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Trigger
09-14-03, 12:36 PM
Well... it's been a couple of days and nobody's said anything, but this is the largest Hurricane in 10 years. It's a Category 5 which means the windspeed is over 150mph. It's gonna hit the coast soon - will there be death? Will there be devistation? Will people lose their homes? Will it poop out and end up nothing more than a tropical storm?

Who here lives on the right coast? Worried? Prepared?

Deftones
09-14-03, 01:04 PM
where is it going to hit? I hadn't seen anything until now. I've got family both in Florida and Georgia, so these things aren't good.

Trigger
09-14-03, 01:13 PM
I thought I heard today that it was gonna hit N. Carolina. Last Hurricane this bad that hit the US was Andrew in 92.


Here's the movement on Friday - http://i.cnn.net/cnn/2003/WEATHER/09/12/hurricane.isabel/vert.animated.gif

Here's the projected path... http://www.hurricaneadvisories.com/trackmap2002.gif

zuffy
09-14-03, 01:17 PM
Question: Why are most of the hurricanes named after a female?

Trigger
09-14-03, 01:23 PM
"All hurricanes are given names. Why is that? To help us identify storms and track them as they move across the ocean. Remember, there can be more than one hurricane at a time and without naming them, we could get confused and which storm we're talking about.

For hundreds of year, hurricanes in the West Indies were named after the particular saint's day on which the hurricane occurred. An Australian meteorologist began giving women's names to tropical storms before the end of the 19th century. In 1953, the U.S. National Weather Service, which is the federal agency that tracks hurricanes and issues warnings and watches, began using female names for storms.

In 1979, both women and men's names were used. One name for each letter of the alphabet is selected, except for Q, U and Z. For Atlantic Ocean hurricanes, the names may be French, Spanish or English, since these are the major languages bordering the Atlantic Ocean where the storm occur.

So who decides what names are used each year? The World Meteorological Organization uses six lists in rotation. The same lists are reused every six years. The only time a new name is added is if a hurricane is very deadly or costly. Then the name is retired and a new name is chosen."

Flay
09-14-03, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by zuffy
Question: Why are most of the hurricanes named after a female?
Actually it's half male, half female.

The names for 2003 are:

Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fabian
Grace
Henri
Isabel
Juan
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

zuffy
09-14-03, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by Flay
Actually it's half male, half female.

But aren't the female name hurricanes more vicious? :p

Phil L.
09-14-03, 01:40 PM
Originally posted by Flay
Actually it's half male, half female.

The names for 2003 are:

Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fabian
Grace
Henri
Isabel
Juan
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda


Erika sounds cute. :D

wildcatlh
09-14-03, 02:07 PM
Assuming it does hit the East Coast, it's not going to hit as a category 5 (probably a category 3), and it's supposedly going to hit somewhere between North Carolina and New Jersey

http://maps.wunderground.com/data/images/at200313_5day.gif

And after being in the worst-hit area during Andrew in 1992, this can't be that bad. :) (of course, I don't think the buildings are as hurricane-ready here in Philly as they are in Miami)

Tsar Chasm
09-14-03, 02:19 PM
Originally posted by Phil L.
Erika sounds cute. :D

Erika was impotent and wouldn't blow.

http://home.comcast.net/~tsarchasm/erika.jpg

X
09-14-03, 02:27 PM
It's going for Washington D.C. :eek:

And Al Qaeda's taking credit!

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT13/refresh/AL1303W5+GIF/081203W5.gif

Phil L.
09-14-03, 02:46 PM
Actually this concerns me.

I am flying to Chicago tomorrow morning, and meeting my wife who is already there.
We are schedueled to fly back into NJ on thur., just in time for this stupid hurricane to hit.

Cripes, Newark airport gets backed up with huge delays if a bird craps on the runway.
This ought to be just wonderful.

All while my basement is filling with water.

Tsar Chasm
09-14-03, 02:52 PM
Originally posted by Phil L.
Actually this concerns me.

I am flying to Chicago tomorrow morning, and meeting my wife who is already there.
We are schedueled to fly back into NJ on thur., just in time for this stupid hurricane to hit.

Cripes, Newark airport gets backed up with huge delays if a bird craps on the runway.
This ought to be just wonderful.

All while my basement is filling with water.

You have nothing to fear, the blowhards in D.C. will counteract this hurricane.

zuffy
09-14-03, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Phil L.
Cripes, Newark airport gets backed up with huge delays if a bird craps on the runway.

Those bird craps can be slippery you know :p

wildcatlh
09-14-03, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
You have nothing to fear, the blowhards in D.C. will counteract this hurricane.

Dammit, did this thread really need a political bash? Yeesh.

Tsar Chasm
09-14-03, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by WildcatLH
Dammit, did this thread really need a political bash? Yeesh.

It was bipartisan. ;)


breathe


breathe

Sdallnct
09-14-03, 03:00 PM
It concerns me in the sense that it is possible that I would have to go work it. Tho since I'm going to be on a special assignment within the next 8 weeks, I may not have to go. But when a big one hits, all bets are off.

I bet if it hits at Cat 5, I would go....

