Anyone else about to get raped by this beast? Is there an existing thread I'm missing?
The projections have the eye going right over where I live. Yeehaw.
Same here, but I'm hearing it will be a Cat. 2 by the time it hits us. Still, I don't know what to really expect, so we're pulling all the yard furniture in and stocking up on supplies. Scary stuff. Stay safe out there!
It'll be upon me Saturday night. It was nice and sunny today and then, out of nowhere, I looked out my window and the sky was damn near pitch black and it was raining and windy. And just as quickly as it came, it was gone and sunny again. And that was just a band of this bitch. I'm inland, but downed trees and power outages are 99.9% guaranteed to happen. Thank God my apartment complex has indoor parking, otherwise I'd have a tree on my damn car by Sunday.
I guess it'll be hitting here around 10 EST. Right now I haven't had any power loss but I know people who have, and a lot of the streets in the small towns have already flooded.
The media has really pissed me off with this one. They were calling it "OMG TEH STORM OF THE CENTURY!!!1" etc and it's "just" a tropical storm at this point.
I need this thing to come NOW because I am sick of these assholes on tv talking about how the thing is gonna show up tomorrow. I'm bored now. I want to watch tv. It's all news people standing around in the rain talking about how there is rain and a hurricane coming soon. We know. We have known. Give it a rest.
Also those guys who were surfing today, good for them, putting their lives in danger like that.
All my friends are freaking out and they've got flashlights and stuff and I haven't planned ahead at all. I found an old can of mince meat in a cupboard and a can of soup, I don't have a flashlight but I have half a febreeze scented candle in case the power goes out. I've got lots of booze and mixers to get me by though, my mom said that's how she got through the hurricane in 85 or whatever. Drink so much you sleep through it.
I think you called it a bit too early, but I agree. It's just how slowly it's moving past and all the rain it's dropped.
The gusts are still kicking here pretty hard, and the main issue is downed trees/flooding. The storm itself isn't so bad, but it's just the fact that it's saturated the ground with so much water and the trees be topplin' over like drunks.
That was it? With the way CNN was talking (ZOMG it's bigger than EUROPE!) I was expecting far worse. The power went out for a few hours while I was asleep, got some scattered showers, and a couple of howling wind gusts that scared the shit out of my boyfriend's dog. I guess people closer to the coast had it worse than us, but Hurricane Fran remains the baddest bitch around these parts.
Still in the thick of it here along the Connecticut coast, and up here it's much, much worse than your average summer thunderstorm. The ground was pretty well saturated with rain by 10 last night, and that was hours before the storm proper even hit. Lost power around 4:30 when a transformer around the corner exploded, trees and power lines are down across the road in either direction on my street, effectively trapping us, and likely meaning we'll be without power for days. Another tree flattened my neighbor's car not ten minutes ago, and while I was peaking my head out to look at that, I heard another one go. I'm four miles inland, but I have friends right on the beach, some of whom were remaining home. Hope all is going alright for them.
Mite breezy around these parts. Some without power. Bit of rain.
You never know what these things are gonna do, so I'm sort of glad the hype scared so many people into doing what you should always do for a storm, which is be prepared.
Bad news is people'll blow it off when the big one does come.
Power, cable and Internet are restored in my corner of Connecticut, but everything west of the Thames is pretty much boned. Governor Malloy gave a press conference from the Hartford National Guard Armory this morning, where he said that it's likely to be a week before electricity is completely restored throughout the state.
While I appreciate the level of preparedness that Bloomberg and Co gave NYC, after the 'pfffh' that Irene caused I can't help but think their strategy was basically, 'Let's not fuck this up like we did that snowstorm last year!' It was actually a marvel of efficiency, really, though I can attest to many, many people being disappointed they didn't have the day off.
I understand that it was big, it was scary, and yes, people died and I am so sorry, but I want to fucking murder every single news station on the east coast. Jesus Christ, tell me something about Libya! Tell me something about any-fucking-thing else. I was more terrified of that tornado that decided to drop in on the park near my house last year because a) we don't get tornadoes, like, ever and b) it just appeared, fucked some shit up and then left. But Irene was played out in the media before it ever made landfall. I bought booze and pie. It was an excellent excuse to stay inside, watch season 3 of Torchwood (and new Dr. Who) and not feel like I was being lazy.
Sorry you're not facing life without power for the next 7-10 days. Or flooding in Vermont. Yeah, real lame storm.
I'm sorry to be snarky, just I'm seeing this attitude from a lot of people and it's pissing me off. For parts of New England, it's the worst storm in 25 years. For others, the worst in a century. I'm glad New York escaped unscathed, but the dismissive attitude is getting tiring.
It's unfortunately a response based on the fact that the storm was massively over-hyped. If the gov't didn't act like this was DOOMSDAY people wouldn't be so upset. Irene was a Category 1 that showed signs of weakening prior to touching down in the states. Yet, according to gov't officials and the media, this was the storm the likes of 10,000 Katrinas! That sort of messaging caused unecessary panick, forcing some people to use up savings for crap they'll never use. Not to mention, for NYers at least, this was the first time in our history that the entire city was shut down - no mass transit, businesses closed - in advance of a storm. Preparing for a storm was absolutely necessary. Irene caused damage and took lives. But being told to prepare for Armeggeddon when that was not even remotely a scenario shows that the powers that be lack perspective and now will be seen as "crying wolf". It is possible to impart meaningful information without scare-tactics. Unfortunately, that's the only way our gov't and media know how to work these days. And people are pissed off about it.
