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Can I ask that all the jellies on the east coast stay safe and let us know you are safe after the hurricane hits?

Asked by chyna (33299 points ) August 26th, 2011

I hope this doesn’t get modded, but I know some of the jellies are right in line for hurricane Irene and I’ll be thinking and wondering if they are okay. Please check in when it’s all over.

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Bellatrix's avatar

Stay safe Jellies. We are thinking of you.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Remember, there is a chance that some of us could be without power for days and days. The news guys just had a good idea, texting instead of calling to tell your loved ones that you are OK. That may be evident to the younger ones, but us old folk need to be reminded of stuff like that.
@chyna : Thanks for asking this, I know I’ll be concerned for the other East Coast Jellies…

augustlan's avatar

Where is it supposed to hit hard? I haven’t been keeping up. :(

JilltheTooth's avatar

NC, and mostly up the coast. I’m hearing that it’s aiming right for me. Personally. :-/

Bellatrix's avatar

Well I hope she looses a lot of her fury before she reaches you @JilltheTooth.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Thanks, @Bellatrix, me, too! I’ve got Long Island between me and the storm surge, I’m really worried about the unprotected ones directly on the ocean…

augustlan's avatar

Good luck, jellies!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Be safe!! xo

Bellatrix's avatar

Do you have your emergency kit ready to go? Radio, with batteries? Water? Candles?

Bellatrix's avatar

Are you safe Neffie?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Bellatrix yes, I’m too far inland to be affected.

Bellatrix's avatar

okay that’s good. You were in the line of a tornado weren’t you?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Not in line, no. We had a warning the other day, which means there was visual verification of a tornado nearby, but it never touched down. Two did touch down, but they were north of me quite a ways. I’m looking at the forecast, we’ve got sun & clear skies for the next 10 days. We’re a-ok here. ;)

Bellatrix's avatar

It’s strange isn’t it, when one part of the country is facing an amazing natural disaster or weather event, and where you are, everything is perfect. That happens here too. Living in a big continent.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

About 75 gallons of water in the tub, candles and flashlights all over the place, propane for the campstove and grill, lots of bread and sandwich fixins. Am I overlooking anything? Not looking forward to this.:(

stardust's avatar

Stay safe!x

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe : Do all your laundry and charge everything on Saturday. I also freeze plastic containers full of potable water and use coolers so I won’t be opening the fridge or freezer. Wine has been purchased.

Bellatrix's avatar

This is a story on one of our news sites. I thought you would like to know the world is looking on and waiting with you. Link

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth Good ideas. I hadn’t thought of the coolers. We got hammered in 2006 when we got 7 inches of rain in a hurry. I saw shit I never want to see again and they’re saying this one’s potentially worse than that. Oh boy.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Bellatrix : Awww, it’s nice to be thought of all over!

@Adirondackwannabe: They’re predicting 10–15 inches of rain for us and the ground is still saturated after the last deluge. I am raising things off my basement floor, expecting an indoor pool…

Bellatrix's avatar

Have some strong shoes ready and some waterproof, clothes. If the worst happened and you had to leave your house, there will possibly be glass all over the place. You should turn off gas, water and power too.

Have your medications and important papers ready to grab. Perhaps a pillow or two and sleeping bags. Just in case.

Bellatrix's avatar

I am sure you would reciprocate @JilltheTooth. If it was us. We care!!!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Bellatrix Thanks, I had overlooked the meds.

Bellatrix's avatar

Glad to help!

CWOTUS's avatar

I’m worried (or would be worried, if I worry) about folks living on rivers in New England, and especially on the Connecticut River, because I see what that can do pretty often. Based on the NOAA rain projections from Irene, it looks like the Connecticut, Thames, Merrimack, Charles and other rivers around here will be hurting, and badly, next week. You’ll be thinking “that’s good, the storm’s over”, and the rivers will be flooding like crazy.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@CWOTUS : Our tiny little local river flooded last week and took out a portion of the town. I’m imagining rain to be more problematic than wind, here… And I’m kinda missing Colorado, these days!

jellyfish3232's avatar

It’s only going to be category one when it hits me on the south coast of CT… I think I’ll be okay!