Trigger
09-14-03, 03:06 PM
Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
You have nothing to fear, the blowhards in D.C. will counteract this hurricane. but at least Isabel didn't give a BJ in the whitehouse

OldDude
09-14-03, 04:25 PM
Forecasters are saying it will hit East Coast somewhere as a major hurricane, Thursday-Friday; they're not sure where yet.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WEATHER/09/14/hurricane.isabel/index.html
Hurricane Isabel predicted to hit U.S.
Storm has top winds of 155 mph
Sunday, September 14, 2003 Posted: 1:22 PM EDT (1722 GMT)

HURRICANE ISABEL

At 11 a.m. Sunday EDT
Latitude: 23.7 N
Longitude: 66.3 W
Position: 370 miles (595 kilometers) east-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Top sustained winds: Near 155 mph (250 kp/h)
Map: Projected path


(CNN) -- Hurricane Isabel dipped just below Category 5 status late Sunday morning, but the still powerful hurricane with top winds of 155 mph was forecast to hit the U.S. East Coast by the end of the week.

"We feel pretty confident that someone will (get hit)," said Eric Blake, a specialist at the National Hurricane Center told Reuters. "We're forecasting a major hurricane for the United States East Coast."

Hurricane center forecasters said they expected the storm to hit the U.S. East Coast by the end of the week, but added that air currents and condition could push it further north before landfall.

"Landfall along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast somewhere between North Carolina and New Jersey between four or five days is appearing more and more likely," the hurricane center said.
. . .

Tsar Chasm
09-14-03, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
but at least Isabel didn't give a BJ in the whitehouse

Yet, Trigger. Yet. But when she does blow into town, you can bet your ass that GWB will lie about it. It's tradition :)

zuffy
09-14-03, 04:38 PM
If it's coming to NYC, I'll make sure my car is not parked under or nearby a tree :D

Trigger
09-14-03, 06:29 PM
Well, if it's headed north like this - it's probably not gonna be much of a storm. It's just that it keeps popping up on the news cuz it's a category 5 right now.

wildcatlh
09-14-03, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
Well, if it's headed north like this - it's probably not gonna be much of a storm. It's just that it keeps popping up on the news cuz it's a category 5 right now.

It's still going to hit as a strong category 2 or category 3. That's big enough to cause a helluva lot of damage.

Trigger
09-14-03, 07:46 PM
Ya think? There's still several days before it gets there - I'm thinking it might just peter out.

Sdallnct
09-14-03, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
Well, if it's headed north like this - it's probably not gonna be much of a storm. It's just that it keeps popping up on the news cuz it's a category 5 right now.

I agree (or at least hope). Once it gets north of say Carolina's, the water should start to really cool off, which should weaken it a lot.

The worse is when the storm is getting stronger when it hits land.

wildcatlh
09-14-03, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
Ya think? There's still several days before it gets there - I'm thinking it might just peter out.

Here's the technical mumbo jumbo:

Isabel is forecast to begin accelerating north or
north-northwestward under increasing southerly upper-level flow.
However...the central core of Isabel is expected to remain east of
the strongest winds and under 15-25 kt 200 mb flow. This would tend to keep Isabel stronger than what the SHIPS intensity model has been indicating...especially since Isabel will be moving over the warm gulfstream offshore North Carolina just prior to landfall.

Here's the translation: It's not going to weaken that much.

Trigger
09-14-03, 09:43 PM
Hmm... well... :hscratch: Sounds like it'll still eff shit up. Normally, when storms like this move up north, they die out before hitting land. We can only hope this one does too - so for the sake of everyone living there, let's hope that info turns out to be wrong.

wildcatlh
09-14-03, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
Hmm... well... :hscratch: Sounds like it'll still eff shit up. Normally, when storms like this move up north, they die out before hitting land. We can only hope this one does too - so for the sake of everyone living there, let's hope that info turns out to be wrong.

From the middle of the projected path, I agree whole-heartedly. :)

This stuff has fascinated me ever since Andrew hit Miami in 1992 (I was in High School at the time, and lived in one of the hardest-hit areas south of Miami). So I've studied it a lot. Which is a good thing and a bad thing, because I know too much for my own good sometimes with these things. :)

greg9x
09-14-03, 11:11 PM
Wow, I wasn't aware this was heading right for us...should be fun.
When I was in Okinawa we got typhoons (Pacific Hurricanes) all the time, even super typhoons... the island is just a dot in the ocean, nothing to slow them down... it was fun when they just circled around, we'd be stuck for 3 days sometimes. But of course everything there is built to withstand them.

Greg

broadwayblue
09-14-03, 11:20 PM
any chance it will hit Long Beach Island? my friend and i were just discussing how every 20 or 30 years the whole island gets destroyed and then rather than rebuild a lot of people sell their homes (read empty lots) for nothing. any chance a cheap beach front lot is in my future?

Trigger
09-15-03, 01:42 AM
Originally posted by greg9x
Wow, I wasn't aware this was heading right for us...should be fun.
When I was in Okinawa we got typhoons (Pacific Hurricanes) all the time, even super typhoons... the island is just a dot in the ocean, nothing to slow them down... it was fun when they just circled around, we'd be stuck for 3 days sometimes. But of course everything there is built to withstand them.

