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Post time 2011-8-27 05:20:53 |Display all floors
Originally posted by snappysammy at 2011-8-26 12:54
this is really early for a Hurricane.....I think it will miss us.....

Don't chance it Snappy, move out

ps don't take yer laptop

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Post time 2011-8-27 07:38:41 |Display all floors
Originally posted by snappysammy at 2011-8-26 12:54
this is really early for a Hurricane.....I think it will miss us.....

How about going back to cesspit London, roach capital of the world.
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New York takes unprecedented steps ahead of Irene

26 August 2011.

New York City on Friday ordered the evacuation of more than 250,000 people and prepared to shut down its entire mass transit system, both unprecedented measures ahead of the expected battering from Hurricane Irene.

The powerful and unusually large storm trudged up the U.S. East Coast on Friday, threatening 55 million people including more than 8 million in New York City, which was expecting heavy winds late on Saturday or early on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered people living in low-lying areas -- including the Financial District surrounding Wall Street in Manhattan -- out of their homes by 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Saturday, saying 91 emergency shelters would be open on Friday.

The transit system that carries 8.5 million people each weekday would start shutting down around noon (1600 GMT) on Saturday, a process that could take eight hours.

"We've never done a mandatory evacuation before and we wouldn't be doing it now if we didn't think this storm had the potential to be very serious," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a news conference.

New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo activated 900 National Guard troops, while airlines moved aircraft from the danger zone and canceled at least 1,000 flights.

Broadway theaters, where tradition holds that "the show must go on," nonetheless canceled performances for Saturday and Sunday, and the city's four zoos also shut down for the weekend after stocking up to keep the animals fed.

Bridges leading to the island of Manhattan could be closed if winds in the region exceed 60 mph.

Police had a fleet of rescue boats at the ready in case residents of low-lying areas near the waterfront were trapped by the storm surge, which would be exacerbated by coincidental high tides.

The evacuation zones are mostly along the waterfront of the city -- a complex geography of islands and peninsulas surrounded by rivers, harbors and open sea.

In the Rockaways area of Queens that faces the Atlantic Ocean, Destiny Crespo, 19, vowed to defy the evacuation order, saying, "No matter what, we're going to board up these windows, we're going to stay right here. ... I am going to ride my way out of it like I'm a surfer."

But her mother, Genevieve Crespo, 42, was more worried.

"I am disabled," she said.

"How am I going to get on the train with my grandkids? We have no idea where to go or what to do."


Benedict Willis, director of floor operations for investment banking boutique Sunrise Securities, said the NYSE had a responsibility to open Monday after the hurricane because millions of investors would rely on it for prices.

"But if the waters rise this high," he said gesturing at the buzzing trading floor on Friday, "then it's a bigger problem than I can handle. My name's not Noah."

The evacuations were mandatory, technically punishable by a $500 fine or 90 days in jail, but Bloomberg said, "We're not trying to punish people. We're trying to protect them."

"Nobody's going to get fined. Nobody's going to jail. But if you don't follow this, people might die," Bloomberg said.

After the city experienced an unusually strong earthquake centered in Virginia on Tuesday, it prepared for a rare hurricane.

Only five hurricanes in records dating to 1851 have tracked within 75 miles of New York City, most recently in 1985, according to

"We are New Yorkers and we are tough. We like to think of ourselves as tough," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

"But we're also smart, and it's smart to prepare. It's smart to evacuate ... and it's smart to evacuate now."

Homebound elderly and hospital patients in low-lying areas began to be evacuated earlier on Friday.

At Coney Island Hospital, ambulances were transporting 250 patients to other hospitals ahead of a shutdown set for 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Saturday), said Evelyn Hernandez, a hospital spokeswoman.

The New York Stock Exchange was preparing a backup power generator and bringing in extra fuel and food to avoid disruptions when trading resumes on Monday.

Around the corner, the New York Fed rolled out contingency plans in order to preserve the normal functioning of its open market operations on Monday, a spokesman said.

The Cyclone roller coaster -- in the direct path of the storm on some projection models -- was still running on Friday, but would shut down on Sunday, when the heaviest rains were expected.

"I figured I wanted to come and ride it and I'm happy because it might not be here anymore," said Jon Muller, 29, a tourist from Erie, Pennsylvania, celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife.

New Yorkers hungry for information crashed the city's website ( looking for news on evacuations or service shutdowns.


Some members of the city's observant Jewish population, normally prohibited by their religion from using electricity on Saturday, began leaving the city on Friday to avoid a religious dilemma should they need emergency services or information.

"Some of the rabbis are giving permission to leave the radio on the Sabbath. The rabbis are getting a lot of calls today," said Dov Hikind, an orthodox Jewish state assemblyman from the borough of Brooklyn.

At the Costco wholesale store in Brooklyn, the bottled water aisle was lined with shopping carts on Friday, some piled high with packets of plastic bottles.

"You never know if we're going to need it. Might as well have some extra for the kids," said Carmen Viera, 63, who had three cases of water in her shopping cart to take home to her house in Brooklyn with three children and two grandchildren.

Sporting events and show business were already falling victim to storm warnings.

The kick-off time for Saturday's National Football League game between the New York Giants and New York Jets was brought forward several hours to avoid the worst of the foul weather, and the New York Mets baseball team postponed games on Saturday and Sunday.

But some bars and restaurants were preparing for a brisk business from New Yorkers who planned to ride out the storm with plenty of food and drink.

The manager at the Merchants River House restaurant, which is just behind the Hudson River boardwalk and has views of the Statue of Liberty, said the restaurant planned to stay open all weekend but would tie down deck furniture.

"We're fully stocked up for the weekend," said manager Christian Qualey, "so we can be a safe place for people."

