
25-08-2011, 10:43 PM
Unless Nags Head and the Outer Banks takes the brunt of this storm, it looks like it will go hard right over NYC.

Johnie
25-08-2011, 10:56 PM
MIAMI -- Evacuations orders widened Thursday to include parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and more North Carolina counties after the forecast for Hurricane Irene took a turn for the worse, with the massive storm now expected to track farther inland and dump up to 15 inches of rain.

Widespread power outages are likely, and damage from storm surges, fallen trees and flooding could end up in the billions of dollars.
Irene's projected track was shifted a bit west, putting millions more people within the forecast "cone" issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

New York City, Long Island, Atlantic City and Virginia Beach were among the areas now near the center of Irene's forecast path, along with even more areas of North Carolina, where Irene is expected to make a first landfall on Saturday near Ocracoke Island.
The entire North Carolina coast was placed under a hurricane warning Thursday afternoon.

After hitting North Carolina, Irene is likely to weaken to a Category 2 as it moves Sunday into the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia coastal region and then on to New York. A Category 2 storm carries winds of 96 to 110 mph.
"Any further deviation left could bring direct impacts as far inland as the Washington-Baltimore area," National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said.
The forecast track, updated by the hurricane center at 11 a.m. ET, shows the "cone" now covering areas where 55 million people live.
"We're going to have storm surge issues all the way up the coast," Read said. "We're going to have flash flooding" as well, since the soil is still saturated from recent rain. And given Irene's winds and the saturated soil "we should see a lot of trees down, with the power outages that go with that."

States of emergency have been issued in North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Maryland and New Jersey as a way to marshal resources ahead of time.
Irene's winds weakened to 115 mph from 125 mph overnight, but it remains a powerful hurricane. At 5 p.m. ET Thursday, hurricane-force winds extend 80 miles out from its center, while tropical-storm force winds extend 290 miles.
The hurricane center said Irene could still strengthen to 120 mph or so before starting to gradually weaken.
Below's a look at Irene's most recent impacts, as well as preparations:
Bahamas. Irene on Thursday was tearing through more Bahamian islands. Initial reports include the destruction of a settlement known as Lovely Bay on Acklins Island. At least 40 homes were badly damaged on the island of Mayaguana, the government said.
Video: Trees and reporter rocked by Irene winds (on this page)
Trees were knocked down and streets flooded throughout the archipelago but there were no reports of deaths or injuries.
Thursday afternoon, Irene was well north of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, and leaving the Abaco Island area.

North Carolina. An evacuation order took effect for an estimated 150,000 tourists in coastal Dare County hours after forecasters issued a hurricane watch for much of the state's coast.
Story: Are you in Irene's path? Share photos, if it's safe to do so
Dare County's residents were told Thursday that they would have to evacuate by Friday as well.

"It wouldn't behoove anyone to stay in these circumstances," Dare County emergency management spokeswoman Sharon Sullivan said. "Businesses are boarding up. Nobody can guarantee their safety."
Carteret, Currituck and Hyde counties on Thursday also told tourists to move inland. Hyde extended that to its residents as well.

Irene could hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph.
The Outer Banks have a long history of hurricanes, and building codes and emergency plans reflect that. Structures in the region are designed to withstand up to 110 mph sustained winds and gusts of up to 130 mph for three minutes. Evacuation routes are meticulously planned, down to the order in which counties hit the road.

Ocracoke Island, a tiny Outer Banks community, has already ordered visitors off, but it has special challenges since it's only accessible to the mainland by boat.
Some of the region's most popular destinations rely on the ailing Bonner Bridge, which was built in 1963 and intended to last 30 years, to connect Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks. There's no other way to reach Hatteras except by boat.

The bridge handles about 2 million cars a year and the state DOT ranks it a 2 on its safety meter, with 100 being the highest, or most safe, designation.
How airlines are responding to Irene
"We're going to shift people and resources around to do what we need to do and keep the roads open," said North Carolina Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nicole Meister. The 2.7-mile bridge won't stay open if it's deemed unsafe which happened during Hurricane Earl last year but the state has an emergency ferry terminal ready in that case to get people off the island, Meister said.

Virginia. A mandatory evacuation was ordered Thursday for the beach community
of Chincoteague.

The Navy ordered the Second Fleet in southeastern Virginia, including at Norfolk Naval Station, to leave so ships would be safe from the approaching hurricane. Thursday's order applied to 64 ships in the area, some of which were already at sea.
The Navy said ships at sea can better weather storms. The move will also help protect piers from being damaged.