Greg I saw some thing on PBS about this new airport in Japan - they've got some crazy engineers there... that airport is friggin nuts. It's like built on some sinking patch of land and to compensate they adjust these hydraulic things to raise it up every week or so - like stilts - and still, this thing could weather any storm you throw at it.

SunMonkey
09-15-03, 01:57 AM
Originally posted by Trigger
I saw some thing on PBS about this new airport in Japan - they've got some crazy engineers there... that airport is friggin nuts. It's like built on some sinking patch of land and to compensate they adjust these hydraulic things to raise it up every week or so - like stilts - and still, this thing could weather any storm you throw at it.

Yeah, I flew in to there a couple years back. But, at the time I thought they said the airport would eventually sink into the ocean. It sounds like they might have figured something out.

SunMonkey
09-15-03, 08:04 PM
Dropped to a Category 3. :up:

Here are some neat pictures from space of Isabel:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030915/capt.1063654309.hurricane_isabel_ht102.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030915/capt.1063654171.hurricane_isabel_ht103.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030915/capt.1063657787.hurricane_isabel_ny117.jpg

zak52
09-15-03, 08:17 PM
I hope it keeps getting weaker. I would rather not have my house become part of the inner harbor here in Baltimore.

Red Dog
09-15-03, 08:35 PM
I'm concerned about this since I am supposed to fly out to Vegas from Dulles on Friday morning.

Alien Redrum
09-15-03, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by zak52
I hope it keeps getting weaker. I would rather not have my house become part of the inner harbor here in Baltimore.

:thumbsup:

I'm near the Annapolis Harbor.

This is going to suck. :mad:

BJacks
09-15-03, 09:40 PM
I wonder how bad it'll be on the VA side of DC (excluding Annapolis - sounds like you guys are screwed). Man, and I have to work Thursday.

Static Cling
09-15-03, 11:04 PM
I hope it peters out more. BJacks, my girlfriend lives right up by where you live... she asked me if she could fly down to see me this weekend, and I actually didn't think it was too bad of an idea. :) Her house has a basement, so if things get too crazy, they can seek shelter in there. I guess I'm just a little worried, even though I may have no reason to be... so if I have no reason to be worried, people should feel free to assure me of that. :)

Phil L.
09-15-03, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Static Cling
I hope it peters out more. BJacks, my girlfriend lives right up by where you live... she asked me if she could fly down to see me this weekend, and I actually didn't think it was too bad of an idea. :) Her house has a basement, so if things get too crazy, they can seek shelter in there.

The last time we had to deal with a hurricane here in the NJ area (Floyd in 1999) everyone's basement flooded.
We spent 14 straight hours pushing water toward a sump pump in order to save our stuff.
I'm not looking forward to a repeat of that.

Hokeyboy
09-15-03, 11:46 PM
I also lived through Hurricane Andrew in '92, living between Miami and Homestead in Palmetto Bay, FL. It's not something you ever want to go through. There's nothing quite like watching the house you lived in for 20 years completely flooded out and gutted by 14-foot tidal surges (we lived close to the bay in an Evacuated Zone), going without phones for three weeks, electricity for five, and air-conditioning for almost two months. Not to mention curfews, National Guardsmen everywhere, armed looters, and price gougers attempting to charge you $20 for a block of ice.

(I became a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment after going through this ordeal, believe you me.)

Let's hope and pray this thing blows back out into the Atlantic. I wouldn't want to wish a hurricane or hurricane recovery on anyone. Except for Jeff Schwartz.

mtucker
09-15-03, 11:51 PM
yay, another hurricane. already there's been a run on milk and bread at the stores...people are snatching up generators like you wouldn't believe.

Trigger
09-16-03, 12:03 AM
You should've seen the idiots in AZ when there was a "gas shortage"... people waiting in line at the pump with their AC on and car running for hours and then filling up and topping off and filling up gas cans and milk jugs and hot water bottles and whatever else with gas just in case there's never gonna be any more gas ever again.

Jackskeleton
09-16-03, 12:08 AM
Let me tell you, Being new to florida I was crapping bricks because of this one... Hopefully it dies down before touching land and wrecking hell.

Static Cling
09-16-03, 12:23 AM
Originally posted by Phil L.
The last time we had to deal with a hurricane here in the NJ area (Floyd in 1999) everyone's basement flooded.
We spent 14 straight hours pushing water toward a sump pump in order to save our stuff.
I'm not looking forward to a repeat of that. Okay, so what you're saying is, ixnay on the idinghay in the asementbay. Got it. :)

tanman
09-16-03, 02:20 AM
Seriously guys a Hurricane is nothing to joke about. Remember that in addition to all the dangers of a hurricane they do spawn tornadoes as well. You never know what it is like until you've been through one. I used to live on the east coast of FL a block away from the beach and had to evacuate. Luckily it was only a category 1. We were actually lucky that we were close to shore. Since it was only category 1 the winds weren't too bad to cause a large tidal surge. The people who got it bad were those slightly inland since that is where most of the rain dumped. Had nightmares about our house not being there in the morning and stuff like that.

