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Bonnie 08-25-2011 08:38 PM

Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene as it passed over the Carribean on August 22--image from Nasa:

Bonnie 08-25-2011 09:08 PM

Hope all of you who might possibly be in Irene's path will be safe. :)


Hurricane Irene Expected To Hit Inland, May Reach D.C. - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 12:52PM | Elianna Mintz

In a conference call Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate warned that the entire East Coast needs to be prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

“This will not just be a coastal storm,” Fugate told reporters. “We can see impacts well inland both from winds that can cause widespread power outages as trees fall down but also flooding.”

Fugate stressed that residents should be ready to evacuate if told by local officials.

“There is hardly any excuse for people not to know there is a hurricane out there and helping getting the word out about being prepared and ready in case of evacuation,” Fugate told reporters.

Hurricane Irene is on the sixth day of its destructive path and is currently situated in the Northwest Bahamas. It is moving northwest with 115 mph sustained winds and gusts as high as 128 mph.

The most immediate concern is North Carolina where Irene is set to hit Saturday morning. From there it will move North and Northeast towards Virginia, the Delmarva Peninsula and the lower Chesapeake Bay.

Any deviation to the left can bring Irene into the D.C. and Baltimore area.

Fugate told reporters that FEMA has teams set up throughout the east coast and has pre-positioned supplies, such as major generators, water, food, infant supplies, tarps and durable medical goods, to help residents deal with the aftermath.

Hurricane warnings will begin this evening with the 5 p.m advisory and continue throughout the weekend according to Read.

TexasRN 08-26-2011 01:29 AM

We are watching it pretty closely to see how much it will affect us here in NC. After Ike, I don't play around with these darn hurricanes. :unsure-1:


County Mike 08-26-2011 12:28 PM

Supposed to hit us Saturday night. I'm hoping it breaks apart and weakens by then.

TexasRN 08-26-2011 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by County Mike (Post 174764)
Supposed to hit us Saturday night. I'm hoping it breaks apart and weakens by then.

I hope so, too. I doubt that it will break apart or weaken much so I hope you and your two beautiful ladies at home have a plan ready. I think you'll know what you need to do by this afternoon. Good luck, Mike!! I'm thinking about and praying for all the forumites that may be affected by this storm.


County Mike 08-26-2011 02:25 PM

I'm gonna strap myself to the roof of my house to protect it.

Operation: Human Shield

Primadawn 08-26-2011 04:51 PM

Sounds like a good plan, Mike!

Seriously everyone who's in the path of this storm-please stay safe--bug out if you need to...someone can sleep on my couch! :)

Bonnie 08-26-2011 05:43 PM

I'm praying for everyone's safety.

Mike, you got a generator? So thankful we already had one with Rita and Ike.

County Mike 08-26-2011 07:27 PM

I don't have a generator. I figure I can hook up an exercise bike to the circuit breaker box. Actually, I plan to borrow a couple UPS devices from work and take them home for "testing". Can at least keep the fridge and a couple lights going for a few hours.

Chris F 08-26-2011 07:42 PM

praying for you all stay safe

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