Cities along the state's coast were reviewing their evacuation plans.

New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday ordered that hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas would have to evacuate by Friday unless they get an exemption from the city.
He added that he expected to make a decision by Saturday morning whether residents in the city's so-called "Zone-A" would need to evacuate as well.
That zone includes neighborhoods along the coast, including Battery Park City in Manhattan, Coney Island in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway in Queens. The city also placed information about evacuation possibilities online.
Crews are working to clean out catch basins to help with street drainage. The city has also moved police boats to station houses in low-lying areas, hired emergency forest contractors and topped off emergency generators with fuel.
Officials are also looking at how to secure 26 tower cranes across the city that are only rated to withstand winds up to 65 mph, WNBC-TV reported.
Story: NYC, Long Island vulnerability exposed by Irene
The city's subway stations and tunnels would likely be flooded in places, and officials plan to shut the system down ahead of time to reduce damage to the infrastructure.
The city's agencies were preparing for a Category 1 hurricane with winds surpassing 74 mph and waters surging dangerously in low-lying areas, said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno.
With five hospitals and nursing homes in the area, officials were readying to possibly evacuate the most frail and needy.
Video: How to prepare for Hurricane Irene (on this page)
Long Island, N.Y. Nassau County officials said they would evacuate barrier islands if Irene's track does not change. School buses were moved to higher ground in case they're needed to evacuate residents.
Maryland. The 125,000 or so visitors and residents in Ocean City were told Thursday to evacuate due to the high chance of flooding.

Washington, D.C. The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was still on for Sunday but that could change, officials said Thursday. The nation's capital could see 3-6 inches of rain, significant flooding and winds up to 60 mph.
Electric power provider Pepco Inc said it had requested 600 emergency workers from other regions, and had already deployed 150 of them, to prepare for Irene's heavy rain and high winds that "could cause widespread and extended power outages.

"The subsequent restoration could be a multiday event," the utility warned customers on its website, urging them to ensure adequate supplies of prescription medicines and infant supplies.
Railway operator Amtrak canceled trains operating south of Washington for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "Additional cancellations may be necessary in the coming days as the major storm moves north," the railway said in an alert on its website.

New Jersey. Evacuations were ordered Thursday in Cape May County, which has about 100,000 year-round residents and hundreds of thousands of seasonal visitors to its many beach resorts.
Gov. Chris Christie earlier told people planning to visit the shore this weekend to stay home.
Forecasters say Irene is likely to cause flooding across the already rain-soaked state. Winds also could take down power lines.

The Garden State has gotten twice as much rain this month as in a normal August, and high tide happens at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, when Irene might be passing by, noted New Jersey state climatologist David Robinson.
"You want to go into a hurricane threat with dry soil, low rivers, a half moon," he added.

Massachusetts. Roads and bridges are likely to bear the weather in good condition, said Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. But the agency is planning for flooding and is keeping an eye on the 3,000 public and private dams throughout the state.
Hurricanes are rare in the Northeast because the region's cooler seas tend to weaken storms as they approach, and they have to take a narrow track to strike New York without first hitting other parts of the coast and weakening there.
Still, strong storms have been known to unleash serious damage in an urban environment already surrounded by water.

A September 1821 hurricane raised tides by 13 feet in an hour and flooded all of Manhattan south of Canal Street an area that now includes the nation's financial capital. An infamous 1938 storm dubbed the Long Island Express came ashore about 75 miles east of the city and then hit New England, killing 700 people and leaving 63,000 homeless.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Wendy
26-08-2011, 08:36 AM
:( It's not looking good is it :sigh: stay safe everyone :hug2:

Butterhead, it must be worrying being away from home :hug2:

Dawn
26-08-2011, 08:50 AM
Be safe everyone. :hug2:

MystikPiglit
26-08-2011, 10:32 AM
Stay safe, dear friends. :hug2:

uscwest
26-08-2011, 11:36 AM
Here in No. VA. we have been downgraded, at least for right now, to a Tropical Storm Warning.

catrancher
26-08-2011, 11:43 AM
Here in No. VA. we have been downgraded, at least for right now, to a Tropical Storm Warning.

This is a good thing. :raincloud:

Tom (:macwave:... could use some rain here!)

Wendy
26-08-2011, 12:13 PM
Here in No. VA. we have been downgraded, at least for right now, to a Tropical Storm Warning.

