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Aug 24, 2011 2:10 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Storm Lessens In Intensity; Should Make Landfall At 10 a.m.

The East End Prepares For Hurricane Irene
The East End Prepares For Hurricane Irene
Southampton Town Hurricane Guide 2011 (PDF)
Aug 30, 2011 1:19 PM

Town Police Chief Edward Ecker warned residents not to touch downed power lines, and to report them.

Emergency announcements will be made on the emergency radio station WLNG (92.1 FM) and on LTV (channel 20), officials said.

Officials also advised residents to stay indoors during the storm. Venturing out could endanger emergency personnel, they said.



1:45 p.m., Saturday, August 27

Cablevision has announced that customers who experience an interruption of service as a result of the impending storm do not need to call Cablevision to report it. The company is “actively monitoring” its network, and equipment like digital cable boxes and modems, it said in an email to customers today, and will be aware of any interruptions. The company, which provides iO TV, Optimum Online internet and Optimum Voice telephone service, promises to be working around the clock to restore any lost service.



12:14 p.m., Saturday, August 27

The window is closing for East End residents to prepare for Hurricane Irene’s wrath.

“If you’re in an evacuation zone, it’s time to leave,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Ciemnecki, based in Upton.

Currently, the Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, is located 50 miles west of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 120 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. The storm is pounding north and picking up speed, traveling at 15 mph. “It’s going to start increasing in speed as it moves up the coast,” Mr. Ciemnecki said.

Heavy rains of 6 to 12 inches are still expected on the the East End, with higher local amounts in some areas, and bands of heavy rain already moving in—one heavy band is expected to hit the Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach area in the next few hours, with a brief but heavy shower expected. “The rain has already begun to move into the region,” Mr. Ciemnecki said. “People are going to get wet if they’re outdoors.”

The hurricane is now expected to make landfall on the western end of Long Island at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday morning, with heavy flooding, storm surges, high winds, downed trees and power outages anticipated. Though the storm likely will weaken as it heads north, there is still a chance it will feature Category 1 hurricane-force winds. The impact of the massive storm will begin earlier. Areas to the east of the center of the hurricane could be hardest hit.



9:51 a.m., Saturday, August 27

Tim Motz of the Suffolk County Water Authority said his agency has one emergency water tank designated for an East Hampton Town shelter, if needed, and that elevated tanks in eastern Long Island do not need power to operate. The authority has 19 backup generators in the East Hampton and Southampton area to ensure a water supply to both towns, he said late Friday afternoon. “Water buffaloes,” which hold 300 to 400 gallons, can be deployed as well, he said. The SCWA serves about 25,500 customers in Southampton Town and about 11,400 in East Hampton Town.



9:36 a.m., Saturday, August 27

Hurricane Irene, which made landfall at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at 7:30 a.m., is currently located 510 miles south/southwest of Montauk Point and is still heading north at 14 mph.

While the intensity of maximum sustained winds has diminished very slightly, to 85 mph, David Stark, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Upton, stressed that residents should be aware that Hurricane Irene is a “very large storm,” likely to be a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of at least 74 mph, when it makes landfall in western Long Island at approximately 9 or 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Wind speeds are predicted to spread out farther than normal, with tropical-force winds spreading out 260 miles from the center of the storm, and hurricane-force winds spreading out 90 miles from the center of the storm. “That’s very large,” Mr. Stark said. “Normally, hurricane-force winds do not extend that far. Even though the intensity has come down slightly, the hurricane-force winds are covering a lot larger area size.”

East End residents can expect winds to begin locally at around 10 or 11 p.m. Saturday, with gusts continuing to increase in intensity overnight until the storm makes landfall at around 9 or 10 a.m. Sunday.

High winds will last until approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday, with tropical storm-force gusts continuing until around 5 or 6 p.m, when it will become breezy.

Mr. Stark said Hurricane Irene has the potential to pack a powerful punch in terms of a significant storm surge, widespread flooding, and rainfall potential from 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts. “Even though wind speeds have come down, it’s still a pretty significant storm—and it does need to be taken seriously,” he said.

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If shelters become necessary, I hope the towns arrange for at least some of the shelters to be pet friendly.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Aug 24, 11 2:37 PM
That won't happen, at least in East Hampton. Town officials, though pressed to make that kind of arrangement, have never pursued it, and the regular shelters, which are run by the Red Cross, do not allow pets. Two places in EH (ARF and the Montauk Playhouse) will accept kenneled pets but without their owners. I don't think too many pet owners will part from their pets that way.
By justthefacts (9), East Hampton on Aug 25, 11 4:29 PM
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Southampton Fire Dept said the Suffolk County College in Riverhead is taking pets.
By vanlexi (8), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 6:35 PM
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I'm sure Y'ALL know your responsilbilty in getting all small items off the lawn. Put all such stuff under wraps.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 24, 11 5:12 PM
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Hope LIPA is as perpared as last year.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 24, 11 9:36 PM
Let's all go to the "shelter" at the "new" Town Hall - a public building "built" by taxpayers money no less - ahhhh -beating a dead horse. The Playhouse may be designated but no generator yet -- any contibutors for the generator? There will be heavy rains on Sunday - a beuatiful day on Monday . . . if I am correct - and there is a 50/50 chance I will - please just call me
Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker . . . .
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Aug 24, 11 10:11 PM
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Duct tape your windows...oh wait that was for a terrorist attack?
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Aug 24, 11 11:49 PM
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The hurricane that wasn't.

