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Friday, August 26, 2011


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It took a few seconds for me to realize what was actually happening, before I jumped into motion, grabbed the pup, and got the hell out of the house.

Having lived in Florida the past 10 years and having faced direct hits from Frances, Jeanne and Wilma as Cat 3 hurricanes, I can tell you that my heart stopped when I heard the eastern coast was going to face direct hits. As of today, the death toll is at 40 and most of the deaths occurred because the homeowners waited until the last minute to try to evacuate. No human being can stand up to a hurricane - ever. Every June Floridians prepare for the hurricane season because we know what can happen if you don't. As a native Californian, I would rather face another earthquake like the Northridge Quake where my house was directly under the epicenter! If the weather forecasters make a mistake and overstate the seriousness of the storm, they are doing you a huge favor, trust me!

I have been there when it is as bad as they predict (Hurricane Andrew) and I've been there twice when it was much worse than they predicted (Hurricane Georges went from Cat 1 > Cat 3, Great Red River flood of 1997 in ND was a 500-year event). It never hurts to pay attention and be prepared. So you now have a full tank of gas in your car and some extra canned goods. For the most part, none of it is going to go to waste - you can use it eventually.

I don't blame the states and the forecasters for hyping it some - it's the weather for crying out loud. It's unpredictable. You have about a 50% chance of being right, but a 50% change of being wrong. You want to risk it if you're wrong?

I was supposed to attend a convention in Boston starting Saturday. Interestingly enough, all the FL-based companies cancelled - they understand what can happen. My CA co-worker did not understand why I was being such a "coward" and did not want to go. I really wasn't overly concerned about the damage, etc., but didn't relish the thought of sitting in a strange hotel room with no water, electric, food, etc.

While a Cat 1 or even a TS might not tear your home apart, it can do some damage to infrastructure, which will make your life miserable. The last Cat 1 to hit SFL left people without electric for up to 2 weeks.

Some areas that were expected to get hit pretty hard, were spared.....but other areas were not. Lots of damage in my area (including my property), but so thankful it wasn't even worse. And very thankful that we've gotten our electricity back.

We were up all night, and just ready for a nap. Clean up can resume tomorrow!

All I can add is AMEN. I have been in it when it IS as bad as they predict. It is not just the actual hurricane, it is the aftermath: destruction, lack of utilities (electric, CLEAN water, etc), food, shelter, etc that has to be prepared for.

I am very glad there were not more fatalities along the way, but there WERE fatalities (and not just the asshat surfer who should not have been surprised to ride that wave to the Pearly Gates only to be smacked in the head with his surfboard by St. Peter.) - like the young boy who was indoors and died when a huge tree broke in half and collapsed onto his apartment building.

Preparation, even a little hyperbole in reporting, is not a terrible thing. Mother Nature is an unpredictable, equal opportunity bitch.

I was just talking to a friend who is a meteorologist. I asked him if all the worry was even necessary - he said absolutely, he said that people were lucky, because (and he used lots of fancy science terms) at any point they were looking at it easily turning to a category 3 even 4 again as it moved slowly, he said they were fortunate because they got dry air that came across the mid-atlantic, which saved a lot of lives. He also said that he can not stand the people who get upset with this new coverage, because it potentially saves thousands of lives.. and that the people who area all high and mighty after the storm saying "SEE! we didn't have to leave, fuckers!" are more or less asshats ;) because they could have been a far worse situation, and they think they know better than the meteorologists. He ended by saying - all of these people were saved because of a stroke of good fortune and a little dry air, and the idiots will say it was never as bad as they said it was, and the coverage was not necessary.

I'm just thankful everyone is safe, we have friends in OBX from when we lived there, they said things are bad, but not as bad as it could have been. We also have family in Long Island, including elderly family members who were able to get out - and I'm thankful for that as well.

I just wish people would stop bitching about the news, or that things were not AS bad, seriously people. turn off your tv if it bugs you. And be really, really thankful that a lot of lives were spared because of some dry air. Yesterday I saw people getting mad they had to reprogram their DVR because of hurricane coverage, I wanted to slap these people upside the head with a frying pan. (and really anyone complaining about coverage and or that it was not AS bad)

I just hope when/if there is another hurricane warning people are not stupid enough to ignore it because they got lucky with this one.

Wet and sloppy.

As a side note, I got a message from my cousin, who lives in Washington DC. She said Irene was a big old nothing.... as she described it, they had a "glorious rainy day and nothing more." So that's a relief.

A wet one, too. She must like her job...

Irene is a big ole whore. LOL

ahore = ashore - DOH!

Tho in NY, luckily I am far away from the coastal area. Stay safe my friends, I will be thinking of you today. I sent Mark a Emergency Survival Kit consisting of essentials that he may need in case Irene comes ahore...any of my FB friends who need a kit, please let me know! Love you all bunches - and Mark? WAKE UP!!!

You are absolutely right. I live in South Carolina. On the news they interviewed some locals in the outerbanks in North Carolina and many of them said that they refused to leave. They said they have weathered many storms and that this was no different. Over confidence is not a good thing when it comes to mother nature.