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New Yorkers urged to evacuate immediately

28 August 2011.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday urged some 370,000 New Yorkers to heed mandatory evacuation orders and leave "right now," as Hurricane Irene approached, threatening a massive flood surge.

"We urge everyone in the evacuation zone not to wait until there are gale-force winds and driving rain to leave, not to wait until the public transportation system starts slowing down today," Bloomberg said.

"It's going to be too late. The time to leave is right now," he told a news conference, addressing residents living in low-lying areas across America's most populous city.

The category one hurricane weakened slightly as it slammed into the North Carolina coast, but federal and local authorities warned the still-massive storm could bring extensive damage to the heavily populated eastern seaboard.

"This is going to be a very serious storm, no matter what the track is, no matter how much it weakens. This is a life threatening storm to people here," Bloomberg said.

Officials feared even a weakened storm would inundate already soggy ground, bringing down trees and causing widespread power outages.

And they warned that a surge of seawater - on top of new moon high tides - could flood parts of lower Manhattan and other areas.

"The great danger to us here is from the storm surge, and there's no evidence that the forecast for that is changing. It is going to be a very serious thing as far as we can tell now," Bloomberg said.

In addition to the evacuations, New York was to begin shutting down its massive transit system - including the subway and all area airports - at noon (1600 GMT).

The storm was expected to pass over or near New York City late Saturday night or early Sunday, packing 55-75 mile (90-120 kilometre) per hour winds and heavy rain, Bloomberg said.

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Worry more about Irene's water than storm's wind

26 August 2011.

Forget the wind and fury. Hurricane Irene's most worrisome weapon is water.

There's just way too much of it: storm surge pushing seawater ashore and heavy rainfall causing flooding.

That's not unusual with hurricanes, but with Irene there are a couple of added factors that are making meteorologists nervous.

This massive, slow-moving hurricane is forecast to soak an already drenched Northeast and may come ashore at a time when tides are unusually high, making storm surge even worse — 4 to 11 feet with waves on top, forecasters say.

"Water is the No. 1 killer," retired National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said Friday afternoon.

"That's going to cause the greatest loss of life."

Many deaths can be avoided if people leave the coast and don't drive into flooded areas, he said.

MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel said the flooding from Irene could be worse than the 1938 New England hurricane that killed 564 people.

"I think everybody is confident, unfortunately, that this is going to be a bad event from freshwater flooding," he said.

Forecasters predict Irene will dump 6 to 10 inches of rain in a swath from North Carolina to New England with some areas getting as much as 15 inches of rain.

That's partly because the storm is unusually large and is moving fairly slowly — around 15 mph — allowing it to dump more rain over large areas.

"And all of this rain will come in a short period of time, and that could lead to life-threatening flash floods," National Hurricane Center meteorologist John Cangialosi said Friday.

Much of the area on Irene's projected track from Baltimore to New England is already soaked from higher than normal rainfall in the past month.

Philadelphia has already had about 13 inches this month, which Cangialosi called "extraordinary."

When a hurricane comes ashore, it brings with it steadily rising seawater, called storm surge.

With waves and wind, it pushes inland along rivers, bays and sounds in addition to the beachfront.

National Weather Service storm surge models — using a computer program called SLOSH — show Irene could bring about 4 feet of water into New York City's Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan, Emanuel said.

The forecast has Irene heading east of New York; it could be far worse if Irene hits just west of the city, he said.

In some places, the storm surge projections are higher.

Water levels may rise as much as 6 to 11 feet on North Carolina's Outer Banks, Cangialosi said.

As Irene makes its way up the coast from the mid-Atlantic to the New Jersey shore, the best projections suggest Irene's center will stay just to the east offshore, he said.

So the surge may be slightly lower there, about 4 to 8 feet in the southern Chesapeake Bay area and 3 to 6 feet along the Jersey shore.

But there's another added problem with storm surge: The tides.

Twice a month, tides are higher than normal because the gravitational pull of the moon and sun occur at the same time. That's happening with the new moon on Monday.

That means about half a foot difference in low and high tides Sunday, said Stephen Gill, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"It's going to be bad no matter what and it's going to be worse if it hits at high tide," Gill said

And that's not all.

An experimental science program shows Irene's unusual size means it would produce much more of a storm surge punch than a hurricane with the same wind speeds, said NOAA atmospheric scientist Mark Powell.

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Hurricane Irene kills at least 4 people, including child

Sunday 28 August 2011.

At least four people, including a child, died on Saturday (27) as a result of powerful Hurricane Irene that has hit the U.S. East Coast, emergencies services reported.

Three people died in North Carolina: one of them was killed by a falling tree, another one suffered a heat attack, and a third one was killed in a road accident after loosing control of his car on a road flooded by heavy rain.

In Virginia, an 11-year-old boy was killed when the hurricane blew a tree onto a two-story apartment building.

Some media reports put the death toll at five.

A state of emergency has been declared in nine U.S. states as Irene, described by U.S. President Barack Obama as a "historic hurricane," made a landfall on the eastern coast early on Saturday, packing winds of more than 85 mph (140km/h).

The storm was downgraded to Category 1 from Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale after it came ashore.

More than 2 million people have been ordered evacuated on Saturday from areas that were expected to be flooded by downpours brought by the storm.

The country's largest subway system in New York and arriving flights at the five main New York City-area airports have been halted on Saturday afternoon over the storm.

The hurricane has cut off power supply to nearly 1 million residents in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The storm has moved steadily to the north, making heavily populated areas of Washington, D.C., and New York City to brace for impact.

It is now approaching the city of Norfolk, Virginia, which hosts one of the largest U.S. military bases.

The hurricane is expected to continue moving northward through New England before weakening early on Sunday.

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