Goodnight Irene ~ Time to Get Prepared for Hurricane Irene in CT and East Coast

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First an earthquake….and now, it appears according to the weather map and reports that we in CT are going to visited by Hurricane Irene sometime on Sunday, August 28.  There goes my open house for Sunday.

Now weather changes.  It’s only Wednesday and the prediction for the hit is four days away.  The category severity could increase or decrease.  No matter what, hurricane preparedness should cross everyone’s mind.  If Irene fizzles out, there will be Jose, Katia, and Lee right behind it.



Hurricane Irene Path - Headed to CT

CLICK IMAGE TO TRACK THE HURRICANE

 

 

 

So, will it be a hurricane watch or a warning?  First of all, understand the difference.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are a THREAT within 48 hours.

A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are EXPECTED within 36 hours.

So what should you do to prepare?

  • Listen to the weather reports on radio and television.
  • Check your emergency supplies and restock if needed:  This may include:


           -- 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
           -- Battery powered radio
           -- Flashlight
           -- Other battery powered lights
           -- Extra batteries
           -- Medications
           -- Toiletries
           -- Extra Cash                 
           -- Full tank of gas
           -- Cell phone charged
           -- Laptop charged 
             -- Pet supplies    

  • Check yard and deck for any items that could be carried by the wind – chairs, tables, umbrella, bicycles, etc.
  • Crank up the refrigerator and freezer settings and keep the door closed as much as possible if the power fails.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Board up windows if at shoreline
  • Become familiar with your area’s evacuation route
  • Stay away from and be aware of washed out bridges and viaducts
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan
  • Coordinate an evacuation plan with family members so everyone understands and is on the same page



MOST IMPORTANT:

GET OUT if advised by authorities.  No house or property is worth risking injury or your life.

Never underestimate the power of a hurricane.  A hurricane is a powerful storm that causes high winds, storm surges, flooding and even tornadoes.

Prepare yourself, your family and your property while it is still CALM.  Hopefully on Sunday, August 28, we'll be saying Goodnight....and good riddance to Irene.  Stay safe!

 

Goodnight Irene ~ Time to Get Prepared for a Hurricane in CT and East Coast

 

 




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Peggy Chirico
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I know people are all in a roar about the hurricane, but I just can't get excited about it and I am not going to the grocery store! I figure if I don't have food in the house, it will be a great way to lose weight!!

Aug 24, 2011 01:59 PM #1
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HI Barbara,

Sure hope you and the east coast won't have too much harm from the hurricane, but I have to be grateful to live on the west coast

Aug 24, 2011 02:23 PM #2
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Barbara Altieri
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Peggy:  I'm not excited as well. However, I like what you're doing. My only problem is I am obsessive about having food in the house, hurricane or not LOL!  I need to prepare for power outages, though. Those really bother me.

Peter & Linda --  I am hoping it will just fizzle.  The press likes to pump things up and make everyone crazy.  However, if it does happen, it's good to have a plan in place.

Aug 24, 2011 02:51 PM #3
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Barbara a lot could change in the next couple of days.  Lets hope that Irene goes visit someone else :)

Aug 24, 2011 03:08 PM #4
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Barbara Altieri
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Exactly, George.  However, we are into hurricane season so if this one fizzles, there may be another one coming up shortly.  You can never be too prepared.

Aug 24, 2011 03:15 PM #5
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Barbara,

My advice to you folks on the east coast is if its a cat 2 or more and getting stronger get in the car and go inland. Don't wait for the authorities to tell you to get out. We stayed with IKE and it was I believe a cat3 when it hit and it was the say the least scary all night long. I won't do that again.

Good luck.. Hopefully it blow out to the ocean and leave the east coast alone.

Aug 25, 2011 03:53 AM #6
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This is a great list.  People need to be safe.

Aug 25, 2011 08:22 AM #7
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Don Sabinske
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Please stay safe.  I have lots of empathy for the entire East Coast... Hurricanes, earthquakes. what next?  Locusts? 

 

Aug 25, 2011 09:17 AM #8
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Barbara Altieri
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Bob -- I am hoping it will veer east, but just heard the news and it's not good. But it is weather and weather changes.  So I am hoping for the best.

Eleanor -- It's just good to be prepared.  We don't know how bad it will be until it's here, but it's better to be prepared then sorry.

Aug 25, 2011 01:34 PM #9
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Barbara Altieri
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Don -- Funny, I just heard that on the radio. Locusts!  That would really freak me out.

Aug 25, 2011 01:35 PM #10
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Lloyd Binen
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Barbara,

I hope Irene stays far off shore.  

Your reminder to be prepared is prudent advice.  Better to have the supplies and not need them, than to need them and not have them. 

Batten down the hatches and stay safe.

Aug 25, 2011 06:25 PM #11
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Barbara Altieri
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Lloyd -- Unfortunately, right now, it's still headed right for us. However, I'll keep hoping it makes an sharp easterly turn.  It's definitely the proverbial calm before the story right at this moment.

Aug 27, 2011 08:51 AM #12
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