Hurricane Irene Interactive Update

Tyler Durden's picture

Some perspectives on the one event that has consumed everyone on the East Coast from CNN: "Hurricane Irene continues to crawl north after making landfall Saturday morning in North Carolina. The storm is expected to head up the East Coast from Virginia to Maine, bringing hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and widespread power outages. President Barack Obama warned that Irene could be a "hurricane of historic proportions."

Complete animated maps from NOAA:

Second interactive map after the jump:

CNN Live blog update can be found here.

[Update 11:01 a.m.] Hurricane Irene is battering eastern North Carolina and tropical storm conditions are spreading northward along the Delmarva coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and is moving northeast at 15 miles per hour, according to the 11 a.m. ET advisory. It is 50 miles west of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 120 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. The center of the storm will move across northeastern North Carolina during the afternoon. The hurricane is forecast to move over the Mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday night and over southern New England on Sunday.

[Update 10:46 a.m.] President Obama added Rhode Island to the list of states under a federal emergency declaration.

[Updated 10:34 a.m.] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday it's "conceivable" in downtown Manhattan there will be no electricity after Hurricane Irene blows through. He said that mass transit, which will be halted at noon on Saturday because of Hurricane Irene, is not likely to be fully back by Monday morning.

[Updated 10:14 a.m.] North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said Hurricane Irene "pounded the state all night," but the force isn't as great as originally forecast. She said there are high winds and flooding problems. More than 227,000 homes and businesses have lost power, she said. Irene has affected transportation in the eastern part of the state; 10 major roads have closed and airports have shut down. Perdue also said the eastern counties will see up to 9 inches of rain. "Please stay inside," she said to the people in the storm-affected region of the state.

[Updated 9:36 a.m.] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reminded people that mass transit is not going to be available in the city starting at noon. "If you have to leave, you have to start right now," he said.

[Updated 9:33 a.m.] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Hurricane Irene is now beginning to move up the Atlantic seaboard as expected and "the window of preparation is quickly closing." She urged people in the path of the storm to make sure they have enough supplies for a few days.

[Updated 9:09 a.m.] Several inches of standing water were covering streets and parking lots in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, after the worst of the storm had passed over, CNN's John Zarrella reported.

[Updated 9:07 a.m.] President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts to respond to Hurricane Irene. Earlier, Obama declared emergencies in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

[Updated 8:58 a.m.] North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said tourists and many residents have left the hurricane-slammed region of her state, but she said "some hangers-on who want to see the storm" remain.

[Updated 8:42 a.m.] A tornado warning is in effect for Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia, until 9 a.m.

[Updated 8:16 a.m.] Radar showed heavy rain falling throughout eastern North Carolina at a rate of 5 inches or more per hour. Outflow clouds from the hurricane stretched from southern Maine to northeastern Georgia.

[Updated 8 a.m.] The hurricane reached land five miles northeast of Cape Lookout and 60 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and was moving 14 mph.

[Updated 7:51 a.m.] Hurricane Irene has made landfall in eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center says in its latest advisory.

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HUGE_Gamma's picture

time to stock up on Gold and Silver, hunker down to ride this out

??'s picture


for your viewing enjoyment

live from New York City

watch 24 7 coverage of news anchors desperately seeking downed power-lines and flooded basements


Please note the feed goes to webcam status during advertisments so be patient

nmewn's picture

"live from New York City"

Yeah, Barry had to cut his vacation short...O'Bummer.

Apparently, as he flew over NY, he declared the entire state a disaster area...yesterday!!! Hurricane Irene exited the word yet on if Krugman was consulted first about this newest "broken window fallacy" stimulus scheme.

AARA Project Irene!!!

Green Leader's picture

Weather warfare, bitchez!

Obama is scared.

e_goldstein's picture

Um. Proof? And "Cloverfield" doesn't count.

mendigo's picture


it seems to me that they are blowing this storm out of proportion - as far as the nyc/nj area. hurricanes and noreasters are nothing new for this area but now for the 1st time they are closing the subway and having large scale mandatory evacuation

i suspect obama is using it as a way to funnel money, unchecked, to his friends in the government - short of that, i can't make sense of it

AldousHuxley's picture

It is showing New Jersey. We won't miss if the cast of Jersey shore gets wiped out into the sea along with bankster executives.


This is mother nature cleaning shit up. Tea party medicare recipients and republican defense contractors better not go to government for aid.


This is going to bring down unemployment amongst illegal alien construction workers.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

No offense but what the hell is gold and silver going to do for me today?  Those are long-term disaster items.  Today you want non-perishable food, water, clean clothes, friends, safety kits and a nice stash of whiskey.  I would rather have liquid assets today. 

We have gotten our first rain.  It has stopped for now.  My biggest fear is flooding.  Infrastructure damage takes a long time to clean up in this area.  Earlier there was plenty of traffic on The Hudson.  I even saw a cruise ship come in.  Right now the traffic is almost non-existent. 

IMA5U's picture

with all this rain there will be plenty of liquidity

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Who told you gold and silver were the answer to all of your problems? If you had piles of cash in your bank account, how does that help you during the storm?