Some tips:

1.Evacuate if you are told to do so.
2.Make a video of your home and belongings for insurance.
3.Bring important papers with you.
4.If you can lift your furniture on cement blocks.
5.Install storm shutters or board up with plywood.
6.Remove any stray matterial from your yard.
7.Fill a tub with water to use if the power goes out.
8.Remember that pets aren't allowed in shelters. either give them to a relative or leave lots of water and food out. Also give them an escape route, don't let them get trapped.

Here are some other tips:
http://www.weather.com/safeside/tropical/before.html

wildcatlh
09-16-03, 09:14 AM
Originally posted by Matt Millheiser
I also lived through Hurricane Andrew in '92, living between Miami and Homestead in Palmetto Bay, FL. It's not something you ever want to go through. There's nothing quite like watching the house you lived in for 20 years completely flooded out and gutted by 14-foot tidal surges (we lived close to the bay in an Evacuated Zone), going without phones for three weeks, electricity for five, and air-conditioning for almost two months. Not to mention curfews, National Guardsmen everywhere, armed looters, and price gougers attempting to charge you $20 for a block of ice.

(I became a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment after going through this ordeal, believe you me.)

Let's hope and pray this thing blows back out into the Atlantic. I wouldn't want to wish a hurricane or hurricane recovery on anyone. Except for Jeff Schwartz.

heh... I lived in Kendall (or what would now be considered Pinecrest). No phone for 4 weeks, no power for 6 weeks, and the cable didn't come back on until March. We were far enough inland that we didn't deal with any kind of storm surge (although for being a mile+ inland, there was still a couple of feet of water from the bay on our street). But we were missing the back half of our roof and somehow the screen (on our screened in patio) ended up in front of the house (it started out in the back). I still can't figure out how that one happened. :).

And I remember all the gougers. I was out driving with my father (I don't remember why), and there were guys at a shopping center (at 144th and South Dixie) who were trying to charge $2000+ for generators that cost 1/3rd of that.

Luckily, although it doesn't look like it'll miss the coast, it's weakened considerably. Which is pretty good. :thumbsup:. The one big thing I'm worried about here is that we've already had some major flooding around here yesterday. This isn't going to help matters.

Iron Chef
09-16-03, 09:34 AM
It's been nice knowing you guys.

mwuhahahahahaha

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/20030915/450HURRICANE_ISABEL2.jpg

hotaru_san
09-16-03, 09:37 AM
in florida we were told that TS Henri was going to majorly screw up central florida (because much of central florida has been flooded for the last month or two). People were putting out sand bags and evacuating- then the storm sorta calmed down fast and crossed over the state without doing much of any damage at all- hopefully Isabel will turn out to be similar (lots of warnings/little damage).

I watched some of the coverage of Bermuda being hit a few weeks ago, it looked pretty terrible.
We were originally worried about this one- I have to say that I was happy to see it turn, but I do hope that it keeps loosing strength as it travels north.

Flashback
09-16-03, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by Red Dog
I'm concerned about this since I am supposed to fly out to Vegas from Dulles on Friday morning.

I leave Thursday afternoon for Vegas (from Chicago though).

Hope you make it out....these storms can change at any time. Intensity...direction....OR just leave earlier in the week -wink-

wmansir
09-16-03, 01:15 PM
I like this blurb

More weakening was possible Tuesday but the storm could strengthen again before landfall, the National Hurricane Center said in Miami.


Thanks for the info NHC! I can tell you guys have been studying Hurricanes for a while, such detailed information.



Here's the article, nothing special, just an AP peice on the storm.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20030916/D7TJK8O81.html

wildcatlh
09-16-03, 01:32 PM
Update for those of us on the East Coast...

At 11 am EDT...1500z...a Hurricane Watch is in effect from Little River Inlet South Carolina to Chincoteague Virginia...including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds...Chesapeake Bay south of North Beach
Maryland...and the tidal Potomac. A Hurricane Watch means that
hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area...generally
within 36 hours.

Hurricane warnings may be required later today or tonight.

At 11 am EDT...a tropical storm watch is in effect south of
Little River Inlet to South Santee River South Carolina. A
tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area...generally within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch may be required north of the Hurricane Watch area later today or tonight.

It stil looks like it heads inland near Cape Hatteras and then goes north and west. I think that at least for those of us in SE PA/South Jersey/Delaware, it means some wind (around tropical storm strength), and rain... which is bad considering the flooding. But hopefully we get spared a direct hit.

Goldblum
09-16-03, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the info, Wildcat. Living in SE PA and a "Wildcat" myself, might I add, this is good news.

Bandoman
09-16-03, 03:08 PM
I'm in SE PA, and I'm supposed to drive to State College Thursday. This should be interesting...

Trigger
09-16-03, 03:09 PM
Winds are now at about 103mph. Looks like it's losing steam.

Red Dog
09-16-03, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
Winds are now at about 103mph. Looks like it's losing steam.