JilltheTooth's avatar

@jellyfish3232 : Good chance of power loss there (here, actually, I’m south coast of CT, too) so maybe some prep for that. “Only” category one can still take out a lot of power lines. I’ve been hearing category 2 for us, BTW.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Everyone, maybe sure you have your basic needs met in case the power goes out for a few days. Have at least a gallon per person per day (assume three days). Maybe sure you can cook or at least heat up some food. Flashlights and lanterns with charged batteries might be a good thing. I just got one of those head lamps, which seem good for power outages when you have to do chores. And make sure your first aid kit is moderately equipped (and that you actually have one).

If there’s meat in your freezer when the power goes out, and it stays out for more than 6 hours or so, cook it. It’ll last longer that way.

Having emergency supplies in your car is a good idea, too. I keep a 72 hour emergency pack in mine. Doesn’t need to be as fancy as mine, just a first aid kit, change of clothes (with extra wool socks), a poncho or rain coat, and maybe some snacks or something. If you get flooded out of your house, or stuck at a friend’s or something, it can come in handy. Believe me on that one.

@CWOTUS I live between the Blackstone and one of its tributaries. Like, less than 50 yards from the Blackstone. But I live on the third floor. :)

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’m hoping that Mr Murphy comes to visit. If so many of us are thoroughly prepared and will experience little inconvenience by all this, then maybe twill all have been in vain.

flutherother's avatar

It is a big story in the news over here too. Good luck!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yes, please! We need updates letting us know all our jellies are okay!!

gailcalled's avatar

And remember to shower and shampoo on Sat. I am heading out the door now to load up on the supplies that I don’t already have.

I love my miner’s lamp. It is better than either candles or a flashlight and leaves your hands free.

We may have only heavy rains on Sunday, but I fear the ripple effect if NYC and Boston are hard hit.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, best wishes for any of you in the path of Irene.
Out west Coloma is just sniffing for smoke as we go into the peak of wildfire season.

I hope everyone just gets grazed and not sucker punched! :-(

JilltheTooth's avatar

A few years ago I got me one of those wind-up flashlights. Very cool.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

My heart goes out to all of you in the path of Hurricane Irene. Having a heads up may help a little in the psychological and physical preparation, but the suspense of how it will all turn out has to be utterly stressful.

Here is a site on Hurricane Preparedness. There are items on there that I wouldn’t have thought of, like some of the suggestions on how to prepare your property and the Disaster Supply Kit items.

And please do try to keep us posted.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Maybe some of you should just board everything up and come here. It’s totally dry; you’d be perfectly safe!!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate We were trying to come up with some way to send the rain your way. No luck so far.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

It wouldn’t faze us a bit; since our ground is so dry, it would suck up all the water in ten minutes, lol!

Seriously though…. y’all be safe, okay?

FutureMemory's avatar

I’m glad this question was put up.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Will someone send me cookies if I survive Irene? I like any kind of cookie as long as there are no raisins. White chocolate chips and macadamia nuts will earn you extra points… ;-)

RareDenver's avatar

Here’s hoping everyone stays safe Jellies and non Jellies alike

Coloma's avatar

I think you all need a pan of Colomas’ Happy Brownies to ease the tension. lol

wundayatta's avatar

We are losing some of our vacation because of Irene. We were supposed to be down in Chincoteague on Sunday. Alas. No longer. And if our rental home doesn’t survive? Who knows?

Meego's avatar

My prayers are with all the jellies even the non jellies.

Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

chyna's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I didn’t see chocolate on your list. :-)
My brother was in the middle of one a few years ago and there was no ice to be found for miles around after the hurricane. So stockpile ice if you can.

Coloma's avatar

Quick!

Everyone on a plane to the sunny Sierras! You can camp out at my place while the storm blows over. :-)

JilltheTooth's avatar

@chyna : I always start days ahead making ice, I have two big coolers that get used more for emergencies than picnics!

jonsblond's avatar

Thinking of all of you and hoping you have a safe weekend.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ll go mad if the power is out and I can’t Fluther!

CWOTUS's avatar

@JilltheTooth

You aren’t the only one who has been thinking about this. I’m concerned as well.

Bellatrix's avatar

Cookies for @JilltheTooth…check….

JilltheTooth's avatar

That’s marvelous, @CWOTUS ! Big prob for me though, if I can’t convince KatawaGrey to come hunker down with me I won’t be interacting with anybody if the power goes out! Oh, the potential for self-pity is so high! I heard that all major roads in CT will be closed to regular traffic starting midnight on Sat. Well, I like my neighbors…

incendiary_dan's avatar

@JilltheTooth You could come hang out with me at the mental hospital. Lots of interesting people to talk to. You might even fit in. :P

JilltheTooth's avatar

Do you think they’d allow me to leave? I can be rather…er…entertaining

CWOTUS's avatar

@JilltheTooth

You’re welcome to come visit me in Windsor. And not just for hurricanes, either.

