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East Coast jellies, how are you prepping for Isaias (if at all)?

Asked by canidmajor (16321points) 1 week ago

The projected track looks like it will affect, if not directly smack into, most of the East Coast. (Well, North Carolina sticks out like a nose, it will likely sustain a direct hit.) Tides are predicted to be especially high and storm surge extra, it should be, at best interesting.

I’ll be filling up my garage with stuff that can fly around, and prepping for a possible power out.

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cookieman's avatar

I’ll be sure to monitor it’s path, but I’m not concerned. Historically, most hurricanes, by the time they get to Massachusetts, are just really bad rain storms. Fun, and dramatic, but not super threatening.

Of course, there’s been a few exceptions over the years, but it’s rare.

chyna's avatar

My brother lives in Raleigh NC. It’s more of a wait and see game. But he does have a generator and has stocked up on ice and propane gas in case he needs to grill out.

janbb's avatar

I’m going out of town but will have house guests. They’ll have plenty of frozen food to eat if the power goes out but I’m not seeing dire warnings for here.

jca2's avatar

NY/CT border here: I wasn’t planning to do anything. I just googled it and I see it’s down in the Caribbean area now. I don’t think much will happen where I live. I just looked at local weather and I see thunderstorms Tuesday.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m always ready even though I’m a few hundred miles inland near the Great Lakes. I always have gas, oil, batteries charged, sump pump backup system working, cars near full, a year’s supply of heating oil, and unlimited wood for the wood burning stove – which I don’t need in this season.
Let it happen!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Eastern part of NC, months worth of canned and dry food, city water system that has never stop pumping water even when they had back to back Hurricanes 20 inches of rain 10 days after 15 inches, lump charcoal for cooker good for 10 days, two propane tanks almost full on both, small back generator for refrigerator 2 days worth of gas.

canidmajor's avatar

@Tropical_Willie Wise you! When my cousins lived there, they were like you, ready to be off grid at a moment’s notice. I always have everything charged, oil lamps cleaned and wicks trimmed, coolers prepped, etc etc.

Brian1946's avatar

I think @LuckyGuy has a built-in generator that can power his entire house.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Brian1946 I have 2 generators A 4400W gasoline powered that I can backfeed into the house when needed. It has a battery for electric start but it can also be pull started.
And I have a small 1100 W 2 stroke that I can lend to others if they are in trouble. One year that unit went to 6 homes to help run their sump pumps and give their refrigerators a boost. We moved it from house to house. It worked great!

janbb's avatar

I think @LuckyGuy is a back up generator!

Brian1946's avatar

So true, and I’ve seen him refuel with Indian food!

janbb's avatar

I wouldn’t mind refueling with Indian food right now. I love it!

Brian1946's avatar

I’m sure the feeling is mutual! ;-p

Tropical_Willie's avatar

My generator is 8500 K with peak of 13,500 W.

Jeruba's avatar

Batten down, guys, and stay safe. Report in here frequently, please.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I live far enough inland that they seldom make it this far. Rain becomes our biggest worry & we’re supposed to be getting our share of rain over the next 2 days. Unless it’s changed this afternoon, it should hit Florida & skim up to South Carolina & North Carolina doing minimal damage to Georgia. I just pray we don’t have over a foot of rain!!!

canidmajor's avatar

We have Long Island between us and the ocean, but a lot of damage is often done to the beachfront properties here, and power loss is a distinct possibility. I have a giant oak in my back yard that has a full summer canopy, every time I just pray that that isn’t blown down onto any of us. I’ll start making blocks of ice tomorrow, and lay in a little more produce from the farmers market.
Fortunately, I have lots of wine in stock.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I haven’t had the funds to do much.
I live in a house, that is higher than many, in my area.
I’m not expecting much, from this storm. If it makes landfall, in Florida, it should lose a lot of strength, as it traces the coast…

I just had the most dangerous tree in my yard, cut down.
Whatever I experience here, should be no worse than our typical afternoon storms. Hopefully…

canidmajor's avatar

Sunday morning, and the Weather Channel has the predictive cone impacting the entire East Coast. With any luck, we’ll just get wet. I’m not due to get hit for a couple of days, I’d love to here how you others are weathering it and if you’re OK.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well. In Charleston, SC, our worst part of the season is typically September and October. We get peppered, with smaller storms, until then. So far, it’s situation normal.
It actually seems to help. The smaller storms, clear out the weakest trees, before the big storms role in….

janbb's avatar

I’m going to be away with a relative staying in my house. It could be interesting for him as he is not a homeowner. I am just hoping that the months of food I have in the freezer in preparation for SIP are not ruined by a power outage.

jca2's avatar

@janbb: The good thing about having the relative there if the power does go out is that he can empty the refrigerator for you. Emptying out an entire refrigerator is a big job! He can get busy!

