Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

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Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Tasman » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:52 am

New York declares state of emergency ahead of Irenes expected arrival...

Residents prepare to evacuate as Hurricane Irene grinds closer

Paul Toohey From: Herald Sun August 26, 2011 8:32AM

DAYS before the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene, New York has already declared a state of emergency as citizens are advised to take warnings seriously and prepare to evacuate low-lying areas of the city.

A short time ago, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami issued an update saying Irene had maximum sustained winds of 185kph and was tracking north-north west towards the US mainland at 22kph.

A hurricane watch has now been called for areas from North Carolina up to New Jersey.

The Hurricane Centre warned there would be an “extremely dangerous” storm surge felt along the north east coast of the USA, with waters raised up to three metres and “life-threatening waves”.

“Preparations to protect life and property to be rushed to completion,” the Hurricane Centre said.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said consideration would be given to evacuating people from low-lying areas in the five heavily populated urban boroughs of New York, but particularly in flood-prone Queens.

Meteorologists have warned Irene could be one of the rare tropical hurricanes to cause devastation high up the east coast.

Irene is a low-moving but intense Atlantic Ocean system that has been tracking towards the US mainland after it lashed Puerto Rico and then hit the Bahamas at 11am Eastern US time. It is expected to make landfall in North Carolina sometime on Saturday.

According to reports, up to 200,000 people have begun evacuating from barrier island areas of the North Carolina holiday coast.

The Hurricane Centre said Irene was a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and was expected to intensify in strength tonight. It described it as a large tropical system with hurricane-force winds extending 130km out from the centre and storm-force winds being felt 465km from the centre.

New York State governor Andre Cuomo said the emergency declaration was being taken as a precaution to ensure aid measures were in place before, rather than after, any impacts of Irene were felt.


If Irene continues according to predictions, it could hit barrier islands such as Rockaway Beach, only 30 minutes from Manhattan, late on Sunday afternoon.

Mayor Bloomberg told a media conference this afternoon that the city had the capacity the shelter as many people who needed it. No call would be made on evacuations until late Friday afternoon.

“We don’t have enough information yet to make that call,” Mr Bloomberg said. “The timing is a bit up in the air, as it is with all these things.”

While Irene would be expected to have weakened by the time it reached New York, the huge population and general unpreparedness among the population to deal with hurricanes could be costly.

New York’s Office of Emergency Management said that hurricanes, while infrequent in New York, “can do more damage than hurricanes of similar strength in the southern United States”.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, urged people to prepare for the severe weather Irene is expected to bring. It said it had briefed President Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security.

FEMA assured citizens – who were badly let down in the response to Hurricane Katrina, which is 2005 devastated New Orleans – that it was well-prepared with millions of blankets, instant dinners, water and cots.

The International Space Station yesterday provided breathtaking photos from near-space which showed the enormity of Irene’s reach.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s dedicated research jet was sent up this afternoon, and will go up again tomorrow, to study Irene’s steering currents, and FEMA said its WP-3D Orion would fly multiple low altitude mission’s into Irene’s eye to study the hurricane’s intensity and likely destination.

There has been flooding and extensive storm damage but as yet no reports of lives lost in the Bahamas, where the government a short time ago discontinued its warnings.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/new-york-in-state-of-emergency-as-hurricane-irene-nears-us-coast/story-e6frf7lf-1226122582327

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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Pete » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:11 am

Major Hurricane Irene to wreak havoc in US
Douglas Fenton, Friday August 26, 2011 - 12:05 EST

Hurricane Irene could be the most damaging storm for the Northeast US in over 50 years. Irene has been described as a rare event in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast US and as a once in a generation storm.

The hurricane has moved across the Bahamas and Caribbean, destroying homes and is now on a direct path for the East coast of America.

The hurricane is currently classed as a major category three storm with sustained winds near the centre of 185km/h. Irene is expected to intensify further as she approaches the coast.

Hurricane conditions are expected to bring up to 15 inches of rain in parts, a dangerous 5-10 foot storm surge and damaging winds.

Many parts of the Northeast have received near record rainfall in August. The ground is saturated which means that the additional rainfall over coming days will result in flooding.

Areas from North Carolina to New York are preparing for the Hurricanes arrival this weekend.

The hurricane is increasing in size and is currently 933km wide. It is forecast to reach category 4 ahead of its arrival in North Carolina on Saturday. The hurricane will weaken as it moves up the coast, although still a category two system on Sunday.

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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Storm Wolf » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:03 pm

Every storm chaser on my facebook has their eye on it - Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick are constantly updating and are following it :/

Bit of a pain that this happens after a rare quake. People get edgy after things like that, especially if they don't usually experience earthquakes.
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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Pete » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:46 pm

If Irene goes the way the models are predicting, she'll track all the way up the east American coastline. http://www.weather.com/weather/hurrican ... 2011-08-20
I also noticed on the satellite imagery there appears to be a frontal or trough feature that looks to combine with Irene. Looks like an incredible amount of energy will be left over the Mexico area. Might be some late season supercells over that area in the next few days. Cells looks pretty impressive there.
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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Storm Wolf » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:46 pm

Reed Timmer says it'll likely be a cat 3 when it hits NC and it has a 'wobbly northern path'.
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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Tasman » Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:34 pm

Hurricane Irene’s force felt in North Carolina
By MITCH WEISS and TOM BREEN Associated Press August 27, 2011 2:16AM

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Hurricane Irene bore down on the North Carolina coast early Saturday with smashing winds and drenching rains, howling toward the Outer Banks as it took aim at the densely populated East Coast.

