Category Archives: Hurricane Irene

Flood images from my area

I’ve been looking since yesterday for images from around my area. I wanted to go out yesterday but our township is still under a State of Emergency until at least today.

Check out this video from NJ.com on flooding in my area.

Here are some photos from around the area. Click on the links in the caption to see more from each of those sources.

This is a median on Route 18 in New Brunswick. (THNT)
Route 18 in New Brunswick (THNT)
Route 18 once again (THNT)
Canoe on Route 18 in New Brunswick (Credit Adam Helfgott)
Donaldson Park in Highland Park (THNT)
Route 27 (NJ.com)

Flooded Minor League Baseball Stadium (Jim Holovacko)
Easton Avenue by JFK Blvd. (Christopher Chipps)

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Some Hurricane survival tips from a novice

Living in the Northeast I have never really been through a hurricane threat like this but do know that there are some common sense thing everyone should be doing to prepare.


Here they are in no particular order:

  • Have plenty of bottled water available. If there are power outages because of flooding it will get hot inside the house. 
  • Have plenty of non-perishable snacks. We loaded up on chips, crackers, cookies, etc. These are things that won’t go bad and if nothing happens these aren’t things that will go to waste.
  • Flashlights and a battery operated radio should be a must although I have to be honest I don’t know if any radio of ours actually work. 
  • Car charger for your cellphones is a good bet. If you lose power at least you can go charge your phone in the car. 
  • I set up text alerts from the local police department through Nixle since I don’t have a land line and would not have received any “Reverse 911” calls.
  • If you are asked to be evacuate….DO IT! It makes no sense to risk your life or that of any first responders. 
  • Have a bag packed and ready to go. Make sure you keep all important documents and medical supplies. 
  • Here’s one I saw on twitter earlier. Fill up your bath tub with water. You can use it to flush your toilet if need be. Had plenty of water in buckets and stuff but again…just to be safe. 
  • Is your gas tank topped off? Filled up our car yesterday and there like 8-10 cars lined up at each pump. 
  • Don’t dress up like a bear and go to the beach
  • If you a reporter covering the storm DO NOT embarrass yourself and your organization by reporting from ankle deep water.
  • FEMA says to put your freezer and refrigerator at the coldest possible temperature setting
  • Update people on how you are doing via social media (facebook/twitter) periodically so family and friends can check in on you



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Hurricane Irene

Looks like the hurricane downgraded to Category 1 ahead of hitting North Carolina which is good news but the danger is far from over.

Already seeing so many idiots talking about “typical weathermen” and them being wrong. These are likely the very same people who will be complaining if we have extended power outages. The roads get bad here during an average storm so I don’t even want to get into how bad they would with up to a foot of rain falling in a three hour period as was being mentioned last night. I’d rather the Hurricane Center be wrong while being extra cautious instead of being wrong by taking things lightly. If you live in a high rise building and are safe from the flooding don’t take things lightly as the higher you are the more wind damage your apartment can receive. They’ve been talking about being worried about falling debris from skyscrapers in Manhattan injuring people on the ground.

 I don’t know why it is so hard for people to grasp that certain areas are asked to evacuate early so there is less traffic on the roads at the end. NJ has had only a few counties be evacuated so far and there was already a 20 mile backup on the Garden State Parkway (which is like one of the few real highways in the area instead of the typical 2-3 lane ones we get around here). I heard people on the radio complain about the sports station here spreading paranoia in calling for the Giants/Jets pre-season game today to be postponed. Let me bold that part for you…..pre-season game.

NYC folks can find what kind of evacuation zone they are in by going here. You can also find shelter locations there.

If you are on twitter follow @breakingirene

If you want text alerts from your local police department you can do so by registering here. I signed yesterday and already got notified of road closures.

Be safe….get the hell out if their is an evacuation called for where you live. Better to be safe then to put your life in danger or that of any first responders that might have to respond to an emergency.

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