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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ericcooper1956@att.net, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Aug 25, 2011 #21 of 155
    RunnerFL

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    Yup and that's exactly why the media over hypes a hurricane. They are basically throwing supermarkets and stores like Home Depot or Lowe's a bone. They create mass hysteria and panic that leads to bad things. I see it all the time down here. Our news stations completely freak out if a disturbance is in the Atlantic and send everyone into a panic causing traffic accidents, shortages on stuff like water, bread, plywood, etc. Then it turns out the thing, if it even gets here, is nothing more than one of our daily thunderstorms.

    What you don't hear them say, at least not down here when it was "coming right for us", is that the main part of the storm is on the east side so places like NC, VA, DC, etc basically just get a thunderstorm because they will only get the west side of the storm and nowhere near the eye.

    Now that would suck. Have any sandbags handy? I live near a canal here and luckily in the 8 years that I've been at this location the canal has only overflowed its banks twice and the worst of those 2 only resulted in about 6" of flooding.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2011 #22 of 155
    Rich

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    I does suck and it's my own fault. I grew up on the Jersey shore and flooding is a way of life there. As you get closer to the shore the higher the houses sit. Near the water, at least nine courses of cinder blocks are used. No cellars, of course.

    The first ten years we were in this house, we had no problems at all, now the river floods regularly. Surely a lot of folks on the forum have seen the Bound Brook flood pictures in recent years. I live about ten minutes or less from Bound Brook's main street.

    But I'm over twenty feet above the river and unless something monstrous happens like the eye of a hurricane entering Raritan Bay, I should be OK. If the eye does enter the Bay, and we have no history of that happening, we're probably royally screwed.

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  3. Aug 25, 2011 #23 of 155
    paulman182

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    A lot of people don't realize how fragile the barrier islands are. My favorite place in the world is Ocracoke Island and it's just a little pile of sand sticking up out of the water.

    Hurricanes have drastically rearranged the landscape down there over the last couple hundred years and it could very well happen again. Inlets come and go, even whole islands have disappeared. Ocracoke itself was not an island until a hurricane separated it from Hatteras.

    I'm sure the smartest thing would be for people not to try to live there, but I'd be there myself if I could (not this weekend though!)
     
  4. Aug 25, 2011 #24 of 155
    RunnerFL

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    I think you'll be ok then.

    At this moment Irene is sitting 150 miles due east of me and it's not even raining here. It rained an hour ago for about 15 minutes but other than that nothing. This side of the storm has nothing on it.
     
  5. Aug 25, 2011 #25 of 155
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    xmguy

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    I have a friend in Humble, TX and when that hurricane hit Houston a few years back. He was without power for days in his area. So D* put the KHOU station on nationwide and I'm in TN so I watched the station and he drove around and reported local road and power line, etc issues then I got on a live chat with KHOU and reported what my friend told me. They aired it on the station to help those in that area. It is a big help in situations like that. I just hope this won't be another killer storm!
     
  7. Aug 25, 2011 #27 of 155
    Rich

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    I was hoping it would just go out to sea. Now it looks like we're gonna get a whole lot of rain. And rain is what bothers us the most. But, we've got the Army Corps of Engineers working toward a solution. The same folks who nearly destroyed the Jersey shore back in the early 50s. Hope they've gotten better. They never seem to realize how powerful the rivers and oceans are and how little of what they do matters.

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  9. Aug 25, 2011 #29 of 155
    Athlon646464

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    No, it doesn't. :eek2:

    My mother-in-law (85) lives in New Canaan, CT and she's in the bulls eye too. We're likely to feel at least a Cat 1 here.

    Not good at all. :nono:
     
  10. Aug 25, 2011 #30 of 155
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    I'm about 40 miles by road from the ocean and I'm not worried about the wind, just the rain. I really feel bad for the people that live right along the river. They buy the houses, get flooded (or Floyded, as we call it now) and sell the houses two years later and the beat goes on and on. They just started putting their cars for sale in front of their houses recently. When the river floods, it happens so quickly, people can't react fast enough.

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  11. Aug 25, 2011 #31 of 155
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    This tracker is pretty scary to look at right now. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/ns/weather/ I recall March 14,2010 when 70+ mph winds blew down several trees in my neighborhood. A bunch landed on some homes. Hopefully these stronger winds don't materialize here. Make a turn Irene! According to the tracker, those type of winds are not expected in my neck of the woods at this time but between 58 mph and 74 mph- 10% chance.

    I'd rather have another small earthquake.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2011 #32 of 155
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    What part of LI are you Mike
     
  13. Aug 25, 2011 #33 of 155
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    No, more people get killed by ignoring the warnings. Better to over exaggerate than the reverse.

    In many areas, it is important to evacuate early because of limited access out of the area.
     
  14. Aug 25, 2011 #34 of 155
    RunnerFL

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    I disagree. The exaggerations cause mass panic and hysteria and lead to more issues than the storm itself. I've seen it first hand many times.

    I agree it's important but there's a HUGE difference between "Ok folks, we need you all to be out of here within 72 hours" and "Get out, get out now or you'll die".
     
  15. Aug 25, 2011 #35 of 155
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    I'm guessing these channels will appear when Irene nears landfall
     
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    I just got thru examining that track and it looks like it will be a cat 1 hurricane when it hits NJ, but the eye is gonna come pretty close to Raritan Bay. That's gonna cause a lot of problems here.

    Rich
     
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    I'm in Lynbrook, Western Nassau. Where are you?

    Just got an automated call from the Nassau County Executive saying if you're South of Sunrise HWY (which I am) you're in a Coastal Flood Zone and you should go stay with a friend or family member North of Sunrise HWY from now until the end of the storm.

    I'm surprised they're saying "now..until the end of the storm" when it's not supposed to come until late Saturday into Sunday.

    The tracker is saying now 50% of 39mph+, 20% of 58mph+ and 5% of 74mph+. That's worse than this morning but at the worst today, I remember a 30% chance of 58mph+.
     
  18. Aug 25, 2011 #38 of 155
    RunnerFL

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    In the past they've been after the storm passes through.
     
  19. Aug 25, 2011 #39 of 155
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    Im in Washington NC and the track of the eye is expected to move about 15 miles east of here. But local weather is saying they expect the storm to track inland a little more west. They are saying 17 inches of rain is expected and 100 mph winds here. I have my antenna feeds thru my directv over the air tuner so when the heavy rain starts and knocks out Directv I can still watch local news.

    local channel websites for the Greenville Washington New Bern NC market ( Eastern NC )

    www.witn.com (nbc)
    www.wnct.com (cbs)
    www.wcti12.com (abc)
    www.wral.com (cbs Raliegh)
     
  20. Aug 25, 2011 #40 of 155
    RunnerFL

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    The storm has picked up speed and is now moving at 14mph. Originally the forecast had the storm due east of us at 2am Friday, it was due east of us around 2pm today though and is well north of us now. And now it's in open ocean so it may pick up more speed, but hopefully not strength.
     

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