Yeah but I don't think it has crossed over the Gulf Stream yet. They say it should regain strength when it does so.

Red Dog
09-16-03, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by Bandoman
I'm in SE PA, and I'm supposed to drive to State College Thursday. This should be interesting...


You should be okay Thursday judging by the projected path/timeline.

MonkeyG
09-16-03, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by Red Dog
Yeah but I don't think it has crossed over the Gulf Stream yet. They say it should regain strength when it does so.

Any ideal on average how much a hurricane gains in strength when crossing the Gulf Stream?

wildcatlh
09-16-03, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by who me?
Any ideal on average how much a hurricane gains in strength when crossing the Gulf Stream?

Minimal, although this one's going to spend more time over the Gulf Stream than most.

The question now is whether it's broken up enough that it won't gain strength from that.

Either way this is still coming on land as a hurricane, and it's still going to cause big problems (maybe more in terms of flood damage than wind damage)

And for those of us in SE PA, a bit of a warning. According to the news I saw this morning, because of all the rain we've had lately, it's only going to take winds of around 40 MPH to start taking trees down. So watch out.

Sdallnct
09-16-03, 10:05 PM
Alrighty then...Isabel here I come.

I figured I would have to work it.

But DAMM that is a long drive for me. Leave tomorrow. Hope to arrive in Richmond on Sunday (well Richmond is my target for now. Will get instructions on the road)

On the road again...

hgar78
09-17-03, 07:49 PM
well, DC is going nuts over isabel! they are stopping all public transportation tomorrow at 11am, handing out sandbags, all federal employees (except emergency workers) have off tomorrow and schools will be closed.

our power will most likely go out, i'm just hoping not for long....i'm not complaining though, i can't go to work if there's no transportation :D

BJacks
09-17-03, 07:55 PM
We sold out of every C and D battery at Circuit City yesterday, and all our battery-operated televisions. And last night we went to Wal-Mart to get a Mag-Lite and they were completely out of every flashlight.

Red Dog
09-17-03, 08:01 PM
United cancelled most if not all flights out of Dulles Friday. Fortunately, I was able to reschedule my Fri morning flight to Vegas to the evening from National. Hopefully, Isabel will be out of the area by then.

My preparation for the onslaught tomorron night? Buying 4 candles.

I just hope the power stays on until 9:30 tomorrow night so I can watch Survivor.

Eplicon
09-17-03, 10:13 PM
Near me, it felt like people were preparing for Judgment Day or something with the way they piled up on water and other rations (especially the batteries!). With bottled water low on stock in some places, most did the logical thing and bought like six or seven cases of 12-pack sodas. If the power goes out, I'll be eating granola bars, bananas, and pretzels for the time being. I was too frugal to pay too much for this event. :)

My company cancelled work for Thursday and Friday, which is kinda nice but also sucks because I don't get paid for days I don't work!

wildcatlh
09-17-03, 10:17 PM
They're saying we'll have trpical storm conditions around here. Heck, when I lived in Miami, that was at worst a once every other year situation. No biggie.

The only thing that worries me is that the ground here is so soaked that it's not going to take a lot of rain to cause flooding and it's not going to take a lot of wind to bring trees down (which can do bad things like take out power lines).

RoyalTea
09-17-03, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by Red Dog
I just hope the power stays on until 9:30 tomorrow night so I can watch Survivor. If I lose power, I'm going to go crazy. I'll probably just down half a bottle of nyquil and go to sleep.

Red Dog
09-17-03, 10:58 PM
Originally posted by Eplicon
Near me, it felt like people were preparing for Judgment Day or something with the way they piled up on water and other rations (especially the batteries!). With bottled water low on stock in some places, most did the logical thing and bought like six or seven cases of 12-pack sodas. If the power goes out, I'll be eating granola bars, bananas, and pretzels for the time being. I was too frugal to pay too much for this event. :)

My company cancelled work for Thursday and Friday, which is kinda nice but also sucks because I don't get paid for days I don't work!


I went to Costco on Saturday. I got 2 cases of Coke and a case of 7-UP. That ought be enough to mix with the 1.75 ML of Jack and the liter of Turkey I got. ;)

The bag of chips I got will be p-p-p-p-p-p-plenty. :D

Red Dog
09-17-03, 11:00 PM
Wow - they are talking about shutting Metro down at 11 am tomorrow.

Red Dog
09-17-03, 11:13 PM
I love it. Ch 9 has their man out in the field of hardware stores and he said that at one Home Depot today, 38 generators were sold in 20 minutes and shortly thereafter, a guy was scalping generators in the parking lot for $200 over list price. :lol:

namja
09-17-03, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by Flay
Actually it's half male, half female.
And it's every other. If A is female, then B is male, and C is female, and D is male, etc. The this also rotates every other year (one year A is male, then the next year A is female). Complete list found here:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml

RoyalTea
09-18-03, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Red Dog
I love it. Ch 9 has their man out in the field of hardware stores and he said that at one Home Depot today, 38 generators were sold in 20 minutes and shortly thereafter, a guy was scalping generators in the parking lot for $200 over list price. :lol: does any area of the country have more "weather-wussies" than DC?

this is ridiculous.

