Saturday, August 27, 2011

hurricane irene update | States prone to hurricane irene

Obama has declared state of emergencies for North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Hurricane Irene battered the North Carolina coast with wind and rain Saturday leaving around 200,000 people are without power, wreaking havoc as it began a potentially catastrophic run up the U.S. East Coast. 

More than 2 million people were told to flee and the New York City transit system was shutting down for the first time because of a natural disaster.Hurricane-force winds first arrived near Jacksonville, North Carolina, at dawn. A little more than an hour later, the storm's center passed near the southern tip of North Carolina's Outer Banks. At the resort town of Nags Head, winds whipped heavy rain, tall waves covered the beach and the surf pushed up to the backs of some houses and hotels.

Hurricane warnings were issued from North Carolina to New York and farther north to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard off Massachusetts. Evacuation orders covered at least 2.3 million people, including 1 million in New Jersey, 315,000 in Maryland, 300,000 in North Carolina, 200,000 in Virginia and 100,000 in Delaware.

Precautions during Hurricane:

On Hurricane "Warning"- issued once it is established that a hurricane is expected to strike within 24 hours.

  • Pay no attention to rumours. Rely on official advice and warnings. Stay tuned to your radio.
  • Take cover as soon as possible; leave low lying areas that might be swept away by storm surges. Do not run the risk of being marooned.
  • See that livestock has plenty of food and water, and fasten them securely in suitable buildings; if not leave them untethered.
  • Board up windows or protect them with storm shutters or tape.
  • Check your battery powered equipment and emergency cooking facilities.
  • Disconnect the intake of your cistern and block the outlet as soon as possible otherwise the water in the cistern may become contaminated.
  • Get in extra food.
  • Be calm. Your ability to do so may inspire and help others.
  • Plan your time before the storm arises and avoid the last minute hurry which might leave you stranded or unprepared.
  • Take in atleast several days supply of sterilised drinking water, and water for other purposes.
  • Secure outdoor objects that might be blown away. Anchor them or store them inside before the storm.
  • Harvest and store all nearly ripened fruits, as they become a source of food as well as prevent them from becoming missiles and damaging property during the storm.
  • Moore your boats securely before the storm arrives, or move it to a designated area, until the storm has died.
  • Keep you car fuelled.