Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel reported live from Battery Park in New York City as Hurricane Irene made landfall and flooded parts of lower Manhattan. In order to cover Irene’s landfall, Jim Cantore’s crew parked their truck on high, dry land and ran tons of cable so that Cantore could report live from the storm surge and back up as it came closer.
Around 8:00 a.m. ET, Jim Cantore went live from Battery Park and said…
This is exactly what we feared – the time of high tide maximizing the storm surge. There is 6-8” of rain easily on the boardwalk. The good news is that it’s not much higher than that. It’s an eerie sight to see. A hurricane coming into New York City with storm surge and wave action. It’s just an amazing sight.
Between his live shots, Cantore tweeted about his experience. Below are a few of his tweets as Hurricane Irene rolled into New York City…
Surge and high tide putting a foot of water on the Battery Park boardwalk.
Water rescue Kearney, NJ – Passaic Avenue and Johnson Avenue – Person in car trapped in flood water. Fire rescue responding with boat.
Watching a potential RARE NYC landfall over the next few hours. Last time that happened 1893. Before that 1821.
With the core of the strongest winds shifting now into New England the remaining threat for NYC area is with the high tide coming in.
Con Edison reporting 6k w/o power in RI. Providence just closed hurricane barrier.
The tide at the Battery this morning is running 3-4 feet above mean tide. As we approach high tide, coastal flooding should commence.
Hurricane Irene has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is responsible for 11 deaths. Although the hurricane has passed, a flood threat will remain for several days in the Northeast.
More about Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel:
Jim Cantore is the “Mike Wallace” of meteorology. When he shows up, you know the weather is going to get interesting. Jim’s passion for field reporting during extreme weather events is well known among TWC viewers. Whether it’s “thunder snow”, an ice storm, tornado chasing or a category 5 hurricane, there is no place Jim would rather be than right in the “eye of the storm.”
Meteorologist Jim Cantore is a hurricane specialist, having reported live from Hurricanes Andrew, Bonnie, Fran, Georges, Gustav, Floyd, Katrina, Mitch and Rita. Jim is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
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