I’m a lot nicer in person than people have any idea on the interwebz.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Thanks, Cy, I PMed you…

creative1's avatar

We have been through Hurricanes before and will be again…… its about not worrying and keeping a calm to make sure you are prepared and you will all get through.

Going to the new place tomorrow to turn on pumps and that to make sure its safe and ready for when I close on Tuesday…. Can’t wait we move in Tuesday afternoon and we will finally be in our new home!

CWOTUS's avatar

Keep Calm
and
Tread Water

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@creative1 One can hope for the best, but they should expect the worst. The US has had more than one example of really bad hurricane results that people thought they could handle riding out. It’s often the people who adopt the ‘We’ve been through this before and survived’ attitude that end up in trouble.

MissAusten's avatar

We’re right smack in the middle of the CT shoreline, but hopefully far enough from the actual shore to not have too much drama. We’re just trying to be ready without being overly paranoid.

I hope everyone else is safe too!

creative1's avatar

Oh if there is need to leave I have no problem picking up and leaving, I am in RI but can move very easily to worcester county which is central MA so I have no issues at all with keeping my kids and myself safe…. its all about keeping a level head and making the right decisions

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Sending prayers to all the Jellies in the storm’s way…...please know that those of us across the pond are thinking of you and sending you our best wishes…for your peace and safety.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Thanks for your thoughts guys.

Bellatrix's avatar

How close is the hurricane now? I haven’t seen the news today yet?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s in NC.

chyna's avatar

Around Nags Head is the last I saw. 10:00 pm EST.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Thanks chyna. It’s nice to know somebody is thinking of us.

chyna's avatar

I really am. I’m watching the weather channel and worried about all that are in the hurricane’s path.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@chyna I’m worried about Jill.
she’s going to get hammered.

chyna's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I know. She has my cell number and has promised to text me. I want her to be safe.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@chyna It didn’t rough you guys up too bad?

chyna's avatar

I’m not in the line of the hurricane.

Bellatrix's avatar

It isn’t on any news channel here at the moment. Hope Jill is fine.

Meego's avatar

I’m. Worried. About. People.

CWOTUS's avatar

Track Irene’s formation and movement here.

NOAA is a good site to bookmark permanently to view large storm systems of this type any time.

Meego's avatar

I’m worried about blueiiznh.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’m going to bed now, and still have you all in my thoughts. Be safe. (((HUGS)))

janbb's avatar

Thanks; will do.

cookieman's avatar

We’re right in the line of it, but by the time it hits Massachusetts, it’ll probably be a tropical storm.

JilltheTooth's avatar

The anticipation, with any luck, will be more intense than the storm. I’m so damned ready I could ride out six storms! @janbb : If you haver a list of people to text that you’re OK, do you mind adding @chyna or @augustlan so they can report? I’d ask you to text me, but by the time you’ve assessed your own issues, we;ll be up to our eyebrows… For some reason I seem to be focusing my worry on you… :-(

janbb's avatar

@JilltheTooth All the hype has made me more anxious about this storm than I usually am but the latest news doesn’t make it sound as bad. People in our area have been evacuated but not our neighborhood. Plants and deck furniture are in the garage; bathtub is full.

We have houseguests from England here for the week and were going to have a barbecue for them tomorrow. Switched to a lunch party today for a few hours.

Will try to keep people updated.

JilltheTooth's avatar

They will have stories to tell when they get back! The emergency evac call from the mayor came last night. The shelter is the high school that is closer to the water than I am. And I have snacks. Bring it, Irene! Well, no, don’t bring it, I was just having a “bravado” moment…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Good luck Jill!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

How is everyone? Any news….it’s Saturday afternoon here in the UK. Please check in and let us know…..(((((((((((((((((big hugs)))))))))))))))))))))) if you can wherever you are. We Jellies love you out on the East Coast!!

Meego's avatar

OMG NC IS FLOODED! and Irene is not done yet.

I heard from blueiiznh not long ago he texted me. Said he is prepared and prepared to leave.