BJacks
09-18-03, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by RoyalTea
does any area of the country have more "weather-wussies" than DC?Nope. Which is why when it's light rain you get people driving 15mph on the beltway and about five zillion accidents. These people wouldn't survive ten minutes in Michigan.

Red Dog
09-18-03, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by RoyalTea
does any area of the country have more "weather-wussies" than DC?

this is ridiculous.


No but keep in mind that the Mid-Atlantic probably has the most benign weather compared to anywhere else in the country.

greg9x
09-18-03, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by BJacks
Nope. Which is why when it's light rain you get people driving 15mph on the beltway and about five zillion accidents. These people wouldn't survive ten minutes in Michigan.

15 MPH is when it looks like it will rain.. 20-30 MPH under when it actually rains... funny thing is when there's ice and snow on the road half drive 5 MPH but the rest drive 10 MPH over because they have 4WD -rolleyes- ... laughed every snow last winter cause there would be 20-30 people off the road or in the median.

Greg

Red Dog
09-18-03, 09:31 AM
The driving problem in DC results from having a mix of drivers from many different areas of the country. You have a bunch of people driving too fast in inclement weather and a bunch of people driving too slow. It is a dangerous combination.

hgar78
09-18-03, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by RoyalTea
does any area of the country have more "weather-wussies" than DC?

this is ridiculous.

i'm beginning to think, no! they cannot handle anything and it's not just the people but the city itself. metro can't operate if someone spits on the track and the drivers are all accidents waiting to happen!

being from florida, i'm used to this. we have hurricane parties whenever they come around, but here, i agree with Eplicon, they treat it like Judgement Day! -rolleyes-

Dah-Dee
09-18-03, 10:20 AM
I prepared for the hurricane to hit here in Richmond, VA by picking up an extra thing of canned air for the PC on clearance at Staples. Woot!

Edit: Okay, okay, I confess: I'd already prepared for the hurricane -- by stocking up on brownie bites from Ukrops. Mmmm, brownie bites.....

icondude
09-18-03, 10:57 AM
I hope my apartment isn't under water when I get home from work.

:(

icondude
09-18-03, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by hgar78
well, DC is going nuts over isabel! they are stopping all public transportation tomorrow at 11am, handing out sandbags, all federal employees (except emergency workers) have off tomorrow and schools will be closed.

our power will most likely go out, i'm just hoping not for long....i'm not complaining though, i can't go to work if there's no transportation :D

It's not just the power outage that's going to be a problem, it's the tress falling on the power lines AND blocking the roads all over the place. It's not good when BGE and PEPCO trucks can't even get to site of the downed wires. Should be worse than the storm of a couple of weeks ago. For some reason these things never affect my apartment. I think my power lines might be underground, or something.

icondude
09-18-03, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by Alien Redrum
:thumbsup:

I'm near the Annapolis Harbor.

Pics? Annapolis City dock is often under 1 ft of water or so, this storm should be interesting. Take some high water pics.

Red Dog
09-18-03, 12:27 PM
Starting to rain in Alexandria.

cliffzig
09-18-03, 12:49 PM
Originally posted by Red Dog
The driving problem in DC results from having a mix of drivers from many different areas of the country. You have a bunch of people driving too fast in inclement weather and a bunch of people driving too slow. It is a dangerous combination.

More so than this Red Dog, we have people from all over the world. Never in one place (well maybe NYC), have I seen ethnic diversity so well defined. That's a lot of different driving customs and cultures all mixed into one.

cliffzig
09-18-03, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by icondude
I hope my apartment isn't under water when I get home from work.

:(

My apartment is on the 11th floor, so I very well hope mine is not underwater!

mljones99
09-18-03, 01:04 PM
Here in Charlotte its cloudy and very windy. No rain yet but according to weather.com it should be here tomorrow morning. Looking at the latest weather map puts the edge of the storm about an hour east of Charlotte. Should be a sloooooooooow night at work tonigt.

mtucker
09-18-03, 01:20 PM
Lot of wind and rain over here...well, it is a hurricane.

Thunderball
09-18-03, 01:28 PM
Is this as bad as they were expecting? Someone told me it wasn't..

NotThatGuy
09-18-03, 01:32 PM
From what I"ve seen...I hope I don't lose power. I JUST got cable and internet about 2 hours ago...hopefully it will stay on. And my mini-townhouse is at the bottom of a 4-ft drop off, so I may be a bit wet :)

Good luck everything. Keep your fingers crossed that b'more shuts down, but I have power in the county...which means no work, but alot of DVD's and relaxing.

-pedagogue

icondude
09-18-03, 01:52 PM
Originally posted by Thunderball
Is this as bad as they were expecting? Someone told me it wasn't..

So far correct. I think my apartment will not be flooded when I get home from work today. :D

Tonight and tommorrw might be another story though.

FlashStash
09-18-03, 02:09 PM
Has anyone been sent the supposed picture of the storm taken of the bow of a ship? Obviously photochopped to me...I can't host it from work, if someone can host it I will forward it along.

