Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Goodnight Hurricane Irene

People can die on the sandy Outer Banks of North Caroline when strong hurricanes strike those vulnerable islands so they are evacuating as fast as the ferries can haul them. In 2003 a storm cut a hole in one of the islands known ironically as Isabel Inlet, and killed 35 people up the East Coast all the way to Canada, which is a figure that astonishes me.

We have dodged a big one here in the Keys and there is nothing quite so snug as watching a category four churn off in the other direction while life goes on entirely as normal here at home. Good luck to them and all the inexperienced New Englanders who visit the Keys and ask us with pity in their eyes, "What do you do in a hurricane?" They are about to find out first hand.

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Amanda said...

It never fails to astound me how many people are oblivious to the fact that their residences are also hurricane-prone.

Even if the probability of a hurricane hitting Manhattan is much smaller than of a hurricane hitting Miami, it can still happen.

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

all one has to do is click on CS's National Hurricane Center link to the left and look at storm history for their zip code. It's all there - but we quickly forget.

Don't worry - this will be big news next week as the Mid-Atlantic is caught by a 'surprise' storm.

KWBound said...

We, here in the Mid-Atlantic - Maryland in my case, shouldn't be 'surprised' at all if Irene decides to pay us a visit. Historically, if we're going to get hit by a 'cane, it usually happens sometime around the first of September.

As of this date, Irene seems to be wavering in her decision as to go east or west. Looks like she's kind of on the fence at the moment, but leaning toward west. Lots of beach erosion on the DelMar Peninsula, for sure.

We'll know soon enough I suppose. Wish us luck. I'm just glad she decided to spare the Keys this time around.

Conchscooter said...

Always all the luck in the world- and to the exumas and abacus rebuilding in the Bahamas.
Perhaps we will see kayaks once again in the streets of Annapolis?

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Conch:

We are far too inland from the sea, and back from the river, to expect more than bad storms and heavy rains some time after Sunday. However, looking at the map for Key West, I think you guys are slicing it very fine. I hope you have nothing more than bad thunderstorm.

They are predicting winds of 80 mph here on Sunda night.

Fondest regards,
Twisted Roads

elzregina said...

As I look out my back door the tide is coming up river. Look up Historic New Castle, Delaware; my home is on the river side near the intersection of Chestnut and E. Second. A 17' storm surge has been predicted for Sunday. Not good. I've secured everything outside. Confirmed my sump pump is working. Flashlights, candles, etc. The last time water made it all the way up to the house was Hurricane Floyd. Chances are pretty good for Irene.

I am off this weekend and I hope I am not mandated in.

Amanda said...


One thing I am thankful for dealing with hurricanes in the BVI is the mountains. We live high up in the mountains, so don't have to worry about storm surge. In face, the relatively deep waters that surround the island keep surge generally at bay.

Good luck to you over the next few days.

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