:fingers: it stays that way :hug2:

Watchinherskip
26-08-2011, 03:39 PM
Hi everyone! It has been an awfully long time since I have been here. Much of it had to do with changing jobs while the museum was refurbished (have to go in some detail later), part due to the funk I felt after my Mom's passing, completion of my masters degree and lots of stuff with my family.

I have missed you all. I am hearing a message right now to leave the museum, we are closing for the storm.

Irene isn't really downgraded here in Portsmouth, still expecting hurricane force winds. I am leaving work soon to prepare my house. I am glad the current predicted path takes it some miles of Virginia Beach but we still are expecting a bad one.

Keep you posted.

Dan

uscwest
26-08-2011, 04:10 PM
Hi everyone! It has been an awfully long time since I have been here. Much of it had to do with changing jobs while the museum was refurbished (have to go in some detail later), part due to the funk I felt after my Mom's passing, completion of my masters degree and lots of stuff with my family.

I have missed you all. I am hearing a message right now to leave the museum, we are closing for the storm.

Irene isn't really downgraded here in Portsmouth, still expecting hurricane force winds. I am leaving work soon to prepare my house. I am glad the current predicted path takes it some miles of Virginia Beach but we still are expecting a bad one.

Keep you posted.

Dan Hello Dan and welcome back. Stay safe down there.

Johnie
26-08-2011, 04:30 PM
Hi Dan! Good to see you. Stay safe!

Shellyamc
26-08-2011, 05:35 PM
Sounds like we are going to get some high wind and rain here late Saturday into Sunday, but that is about all. Hopefully the report is correct :unsure:

josh.p.
26-08-2011, 05:40 PM
Hope everyone stays safe! :hug2:

lozzy
26-08-2011, 05:53 PM
Please stay safe everyone.

Wendy
26-08-2011, 05:57 PM
Hi Dan :hug2: it's so good to see you here, you've been missed :hug2:

Stay safe and please let us know you are ok if you can.

Take care :hug2:

Tinkfan
26-08-2011, 08:23 PM
Johnie, whats the news today hun?

Johnie
27-08-2011, 12:04 AM
I'm just outside of Richmond and we have a tropical storm warning for tomorrow. It's supposed to be a Cat 1 down near the beach (I'm about 100 miles inland).

Lots of stuff around here is closed tomorrow afternoon and night. I went and got gas earlier, I must have missed the memo stating I need to get lots of gas cans and fill them up :unsure:

Tink
27-08-2011, 08:36 AM
The mayor of NYC is taking no chances. He's prepared to close down the subway and the bridges. He's had hospitals and nursing homes evacuated from certain areas.

Shellyamc take care. I know you are inland...

Dan it's really wonderful to see you again. I completely understand the funk after losing your mother. :hug2: Looking forward to catching up.

mumof2
27-08-2011, 10:13 AM
Dan, good to see you :hug2:


Please, stay safe everyone :hug2::hug2:

Dawn
27-08-2011, 10:47 AM
Going to make landfall very soon. :unsure:

Wendy
27-08-2011, 11:52 AM
:fingers: stay safe everyone in it's path :hug2: :hug2:

Deafjeff
27-08-2011, 02:11 PM
Stay safe everyone :hug2:

chief
27-08-2011, 08:01 PM
thinking of you all, hope you stay safe:hug2::hug2:

mainecoon lover
27-08-2011, 08:35 PM
Stay safe everyone :hug2:

uscwest
27-08-2011, 09:13 PM
Heavy winds and rain right now in NOVA.

Johnie
27-08-2011, 11:05 PM
It's over us right now. Lots of rain and wind. We thankfully have had power all day but many others do not.

Watchinherskip
28-08-2011, 01:17 AM
Hello Dan and welcome back. Stay safe down there.

Hi John,
Trying my best. Actually just looking out at the storm surge in backyard. About a foot higher than Isobel a few years back. We are in much better shape..knock wood. Have as yet to loose power. Most around here can't say that. 800,000 in VA without it.

Last storm lost power for 10 days. I was blowin pretty good today, steadily, some really strong gusts, but think the worst is over now. Wind still blowing and we are still getting some heavy rain, but eye has just moved north of us of VA beach.

Feel really lucky, I was fearing the worst initially.

Cheers
Dan

disney-fan
28-08-2011, 02:00 AM
Irene comming to western ma around 2:00 to 3:00 its as much fun as waiting for the cable guy

Johnie
28-08-2011, 03:21 AM
Hi John,
Trying my best. Actually just looking out at the storm surge in backyard. About a foot higher than Isobel a few years back. We are in much better shape..knock wood. Have as yet to loose power. Most around here can't say that. 800,000 in VA without it.

