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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 12:51 PM
I will most likely be in eastern Virginia for the duration of the hurricane. I am hoping it peters out pretty quickly after making land fall. The last time NC had a significant hurricane (Isabel) it wiped out a significant portion of Cape Hatteras, washing out a roadway and in essence, creating a new inlet, which has since been rebuilt.

If anyone else is sticking around for this dont' forget to hunker down, get enough food & water, batteries & flashlights, and make a plan for the worst, just in case!

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 01:54 PM
my business partner is in Turksand Caicos on vacation and was supposed to fly home yesterday but could not get out and now says the earliest he can get out might be Saturday depending on where storm hits on the east coast. we are in NYC. He says it is just horrible down there.
 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 01:55 PM
Earlier this week it looked like Fayetteville and especially Wilmington (my sister lives just south of there on Oak Island) were going to get a direct hit, but the last I heard Irene was shifting east, so might just get a glancing blow. To all in her way, y'all take care and do what's necessary to stay safe.
 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 02:04 PM
They just announced on CNN that it is now a Category 4 with winds of 120 MPH and it is HUGE. Supposed to hit the Outer Banks on Saturday.

Could be a bad one, if it hits land...

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 03:07 PM
They are saying it will be down to a category 2 or 1 when it reaches Long Island. I hope it is just a 1!!!

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 03:28 PM
The projected path keeps shifting a bit to the east. It looks now like the mainland of the US will be on the west side (the good side) of the storm. Let's hope so anyway.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:00 PM
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They are saying it will be down to a category 2 or 1 when it reaches Long Island. I hope it is just a 1!!!


Thanks for the warm thoughts for NC....*laugh*

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:02 PM
Right now the forecast for the CT coastline is for tropical storm force winds and heavy rain on Sunday. A strong cold front is coming through here tomorrow night and my guess is that will push it out into the ocean. But the local newscasts here will keep pounding the possibility of a hurricane hitting the area just so the zombies will stay tuned in to them.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:06 PM
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They are saying it will be down to a category 2 or 1 when it reaches Long Island. I hope it is just a 1!!!
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Thanks for the warm thoughts for NC....*laugh*


Long Island and CT are much more important!!

I am in CT, by Stamford, and I am a tad concerned about some of the bigger trees. We had a bad Noreaster, last year, or maybe it was two years ago, and we had some 80 mph hour wind gusts and our town looked like a bomb hit it. We have also had a ton of rain lately so I am really worried about the bigger trees being uprooted, which is what happened last time.

There isn't much that make you feel really small like standing next to a several hundred year old oak tree that has been ripped from the grass at its base.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:15 PM
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They are saying it will be down to a category 2 or 1 when it reaches Long Island. I hope it is just a 1!!!
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Thanks for the warm thoughts for NC....*laugh*


Long Island and CT are much more important!!

I am in CT, by Stamford, and I am a tad concerned about some of the bigger trees. We had a bad Noreaster, last year, or maybe it was two years ago, and we had some 80 mph hour wind gusts and our town looked like a bomb hit it. We have also had a ton of rain lately so I am really worried about the bigger trees being uprooted, which is what happened last time.

There isn't much that make you feel really small like standing next to a several hundred year old oak tree that has been ripped from the grass at its base.


I knew that was coming....but a Cat 4 is a helluva lot more serious than a 1 or 2.

Don't kid yourself - there is a LOT of $ tied up in OB beachfront property (but it's not the Hamptons, I know...) which the NC taxpayers are constantly getting soaked for due to constant erosion.

Just one more example of taxpayers subsidizing Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous...OK, end of political rant.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:20 PM
Irene is forecast to intensify to a Cat 4 and possibly a Cat5 before brushing the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The storm will then track northeast before hitting New York/ Long Island as a Cat 2 and moving up into New England as a Cat 1.
This storm has the potential to kill with a combination of wind and storm surge. It is not to be taken lightly, and trust me, if you are by the south shore of Long Island you will not be able to ride this one out. Ditto Outer Banks N.C..
I'm making plans to leave the south shore of Long Island by Saturday night.
This will not be fun and games and is not worth losing your life over.
Serious enough warning?

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:27 PM
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Thanks for the warm thoughts for NC....*laugh*


There isn't much that make you feel really small like standing next to a several hundred year old oak tree that has been ripped from the grass at its base.


After the tornados hit Raleigh in the spring I went around to some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, which always also seem to be the poorest, and there was one house that had a (no-sh!t) tree with about a 6 foot diameter that had completely cut a house right in half like a meat cleaver - it was about 50-60 feet tall and was completely uprooted. The house looked like it had already been abandoned before it was hit - and when I went back about 2 months later the tree was still inside the house.

It was the biggest tree I had ever seen uprooted - the power that it must have taken to yank it out of the ground was almost incomprehensible. And you could see the trail the twister had cut when it went through the stand of trees next to the house.

Hurricanes are very powerful, but they don't even come close to what an F3 or F4 tornado can do.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:30 PM
I'm right along the Central Jersey Shore line about 5 miles in from the ocean...

We're making tentative plans to head west...taking a wait and see until some time Friday and decide when to leave at that point.

If we do wind up on the West side, then we may ride it out but if it hits the shoreline, we're outta here.

 

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I'm right along the Central Jersey Shore line about 5 miles in from the ocean...

We're making tentative plans to head west...taking a wait and see until some time Friday and decide when to leave at that point.