CWOTUS's avatar

We’re seeing the first clouds (and light rain) from it in Connecticut… and it’s making landfall south of Cape Hatteras, NC, over 500 miles away. Could be an interesting weekend.

Meego's avatar

If you want to know all about the hurricane please go to www.hurricanetrack.com

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Everyone hunker down and be safe!!! Much lurve and lots of (((hugs))) going out to all the east-coasters!!

Coloma's avatar

It’s 8:45am on the west coast, so, you easterners are hitting noon now…whats your status?
Thinking of you all!

janbb's avatar

(Status posted above.)

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’m thinking I may have to get more snacks. KatawaGrey is going to hunker down with me here, a little closer to the water, but I’m much better set up to be without power. And I’m the Mom, with counts for many many more comfort during stress points. And she’s got a better Zombie plan in place which comforts me.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yo, if any zombies show up, you need to call me ASAP! I built this nifty teleporter thing, and I could zap myself over with lots of ammo and the rest of my zombie killin’ kit!

Oh yeah, and tell Katawa I said to grab her umbrella and wait for Noah to show up.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Has anyone considered renting a canoe?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

That’s why I sent Noah over. He’s got plenty of room on that Ark.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Well, I have the plans and the lumber, but…but…exactly what is a cubit, anyway? Noah showed up w/out an ark, just a lot of bossy advice. And angry badgers. He brought angry badgers. How is that helpful, I ask you?

creative1's avatar

In RI we already have had on and off rain from her tail end…. But the wind has not started yet

MissAusten's avatar

Just some spotty rain here in our part of CT too. We’re in great shape though, thanks to my husband who ran to the grocery store and came home with peanut butter, Doritos, peaches, boneless spare ribs, and deli meat. Good thing I picked up water, milk, and bread already!

The kids and I drove over to the beach a couple hours ago, but no waves at all. We really aren’t expecting the weather to turn nasty until much later tonight.

chyna's avatar

^I think your husband has the right idea!

MissAusten's avatar

Yeah, between the two of us, we’ve covered all the bases!

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’m on my way over for those ribs! I wonder if the Chinese take-out is open this evening? That would be a great start to the storm!

MissAusten's avatar

And I’ve got the zucchini bread in the oven! I was going to also make green tomato cake, but I’m running low on sugar and have to conserve it for my coffee. I picked all the green tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini still coming along just in case my garden gets blown to bits!

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oooh, thanks! I better go grab what produce is left in the pots so they don’t turn into splatting projectiles around the neighborhood.

“Green Tomato Cake???”

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@JilltheTooth If you can’t calm the angry badgers down on your own, might I suggest feeding them some “white chocolate macadamia nut pot brownies”? Works for me every time. If they still won’t calm down, threaten to feed them to the T-rex that’s been sulking in the corner. That should do the trick.

Oh, and Noah can be pretty bossy, so toss him a brownie or two.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate : I’m thinking that IncendiaryDan might have a recipe for badger.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

It’s possible…

JilltheTooth's avatar

OK, I’m officially tired of waiting for Armageddon now.

Meego's avatar

Please ppl stop talking about the goodies! I may be far away from armeggedon but due to the fact that money hates me right now we are starving! Ughh…I feel like Winnie the Pooh :/

CWOTUS's avatar

OMG! The rain has delayed the Red Sox game in Fenway!

THIS means crisis. At least they were leading, 9–2, and it’s in the 7th inning, so if the game is called off then the Sox win. Even so… the hurricane is now official.

And LOL at the thought of badgers as “goodies”.

chyna's avatar

@CWOTUS Um, yes, it is only now an official hurricane.~

JilltheTooth's avatar

@chyna : I live in the land of that ‘tude! Don’t worry, @CWOTUS , I’m a Sox fan, too..

Coloma's avatar

Actually I am envious of the excitement and all the wild weather. Pffft, Colomas sweltering on a 97 degree afternoon out west, as long as no big damage goes down I think you guys are lucky for some dreary August excitement.

Meego's avatar

So who’s brave enough to go to the beach on the east coast for me and do an ireport?

It’s not that bad..the only requirements are you must know how to swim and you must video your experience so weatherproof camera a must!

If you don’t know how to swim that’s ok…you ARE NOT IN DANGER…although statistics are you only need an inch of water to drown….drowning is contingent GTFO! lol

augustlan's avatar

Not even raining in my part of West Virginia yet. We’re getting ready to head out to buy school supplies, so this could get interesting!

