August 25, 2011

Irene, The Hurricane I was Waiting For.

The Hurricane I was Waiting for.
Hurricane Irene Wiki
Thank you to all who followed me during and at the height of the storm!

Irene in Cape May NJ Courtesy of

Irene's Full Path as a Hurricane & Tropical Storm

Hurricane Irene coming over North Carolina
from my lil' cuz Sarah

If you know me at all, or spent any substantial amount of time with me you would know that last years hurricane season was a huge disappointment for me. (I can't HELP wanting to get hit with one, I haven't been in one yet.) I made it through a tornado, standing outside enjoying the sights- and I am determined to see this beast up close and personal. If I could get in the eye without killing myself I would, sue me- I'm fucking nuts.

Are you prepared? Probably not. (Emergency Kit Lists)
Creating A Custom Disaster Plan

Hurricane Irene at her Max:
-Category: Category 3 Hurricane
-Max-Sustained Winds: 120 MPH (Wind Gusts of 120-130 MPH)
-Start: African Coast, Cape Verde Island
-End: American/Canadian Border (PTS)
-Largest Recorded Width: Appx 900-1000 Miles WIde
-Fastest Recorded Movement: 25-30 MPH
-Largest Recorded Wave Height at Eye: 40-50 FT
-Lowest Central Pressure: 942 MB
-Deaths:41 (2 "indirect") reported deaths so far, people still missing 8/30 10AM
-Estimated Cost: Appx $10,000,000,000
-Strongest storm to hit East Coast since 1893/1938
-Strongest storm to hit Northeast since Gloria in 1985
-Tornado forming hurricane
-Waterspout Tornado producing hurricane - MD 7PM
-Extreme threat to entire East Coast
-Hurricane Irene will be the 7th "I" storm name to be retired within the last 11 years
-Hurricane Katrina 8/28/05 Hurricane Irene 8/28/11 .. 6 Years - same time frame
-First landfall on US soil in 3 years
-Occured on the same day as the 1893 Hurricane mentioned, which was the last big storm to hit the Northeast Coast
-Downgraded to Tropical Storm just before eye reached NYC/NNJ
-9th Billion dollar weather event for US in 2011, topping 35 Billion Total
-Made 3 landfalls total, NC, NJ, NY

Other info
State Of Emergencies declared in:
Evacuations in:
Hoboken NJ, Jersey Shore Area Beaches/towns, NY Zone A/B, Va, Ocean City MD, Fire Island NY, Delaware- Sussex Co, Dare Co-Currituck County-Ocracoke/Hyde County NC, Outer Banks, Barrier Islands NJ, Cape May County NJ
-Hospitals in NY evacuated
-Many curfews enacted in NY/NJ/VA/MD/NC/DC

Damages/Expected Damages
Effect on Bahamas:
90% of houses affected on islands Cat 3/4 in repairs (meaning most are destroyed and beyond repair), island communication loss
-Severe Damage reported in Puerto Rico, President Obama declared Federal SOE, aid expected
-SW Outer bands reach Florida, waves injure 8 on FL Getty
-NYC/NJ Transit Full Transit Shutdown
-Tornadoes formed by Hurricane Irene in NC possible injuries and structural damage
-Pier in Atlantic Beach blown away by Irene
-Boy dies after tree falls on house NC
-Surfer dies in FLORIDA after trying to surf Irene's massive waves
-East Coast Oil Refineries shut down, temporarily raising gas prices
-Airports Closed - All flights in and out of NYC cancelled as of Sat evening through Monday morning
-Power Outages Reported in NJ, NC, VA, MD, CT. NYC/NY, RI, MA, SC, MA, NH, PA, VT
-Total Power Outages as of 8/29 2PM Roughly 5 Million & counting
-Man drowns in NJ
-High tide played a huge role in flooding impacts of coastal NY/NY/NYC
-Georgetown University Arts building suffers partial roof collapse because of Irene.
-Road Closures/bridge closures throughout Northeast/east coast
-Possible Dam failure in MD
-Driving Ban enacted
-Hudson & East River rise significantly
-Lower Manhattan, Lower Brooklyn, Lower Queens flooded
-NJ woman drowns is car after call for help at 1AM, wasn't found until 9AM
-Gilboa Dam Middleburgh NY Sirens have alarmed, evacuations in the area ordered
-3 NJ Dams put on alert, many Crest Monday Morning

-90 Rivers put on overflow warnings
-Rescues still in progress throughout East Coast
-212 "Worrisome" dams in NJ
-Rain that fell on NJ was about 1,060,920,115,200 gallons. If stacked on the Giants field, it would be 466 miles high.
-20 people stranded in hotel with no power, downstream from dam with a breach near NYC.
-Most NYC transit restored as of Monday 8/29
-Quechee bridge was washed away
-Vermont one of the hardest hit areas
-NJ Transit rail services remains suspended, some buses also suspended too, revised list of bus availability up 8/29 morning.
-MA orders evacuations of areas surrounding dams cresting
-NJ/NY/VT hit record rain totals

New York's Modern Day Atlantis, NY Island wiped of Map because of Hurricane


Irene at her Height

NYC - Battery Park AM 8/28


CNN State-By-State Developments related to Hurricane Irene

The Weather Channel Extreme Flooding in VT Video/Pictures

National Geographic Hurricane Irene Aftermath Pictures

Hope you all stayed safe!

xoxo disaster girl

P.F.S. Elsewhere in the US we also have small tremors rattling California from an "Ancient Volcano" VIA Reuters & A reported 2.9 Earthquake in Albany NY... sounding apocalyptic to anyone other than me..?

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