Saturday, August 27, 2011

Live tracking map of Hurricane Irene (with a little political opinion thrown in)

Live from New York, it is the calm before what could be a very damaging storm as we await the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene (tracking map below)!

With Hurricane Irene approaching, it is for the most part politically quiet with President Obama back in the White House.

Political nitpicking

Quiet, unless of course you consider the fact that, like the trip to Martha's Vineyard, the President and First Lady went on separate government jets back to Washington although traveling within hours of each other.

When someone else is paying for it (you and I), does cost really matter?

I suppose however that if one wanted to at least appear sympathetic to the masses with a 9.1% unemployment rate (real unemployment rate close to 20%), jobs nowhere to be found and an economy that is anything but robust, the First Family could have slummed it a little bit and all fly Air Force One.

This is particularly true if the polling data says that your popularity and approval ratings have never been lower and you are up for reelection in 2012!

Hurricane Irene! Track and prepare!

In any event the article below was run a couple of days ago but if you missed it, this is the tracking map for Hurricane Irene as well as the steps to take in order to prepare for before (may be a little late now), during and after a major weather event.

Tracking map of Hurricane Irene (Map may take a few seconds to load)

To update the map simply refresh the page.

To see the current hurricane strength projection for your location click on the colored graphic closest to you (i.e. 1, 2, 3, TS).

What do do before, during and after Hurricane Irene!


Understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may occur within the next 24 to 36 hours. A hurricane warning means that a hurricane will probably strike your area within the next 24 hours.

Prepare a survival kit.

Plan your evacuation route in advance of the storm.

Close storm shutters and board up all windows.

Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable goods.

Have a supply of batteries as well as flashlights and a portable radio that are in good working condition.

Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.

Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside.

Secure your boat or move it to a safer place.

Fuel your car in case you must leave immediately.


Listen to the radio for important storm information and instructions.

If at home, stay inside and away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed. The "eye" of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when strong winds resume.

If you must evacuate, leave as soon as possible and be sure to tell someone outside of the storm area where you will be.


Stay tuned to the radio or television. If you had to evacuate, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.

Avoid downed power lines.

Beware of and check for gas leaks or electrical system damage.

Make temporary repairs as necessary.

Promptly report the loss using the toll-free claim reporting number.

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