Except all this hype and paranoia was just as much a circular, self-feeding feeback loop created by Facebook and twitter and all the other shit. The government was not saying apocalypse or Armageddon or the end of the world. They were saying it was a potentially destructive storm that could strike in an unprecedented way, which it was. And then it did the thing weather does, which was not exactly what we thought it would do. If it had kicked back up, hit the wrong way, or done just enough to provide unforeseen disaster (a la levee break) and they hadn't done what they did, then the whole reflection on the event would be "how could they not have learned?"
There's a degree of common sense and personal judgement that needs to come into play here, so extreme examples of people doing retarded shit because they fed into a full-on doomsday scenario are meaningless.
Also it should be noted that this storm was, in fact, devastating. The death count is around 30 now, right? Sections of North Carolina are still unreachable by land, roads and bridges destroyed, the worst flooding in decades in the Northeast. It's just that it didn't devastate NYC or DC.
I wonder how much my opinion and expectations change because I got my news from the interwebs instead of TV. While there was PLENTY of Irene news before, during and after the storm, for the most part I was reading it instead of having someone scream it at me. That has to change perceptions.
Again, I don't dismiss the very real impact that the storm had on much of the east coast. I just despise how it was presented to us. And as my only perspective is from NYC, the presentation was non-stop pandemonium with people standing in lines for hours to get into stores for supplies they didn't need and the city being shut down days before Irene was expected to hit. To be fair, if one went to the internet, they could see the NYC evacuation map and understand that only several sections of the 5 boroughs (pretty much the coasts) and Long Island were in immediate danger. For most of the city, one wouldn't even have to be evacuated for a Stage 3 hurricane. But most people get their news from the TV and it was three days of 24-hour "we're going to die!" coverage. I mean, I have friends whose families were sleeping in bathtubs because they thought their house was going to collapse on them. Irene was a Cat 1, with winds topping at 60 mph, and weakening. While people should very much stay indoors, secure anything that could fly away outdoors, and just stay put for that kind of storm, the message we were given was much more severe. It really just seemed like a giant overreaction (in NYC in any case) to the city's failure to prepare for Snowmageddon. In any case, I get why people on both sides of the issue are frustrated with the reactions to the storm. But having spent half my life in Florida and having lived through some of the worst storms (Andrew being absolutely devastating), to me it seemed the messaging in the days before the storm seemed out of perspective to the actual info that we had about Irene at the time.
If you want to take issue with the noise machine, fine, but the city's preparations were completely in line with what they should have been. Evacuating areas prone to flooding with a storm surge from a Cat 1 hurricane is entirely reasonable. This is the country's most populous and densely populated city that hasn't been hit by as much as a tropical storm in I don't know how long and from I understand preparations went by with a maximum of efficiency and a minimum of every day NYC chaos. Overly cautious is far superior to not cautious enough.
Yeah, I have no probably with the city asking Zone A folks to evacuate. That was necessary. But people nowhere near those zones were getting the same messages. It was overkill.
Again, I get that the mayor did what he thought he needed to do. Doesn't make people any less frustrated about it. But yes, I rather be frustrated than injured so there's that.
Just saw some footage of Vermont. Yikes! It's definitely better to be overprepared than underprepared.
ETA: Because I like to beat a dead horse:
Somewhere around midmorning on the day Hurricane Irene landed in New York City, I switched from NY1 to CNN. This was a mistake.
Things had been calming down in the city, and I wanted to see if CNN was already covering stuff happening with the storm north of New York. What I saw was a reporter stationed on Long Beach, on Long Island's south shore just one sandbar east of the Rockaways, where NY1 had just completed an intense bout of reporting and from which they were now broadcasting aftermath and cleanup shots.
The CNN reporter was all drama, making a show of holding onto his earpiece or mouthpiece or whatever, and basically incomprehesible. Behind him people promenaded along the boardwalk, almost mockingly. A red bar across the bottom with maddeningly fast CNN-style text floating across it read: "HUDSON AND EAST RIVERS OVERFLOWING, THREATENING MANHATTAN."
We'd already been through this on NY1. John Davitt, NY1's earnest, unexcitable meteorologist, had pointed out that the eye of the storm had passed the southern shores; that in lower Manhattan, measurements had shown the water levels around the seawall stabilizing; that the tide was out. It had been time to direct our attention to the north shore, where the high tide was three hours later. Footage of rough sea and potential flooding areas had been aired already, followed by the sea calming and floods receding.
"But it's such a tricky balance on these stories, because you have to have a sense of urgency on these stories," he said. "Particularly if your message is gonna help people to get out of harm's way, but you can't be hysterical about it, or at least you shouldn't be hysterical about it, and the most important thing we can do is to try as much as we can to give context to what we're saying."
At this point, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had delivered an address from One Police Plaza that was all about assessing damage, and about how quickly he could get us all back to work.
"I mean the point I've been making repeatedly over much of the last two hours is, we keep putting up these pictures of fallen trees; that doesn't mean that every tree in New York has fallen," Kiernan said. "When we go out looking for news, a fallen tree is news and a standing tree isn't, but it's important to not imply through pictures that you choose that the entire city is impassable."
Just got power back yesterday. I'm currently residing in a very rural area of Northeastern NC, so that's to be expected. We had rain and wind all day Saturday with gusts over 50mph occurring at least until midnight. Fortunately I suffered relatively little damage from the storm, though a fallen tree missed my car by less then a foot. Hopefully any other chewers that were in the path of the storm made it out alright.
Eh, I got the brunt of it and it was a pretty lame storm here too. Glad everyone's okay, but I think things had a lot to do with areas not normally hit with so much damn water, more than the wind(the wind was like the playground shove, the water was the kid on his hands and knees behind you). I had friends in Jersey who had way more flooding than we did here, despite us getting just as much water if not more.
Renaming this thread because there are more out there!