The Perfect deadly storm, hurricane Irene. New York City to Boston will shut down!
As the east coast mobilizes to move further inland away from the oncoming storm, it is expected to hit New England at the worst of possible times, high tide with waves cresting up to 35 feet. In response homeowners and business alike are now scrambling to buy flashlight, candles, duct tape, portable radios, food and water well supplies continue to last. The storm is expected to affect over 25 million people.
In preparation of the storm boat owners are rushing to remove their boats from the water, well owners of private are relocating their planes miles away to air force base hangars that were once used to house B-52 bombers.
For the President now vacationing on Martha Vineyard situated right in the path of hurricane Irene he is expected to leave the island Friday night ahead of the storm. For those residing on Cape Cod just south of Boston some areas are now under emergency evacuation orders. Those who choose to stay will become trapped as the Bourne and Sagamore Bridge are expected to close.
Cape Cod a patch work of Sandy dunes over grown by small trees loosely rooted in the sandy soil is now home for the retired and vacations that lies only several feet above the water edge in most areas. A trap with no escape from hurricane Irene.Traffic onto Cape Cod is to close Saturaday.
In New York city bridges are expected to close by mid-day Saturday if winds exceed 60 MPH. Michael Bloomberg orders a mandatory evacuation for five Burroughs, affecting nearly a quarter of a million people. Railway lines connecting Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County are expected to be shutdown. Bus transit will come to a halt by 6:00 PM Saturday evening in New York City.
It’s not the rain they fear, it is the winds capable of dislodging street sign, building plaques that have sat silently in place for years that may just topple down or come loose. Estimates of the damage that can be expected are estimated to be in the billions of dollars.
If you looking to book a flight in or out of New York or Boston over the next several days, that has become nearly impossible.
In response hospitals are going to emergency reediness and sending critical care patients away to safer areas. That in itself should tell you something, Get out of the way!
What should you do if you chose to ride it out?
Notify several friends where you plan to stay, have fire extinguishers and emergency medical equipment on hand, disinfect your tub and refill it with tap water. Stock food, blankets, rain gear, charges mobile phones, have a pocket knife on hand to open can goods and do not go outside during the storm. Flying objects can kill or cause serious injury and rescue vehicles may not be able to respond. Plastic tarps are always a good idea in the event your home does loose roof shingles. Once the storm subsides you can place the tarps inside attic and redirect any additional rain water towards your outside soffits of your home. Place clothing that you may need for several days after the storm in garbage bags and tie it tight so they remain dry. Finally place pictures and personal belonging that can not be replaced in garbage bags, press all the air you can out of the bags and add a weighed object inside. Tie it tight to keep the possibility of any water from getting inside.
Determine the safest room in your home or apartment away from windows and the lowest area of your home depending upon where you live may not do. If you have a generator do not run it near your home or near an open basement window, carbon monoxide is a silent killer even when the lights are on.
When stock piling gasoline be sure it is a safe area, tied down and nothing can fall on the container which could cause it to rupture. Water and gasoline do not mix. Prior to the storm turn off your gas lines at the point of entrance to your home, a broken line and candles do not mix. You can always turn it back on after the storm, provided it is safe to do so.
In closing, good luck to all. Edmund M. Dunn reporting