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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Many small towns in Vermont are simply gone. Highways and roads have been washed away in floods. Many are trapped in towns that are cut off from the rest of the world, and supplies are having to be delivered by helicopter. The preparation for the storm seemed wrongly focused on New York City, but there are plenty of people in other places who are suffering because of Irene.
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Finally got my power back today. Had the essentials running off a generator, but no internet.

    Stayed in my house because I didn't want to leave my dog behind. The water came right up to my driveway at high tide (at the same time as the height of the storm), but it would've needed a couple or three more feet to get into my house, and there wasn't much chance of that. The road was flooded however, and it took two days for that to drain enough to drive out. My basement was flooded too, but I pumpled that out by eod sunday.

    Aside from flooded basements, I haven't seen or heard of much damage to housing besides flooded basements, but the roads are a mess. Not that there's much traffic around here. They even had to shut down the Palisades Tpk and a part of Rt 9W. The wind wasn't as bad as they made out that it might be, but there are a lot of trees down due to the ground being so wet. It's four days later and the water is still draining out of the ground, which is still soggy.

    My car almost got smashed by a tree. I had moved it to higher ground, but once the storm had passed and the rain died down, I moved it into my driveway. Later that day, when I went out, I saw that a tree had fallen right where my car had been parked. For once, crap didn't happen to me.
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Finally got my power back today. Had the essentials running off a generator, but no internet.

    Stayed in my house because I didn't want to leave my dog behind. The water came right up to my driveway at high tide (at the same time as the height of the storm), but it would've needed a couple or three more feet to get into my house, and there wasn't much chance of that. The road was flooded however, and it took two days for that to drain enough to drive out. My basement was flooded too, but I pumpled that out by eod sunday.

    Aside from flooded basements, I haven't seen or heard of much damage to housing besides flooded basements, but the roads are a mess. Not that there's much traffic around here. They even had to shut down the Palisades Tpk and a part of Rt 9W. The wind wasn't as bad as they made out that it might be, but there are a lot of trees down due to the ground being so wet. It's four days later and the water is still draining out of the ground, which is still soggy.

    My car almost got smashed by a tree. I had moved it to higher ground, but once the storm had passed and the rain died down, I moved it into my driveway. Later that day, when I went out, I saw that a tree had fallen right where my car had been parked. For once, crap didn't happen to me.
    Glad you made it through relatively unscathed. :thumbsup:

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    Yeah, kinda what I thought, I was just trying to see what he was trying to say when he said, in response to a remark about Hurricane Katrina, about building a 'city below sea level, case in point... The Galveston Hurricane'.

    I didn't understand the comparison of New Orleans to Galveston.

    Galveston is not below sea level (granted not by much). The seawall was built after the 1900 storm as a barrier to storm surges. The seawall doesn't hold any water back like a levee would.

    Without the seawall, the storm surge of 1900 devastated Galveston. In the 2008 Hurricane Ike, the seawall once again proved its worth. Although Galveston suffered severe damage, it wasn't anything like the damage to Bolivar, a short ferry ride away. Without a similar seawall, Ike practically wiped Bolivar off the map (before and after pics in link in post #208).
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

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    Just going by the science...
    The faked science, you mean?
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
    Galveston is below sea level?
    Galveston is just as much below sea level as New Orleans. i.e. not all of New Orleans is below sea level. Why do you think the French Quarter didn't flood?

    Which Hurricane?
    Hurricane Ike. Water was 6 foot deep in the Galveston County courthouse.



    No, the levies wouldn't have prevented Hurricane Katrina, but if the levies had of held the damage and deaths wouldn't have been anywhere near as severe as it was, especially in the 9th ward.
    Had Katrina not shifted 50 miles to the east, the levees wouldn't have failed.






    If ye the devastation of a storm surge, at the link below are some before and after pictures of Bolivar after Hurricane Ike 3 years ago.

    Hurricane Ike Before and After Pictures
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    A graphical depiction of just how accurate the forecast track was:

    NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory - NOAA Accurately Predicted Irene's Path 4 Days in Advance
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

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    Looky there, NOAA got one right.

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    Pretty amazing. Hats off to NOAA.

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