JilltheTooth's avatar

Maybe I’m not getting it, Meego, but are you under the impression that we’re not taking this seriously? You would be very mistaken.

janbb's avatar

@Coloma I’m sorry but they are talking about the possibility of billions of dollars worth of damage. It’s not about fun and games.

Meego's avatar

No not everyone, but there are some ppl who are knocking me off my chair…some dudes on the beach 3 to be exact in NC swimming in the waves? This stuff just gets me. Sorry if you think I’m taking out on you :/

chyna's avatar

@meego This thread would be more for your comments on people thinking the hurricane is for their enjoyment. I don’t think this thread is taking the hurricane lightly, but it was my intent to have this thread for people that have been in harms way to get back to us that they are okay.

JilltheTooth's avatar

There are always some stupid jackasses that do that every single time. But believe me, although we are being lighthearted on these threads, when we’re not Fluthering we’re breaking our backs getting ready. I’ve spent the better part of two days prepping for a few hours of a storm. I’m riding it out, instead of evacuating because I’d have to do almost exactly the same things to prep my house, and I don’t feel I’ll be in mortal danger by staying. Believe me, I’d leave in a minute if I thought I was in serious danger in my home.

Meego's avatar

@JilltheTooth I know. Sometimes because of my brain injury I go slightly off topic and then once it gets pointed out to me I realise what I’ve done. My fault comes from watching the news commenting on that and then having that in my thoughts when I leave a comment…Derrrr I just get confused easily and have only one track mind but try to do many things at once.
I’m sorry
And I just want everyone to be safe.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I know, sweetie, I guess we’re all a bit on edge. I’m exhausted and would rather be bored, frankly. I don’t find the excitement to be invigorating, I’m just tired.

wundayatta's avatar

In Philly, we’ve had two bands of heavy rain so far. Last I looked our basement was still dry (we just got it fixed). No high winds yet. The major stuff is supposed to be around 2 am. I’m not so worried. We’ll be around 90 miles from the eye of the storm.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I just looked at the projected track of the eye, it seems to have shifted slightly to the west from before. Only about 10 miles from me, still better than dead on.

Coloma's avatar

@janbb

I did’nt mean to imply that I feel a hurricane is fun and games, only that there is an element of excitement and adventure when nature does her thing in a big way.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Bellatrix : Still waiting for my cookies…..................................

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

We’ve got all our prep work done. Just waiting now. Does everyone have a manual can opener?

JilltheTooth's avatar

Zuppy barked so much at the electric one that I only use the manual now! I’d call him a stupid dog, but at least I know just where it is!

JilltheTooth's avatar

Back to the original intent of the Q…if the cell towers go down, we’re outta luck on notifying. Don’t panic if you don’t hear, I’m sure we’ll all be fine.

Meego's avatar

I can imagine you are on edge @JilltheTooth I’m on edge…I’m not even there.
Although you say don’t panic…I do.

On the other hand w/out giving away too much of bluiiznh info, he just texted me and said it’s starting to rain.

janbb's avatar

So far so good here on the Jersey shore; lots of rain and some thunder but no wind as yet. Don’t know about the waves.

Apparently, Chris Christie said, “Get the hell away from the beach!”
.

MissAusten's avatar

We actually just came from the beach. A light drizzle, extreme low tide, and no more wind or waves than usual. I’m sure that will change within the next several hours, but there were several people (some on bikes) checking out the—non—action at the beach. The kids love the super low tide (thank to the new moon) because there are more tide pools for hermit crabs and snails.

My husband went to Game Stop and picked up three Wii games to keep everyone busy. He knows perfectly well we’ll probably lose power, but I think he wanted an excuse to get himself a game he’s been wanting. As a side note, I love Game Stop’s cheap used games and 7 day return policy.

JilltheTooth's avatar

We’re getting some rain, now, what’s coming concerns me more than a little as the town was pretty flooded last week from a pop-up T-Storm that dropped like 7 inches in a few hours. The ground is still saturated from that, and there are large parts of the town that were seriously flooded. I was OK here, but another deluge will cause some very serious problems for a lot of folks here.
@MissAusten : Your husband is a clever man…does he know you’re onto his sly plans?

nebule's avatar

still thinking of you all very much, thanking my blessings tonight that I am safe in a warm house with no threat of storms…wishing you all safety and peace of mind…love you all xx

chyna's avatar

@janbb I saw Chris Christie on the news saying that. It was pretty darn funny.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Starting to get dark and funky, but no rain or wind yet.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Now these skies are really, really strange. This isn’t nice and I’m on the fringe of it. Get the hatches closed Jill.

