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    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011 edited
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    Apparently the eye of the storm is now passing just east of NYC (1300 UTC) so hopefully the worst is over there. As some people predicted, Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall in NY.

    I'm wondering how the storm surge played out. All I've seen so far: CCN/Weather Underground is reporting some overflow of the East River into Lower Manhattan, and about foot of water in the Battery from the Hudson. Characterised as "seeping" not rushing.

    Something I read yesterday said that the magnitude of surge is tied to the state of the tide and, if I'm reading this from NOAA correctly, it's high tide right now. So the current amount of flooding might be as bad as it gets.

    Edit: Yep, per that graph, water levels are dropping quite steeply now.

    Also, some footage of Manhattan from AP:

    Not sure where all of it is, but the images of the city lit up but practically deserted are worth a look.
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    I am fortunately missing out on all of the hurricane fun. We are in Aruba until Wednesday, so I just have to watch the hurricane over the internet and imagine my neighbors hiding out in their apartments.
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    Well, that happened. Wasn't so bad, really. Wish they'd turn the subway back on.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.24)
    Glad to hear it wasn't as bad as feared.
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    I'm in Maine so still waiting for the remnants to hit. It doesn't seem too worrying, though. Rain, wind, maybe a bit severe but nothing we haven't seen before. I'm looking forward to seeing what the ocean has to say about this. From a safe distance, of course.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.26)
    I left a window wide open until 2am and didn't even notice. The blinds didn't rattle and I couldn't hear the rain, I only noticed because I wanted to peep out and see how the storm was doing (and why it was so quiet).

    Someone suggested that if you stocked up on a ton of non-perishables and don't think you'll use them now that the danger is over, to donate them to a local shelter/pantry to help others, which I think is a damn fine idea.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.27)
    Well i'M glad everyone here seems to be absolutely fine and safe and didn't get to play out their post-apocalyptic fantasies. Love how some twitter comments are moaning that it wasn't going to be as bad as everyone feared!
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.28)
    Yup, it is basically like any other day after a late summer storm in NYC, except that everything is closed because the subway is shut down. I biked all over Lower Manhattan looking for damage and saw a few downed trees surrounded by cops and picture takers. Debris on the East River bike path suggests minor overflowing of the banks but all is seemingly intact and people seem somewhat disappointed. We were promised a goddam apocalypse! Everyone seems grudgingly grateful to be deprived of bragging rights and i am certain some anger is going to be directed at our mayor for his completely batshit over-the-top overreaction.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.29)
    @ Bankara: i think i'd take 'Oh how dreadful, it wasn't the end of the world' over 'Oh how dreadful, it was...'
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    Good hear that lots of you are safe now.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.31)
    My parents and sisters in upstate NY had a bad time dealing with flooding. The old folks got a foot of water in the basement; this has happened before, but they're fed up and want to move.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
     (10181.32)
    Vermont is SURRIOUSLY flooded, and I was up at my mom's outside of Boston. It wasn't really that bad, though there was some wind. That said, 550,000 people in Massachusetts are without power (including my mom) and will likely continue to be for the next few days.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011 edited
     (10181.33)
    Yep, while my house proper made it through just fine, the entire town center where my office and all our servers are located is without power. I turned around and came home, as I have all services running.

    Good thing our boss decided to save money on that datacenter by self-hosting all our stuff.

    On the way back, I saw a lot of tree damage all along the side streets, but basically no flooding anywhere inland in the Boston area, and all the major roads were passable down through the Blue Hills.
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    We haven't had power for about 24 hours. We got enough wind to knock down a few large trees (& one of my mom's sunflowers), but virtually no rain at all. Lots of small branches and leaves were in the yard, but we've cleaned most of that up. If the gods like me, my bar in Cambridge will be open and I'll get to spend the second half of the last day of my vacation writing in the Manner for which I am accustomed.
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    I've gone through winter storms which left my neighborhood had to go without power for extended periods of time, so I sympathize with fellow Whitechapelers. Also glad that nobody seems to be hurt. Though I wonder whatever happened to Oddbill?

    Meanwhile, certain GOP politicians are smelling political opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sees Irene and the other recent natural disasters as a supposed sign from God to rein in federal spending. (Anybody seriously believe she was joking?) While House Republicans see Irene federal disaster relief as an opportunity to blackmail more federal spending cuts.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
     (10181.36)
    Oddbill was out late drinking with me last night, so he might possibly have a hangover, but is otherwise OK.
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    @ glukkake Glad to hear it. If he has a hangover, I hope he doesn't attribute it to getting spun around by Irene's winds.

    BTW, tell him I said hi, and am happy tthat he's OK.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
     (10181.38)
    Glukkake made good on her threat to force me into the Double Down, and then led me on a mission to obtain hot dogs from a hot dog speakeasy. I am not kidding. I avoided a hangover with water and advil. Today I'm wrapping things up in the hope of actually flying tomorrow morning. It has been a lovely trip, the hurricane was not much where I was, and already my day job is starting to forcefully reclaim my attention.

    Hi Miranda's Eyes! All is well.
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      CommentAuthorLactamaeon
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
     (10181.39)
    Despite the dire apocalyptic predictions of the local news media, New York City itself dodged a Bullet and got away relatively unscathed this time, most of the major damage here and in all along the northeast was due to heavy flooding and high winds.
    I'm in Queens, outside of all the Evacuation Zones, but my Grandmother lives in Evacuation Yellow Zone B - ironically she was taken to my Mom's house in Evacuation Green Zone C. My uncle lost power in his house Valley Stream ( I myself rode out the storm drunk on Jack Daniels hahaha.)
    I took the day off, but I have to come into work tonight ( I'm glad the MTA is running again ).
    Anyway, I really hope that everyone out there made out Ok.
    I'm glad Irene wasn't any worse.

    Unfortunately hurricane season doesn't end for another month.....
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
     (10181.40)
    Still waiting to get news on whether my cousin's restaurant, on an inlet in Newburyport MA, fared. The last twitter said they going to be closed on Sunday.

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