Driving sheets of rain raised worries of flash flooding in North Carolina as one possible tornado on the outskirts of the massive storm system overturned a trailer and the storm knocked out power to thousands before dawn. Heaving seas whipped up by the Category 2 storm slammed into the beaches of the fragile barrier islands of the Outer Banks ahead of Irene’s sustained maximum winds of 100 mph.

Although police went door-to-door on Friday with final warnings for people to get out, some remained behind even as emergency officials on one exposed island ordered doznes of body bags in grim expectation of a worst-case scenario.

Already there were worrisome reports early Saturday.


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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Pete » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:05 pm

Hurricane Irene bears down on US
Saturday August 27, 2011 - 19:01 EST

Tens of thousands of Americans are fleeing low-lying areas as the "historic" Hurricane Irene bears down on the United States' east coast.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier ordered an unprecedented evacuation of around 250,000 people from the city's low-lying areas, while tens of thousands are fleeing homes and vacation spots along the east coast.

The Category Two hurricane is packing winds of more than 160 kilometres an hour and is expected to make landfall at South Carolina on Saturday (US time) before making its way up the eastern seaboard towards Washington, New York, and Boston.

The densely populated corridor, home to more than 65 million people, is under the threat of flooding, storm surges, power outages and destruction that experts said could cost up to $US12 billion.

The storm has forced US president Barack Obama to return early from his summer holiday. He told tens of millions of Americans living along the hurricane's projected path that "all indications point to this being a historic hurricane".

"If you are in the projected path of this hurricane you have to take precautions now," he said.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the city's first-ever mass evacuations from low-lying areas of the city, calling it a "matter of life or death".

Major links into New York will be cut if winds exceed 60 miles per hour, as predicted, and authorities called up 900 National Guard troops and 2,500 power workers to prepare for emergency repair work - the largest-ever deployment.



"We have never done a mandatory evacuation before, and we wouldn't be doing this now if we didn't think the storm had the potential to be very serious," Mr Bloomberg said.

Neighbouring New Jersey on Thursday ordered 750,000 people out of the Cape May area.

Early Saturday, Hurricane Irene was around 225 kilometres south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, where rain and tropical storm-force winds were already pummelling the coast, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said.

It said Irene had weakened slightly and would lose strength once it hit land on Saturday, but would remain a hurricane as it passed over or near the mid-Atlantic on Saturday night before churning north towards Canada.

Irene's approach has stirred painful memories of Hurricane Katrina, which smashed into the Gulf Coast in 2005, stranding thousands of people in New Orleans and overwhelming poorly-prepared local and federal authorities.

The popular North Carolina beach resort of Kill Devil Hills was a ghost town Friday, as forecasters predicted up to 38 centimetres of rain in some places and the first power outages were reported.

"We haven't seen a hurricane threat like this in quite a few decades," said Chris Vaccaro, a spokesman from the National Weather Service.

"This is going to be a very long weekend for the residents of the Mid-Atlantic and the north-east."

Irene will be accompanied by an "extremely dangerous" storm surge that could raise water levels by as much as 3.4 meters, the NHC said.



New Yorkers 'oblivious'

But despite the warnings, many New Yorkers appear "oblivious" to the impending storm according to an ABC broadcaster in New York.

Journalist Scott Spark says that although some New Yorkers are acutely aware of how devastating the hurricane could be, others are simply unfazed.

"One thing that I've really sort of gathered is that people in New York feel indestructible. Despite everything that has happened to them, there is a certain sense of indestructibility," he said.

"And so you have some people that are quite acutely aware of the threat of the cyclone ... but to be honest with all the projections it won't be like a hurricane by the time it gets here.

"Today was a picture perfect summer day in New York - there was not a cloud in the sky - so to be told that tomorrow night the conditions will be similar to a hurricane, it's kind of unbelievable."

Spark says many New Yorkers feel the emergency measures being taken by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg are a knee-jerk reaction to last year's devastating snow storms.

He says there is a feeling that the mayor is overcompensating to make up for his highly criticised response to the storms.


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Re: Hurricane Irene - US East Coast - August 2011

Postby Tasman » Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:14 pm

Hurricane Irene hits New York, says Mayor Michael Bloomberg
From correspondents in New York From: AFP August 28, 2011 2:18PM



HURRICANE Irene hit New York today, as rain and stronger winds began to lash the city.

"The edge of the hurricane is finally upon us," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a press conference.

Mayor Bloomberg said that with mandatory evacuation orders handed to some 370,000 people in low-lying neighbourhoods and public transport completely shut down, "the time for evacuations is over".

"At this point, if you haven't evacuated, our suggestion is you stay where you are," he said.

"The bottom line is the storm is now starting to hit New York City.

"Nature is a lot stronger than the rest of us."



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/hu ... z1WIkiRHu1


In what could be a stroke of luck for New York, the city was set to host the World Police & Fire Games this weekend. The event was postponed today, but the city now has 17,000 of the world's elite first responders, included several hundred Australians, on hand if needed.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/irene-roar ... z1WIlOeOez

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