FS

SunMonkey
09-18-03, 02:38 PM
:lol: These reporters covering the storm are funny. This one guy is on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach doing a bit, and when a couple of guys pulled up on a side street in a 4X4 to take a look, he called them idiots for being out in the weather.

jdodd
09-18-03, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by FlashStash
Has anyone been sent the supposed picture of the storm taken of the bow of a ship? Obviously photochopped to me...I can't host it from work, if someone can host it I will forward it along.

FS
Snopes has it:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/graphics/lili.jpg

FlashStash
09-18-03, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by jdodd
Snopes has it:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/graphics/lili.jpg

Nope, this is a different one...

FS

Da Thrilla
09-18-03, 02:54 PM
One of my uncles lives in Wilmington, his house is 50 feet from the shore! He and his family are actually staying in town :eek: , and are taking shelter at a nearby hospital.
My mom talked to him about why he didn't want to leave town, and he said, 'We've survived about 5 already, we'll be fine!'


I hope so!!

Geofferson
09-18-03, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by FlashStash
Nope, this is a different one...

FS
This it?

http://www.nvcc.edu/home/lfanelli/pics/isabelle.jpg

NotThatGuy
09-18-03, 02:59 PM
I have a 3:15pm meeting, and then out outta here. Hopefully it won't get too bad between now and when I go to the store, then home.

-pedagogue

FlashStash
09-18-03, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by Geofferson
This it?



That's the one! Fake, right?

FS

KnightLerxst
09-18-03, 03:04 PM
STAND BACK!!!

http://raw.wwe.com/superstars/hurricane/images/01.jpg

THERE'S A HURRICANE COMING THROUGH!!!

OldDude
09-18-03, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by FlashStash
That's the one! Fake, right?

FS

Gotta be fake. That "wall" is way too well defined, and then the clouds break up too fast. Our weather people are saying the clouds we have in Michigan are the fringe of Isabel, although we won't get rain until tomorrow.

They might have started with a waterspout (tornado over water) and photochopped it, but it would be a big-ass waterspout (but thats easy to edit0.

Da Thrilla
09-18-03, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by KnightLerxst
STAND BACK!!!

http://raw.wwe.com/superstars/hurricane/images/01.jpg

THERE'S A HURRICANE COMING THROUGH!!!

:up::up:

Red Dog
09-18-03, 04:51 PM
Well the power just went out here and it isn't even that bad yet.

Red Dog
09-18-03, 04:55 PM
....and comes back on. It is going to be a long frustrating night.

Y2K Falcon
09-18-03, 05:13 PM
The funny thing would be if the A&M/Va. Tech game goes on as scheduled, and most of Virginia isn't able to see it due to power outages and 'rain fade'. :lol:



Are you at work, Red Dog? How long can you post with the power out. ;)

Red Dog
09-18-03, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by Y2K Falcon


Are you at work, Red Dog? How long can you post with the power out. ;)


They sent us home at 12:30 when it started raining. The office was only about a 1/3 full today.

I think my battery lasts about 2 hours.

Red Dog
09-18-03, 06:25 PM
Idiots. Ch 9 just interviewed some sap sitting at a bus stop who was waiting 90 minutes for a bus. The buses stopped running at midday.

B.A.
09-18-03, 06:38 PM
I was just watching ABC news and one of their reporters was practically getting blown over in VA Beach, VA - have any reporters or weathermen/women ever been killed in a hurricane? just curious...

B.A.
09-18-03, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by Red Dog
Idiots. Ch 9 just interviewed some sap sitting at a bus stop who was waiting 90 minutes for a bus. The buses stopped running at midday.
rotfl

what patience that moron must have.

RD - hope you don't lose power and if you do hope it's not gone for long.

Trigger
09-18-03, 07:51 PM
Don't know if it was mentioned in this thread yet...

I saw on the news yesterday... police were trying to get the stubborn people to evacuate, so they were going door to door telling people to write their name, social security number and next of kin on their arm with a sharpie so they can be identified later... that would scare me into leaving, but I guess some people don't wanna leave their stuff behind.

Gunshy
09-18-03, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by FlashStash
That's the one! Fake, right?

FS

Naw, it's prolly legit. The leading part of cold fronts and strong storms can look pretty whack:

http://www.bom.gov.au/info/ftweather/images/storm01.jpg

http://www.cs.concordia.ca/~faculty/grogono/coldfront.jpg

http://www.abc.net.au/adelaide/stories/Urandangie_m465071.JPG

http://www.ucar.edu/communications/newsreleases/2000/storm.gif

http://lightsphere.com/photos/storm/storm1.jpg

http://skydiary.com/gallery/chase2001/050801roundrain.jpg

http://www.jimreedphoto.com/2002-images/A120.jpg

http://www.agnld.uni-potsdam.de/~sven/rotation.gif

http://www.harkphoto.com/super.jpeg

http://www.tapestryweb.org/tornado/images/wallcloud.jpg

http://www.ems.psu.edu/~lno/Meteo437/SuperCell.JPG

OK, that one was just a pretty.

