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Hurricane Irene's Projected Path Puts NYC, East Coast on High Alert

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At a press conference this morning, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg updated New Yorkers on city preparations for Hurricane Irene.

Irenemap Said Bloomberg:

“If the worst scenario is going to happen this weekend, we will activate other elements of our Coastal Storm Plan, including the possibility of evacuating of New Yorkers who live in low-lying areas that could be affected by such storm surges. That includes places such as Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, South Beach, Midland Beach, and other low-lying areas on Staten Island, and Battery Park City in Manhattan....We don’t yet have enough information yet to make that call. There are still too many unknowns, but we will make a decision on whether to call for evacuating certain areas based on the track, the speed, and the strength of the storm as it moves from the Bahamas up the east coast."

The city also released a flood map detailing potential at-risk areas for coastal flooding in the case of a major storm surge.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here are ten tips for those of you in major cities or on the storm's path to prepare yourselves.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of Irene's arrival.

Maryland officials are also on alert: "Irene will likely produce periods of torrential rain when it arrives, with totals of 4 to 6 inches or more anywhere from Ocean City to Baltimore and the rest of Central and Southern Maryland, forecasters said."

Evacuations have begun on the North Carolina coast. 200,000 have been told to leave.

Accuweather reports on other cities in the storm's projected path:

On its current forecast path, Irene would spread destructive hurricane-force winds (gusts between 80 to 100 mph) across the Delmarva coast, eastern New Jersey, New York City, western Long Island and southwestern New England. A track directly over Atlantic City, N.J., and New York City would bring these intense winds westward to Philadelphia.

The Weather Channel has a comprehensive look at the dangers posed to the Northeast by this storm. Their latest forecast HERE.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

NYC Hurricane Map

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  1. better

    Posted by: r | Aug 25, 2011 1:57:47 PM


  2. I can just see the religious hate postings speeches now: god is punishing New York for passing marriage equality...

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 25, 2011 2:08:12 PM


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    Posted by: Brad | Aug 25, 2011 2:16:11 PM


  4. A friend of mine mentioned to me that this might be a good thing. He lives in Virginia and a good rain might douse the fire that has burning down in the Great Dismal Swamp for several weeks.

    Posted by: Charlie | Aug 25, 2011 2:46:51 PM


  5. This is like when they predict storm of the century blizzards every year. The storm will weaken if it hugs the coast, which is why NY rarely gets hit hard. The worst areas to be are eastern LI, MV, NT, MA, CT and RI.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 25, 2011 3:00:19 PM


  6. Well, after much of the northeast experienced an earthquake earlier in the week (for many, their very first), and now they might have a hurricane - they may have some fresh comparisons to help them understand why we westcoasters would rather have our earthquakes than hurricanes or tornadoes.

    Good luck, east coast.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 25, 2011 3:04:01 PM


  7. Dang, and this the weekend that they're opening the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in D.C., which is going to be a very big deal. I think a lot of people are going to get very wet during the speeches and festivities. (I don't think King's line about "justice (that) rolls down like waters" was meant to be illustrated like this!)

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 25, 2011 3:08:42 PM


  8. I wonder if I can get odds in Vegas for how long before the Right says Irene is punishment. I'm sure Pat Robertson will "just be saying".....

    Posted by: TxBearCub | Aug 25, 2011 8:27:04 PM


  9. @Zlick No way, I'd much rather have to deal with hurricanes. They can be tracked and predicted and action can be taken days before it happens. Earthquakes just happen, no warning. Scary. I will give you tornadoes but they do also have, however small, some predictability and trackability.

    Posted by: Aron | Aug 25, 2011 8:53:37 PM


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