I'm sure Linda will concur that, even though Austin and surrounding areas have had its hottest summer on record, we still don't envy those who are preparing for a hurricane. Drought is passive, but can be prepared for. Hurricanes are anything but passive, they're unpredictable, and they quickly alter geography and demographic features, often forever. Galveston was hit by Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the city still hasn't recovered about 3000 of its homes, largely because the landscape changed so much that many of those properties are now underwater.
Everyone heed Linda's advice. Get out if you can. If you can't then find a shelter. My prayers are with you.

I'm in Hampton, Virginia - just a short distance (about 40 miles or so) to the west of the current forecast track for the eye of the storm. We are forecasted to get hurricane force winds. This isn't my first rodeo - I've lived here for 15 years and have had my share, the most notable being Isabel back in 2003 - she was a BITCH! I am resigned to being without power for at least a week, and the aftermath of a storm like this is HELL! But as long as everyone makes it through safely, that's all that matters. So we have made all our preparations, cleaned out the gutters, dug some extra drainage where we might need it, stocked up on food and water, have two full propane tanks for the grill, and now it's just time to see what happens in the next 12 hours or so. The first stronger parts of the storm are supposed to be here tomorrow morning, so we'll see what the projected path is then and act accordingly. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes - and all prayers and good thoughts are welcome and needed!

We're all getting ready here in MD. I am about 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay so hoping it doesn't come straight up that track. Stores are crazy busy and you can't find a "D" battery anywhere--went to 10 stores today. We've got enough for the flashlights but none for the radio. My daughter just moved into her dorm in D.C. on Wednesday and they've advised them to make sure they have some water and food in their rooms. Big trees in the backyard so hoping they will hang on in the wind. It's gonna be a bumpy ride but hope to touch base with you all on Sunday. Take care everyone!

Well, we are hunkered down and hoping for the best. I cannot remember a time when the subway was out of service for any reason besides a strike or power outage. We shall see. My hope is that the old gal peters out along the way but it sure isn't looking good right now. Be careful everyone!

Yes, flooding and tree damage is my biggest concern as well. We've had our wettest month on record already so the river flooding is going to be insane. And even if we don't get the hurricane force winds its not going to take much to bring them down with the saturated ground. My basement flooded twice in the past 5 years when we had bad coastal storms so I'm dreading what I'm in for this weekend. I'm in NJ closer to the coast than you but not nearly close enough to have to worry about that aspect of the storm.

Like Lori, I have family in NC,SC, and New England, so I am going to be worried until it passes.
I was so grateful it didn't hit Miami since the new baby is there with my son and his family, but now I am hoping everyone else comes out of this okay.
MPolo, please take care and let us know as soon as you are able how you are doing once it passes.
Linda is right, material things can be replaced... people can't.

Frankly, I'm not too ashamed to admit, I'm filled w/ angst and fear. Irene'll be passing right over me here in NJ, being 45 miles from the shore, and 10 miles east of the Delaware River. I've done just about everything I can think of to prepare... and I seriously hope it's all for naught... and that when Irene arrives, she's lost her steam considerably,or tracks further out to sea than they're predicting at the moment. High winds and living in a heavily wooded area, make me nervous... especially w/ having had over a foot of unusual rain already in the past week, and the ground being saturated. I'm hoping the trees can keep their footing, even if they are stripped of their leaves. The electric company just called to notify that the electricity outages will be widespread likely for days. There will be no way for me to update once it goes out. Please keep us in all of your prayers, that even if we suffer losses, it's not in lives. ~MPolo

I have family in NC and SC, and friends in NY, NJ, PA, and DC. Plus my DGMS friends - I'll be thinking of you all this weekend. Be safe!

The worry here is its been 25 years since a major hurricane threatened NYC. We usually get rain and some wind and have had flooding, blizzards, tornadoes, even an earthquake this week but most people have no clue what a hurricane can do. People in Florida, I would think, would be more used to the threat. But there will always be people regardless of where they live, that have to learn the hard way because they just don't heed the warnings.

Yes that is a worry. I'm not concerned where I live but as you know millions of people live in the NY area right on the water and if it should get bad they will be stuck. There will be no way to get out of the city by tomorrow night.

When we lived in Florida, a police officer told me that when people wouldn't comply with a mandatory evacuation order he'd hand them a permanent marker and ask them to write their name and social security number on their body so it could be identified later. That usually was enough to convince them to get the hell out.

Anyone in Irene's path, please take Linda's great advice and get as far away from the hurricane's path as possible. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Stay safe.

That is great to know so much is being done proactively. I always worry, however, about those who think "it won't be that bad."

People are heeding the warnings up here. We don't get hit directly very often and the mayor of NYC and governor of NJ are deploying mandatory evacuations of coastal and low lying areas. Most of the stores are already out of supplies like flashlights, bottled water and batteries. If it does get really bad people are in for a rude awakening because they have no idea what kind of damage even a minimal hurricane can do, especially with all the tall buildings in NYC and with so many people living right at sea level. I've never seen so many cancellations in advance of a storm before. Basically the city will be shut down as of noon tomorrow, no subway, bus, train service. Airports will probably be shutting down as well and all bridges will be closed once winds hit 60 mph.

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