And just so you can't say I'm off-track:

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/flight/images/fly00223.jpg

Last but not least, the baddest clouds of all:

http://sa1.star.uclan.ac.uk/~prn/lenticular/late.jpg

http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/lenticular.jpg

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/denali/extremes/images/lenticular.jpg

-Gunshy

Y2K Falcon
09-18-03, 10:37 PM
Geez, Gunshy!

Has Jeff Goldblum decoded the alien signal yet? -eek-

RoQuEr
09-19-03, 02:18 PM
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-7/hires/iss007e14887.jpg

big hurricane, eh?

hgar78
09-20-03, 11:24 AM
well, so far we are on day 2 without power. it went out early on when we were hardly having any wind. our entire side of the city is withuot. trees are down all over DC and i've hardly seen any crews working. we spend yesterday at the mall since we were soooo bored and today i'm at school to study and catch up on what the hecks been going on. i feel so out of the loop :( hopefully we'll have power soon....

Trigger
09-20-03, 01:35 PM
I thought it was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit land...

OldDude
09-20-03, 10:40 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
I thought it was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit land...

No. It was still category 2 at landfall (at least as the eye-wall hit, maybe not the eye itself, which is calm), but they break up quickly. Here is ling to official record with six hour reports:
http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/at200313.asp
Tracking info for Hurricane Isabel
Time Lat Lon Wind(mph) Pressure Storm type
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
09 GMT 09/14/03 23.3N 65.2W 160 938 Category 5 Hurricane
15 GMT 09/14/03 23.7N 66.3W 155 939 Category 4 Hurricane
21 GMT 09/14/03 24.1N 67.4W 155 933 Category 4 Hurricane
03 GMT 09/15/03 24.5N 68.3W 155 933 Category 4 Hurricane
09 GMT 09/15/03 24.8N 69.0W 150 940 Category 4 Hurricane
15 GMT 09/15/03 25.2N 69.4W 140 945 Category 4 Hurricane
21 GMT 09/15/03 25.6N 70.0W 125 949 Category 3 Hurricane
03 GMT 09/16/03 26.1N 70.2W 120 949 Category 3 Hurricane
09 GMT 09/16/03 26.6N 70.7W 115 956 Category 3 Hurricane
15 GMT 09/16/03 27.4N 71.2W 105 959 Category 2 Hurricane
21 GMT 09/16/03 27.8N 71.4W 105 959 Category 2 Hurricane
03 GMT 09/17/03 28.5N 71.7W 110 957 Category 2 Hurricane
09 GMT 09/17/03 29.4N 72.2W 110 958 Category 2 Hurricane
15 GMT 09/17/03 30.0N 72.6W 110 957 Category 2 Hurricane
21 GMT 09/17/03 31.1N 73.3W 105 955 Category 2 Hurricane
03 GMT 09/18/03 31.9N 73.9W 105 956 Category 2 Hurricane
09 GMT 09/18/03 33.1N 74.7W 105 957 Category 2 Hurricane
15 GMT 09/18/03 34.4N 75.7W 100 956 Category 2 Hurricane
21 GMT 09/18/03 36.2N 77.1W 90 960 Category 1 Hurricane
03 GMT 09/19/03 37.7N 78.0W 65 972 Tropical Storm
09 GMT 09/19/03 39.2N 78.7W 50 987 Tropical Storm
15 GMT 09/19/03 42.0N 80.7W 35 997 Tropical Depression

I omitted a lot of early history. It made landfall sometime around 1500 GMT on 18th.

zak52
09-21-03, 01:23 PM
I also have been without power since Thursday afternoon. I'm up my brothers now so I still don't have any power. I've heard it might be until Friday before it gets restored.

wildcatlh
09-21-03, 01:25 PM
I just got my power back this morning. It had been out 2 days. Which is ridiculous considering that we got barely anything up here (near Philadelphia)

BJacks
09-21-03, 04:50 PM
Well, that kinda sucked. When I plugged my computer back in on Friday morning it caught fire! I figured it was the power supply so I swapped that out last night, turned it on, and this time my videocard started to catch fire. Swapped the card, and now it appears to be working fine. We never really lost power completely, but it kept flickering. We just got our cable back a few hours ago (I'm back online, baby!).

Judge Smails
09-21-03, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by BJacks
Well, that kinda sucked. When I plugged my computer back in on Friday morning it caught fire!

Glad your computer's OK, but it gives me an excuse to use this smilie...

http://520004681259-0001.bei.t-online.de/smilies/kunosmonitor.gif

zak52
09-22-03, 08:38 AM
My power got turned back on at 11:30 last night.

schlitz100
09-22-03, 08:56 AM
Pics from the Inner Harbor/Fells' Point in Baltimore

http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f0.JPG

Links to the rest...


pic 2 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f2.JPG)
pic 3 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f3.JPG)
pic 4 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f4.JPG)
pic 5 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f5.JPG)
pic 6 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f6.JPG)
pic 7 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f7.JPG)
pic 8 (http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/f1.JPG)

RoQuEr
09-03-04, 12:22 PM
any good hurricane pics from this year?