Coloma's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe

Hang in there! :-)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Coloma Don’t have choice do I? Maybe click my heels and wish I was in Ohio?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Not raining in Ohio…. just sayin’.
I’ll drag out the air mattress. ;)

Coloma's avatar

It’s not too late to catch a plane.
You all could be on the west coast by midnight EDT. ;-)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Actually I should have said Kansas, but Ohio sounds nice.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Coloma Over 9000 flights have been cancelled for this weekend.

MissAusten's avatar

Turning off computers for the night, but will check in via cell phone if I can! Stay safe everyone!

janbb's avatar

You too. Heavy rain and some winds here now.

CWOTUS's avatar

I see that SW Connecticut (Fairfield County) is now also under a Tornado Watch. Keep covered, @JilltheTooth!

Meego's avatar

Stay safe everyone my prayers are with you.

cookieman's avatar

Big ol’ thunderstorm rolled in over the farm today. All hands on deck to pull in all the fruits, berries and such (as they had already dismantled the tents in anticipation of Irene).

We’re out there for an hour packing and stacking in torential rain. Soaked to the bone, I squish back to my desk to finish the webpage I was working on.

I get home tonight to find my wife spent half the day nervous cooking. Three dozen cupcakes, gallon of chop suey, homemade pizza, stuffed shells, and a fridge packed with more food.

Now me, the wife, the munchkin and the pooch are home for two days.

Guess what we’re doing?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@cprevite baking cookies?

Mariah's avatar

Thanks for posting this thread. Yes, stay safe everybody.

I’m thinking maybe I should have been paying more attention to Irene? I thought I was pretty well out of her path but I’m pretty sure @Adirondackwannabe is the closest jelly to me geographically, and I am feeling mildly nervous after reading what all he’s done in preparation. We’ve done little. We just got home from the Cleveland clinic this evening and that’s drama enough without a hurricane!

cookieman's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf: Sadly, all that cooking and baking and nary a cookie to be found.

Nope, we’ll be eating our through the fridge.

JilltheTooth's avatar

If you guys are up there, @Mariah , your major issues should be rain, as there’s enough friction from the land to slow down the wind. And I doubt you’ll even get your feet wet, as you’ve been walking on air the last few days… :-)))
Currently raining on and off here, outer edges are starting to hit us. We won’t know much until the morning. If there is any justice, I’m so well prepared that it will all be silly overkill.

I’m pooped, g’night jellies, hopefully we’ll still have power and can post in the AM

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Have a safe night!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Mariah We got our asses kicked big time in 2006. I no longer take anything for granted with flooding.

janbb's avatar

Windy and rainy! See you tomorrow!

incendiary_dan's avatar

I went out for Vietnamese food tonight, because it’s my frickin’ birthday and I can. It wasn’t bad out in RI yet. Just some rain.

And I have recipes for woodchuck, which might work on badger, though I bet badger is tougher. Except for honey badgers.

chyna's avatar

Happy Birthday @incendiary_dan!

Brian1946's avatar

According to the tracking map linked by @Meego, what will hopefully be tropical storm Irene by then, will hit Bridgeport, CT at about 11 AM on 8/28.

JilltheTooth's avatar

8 AM Sunday morning. We still have power here but according to FB postings people all around us don’t. Lots of branches down, but trees in my immediate neighborhood are still upright. Whole lotta shakin’ still goin’ on, out there. I haven’t checked the news yet, I need coffee for that, I’ll update when I know more.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@JilltheTooth thanks for the update. Been thinkin’ about ya.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Just heard from @janbb on FB: She’s fine. Without power, but fine. Phew.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@MissAusten was posting on FB, they’re OK. Thinking they’re powerless, but OK.

Brian1946's avatar

I don’t know how much emotional relief this will provide, but I just heard that Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

However, I think I also heard that it might pick up some speed (I think they meant rotational rather than linear) later on.

CWOTUS's avatar

Well, okay. So much for Irene.

But… Ay caramba! ¿Quien es José? ¿Dondé está José?

cookieman's avatar

update from Boston

10:30AM. Just lost power. Rain and gusty winds. And the brunt of the storm isn’t here yet.

