Saturday, August 27, 2011

Riding out the storm!


It's expected to be a whopper! NYC's first major hurricane since 1985's Gloria. I remember that one! We had just moved into the neighborhood and the storm knocked all the beautiful weeping willows down all over the place. But man did we have fun in the days after! Every neighborhood kid came to our co-op backyards to play hide and seek and to climb through the weeping willow 'monkey bars'. I vaguely remember my mom ranting about watching out for bugs.



Hurricane Irene is set to make landfall here by tomorrow evening and into Sunday. So I will certainly be offline for at least 24 hours. Please be safe and secure all my East Coast Voyagers! Hopefully the storm will weaken enough that it will do minimal damage and flooding. But NYC is wisely taking every major precaution it can, evacuating low-lying areas and hospitals and in an unprecedented move for the history of NYC, shutting down all mass-transit and bridges by 12 noon today. Looks like I'll be trapped at home, but that's probably the safest place I could be. I'm just not gonna stay near any windows. We have trees smashing down around here even in small thunderstorms.

If you see this post and it applies to you, feel free to download these very helpful Safety tips from the Red Cross.


6 comments:

  1. We're getting flak off it, too so I'm on mobile keeping an eye on the weather. *chews nails nervously. Stay safe!!! *hugs*

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  2. Luckily it bypassed SC; we just had a very cloudy day yesterday. It didn't even rain. Did you come through it okay?

    PS: I'm getting notified when someone posts a comment here, but I'm suddenly not receiving notices when you put up something new. The past three posts now, the only clue I had that there was something new up was when I received notice of someone's comment. Thought you mightlike to know.

    ---Jake

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  3. My sister was living in Florida when Hurricane David hit back in the late 70's it was not to bad I hope you come through it okay. I remember Hurricane Emily in 1993, I got a lot of teasing about that one. I love weeping willow trees , what a shame they all got damaged. EmilyW

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  4. Hey all, thanks for the kind thoughts. The HC passed with a whimper. Looks like NY'ers are too tough for Irene. lol. Those HC's in the eighties were much worse. I've walked home from school in worse. Well, don't mean to make light of something that did turn tragic in other places, but I'm glad it was only a tropical storm. In our neighborhood we did have one big tree fall. Tore up the sidewalk too. But thankfully nobody was injured or worse. I haven't been out yet so there are probably some branches all over.
    However, I was very upset this morning at the constant fear mongering news coverage. I stayed up so late last night feeling very apprehensive. And I wound up sleeping through the worst of the whole storm. I felt The media were grasping at straws to make news out of very little this entire weekend. I'm sure many people were in a panic with the way the stores were emptied out and stuff. But you never know how Nature will turn. I think NYC did a great job in warning the people, evacuating and shutting down. It's better to be safe than sorry.

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  5. @Jake: I fixed the settings, I think I had made some changes and didn't realize I took people off the blog post list.

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  6. The media is good for exaggerating, especially when they don't have something they think is worth covering. Journalism is so blatantly slanted these days it isn't funny. It seems that most of the news the mainstream media cover is pure fluff, simply because they'd rather do that than report anything that would show a conservative in a positive light.

    Anyway, in a big city, your best bet in any case is to evacuate low-lying areas; beyond that, ignore the media and check the Hurricane Tracker on the Internet. It shows the forecasted path of the hurricane and how strong it's expected to be in each area. By that alone, I knew by late Friday night that it was going to be, at worst, only Category 1 when it reached New York. By early Saturday morning, the tracker was showing it to have dropped out of hurricane status, to a tropical storm.

    I will say that, even when they were still forecasting Category 2 for New York, I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was. Unless you're in a low-lying area or a beachfront, you don't start freaking until they start predicting Cat 3. Anything less is easily survivable with just normal precautions.

    Of course, if you're in a rural area, it's even easier: just watch the farm animals. When Floyd was threatening (You remember Floyd? That monster hurricane in 2000 that made Hugo look like a piker?), the media had everybody in a tizzy, but we knew it wasn't going to hit us, or, if it did, it wasn't going to be bad, simply because our animals were as calm as they always are. On the other hand, in 1989, people were largely ignoring the media reports on Hugo, but our sheep were acting very nervous, so we battened down and prepared for the worst.

    If you have pets, the same principle applies in a big city. Back when Katrina was threatening New Orleans, a friend of mine there had a normally laid-back cat that was really acting weird. She heeded that cue and got out of Dodge, when she otherwise would have stayed put, because where she was (at the northern end of the city), hurricanes usually weren't that bad.

    So, to sum up, the media is good for sensationalism and very little else. ;D

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