For the latest on Hurricane Irene, here is the radar image for the Northeast at approximately 1:15 AM.
As you can see, much of Eastern Pennsylvania is in Irene’s outer bands. As the morning continues, the storm will make it’s closest approach to NY City. And, as you might guess, the CH 2.0 bunker is under that blotchy yellow and red. We’re getting some wind gusts, and some steady rain, but we have power, and the Direct TV is working about 1/2 the time.
As the day unfolds, we’re getting some ideas about the scope of the storm, as well as the damage. Here is some more from Bill Deger of Accuweather…
1:10 a.m. EDT SUN: The eye of Hurricane Irene is located just to the east of Ocean City, Md., and moving north-northeastward. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced from the center north and northeastward, along with a damaging storm surge. Doppler radar estimates over 19 inches of rain has fallen in parts of North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia with confirmed reports as high as 15 inches.
5 to 10 inches of rain has already been recorded over the Tidewater of Virginia and parts of the southern Delmarva. Rainfall was increasing rapidly across Long Island and southeastern New York state at this hour. Some locations across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have already picked up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours.
Power outages have had an impact on data collection across the mid-Atlantic. Over 3/4 of the Dominion Power customers in the Richmond Metro area are without power at the present time with nearly 2 million people total in the mid-Atlantic in the dark.
Rain bands moving onshore across the Delmarva, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania have been showing signs of rotation over the last few hours and numerous tornadoes have been reported. One tornado was reported just south of Wilmington, Delaware with another damaging 30-40 homes near Lewes, Delaware earlier in the day.
Winds have gusted to 62 mph in Cape May, N.J., 76 mph in Williamsburg, Va. and 71 mph in Richmond, Va., and to 66 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, 74 mph in Elizabeth City, 70 mph in Morehead City, 74 mph in New Bern, and 88 mph at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Downed trees were blocking southbound I-85 near Petersburg, Va.
A gust of 115 mph was recorded at Cedar Island, N.C., which was in the northeastern eyewall at time of landfall around 8:00 a.m. Dare County Shoreline Management Commission reports that a new inlet may have been created on Hatteras Island, N.C.
Tropical storm-force winds continue to move north, and now extend from southeastern Virginia north to near New York City. Rainbands from Irene will continue to cause severe flooding and may even spawn a few tornadoes.
If I lose power, I won’t be able to post. I will try with my “smart phone,” but for a smart phone, it rides the little bus. I don’t think it’ll happen, so I hope I don’t have to find out.
On a more whimsical note, many people have been mistakenly thinking that “Irene” is “Eileen.” Let’s set the record straight…
Yes, I know people are making parodies for Irene, but let’s remember the classic song.
BTW, it took me nearly 45 minutes to post this-it should not have. The six-year-old Dell froze a bunch of times. Hit the freaking tip jar!
Update 2:30 AM: The wind and rain is picking up here. Otherwise, we’re still in business. Also, here is a title for a blog post…
Global Warming Kills Florida Surfer UPDATE: Thousands Without Electricity or WiFi; Bloggers Hardest Hit by Storm UPDATE: New York Braces for Irene; Women, Minorites, NFL Fans Hardest Hit
That’s simply magical.