Had eggs, bacon, and French toast for breakfast. yum

CWOTUS's avatar

@cprevite

Can you retrace your steps to where you had it last? What were you doing when you lost it? Maybe you just misplaced it.

Coloma's avatar

Sounds like so far so good for all of you!

Good news!

Yeah, the weather people are infamous for missed forecasts, not that one shouldn’t take precautions, but they always hype things up.

Over here every time ‘they’ say it will snow, it never does, then, when you least expect it, with no predictions, we wake up to a foot and a half of snow and no power for days. lol

gailcalled's avatar

In eastern central NYS near the Berkshire foot hills, our biggest problems are flooding and supersaturation. The ground is spongy, my little creek is three feet higher than normal and moving like the Hudson river, and there is severe damage to all the dirt roads (including my driveway, which has moved a considerable distance from where it belongs.

The severe cells of thunder and lightening seem to have ended and the rain is not quite so torrrential as it had been. My gutters are cleared and working; however a stockpot I put on the porch at 11:30 has two inches of water in it.

My basement is dry and the hole containing the sump pump has cobwebs in it.

My sister is stuck for the moment because the pond has flooded the driveway.

Milo is sulking because nature forced him to change his plans of napping on the deck and having an al fresco nosh and beverage.

I have one birch tree that snapped in half, sadly.

Power is still on and it’s warm.

chyna's avatar

@gailcalled I just saw that they are expecting more flooding at/near the Bershires. They had to send helicopters to the Catskills to get people off their roofs. Be safe.

gailcalled's avatar

@chyna: If nothing else, Milo can dial 911. We have a network of friends and neighbors who are keeping tabs on things. I hope that the worst damage will be to my wallet when I have to rebuild the driveway.

Things could be much worse; I can flush the toilets, use the gas stove, eat ice cream that is still frozen.

“THIS RAIN WILL GRADUALLY LIFT OUT OF THIS REGION BY AROUND NOON. HOWEVER…MASSIVE RUNOFF WILL CONTINUE TO SWELL CREEKS AND RIVERS…AND PRODUCE ADDITIONAL FLOODING ON ROADS AND BASEMENTS.”

cookieman's avatar

Just woke from a nap to the radio telling me “the worst has passed”. Wife and daughter painting nails. Think I’ll eat a cupcake. Still no power though.

and no @CWOTUS, that isn’t a euphemism. :^)

CWOTUS's avatar

I looked at the tracker a minute ago, and it looks like what is left of the tropical storm is walking up the Hudson River, @gailcalled. So you might get the worst of any remains.

It pretty much seems to have avoided central Connecticut. I’m thinking about calling this Hurricane Dolly Parton: a big bust.

I’m still going to be looking forward to the flood results next week, though.

janbb's avatar

Still no power; trees down and lowland flooding but not too bad. Suspect it will be a while til power back

gailcalled's avatar

@CWOTUS: I put a ten gallon stock pot outside at 11:00; it was filled to the brim by 1:00.

And I need Wellingtons to walk on the grass which is a giant saturated sponge.

wundayatta's avatar

It’s still pretty windy here, but no more rain.

JilltheTooth's avatar

My town got hammered. Major flooding, trees down, crippling property damage, Nobody knows when they’ll get power back. I say “they” because my little neighborhood seems to be charmed, for which I am grateful. Irene was not a “bust” for us.
I shudder to think how it will be in a day or two when the rains upstream all run off into already swollen rivers.

@Coloma : For a lot of us this was not “hype”.

cookieman's avatar

House getting too muggy, so we headed out to the movies.

Fair number of trees and large branches down. Still windy.

Maybe the power will be back when we return.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I’m safe and dry. There were a lot of downed trees and such, and powerlines with some of them, but so far it seems my home and my family’s homes are fine. Wondering if the house my sister and her husband bought on Friday will have some basement flooding. Overall, could have been worse in my area.

Oh, and my garden only took minor damage. I know you all were so worried. ;)

chyna's avatar

^I was.

chyna's avatar

On the news right now “catastrophic flooding in the catskills”. It looks like a river is running down main street. Not hype.

gailcalled's avatar

Still steady and heavy rainfall. I am debating between a slog down my driveway or a nap.

Milo votes for nap.

janbb's avatar

@Gailcalled do you know how things are in Hudson?