Pandora's avatar

I’m on the East Coast but more inland. We will just get the edges of the storm so it will be like any other storm.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well. It’s now forecast to make landfall, in Myrtle Beach, SC. That’s only about an hour NE, from me. So. I guess we’ll get a bit more, than I thought we would…

We’ll likely get some flooding, and wind. I wager, it will hit even further north. Either way. I’m going to get drunk, and try to sleep through it.
Then. It’ll be clean up time, for the next few days…

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Not me but the local power company run by the city; has over the last 4 months been trimming trees and removal of dead and diseased trees. They took out three 70 foot pine trees mid July that were starting to lean; between my house and the main road.

canidmajor's avatar

Tuesday morning and it’s beaten the crap out of the Carolinas, and it smacking the hell out of everything it touches going north.

Stay safe all, it’s nasty out there.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I got the first rain band, at 6AM, Monday. I thought “that’s not good.”
But. Overall, it was no worse than a typical summer storm.
I dodged the bullet.

canidmajor's avatar

@MrGrimm888, I’m glad you missed the tornadoes and major flooding. It is, fortunately, a very fast moving storm.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Like I said, our worst storms, usually come in September, and October. I didn’t expect much, from this storm.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

One inch of rain in a thunderstorm Monday morning, Tuesday morning one 8 foot branch down and another almost 3 inches in rain gauge. Not so lucky east and north of us, one dead and three missing after tornado hit a mobile home park.

canidmajor's avatar

We’ve been having less water, more wind, and we’re under a tornado watch. Insult to injury, that.

janbb's avatar

I am from home but my house guest said lights flickered and a neighbor ‘s branch down but ok so far.

canidmajor's avatar

@janbb I think you getting more of it where you are than your house guest or me! (I looked at the radar…)

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor No – just a real rainy day here but actually lots of posts about power outages and trees down back home on FB.

jca2's avatar

I went to work today and we got out at noon because of the storm. However, I had a dentist appointment. My ride home around 1:30 was hellish. Lots of trees down and my local rural road was like an obstacle course. Power is out in my area – the car needs gas and can’t get gas with no power. I got home around 2:30 and told my daughter “pack your shit. We’re leaving.” Long story short we got a hotel room in a CT city not far from my house. We were the first of about 10 families that came and filled the lobby because the power is out here and the hotel had to do manual check in.

We had to walk up 4 flights of steps with our bags and both of our cell phones are dead but there’s Wifi and my computer is fully charged. Before I left the city I work in, I picked up Italian food and at home, I grabbed some snacks and Diet Soda, so we’re set.

Brian1946's avatar

I just heard there’s tornado activity in parts of the northeast, including MD and NJ.

Hopefully none of it will affect anyone here.

As scary as that must be, I’d love to have one of your storms visit us during one of our multiple-wildfire outbreaks.

canidmajor's avatar

Well, my little neighborhood seems to have a guardian angel. We didn’t lose power, only lost internet for about an hour, and no really big damage (that I’ve heard about so far).
Elsewhere in my town, and my state, there is a lot of damage, power outages, trees down, stuff like that.

I hope the rest of you fared as well as my little neighborhood.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@jca2 I hope you are enjoying the brief vacation! That was a great idea.

To keep your phone charged you need a phone charger for your car. They are available for about $5 at walmart . They have complete backup battery and charger kits for about $8 every now and then. And if you are really stuck and need to make your battery last, you can shut off your GPS, bluetooth, and your wifi connections. That saves a lot.

jca2's avatar

@LuckyGuy: I have the car charger from Walmart! It’s a life saver. I am considering getting a solar charger which is on Amazon for a little more than 20 dollars. I bought one as a Christmas gift for a relative a few years ago. I learned about them on TripAdvisor. People hang them on their backpacks in Disney World to keep their electronics charged.

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