Ok, now I am getting scared!!! My town is being urged to evacuate voluntarily, but that may change to mandatory! Ohh..Irene!!!
I have been watching the news conferences all morning, Philly is not being to told to evacuate, but we are being told be prepared for days without power, phones or water.
They are suspending all modes of public transportation starting tomorrow, they are urging no one to go out of the house until Monday.
There are emergency shelters that will be open starting tomorrow. I am so scared, of what this all will turn out to be. FI and I are going to go get necessities when he gets off of work. They said the heavy rains are supposed to start in our area at around 7 pm tonight.
I am more so scared for my boys that are in North Carolina, because that area is supposed be hit hard.
My sister already evacuated from the NJ shore! PPl here in Maryland are aleady stocking up on everything..the power company already called us 2 days ago to warn us that we may lose power so to stock up on flashlights and n batteries as well as canned goods first aid kits..etc...
the storm is set to hit us tomorrow night..i'm think earlier as i look at the maps.....i am now thankful for having stock of water and canned goods already in the house as well as all m y medical gear from being an EMT lol...as my FI puts it "the only reason we are so prepared for the worst is because you stocked up for the zombie apocolpyse lol"
Stay Safe Ladies!!!!
oh my goodness!! I pray for everyone's safety!! I'm only 2 hours from Philly so I don't know how this will affect my area. I bought some water yesterday but only one case. I figured I'd do the rest tomorrow since my hubby is coming back home Sunday night. he is flying into Harrisburg from Texas, I pray there are no issues or delays.
You might want to check Sunny, because the whole tri-state area. Washington and surrounding areas are going to be affected by this.
OMG they are shutting down the Parkway South in NJ after exit 98 at 6pm!!! They aren't letting anyone go down!! WOW!
It's crazy, in Philadelphia, no one can be out after 8 pm tonight, unless for emergency purpose or they are emergency personnel.
Hopefully it'll be much weaker by the time it gets up there. NC will get hit the worst, but the warmer waters off our coasts will slow the storm down. And they usually drop down a category or so once they make landfall. (Unless you're hurricane Floyd.)
Definitely prep for power outages. Some companies just shut the power down if they know transmission lines will fail. It shouldn't be a long power outage, depending on the damage done. But most hurricanes are a few hours/half a day of suckage and then it's cleanup time.
i've got my book and candles ready!
My friend in VA beach was being told to evacuate, but they have one week old twin boys in the NICU so they're not going anywhere! Prayers for all of you! When I went through hurricanes it was like Carolina said, a day or so of complete chaos...then cleanup. No biggie :)
Stay safe and prep as much as you can! Load up on water and food :)
Thanks Kami! I did. I'm going to go get more water and food now just to be on the safe side. Please be safe everyone and keep us posted if anything changes in your various areas.
I'm so not used to NYC having to deal with stuff like this. First an earthquake and now a hurricane. Thank goodness my apartment isn't in a flood zone, but they are warning of dangerous winds and debris. They are even shutting down public transportation starting tomorrow. It's CRAZY!!!
Everyone in the affected areas please be safe.
I'm worried about my family's house in Ocean City, NJ :( Told my dad to check up on our insurance!
Another important thing: make sure you have BATTERIES and that you charge all of your electronics, and try not to use them too much in the next few days.
I second Carolina's comments. Hurricanes are scary, but I've lived through Andrew (when I was 9 and it scared the pants off of me!!!), Charley, Frances, Jean...yay Florida! Y'all will be okay as long as you hunker down in the safest place you can get to with people who you care about.
Usually hurricanes cause a lot of damage and headache, but very very small human casualties, unless people in the aftermath are not taken care of, i.e. Katrina. New Orleans was simply a city with such little preparation for hurricanes, and it was the flooding that caused all the real damage. In that aftermath, FEMA has stepped up and they will be there to help (my best friend/MOH works Hazard Mitigation Grants for FEMA in D.C., but is working out of Kansas City for the month - odd timing!)
The Eastern Seaboard will be fine...I am actually a little bit envious, because I've been waiting waiting for a hurricane day (the Floridian version of snow days!) and we had some good hurricane parties in the past. Memories! I would be way more scared of a tornado, a blizzard, flash floods, etc.
In the meantime, STAY SAFE!! And keep posting on PW until your power goes out!
evacuating tomorrow. we live on the water in jersey shore. sigh. now im not sad for all those 'flood insurance' checks weve sent over time. wish us luck & prayers.
The most I've ever had to deal with is the tail end of a hurricane and that was whatever one was 6 years ago. Those rains were nuts, so I can't even imagine being close.
Stay safe ladies! I'll keep you all in my thoughts!