If we do wind up on the West side, then we may ride it out but if it hits the shoreline, we're outta here.


Take care, Ed. Best of luck to you and your family.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 04:53 PM
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I'm right along the Central Jersey Shore line about 5 miles in from the ocean...

We're making tentative plans to head west...taking a wait and see until some time Friday and decide when to leave at that point.

If we do wind up on the West side, then we may ride it out but if it hits the shoreline, we're outta here.


My mother in law is out by your area and on the beach.....

Your choice if you leave her there or warn her

Kidding

Wish you luck...hopefully it will fizzle out by the time it hits the USA coastline....

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 09:03 PM
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I am in CT, by Stamford, and I am a tad concerned about some of the bigger trees. We had a bad Noreaster, last year, or maybe it was two years ago, and we had some 80 mph hour wind gusts and our town looked like a bomb hit it. We have also had a ton of rain lately so I am really worried about the bigger trees being uprooted, which is what happened last time.

There isn't much that make you feel really small like standing next to a several hundred year old oak tree that has been ripped from the grass at its base.


Jim, I'm just a few exits down the highway from you, lived here all my life and that storm was the worst to hit our area I've ever seen. It was in March '09. We've had some bad nor'easters, ice storms, Hurricane Gloria in '85, but nothing like that. Out of 50 or 60 homes on my street 6 had tree damage, 2 were completely destroyed by falling trees. A woman was killed by a falling limb. It was next to impossible to get from one area to the next by car. Several main roads were impassable for days. Schools were closed for a solid week because school buses couldn't make their rounds. It took two weeks for power to be fully restored. I was in New Haven that day, my daughter was competing in the State cheerleading championships with her HS team. We left there about 3, and when we got to Bridgeport the storm started kicking up out of nowhere. Branches flying everywhere, trees falling, the State had a crew with a front end loader clearing the Merritt just so cars could get through. Cars with smashed windows on the side of the road. Made it to 95 in Norwalk and felt lucky to be home in one piece. Hope to never go through that again.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 10:42 PM
Im riding this baby out

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 07:26 AM
Here on Long Island in NY, a Noreaster and a tornado ripped out most of our old growth trees and making a whole bunch more very vunerable. There's one big tree in the courtyard in front of my house that's ready to go - lots of dead wood. The co op I live in says we don't have enough $ to remove it so I guess they just want a few of us to get whomped and then deal with a load of lawsuits. Can we afford those?
If that tree comes down, I'm running outside and throwing myself under it!

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 07:53 AM
Living on Long Island means we're overdue for a hurricane, not looking forward to this weekend. I'm already working Sat afternoon and a double on Sunday.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 08:24 AM
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Jim, I'm just a few exits down the highway from you, lived here all my life and that storm was the worst to hit our area I've ever seen. It was in March '09. We've had some bad nor'easters, ice storms, Hurricane Gloria in '85, but nothing like that. Out of 50 or 60 homes on my street 6 had tree damage, 2 were completely destroyed by falling trees. A woman was killed by a falling limb. It was next to impossible to get from one area to the next by car. Several main roads were impassable for days. Schools were closed for a solid week because school buses couldn't make their rounds. It took two weeks for power to be fully restored. I was in New Haven that day, my daughter was competing in the State cheerleading championships with her HS team. We left there about 3, and when we got to Bridgeport the storm started kicking up out of nowhere. Branches flying everywhere, trees falling, the State had a crew with a front end loader clearing the Merritt just so cars could get through. Cars with smashed windows on the side of the road. Made it to 95 in Norwalk and felt lucky to be home in one piece. Hope to never go through that again.


It was hairy. I must have been the last flight at LGA to land that day and it was not fun. I was at my in-laws house in Fla. with my family, so we had all three kids with us too. I am very surprised they even let us fly that day. I was sitting with our two older children and the plane was all over the place. I was definitely nervous, but putting on a brave face for the kids. Just after we touched down, my 3 year old son says to me with a big smile, “can we do that again?” UH, no thanks.

I had my car at long-term parking so I went and fetched it and left the family waiting at the terminal. I was fully drenched the second I stepped outside. Then we headed over the Whitestone and I thought we were going to blow off the bridge. We probably had one gust of wind that had to be 70 mph while on the bridge.

Here are some photos and video from Farifield County from the day after that storm. I expect it look like this on Sunday too. This rain today sure isn't going to help either:





The people doing this video are actually pretty funny. Damage like this was widepsread throughout the county.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csggljugep4

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 08:58 AM
I'm sure PA will get some rain from Irene. I remember back in 2005 or 2006 when three hurricanes came through Central Florida within a month of one another. Hard to believe that was that long ago.
 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 10:16 AM
Baten down the hatches people, this one is going to be nasty.

Anyone in the direct path of this thing heed the warnings and be safe.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 10:50 AM
The National Hurricane Center has an interactive page where the track cone is laid over a Google Maps window...

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/152235.shtml?gm_track#co ntents

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 11:04 AM
The path appears to have shifted a little more eastward, so that's good for us in central VA. To those who are in its way, I wish you the very best.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2011 at 11:23 AM
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The National Hurricane Center has an interactive page where the track cone is laid over a Google Maps window...

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/152235.shtml?gm_track#co ntents


Wow. That sucker looks like its coming straight for where we are in CT. It also just poured rain here with some nasty thunderstorms totally unrelated to Irene, but it can't help.

 
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