JilltheTooth's avatar

More news is starting to come in from surrounding towns, there have been deaths, mostly due to flooding incidents. This is just heartbreaking.

Meego's avatar

There have been a total of 15 deaths so far in 6 states.
In NC the roads were over washed and several new channels have been cut! From cape Hatteras to Oregan Inlet. Some houses were overtaken and are a total loss. 2500 ppl are stranded and completely cut off from civilization because they chose to ignore the mandatory evacuations. The whole thing makes me so sad.

I hope I got those names right

I’m glad everyone here is ok :-)
including my friend bluiiznh.

To all those stuck…Stay strong

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Death toll is now 18. We’re ok, but the area is trashed. Three feet of water in the town north of us.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

We’re having trees drop all over the place. This sucks, but we’re starting to get it in hand. This is the worst flooding I have ever seen.

gailcalled's avatar

I had one tree fall across my lower drive. Luckily my neighbor will take care of it tomorrow. There are pockets of flooding but on balance, we were lucky.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I have friends in NY, mostly Long Island, and there are huge trees completely uprooted, one friend found a massive tree laying across her truck. So glad that everyone is okay.

cookieman's avatar

Returned home from the movies to find the power back on. Saw the Smurfs (which was cute). Had another cupcake.

Lots of trees are down – roads blocked – some flooding. Could have been worse.

Sending positive thoughts and sympathies to those worse effected. Glad all you jellies are well.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Everyone I know seems to have no power, but somehow I do. I’m actually kind of disappointed.

erichw1504's avatar

For my first hurricane, that was pretty lame. Just a lot of wind and rain. Meh.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Okay, it’s Monday and I just got back to my fluther.

<yells> IS EVERYONE OKAY????

Mariah's avatar

I’m absolutely fine. Never got bad here. Who haven’t we heard from – how’re you doing?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

We had some flooding in my area, but it’s dissapating fairly quickly. Further East of me is in pretty rough shape. They were plucking people from their homes with helicopters in the Catskills, during the storm. I wouldn’t want that job.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Glad to hear it… now I’m waiting for more happy responses, except I know a few people are probably without power. :(

gailcalled's avatar

Today everything looks newly scrubbed and clean. There are odd little pockets of severe damage (due to flash flooding) and huge swaths where Irene seems to have been a figment of someone’s imagination.

On the western side of the Hudson river however, in the Catskills, there was at least 10” of rain and damage to roads, bridges and homes.

73 degrees, sunny, high cumulus clouds now.

JilltheTooth's avatar

OK, seriously gorgeous day here, even the people around here who had the worse damage seem hopeful that clean up will be effective.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yay! 2 more jellies who made it! =0)

Coloma's avatar

I always laugh when people say that nature is a ” force to be reckoned with”...as IF we could ever reckon with mother nature. haha

Good news for all of you and, sadly, condolences to those less fortunate.

Brian1946's avatar

Does anyone here have any damage to repair, or any residual flood water to deal with?

augustlan's avatar

We’re fine in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Nothing more than an ooky basement, which happens sometimes anyway when it over rains.

incendiary_dan's avatar

No damage to deal with, but the state forest near my apartment is flooded. It’s pretty impressive to see.

Coloma's avatar

@incendiary_dan

What? You didn’t have a hand hewn raft on the ready? Tsk, tsk, yer slackin’ there boy wonder. :-)

Brian1946's avatar

I heard that VT is getting hammered by Irene. :-(
Are there any jellies that live there?

MissAusten's avatar

Ugh, I had a whole update typed out and accidentally got rid of it!

So, we lived, and have a very messy yard but no actual damage. No power anywhere in town, and we got smelly so had to go to a hotel so we could take hot showers. And sit in the hot tub. And eat at a hibachi place for dinner. My son said, “Can we do this every time there’s a hurricane?”

Lots of damage around us, especially along the beach. Huge stone wharf and retaining walls just demolished, homes along the water significantly damaged, trees down on power lines, flooded roads, etc. Compared to other areas, we did OK. We probably won’t have power for a week or so, and the start of school has been delayed until next week.

On the upside, we have enough fuel now for 53 backyard campfires so there will be many s’mores in our future!

Glad to hear everyone is doing well and staying safe!

incendiary_dan's avatar

@Coloma I was actually opining that I’d left my kayak at my parents’ house. I want to take it north up the canal, then portage it to the river and ride the crazy current through the flooded forest. Might do that tomorrow if it’s still flooded.

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