Sure, water, food and shelter are necessary, especially during storms and rough times. Gold and silver are stores of wealth for once those times are over and you would like to maybe buy more food, or gasoline, and repair or improve your "shelter".

Think through the entire situation and maybe you'll fare better Maybe spending some of your food, water and shelter on a survival course or two would help.


FeralSerf's picture

The gold can be used as an anchor to prevent you from being blown away.   When outside today, be sure to carry at least 100 lbs. with you, securely attached.

AldousHuxley's picture

In resource rich Africa, gold, oil, it doesn't matter. Top of the pyramid are those with the big guns.


Guns > gold > food > dollars

Not For Reuse's picture

right, because anyone with the most rudimentary level of social skills, and enough gold or dollars to buy a ticket, opted out of that value structure a long fucking time ago. Being at the top of a social value pyramid with guns at the apex, in the "African warlord" sense, just means you have a bunch of poor sad stupid people carrying you around a shithole in a rickshaw. You still live in a shithole, and you still only see, smell, and taste shit wherever you go

Rodent Freikorps's picture

You should get out more.

It is good to be king. King in hell beats wage slave in heaven.

Not For Reuse's picture

I disagree, but whatever floats your boat. At least you are honest in openly qualifying your priorities

Prometheus418's picture

No it doesn't.

A wage slave in the US has a life that a fuedal king would have traded his crown for in a heartbeat.  Are you seriously suggesting that you would find it preferable to give up your modern conveniences simply to have the ability to control others?

Long-John-Silver's picture

Gold and Silver are heavy relative to density. A few in the pockets will keep you from blowing in the wind.

PulauHantu29's picture

I have to hand it to these States' guv'nors for warning the sheeples well in opposed to Japan where they told repeatedly told thier people....."it's only a tiny leak..."

of course, Kudos to ZH for all their updates on eoil spill and the "tiny leak" of radiation meltdown in Japan.

tim73's picture

How many have died there due to radiation, you greenpeace fuck?

quasimodo's picture

Why don't you travel to ground 0 at fuckyoushima to find out? I'll bet I can get at least one hundred posters to chip in for your trouble.

SilverDOG's picture

99 donors of yen to tell all.

99 donors of yen.


Where do we donate?

Pool Shark's picture

Here are the actual numbers to date:

Deaths from March 11th Earthquake/Tsunami = 23,097;hl%3Dnl&key=0Ajz6C6ng0MuadFJLLWktSm1xWTVUalJHWmdxZERHbGc&hl=en_US&authkey=COj70K8E%3Bhl%3Dnl#gid=1

Deaths at Fukushima Plant since March 11th = 3

Looks like natural disasters are still more dangerous than man-made ones... 

SRV - ES339's picture

How about getting back to us on those numbers in 10 years or so... where and how do they develop these right wing, reality denying, wackos (mandatory lobotomies)?

Pool Shark's picture

I'm not denying or advocating anything; merely citing actual facts (as opposed to hyperbole, innuendo and hysterical speculation).

Not doubt the number of deaths from radiation will rise substantially, but it looks like they have a lot of catching-up to do...


SRV - ES339's picture

Didn't mean to focus on you specifically PS, just wanted to cover the above comments so picked your's for reply... you do seem to support 'tim 73,' so are guilty by association IMHO.

FeralSerf's picture

If the extra cancer deaths from Chernobyl are any indication, the total number of extra deaths over the years from Fukushima will probably be in the millions.

Prometheus418's picture

Maybe so.

But how many billions will die of hunger if the peak oil folks are correct, and we do not have a working power substitute?  Even though bad things can and do happen, nuclear power is still not a bad option- you're far more likely to die in a car accident than from radiation, but no one is seriously considering senselessly demonizing and banning cars (yet.)

I know it's cold, but an actuarial decision is needed here.  The potential loss of millions does not outweigh the potential loss of billions.  And even in the worst estimates I've seen, millions have not been killed by radiation.  I will admit, the photos from Chernobyl are gruesome, and regrettable, but bad things happen, and we will never stop all of them.

FeralSerf's picture

It doesn't matter.  Even if there's unlimited free energy, there's a limit to the amount of food that can be produced.  If population continues to grow, some day that amount of food won't be adequate and there will be starvation.  All organisms, if allowed to propagate unchecked, will eventually be limited by their finite food supply.

Nuclear power and fossil fuels are both the means that TPTB use to control the proletariat.  Peak oil is Power Elite propaganda.  If you want lots of oil, drill a 7 mile deep hole in the Gulf of Mexico.  You'll get more than you bargained for.

TIMMAYYY's picture

we grow enough food to feed 11 billion people a year.

but we send half of that to feed cows and fund our meat habit...then we throw away a shit load...then we waste a shit load..and the food is concentrated in certain places...then we use some to create biofuel....


dont believe all the myths...and its not the power I am worried about...we can get power from coal and solar if we really wanted to...

im more concerned with the loss of plastics...medicines...gels....rubber....condoms....the lot like...


were in big trouble

mick_richfield's picture

Well, um.... they're probably going to lose Tokyo.  Does that count?