Last storm lost power for 10 days. I was blowin pretty good today, steadily, some really strong gusts, but think the worst is over now. Wind still blowing and we are still getting some heavy rain, but eye has just moved north of us of VA beach.

Feel really lucky, I was fearing the worst initially.

Cheers
Dan


Glad yo hear you are safe and with power! Richmond seems to have gotten the worst when it comes to losing power. Dept. of Emergency Management just announced that if you are without power now then you may be out for almost 2 weeks. I have been very lucky and we haven't lost power at all.

Deafjeff
28-08-2011, 07:37 AM
I'm keep an eye on the news, do keep us inform as much you can.

Thinking of you all

Tinkfan
28-08-2011, 08:51 AM
Glad yo hear you are safe and with power! Richmond seems to have gotten the worst when it comes to losing power. Dept. of Emergency Management just announced that if you are without power now then you may be out for almost 2 weeks. I have been very lucky and we haven't lost power at all.

Thank goodness, please be careful:yes:

uscwest
28-08-2011, 12:33 PM
Hi John,
Trying my best. Actually just looking out at the storm surge in backyard. About a foot higher than Isobel a few years back. We are in much better shape..knock wood. Have as yet to loose power. Most around here can't say that. 800,000 in VA without it.

Last storm lost power for 10 days. I was blowin pretty good today, steadily, some really strong gusts, but think the worst is over now. Wind still blowing and we are still getting some heavy rain, but eye has just moved north of us of VA beach.

Feel really lucky, I was fearing the worst initially.

Cheers
Dan

Dan, glad to hear you have weathered the storm. I'm sure it was stronger down there that it was here.


Glad yo hear you are safe and with power! Richmond seems to have gotten the worst when it comes to losing power. Dept. of Emergency Management just announced that if you are without power now then you may be out for almost 2 weeks. I have been very lucky and we haven't lost power at all. Two weeks is absurd.

We managed to escape for the most part. Our sunroom is leaking though.

Dawn
28-08-2011, 12:47 PM
We're able to watch coverage on Fox News here. There are stupid people on a pier in New Jersey. :nono:

malcolm
28-08-2011, 01:02 PM
So pleased to hear our US friends are safe... We have just helped out a stranded family from another villa our MC look after as the owner has back to back guests as their flight has been cancelled and next available one is Friday and the local hotels are as to be expected over charging.

Shellyamc
28-08-2011, 02:08 PM
I'm just outside of Richmond and we have a tropical storm warning for tomorrow. It's supposed to be a Cat 1 down near the beach (I'm about 100 miles inland).

Lots of stuff around here is closed tomorrow afternoon and night. I went and got gas earlier, I must have missed the memo stating I need to get lots of gas cans and fill them up :unsure:

people filling up gas cans usually means they have a generator at home :yes:


Right now we are getting some wind gusts and some heavy, pounding rain. Not too bad so far.

Kate
28-08-2011, 06:26 PM
Am thinking of you all - stay safe!! :hug2:

Johnie
28-08-2011, 06:35 PM
I went out a little while ago to get some stuff for my parents since their power is out and it is utter madness out there! Lots and lots of traffic, the stores, gas stations and restaurants are PACKED!

Shellyamc
28-08-2011, 07:41 PM
Our village just declared a state of emergency due to flooding and high winds. Lots of roads closed and the thruway is even closed from exit 24 down.

I will now go make popcorn and put in a movie.

Kate
28-08-2011, 07:43 PM
Our village just declared a state of emergency due to flooding and high winds. Lots of roads closed and the thruway is even closed from exit 24 down.

I will now go make popcorn and put in a movie.

Look after yourself and those beautiful babies Shelly, please let us know how you are, must be very scarey for you all :hug2:

Shellyamc
28-08-2011, 07:53 PM
Look after yourself and those beautiful babies Shelly, please let us know how you are, must be very scary for you all :hug2:

We are just fine, thank you :hug2: We are all cuddled up watching movies and eating junk! We are just going to stay in the house and stay safe. We check every so often to make sure there is no damage and so far we are good.

Wendy
28-08-2011, 08:52 PM
:hug2: Stay safe and stay in out of the horrible weather.

kazzaqld
29-08-2011, 02:52 AM
I am glad everyone seems to have weathered the storm ok!

Some scary pictures on the TV here for sure.

Continue to be careful everyone, ok! :hug2: