Sunday, August 28, 2011

#322. Irene Update 3, 8 a.m. Sunday

The eye of the hurricane is 65 km south east of here, and moving towards us at 40 kph. So it should pass over NYC around 10 am. The winds in it are still up to 110 kph, but not much wind damage in NYC so far.

It seems the southern half of the storm has broken up so the weather should start clearing up this afternoon and they are saying we could even see the sunset tonight .

We have had about 150 mm rain overnight (officially 5.82 inches in Central Park...i brought my rain gauge inside so it didn't get smashed -and last winter's snow cracked it so it leaks above 100 mm, which we never get). But flooding is the concern although mainly along the beaches such as Coney Island and the Rockaways near JFK airport. they are having 7-10 m waves, and then there is the "storm surge". Hoboken NJ which one can see across the Hudson is also flooding

They would turn the power grid off if underground water gets into it.

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