Clearing the Brower Tabs – Don't Mess with Irene Friday Edition

| August 26, 2011 | Reply

If you live on the East Coast, or have a friend on the East Coast, or watch television news, you know that Hurricane Irene is about to rake an area from North Carolina to Massachusetts, and possibly beyond, over the next couple of days. As I write, this, Irene is a Category 3 storm but it may be building up energy to graduate to Category 4 status. She is one huge beast of a storm as well, so a good chunk of the coast will get strong winds and and torrential rain.

If you live in one of the areas likely to take a square hit from the storm, I recommend that you seriously consider going elsewhere for a few days if you can. If evacuation orders go out in New Jersey or New York on Saturday in anticipation of a second (or maybe a first) landfall on Sunday, the roads will be packed, so if you do decide to relocate, please don’t get caught in the rush. Otherwise, stock up on the necessities, including water, paper goods, and stuff you can eat that won’t require much preparation or refrigeration. Melissa Clouthier wrote a very good preparation checklist and Glenn Reynolds has a few good links as well.

I’ve followed several websites over the past two days. You might want to bookmark them and check them occasionally for updates forecasts, storm tracks, and other useful information: Brendan Loy at Pajamas Media, Dr. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground, The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, and the National Hurricane Center.

Do not play with this storm, folks. If you’re in a bad area, take your safety very seriously.

And now, links!

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