Confused's picture

How many have died there due to radiation, you greenpeace fuck?

Oh, you mean immediately. I'm sorry. 


Surely you are familiar with Chernobyls legacy. If not, google images will probably be a good place to start. 

DCFusor's picture

Sadly, it looks like a false alarm that will just discredit the governments more as whining pussies, who even with less to handle than they expected, probably won't handle it that well.  Just a hell of a lot of rain by the time it gets to the northern states.  Down in VA, we're both ready for much worse (have had practice too), and also not so whiny.

No one goes to ground zero at Fuk, and no one ever denied it's bad there -- it's everywhere else that matters.  Due to the local population being wiped out by natural causes, there's not much demand to be there just now, and before the crap went down, only the power plant workers were allowed to go there...and before the crap, just feet away from "ground zero" it was far hotter than that inside the containment vessels, duh -- and no one felt the need to "go there" either.  While some leakage ongoing is inevitable, the stuff doesn't just jump into the sky and spread itself all over you know.  Radiocativity doesn't replicate like a disease.  It takes neutrons to "activate" other substances, and those are absent when fission isn't going on.  All this radiation is your usual alpha, beta, gamma -- bad for you if too much, but doesn't make other stuff hot.

Funny how none of the whiners had anything to say BEFORE the problems -- they like those lights coming on at the flip of a switch and don't realize the "them" who create all the pollution by paying to have it done for them, are, well, themselves.  And now climbing on the backs of a bunch of dead people to push an agenda, well, that's pretty sick in my book.  Did you forget how many people died there, with nothing whatever to do with the reactor?  Do you even care?  Do you care they put the reactor there because the po' folk didn't have the means to object in a massive NIMBY?  Nah, you're just an attention whore using tradgey to have something to talk about, being unable to think of anything yourself that deserves attention.  Sick.

chubbar's picture

Napolitano is on the case so expect some new emergency legislation that allows no knock FEMA home inspections for the next twenty years along the entire path of Irene, +/- 300 miles either side. Remember, if you didn't do anything wrong you shouldn't have anything to object too! It's for your own good!

Almost Solvent's picture



Remember how fucking wrong they were on that earlier this year? 

Fuck weathermen and their stupid computer models

Are you kidding's picture

How about YOU try it and then get back to us...

Shirley Wilfahrt's picture that you honeybuns??

My little pigglywiggly still owes me dinner and some shopping....

snowball777's picture

And the evacuations are so they can catch you illegally transporting your firearms over state lines, but gun-afficionado Rick Perry is a Bilderberger, but is against the EPA regulating greenhouse gases, but still part of the front for the global warming scam, because humans can't affect the climate, but HAARP can cause earthquakes.

You guys have all the bases covered.


mick_richfield's picture

the stuff doesn't just jump into the sky and spread itself all over you know.

Does.  Has.  Is.  Will.

Now exceeding Soviet Chernobyl mandatory evacuation levels in two areas near Tokyo.


snowball777's picture

You're 100% sure there's been no recriticality in that shake'n'bake? No ionized blue glow to speak of?

Just sayin'

koaj's picture

no rain in jersey yet. cousin i40 miles off NC coast tells me its very windy and rainy but no major damage. be safe all if you are in the north east

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Would we get the same damage assessment from NC if they had subways and a highly packed metro area?  At least on the Outer Banks they build on stilts.  Last I checked none of those buildings in the Financial District or Midtown are built on stilts. 

A Nanny Moose's picture

Financial District? Sorry. We lost that long ago. Can't lose what we do not have. Let's not forget that some big bank have HQs in Mel Watt's little gerrymanderd sliver (or in DE).

As for the rest. Avoid the subway and first floors for a while. Maybe y'all can use this excess liquidity to fill The Bathtub and finally put it to good use a swimming pool. Your biggest problem might not be the amount of water, but that it is nasty, Hudson River water, and it's many organisms which have yet to be identified.


Flakmeister's picture

Westchester: First wave of rain came through and is gone... second wave starting as I type...  nothing out of the ordinary yet though...

RobotTrader's picture



Looks like Irene made landfall and is rapidly weakening. If it turns out to be "less bad", then Wall St. will celebrate on Monday with a huge rally. Not only that, but:

- Both Nasdaq and NYSE Summation Index turned up on Friday

- U.S. dollar failed to rally on Friday

- CRB Index looks like it is breaking out

- XRT and QQQ outperformed XRT the last few days

So all ingredients are there for a decent sized rally back up to the 200-day.

TuesdayBen's picture

Krugman must be crushed, why not you?

Careless Whisper's picture



RESISTANCE on the 20 day over here on the SPY:

But SUPPORT on the 20 day over here on the PHYS gold closed-end fund:





WestVillageIdiot's picture

XRT outperformed XRT?  How the fuck is that even possible?  That's like saying, "I beat myself in a race." 

mick_richfield's picture

RoboTrader is a 300-line Perl script.  Please don't expect too much.