Hurricane Irene Path UPDATE – Prepare for the Worst

UPDATE: 08-28-2011 2:00 PM EST

Final Update on Hurricane Irene Path

Although not as bad as expected, Hurricane Irene’s punch still hurt. Right now, although Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm, Philadelphia, PA is experiencing terrible flooding, more so than ever before. Boston, MA is feeling the now 60 MPH winds and lashing rains.

As expected Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina causing wind damage, some flooding as well as power outages. Several injuries and deaths have been attributed to this hurricane.

North Carolina Calico Creek Flooding

North Carolina Calico Creek Flooding Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene slowly moved up the east coast, again causing wind damage in Virgina’s beaches communities.

Ocean City, Maryland expected severe flooding, however, they are allowing residents back in to the community to review damages today.

New York City, experienced some flooding as seawater flowed into the streets of Manhatten. Some wind damage to high rises and power outages were also experienced due to Hurricane Irene.

Manhatten Streets Flooding Hurricane Irene

Manhatten Streets Flooding Hurricane Irene

New Jersey, experienced terrible flooding, and power outages. Their ground was already saturated, therefore the rain from Hurricane Irene has caused even more severe flooding.

Highstown NJ Flooding Hurricane Irene

Highstown NJ Flooding Hurricane Irene

Although the storm’s impact has not been as severe as originally expected, damage costs will reach into the billions of dollars.

UPDATE: 08-26-2011

Hurricane Irene path is a bit more firmly in place today with it expected to hit landfall on Saturday August 27 2011 at around 8:00 AM at a strength of Category 1. The winds have dropped from 110-115 mph to 100 mph. Heavy winds and rain will be felt far earlier.

Hurricane Irene 8-26-11 path update

The east coast of the US is bracing for a major impact from Hurricane Irene, with many mandatory evacuations being announced. Even New York City has a mandatory evacuation for zone A residents and other low lying areas. The subway systems will be closed as well.

UPDATE: 08-25-2011

Hurricane Irene path is being predicted Now, as worst case scenario. This hurricane passed over the Bahamas with winds of 115+mph and has left immense damage.

The Hurricane Irene path is now more firmly in place, with it skirting the coast of Florida.

Hurricane Irene Path Updated 8-25-2011

The Florida east coast should experience stronger winds than normal, rain from the outer bands of the hurricane, and higher surf than normal. No significant damage is expected, however many of the Floridan beaches are closed.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, may take the brunt of Hurricane Irene’s path on Saturday, August 27, 2011 to early Sunday August 28, 2011.

The governor of North Carolina is urging evacuation of the North Carolina barrier islands as well as the coast of North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene is then expected to continue to travel up the east coast into the New England states.

This hurricane is being predicted to be one of the biggest hurricanes to ever hit the northern east coast states.


Hurricane Irene, the first violent weather system of the season to truly threaten the United States in over three years, is growing bigger and stronger. It is now a Category 3 Hurricane ((Sustained winds 111-130 mph, 96-113 kt, or 178-209 km/hr Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). It is predicted to become a category 4 (Sustained winds 131-155 mph, 114-135 kt, or 210-249 km/hr Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). Hurricane once it hits the warmer waters.

Hurricane officials are worried people have become ambivalent since that last threat was three years ago.
However, people on the southeast coast of the US should prepare for the worst.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate advises even people people further north of the Carolinas should also be prepared.

Hurricane Irene Path August 23, 2011

The path of Hurricane Irene, as of this writing, is, it will be skirting the coast of Florida on Friday, making landfall in one of the Carolinas on Saturday, and moving into the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday or Sunday.

Hurricane Irene Path 8-23-2011

Hurricane Irene Path 8-23-2011

Hurricane Irene Emergency Essentials

 

Everyone should have an emergency essentials kit available at the “drop of the hat” For Hurricane Irene Emergency Kits Essentials, here’s a list of recommended emergency kit contents:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Bottled Water — 1 gallon a day for each person and pet
  • Food – MRE’s , Dried Fruits, Energy Bars
  • Tents and Plastic Covers or Tarps
  • Rope
  • Heat Packs (for wintertime violent weather)
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Medications
  • Radio – Battery Operated
  • Cell Phone
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Blankets
  • Hammer and Small Axe
  • Portable Stove and Fuel
  • Cooking Utensils appropriate for portable stove
  • Baby Food or Toddler Food and Clothing for Infants and Small Children
  • Flashlights
  • Whistles — EVERYONE should hang a whistle necklace around their necks during violent weather

Although the above is a short list, you can see that the Emergency Kit is already extensive.

Another item that is helpful, albeit expensive, is a gas powered generator. This is especially helpful for the southern states that experience hurricane weather repeatedly. Although your area my not get hit directly, skimming hurricane Irene winds certainly can knock out power for several days. If you have a gas powered generator, you could keep enough electricity flowing for your fridge and other electrical items.

We will be discussing emergency essential kit contents in a later post.

Keep safe during Hurricane Irene, everyone!

 

 

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