questionsare you being told to evacuate ahead of irene…

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If you chose to ride Irene out, please take a look at this question:
http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/8d635f01-d4c3-4f91-a183-adee5cd763ad/do-you-have-hurricane-disaster-tips-to-share#8

Post Ivan, the PNJ forums were a God-send. They set the forums up by neighborhood. People could post that they were ok, leave messages, and family out of town could get a description the the damaged areas, ask for neighbors to check on family they couldn't reach, etc. The news reporting was simply amazing. Pulitzer-worthy, if you ask me.

Good luck to all of you.

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Agreed. The direction and speed does not make this little lady look good. Folks in the east, stock up and stay safe.

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I've been watching Irene since Tuesday... Not looking good even this far north.... Hopefully the Barrier Islands people down south have gotten out of town to some high ground...

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Good luck to those who do decide to brave it out. She looks like a nasty B!

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I live on the northern trip of the Chesapeake Bay. We've not been told to evacuate, but I guess that could change.

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@loubriccant: Leave early and avoid the rush... You could be stuck in traffic for many hours... I have family in Houston Texas who left a full day or 2 in advance of the last Hurricane Evac' order... No traffic jambs, no closed gas stations, no full up motels & No Panic...

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We are officially under a Hurricane Watch way up here in New England with a slightly greater than 50% chance of a direct hit some time Sunday...
I am retired from a local Emergency Management Unit we used to work during these storms... Here is a favorite Weather Web Site for tracking storms..
http://www.beaumontweather.com/

Stay Safe People...

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@loubriccant: I just came from Easton and the traffic heading west to the Bay Bridge is horrible. Going east the large information signs are reading "Evacuation in Progress. All roads to Ocean City are closed".

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I can't help it. I'm a hurricane thrill seeker and will be staying put.

Earthquakes and tornadoes might break my bones, but hurricanes and waterspouts excite me.

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@hobbitss: Thanks for the link, that is amazing. I now have it bookmarked.

And I realize I need to do some research, starting with converting time in my area to UTC time.

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@loubriccant & @hobbitss: I hope you are safe and can stay in your homes.

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@lavikinga: you actually received a LOVE tag. That must be a first. Well deserved :)

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I think I'm okay. The wife actually works for the National Guard/Emergency Management Agency and the info we're getting says we should be okay or at least' not in a life threatening situation anyway. We're expecting winds from 74-90 mph and 8-11" of rain. She'll be working all weekend and I'll split my time here and watching old scary movies. :)

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@rlapid2112: Thank you... We should be Ok up here.. Late this afternoon we were up graded to a Hurricane Warning and I expect coastal areas will get hit hard... Hoping people in the Carolinas are doing Ok...
The storm is accelerating and will arrive up here about 12 hours earlier than previously expected... That is a good thing in one aspect since a storm generally moves faster as it looses energy so it should be weaker when it crosses the NY, CT & RI coastlines... We should know more in the morning as the track the storm follows is important, tracking inland it looses energy, tracking back out into the Gulf Steam and it may recharge which can be Bad News... Will be securing the home during the day before packing the car & heading off to work the night shift, hopefully I will be back home before the weather gets to interesting in the early morning hours Sunday... It has been a long time since I worked during a big bad storm...

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@mfladd: Ha! I wish. I put #love, along with #hurricane, #evacuation & #community. I don't remember if I put the #safety, or if the mods switched it out to something else. Memory. It often eludes me these days.

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@iggz: Thanks for posting this link. I posted this somewhere in my travels last night. It was a relief to read that the storm probably couldn't handle its own size and would begin to fall apart. The bad part was that it STILL was going to be a big ol' rain maker and THAT was going to cause all sorts of problems when it hit certain water-logged areas at high tide. Storm surge. No one remembers storm surge.

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@lavikinga: Storm Surge... Fun stuff...
we used to have to check flooded out cars, some of which were headed out to sea, for people... Amazing the number of Blockheads who think they can drive through a flooded road and will drive around barriers and road blocks for the chance to do so...

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@hobbitss: I remember seeing a railroad underpass which had markings (for water depth) on each side and on the central pillar. During a flash flood it would regularly get to the 10'-13' mark. You could still see under the bridge to the other side and drivers would drive their cars right into it. Obviously, they would actually not be able to drive past a depth of 4'-5', but, WOW. Is that supposed to be human evolution in action?

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@rlapid2112: Darwin loves that kind of stuff...
Just got a community service call, the town emergency shelter will be opening at 6PM... Pouring rain and it is time to go to work... Later...

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@hobbitss: sometimes I wonder if we're doing humanity a great disservice by rescuing the terminally stupid from their own stupidity.

(That sounds harsh, doesn't it? But seriously, if you're not bright enough to come in out of the storm or stay off of the roof with a long metal pole during a thunderstorm...Shouldn't we just let the stupid suffer the consequences? I live in the deep south or as we affectionately call it: Darwin's Waiting Room. "Jackass" isn't just a show on tv. Here, it appears to be a lifestyle.)