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    This weekend proves to be an interesting one for those of us on the US east coast. Most all of the latest computer models are showing this thing landing directly on top of me in Rhode Island. While it is expected to weaken by the time it gets up here, I think I'm still in for an interesting ride.

    I played around a little bit with uStream last winter with the snow storms and I'm going to give it a shot again with Irene. I have a couple decent cameras and three not-so-decent wireless IP cameras that I'm going to task to the job. I'll be updating this thread with the URLs to my uStream feed and any other pics or video I can get.

    I know there are plenty of you out there that are going to be in the path of this as well, so if you want to contribute your own streams, please do! I'll probably set up a chat room when Irene makes it here too.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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    Yeah folks here are already battening down the hatches. The MD Natural Resources Police are already issuing boating warnings and telling folks to get their boats either out of the water or really secured. Will be interesting to see how the weekend goes.

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    • #3
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      This one has me a bit concerned, as we are so due. Last direct hit in RI was 20 years ago. (Bob) of course usually as soon as we start worrying they drift out to sea. :)


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      • #4
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        Well, Hurricane Isabel a few years back was pain in MD. Out of power for 3 days. If that happens, school won't start and I want to go to school. Fingers crossed for all of us.

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          By the way ladies and gents, I prepared some very basic advice and posted it on facebook for my friends in the northeast who had never experienced a hurricane. I'm sure most of you are already well prepared at this point, but a little extra never hurts. Plus, this advice ALL comes from my experience in both evacuating from and riding out hurricanes.
          ‎1. Prepare NOW. No, the hurricane isnt set to get there until sunday afternoon, but do not wait. If you do, last minute panics and people who DID pre-prepare will have cleaned out stores and supplies. Theres also a major chance of price gouging.

          ‎2. Make sure you have canned food and food that will NOT GO BAD when the power goes out. You may be without electricity for several days to over a week. Do not count on your refrigerator working. Also dont expect to cook much as gas lines may be out as well.

          ‎3. Buy LOTS of bottled water. 2 gallons per day per person. If you have large containers for water, FILL THEM. This is for drinking and first aid purposes. You CAN go a week without a shower if need be, but you cant go without drinking. Your water supply may be down for days as well.

          ‎4. Fill your car with gasoline and make sure you have a full emergency kit in it. You never know when you may need to leave OR use it for shelter. It's tough to think about but most houses in the northeast werent built for this and shingled roof structures up there are rated for 75 mph winds AT MOST, with most of them not even being able to handle that. Also, they never trim trees in the NE, which means LOTS of falling trees and flying debris.

          ‎5. If you live in a coastal area, EVACUATE NOW. Even if they tell you that evacuations arent necessary, if you leave when its too late, it's just that: too late. Remember the huge traffic jam outside new orleans the day before katrina hit? You really dont want to ride out a hurricane in a car on the interstate. Nor do you want to find out that the closest hotel with rooms open is 500 miles away.

          ‎6. If you have large glass windows that look like a branch could possibly come flying through, cover it with something. Plywood screwed to the outside of the window frame is best, but covering the window with drapes or a sheet (tacked down to the wall at both top AND bottom) is next best for minimizing the debris from a window break.

          ‎7. Hurricanes may look cool on the news, but they are extremely dangerous, especially in areas where they are a super-rare occurrence. Dont go play outside. Dont go surfing. Dont do anything stupid. Stay inside, stay safe.

          ‎8. Also, the Weather Channel is a great resource. See here: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurri...kit_2011-08-22
          Read that list and follow it. Make sure you have cash on hand because credit card machines will be down without power. Buy an extra battery for your cell phone and charge it. Make sure you have plenty of extra toilet paper (you dont know how crucial this is until you run out on day 4 or 5 after the storm and there isnt any more and you have to go).

          ‎9. Most importantly, expect to be self reliant. If theres one lesson we could all take away from Katrina in 2005, its that help will come eventually, but you cant know when or how long it will be. Think like a boy scout and BE PREPARED.

          ‎10. Last but not least, after the storm passes, the danger isnt over. Downed powerlines, broken glass, building and natural debris, panicked wild animals searching for any food source or shelter, and contaminated water are just some of the post-hurricane perils that you can run into. These things can do more than just hurt you, they can kill you. Bad water can lead to diarrhea, dehydration and septic shock, as well as nastiness like dystentery (which can be fatal in as little as a day). A small cut can turn into a big infection very quickly, especially in summer heat. Remember that if major utilities are out, hospitals dont have them either, so an ER probably wont be available.
          Unless you have very good safety gear, stay inside as much as possible after the storm until your local authorities say its safe to wander around. I know that going around and gawking at the damage might seem like something enticing to pass the time, but more often than not, you're going to be contributing to traffic and safety problems. There are trained emergency response professionals whose job it is to handle this and you're probably just going to be in the way.
          Stay safe folks.

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            My wife is at Sam's Club and is saying its pretty stripped. The entire battery isle is empty. The lady in the next cube over just spoke to her husband who manages a Rite Aid/Liquor store and he said his store is packed with folks stocking up on booze, who said people don't know how to prepare! lol

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              Originally posted by shellfishguy View Post
              My wife is at Sam's Club and is saying its pretty stripped. The entire battery isle is empty. The lady in the next cube over just spoke to her husband who manages a Rite Aid/Liquor store and he said his store is packed with folks stocking up on booze, who said people don't know how to prepare! lol
              It's the same on my side of the Beltway. Grocery stores are packed. It's like when then forecast 3 in of snow and everyone freaks out.

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              • #8
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                Any true new englander knows to stock up on booze for a storm ;)


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                  My mom went to stop and shop yesterday to get a few supplies (they live in hartford, but are formerly of florida, so they know the drill) and she said that nobody was preparing at all. People byuing frozen food and such like its just a normal weekend coming up. She said she even heard one woman saying something along the lines of "Well, Hartford is something like 80 miles inland. Theres no possible way a hurricane could make it this far." Yeah, right.

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                    Power out! Could be next weekend before we get it back.:( Irene kicked some butt here, knocking trees down everywhere. Alls I hear is generators, and chainsaws. At least we didn't get all that flooding.


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                      Same here, power out since 8pm Saturday and the estimate to get everyone back on is sometime between today and Thursday. Thankfully my office has power so I could come in and recharge all our Nintendo DSs and check out whats going on (and make coffee, mmm lovely lovely coffee).

                      On the bright side, our recently replaced hot water heater is still keeping the water warmish and our new fridge is performing like a champ at keeping the cool in. Though much longer and we'll have to start tossing or grilling everything.

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                        Central Jersey. Man did this state flood! Those are National Guard trucks trying to make it. At the end the guy almost drowns. Its going to be a tough week here.

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                          Didn't lose power, and luckily no trees fell on my house (my biggest concern, having a fully wooded backyard and a close call during hurricane Isabel). So really, nothing too bad on the western side.

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                            Originally posted by HiTest View Post


                            Central Jersey. Man did this state flood! Those are National Guard trucks trying to make it. At the end the guy almost drowns. Its going to be a tough week here.
                            I don't know wether to laugh or cry on that one. Crazy!


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                              I got several mailings from my hosting provider about Irene. So far, no outages on any of my sites. How are you east coasters holding up out there?

                              I've got a few friends up in New York and family in Jersey area. I should probably see how they're doing.
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