This might seem a little early but Hurricane Irene is looking set to be a potentially very damaging storm. All folks on the east coast who may be affected need to pay attention to the forecasts and advisories, and plan accordingly. Please don't leave things until the last minute.
posted by carter to MetaFilter-Related at 12:34 PM (2229 comments total)
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According to the National Weather Service Hydrometeorological Prediction Center
The latest numerical guidance continues to adjust westward as has the last several NHC track forecasts which now have eye of Irene coming thru the North Carolina lower outer banks late Saturday before grazing the Delmarva and New Jersey then moving into the northeast on Sunday. This potentially could be extremely destructive with massive disruptions to society and commerce along its entire track with very high winds/storm surge/ocean overwash/beach erosion/sound and bay side coastal flooding and extreme tide potential. Widespread heavy rains in the 6-10 inch range will be common with greatly increased inland flood potential. Refer to the NHC for the latest forecast of Irene along with local NWS warnings/statements and advisories from NC into New England.
has already issued a voluntary evacuation for the coast.
A lot of the plots
have the eye hitting land over New York/Long Island.
Info at the National Hurricane Center
I like following the FLHurricane forums
I hope this appropriate for Metatalk, not jumping the gun, etc. (otherwise, please delete, etc.). I figured someone had to post this. I'm kinda worried about this. Hopefully I will be proved wrong, but this will come on top of the wettest month (not wettest August) on record here in Philly (courtesy of a kink in the jetstream). If the winds kick up and the rains come, there will be floods/trees down/power outages everywhere.