Still, I've go dibbs on the last generator...
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 25, 11 12:26 AM

OK, I'll say it.

DUCK, AND COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 25, 11 12:45 AM
I hope it blows away that huge monstrosity they're building on Montauk Highway in Water Mill.
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 25, 11 1:11 AM
??? huh?
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Aug 25, 11 11:51 AM
I beleive he's talking about the new parish art museum..
By Woody Harrelson (5), East Hampton on Aug 26, 11 9:55 AM
Masking tape, it's masking tape on the windows. Keeps the glass pieces from shattering as badly if they blow in; if they don't it's easily removed from the window afterwards. Duct tape, not so easily, and removing it could on its own break some older windows.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 6:31 AM
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By uncleronk (136), southold on Aug 25, 11 8:43 AM
Taping is for Tornados not so much hurricanes. Even if you wanted to tape, picking up glass would be the least of your problems. You should put loose items away (trash cans, etc). Don't park under a tree, garage it if you can. Clear your gutters, be ready if you lose power (flashlights, batteries, cooler, ice, foodstuffs, radio). If you have time cut any dead branches back from the house. Rent movies, bit the beverage barn, play a game and enjoy the show.
By Hambone (512), New York on Aug 25, 11 11:21 AM
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If you have a well, along with plenty of bottled water, be sure to have either a bathtub full of water or a line up of filled water buckets ready to help flush toilets when the power goes out as it might be out for days. "D" batteries have become scarce around here, but Home Depot in Riverhead said it was getting a delivery of them this morning, Thursday. Be sure you have a battery powered radio - with fresh batteries and that all cell phones are charged, vehicles are gassed up and you have enough ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Aug 25, 11 11:32 AM
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batteries are already gone....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Aug 25, 11 2:41 PM
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Aug 25, 11 11:33 AM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Aug 25, 11 11:34 AM
National Data Buoy 41010, 120 NM east of Cape Canaveral FL, is already showing wave heights of 14.8 feet as of 12:20 EDT.


Scroll down and click on the chart symbol to the left of the "Wave Height" line item. There is a real spike up in process.

Station 41001 to the East of Cape Hatteras should be interesting to watch over the next few days as well:


The ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 1:12 PM
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are u a meterologist?? "should steer Irene either to the west or east or stall in the south" really nailing it down aren't you-- IMO nobody cares what your opinion is- especially when it is different from what the national hurricane center is saying. IMO they are better qualified than you to predict storm track
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Aug 25, 11 1:29 PM
the guy give his opinion. you dont have to be a d**k about it.
By tm (174), mtk on Aug 25, 11 1:44 PM
The current projection for Irene has her downgraded to a tropical storm by the time she reaches NYC/LI.

Chances are good, in my personal opinion (CaptainSig, perhaps you should take out your dictionary), that Irene will undergo further downgrades. If you have better factual information, or additional URL links to post about relevant information available online (not personal attacks), for the greater good, please inform us.

Thank you.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 4:13 PM
PS -- The wave heights at Buoy 41010 have just gone to 19.0 feet as of 3:50 PM EDT. Check the chart at the links above for hour-by-hour readings.

Fascinating stuff available online! (especially for those with a curious, intelligent and inquiring mind, not interested in personal and angry attacks penned anonymously?).

By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 4:22 PM
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To put the recent downgrade in graphic format, the possibility of hurricane force winds hitting LI is ZERO percent. The green 5% probability zone's tip is located in the ocean, about even with central NJ:


North of this green 5% probability zone, the risk of hurricane force winds approaches zero.

Just the facts.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 4:53 PM
which word, exactly, did I spell incorrectly?? and no I don't have better factual info than the national hurricane center, as u appear to have. you posted your opinion- and I posted mine, so what's the problem?
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Aug 26, 11 10:25 PM
Problem? Your angry tone of voice!
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 7:43 PM

1.Remember to remove the nets from the tennis courts.

2.Remember to get the signs in the basement that say "Private Property, No Refugees".

3.Remember to fill your underground gas tanks for generator.

4. Stock up on supplies such as champagne, scotch, caviar, truffles, and live lobsters.

5. Put the Porsche and the Bentley in garage, if the BMW fits fine, otherwise let it ride the storm out in driveway(s).

6. With ...more
By garyev (3), Hampton Bays on Aug 25, 11 1:49 PM
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Aug 25, 11 2:43 PM
Garyev you are a funny fellow....lol
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on Aug 25, 11 6:06 PM
Absolutely hysterical! Made my day.
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 5:17 PM
I fell off the chair when I got to #9!
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 26, 11 5:41 PM
Dude, that seriously is a bonafide record for "Likes"!!!!!!!
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 30, 11 8:04 PM
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By They call me (2756), southampton on Aug 25, 11 2:22 PM
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By tm (174), mtk on Aug 25, 11 2:48 PM
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By hamptonsjoy, Sagaponack on Aug 26, 11 7:25 AM
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By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Aug 25, 11 3:35 PM
As long as no one get's hurt it may be a nice economic stimulus going into the fall and winter,a gift from mother nature to cleanse us with.
By BlackDog (47), Boca Raton on Aug 25, 11 4:00 PM
garyev that is awesome! Keep it coming!!
By johnnyhampton (81), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 4:13 PM
I will work on it stay safe
By garyev (3), Hampton Bays on Aug 25, 11 7:00 PM
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See comments above re: Irene wave heights and her being downgraded to tropical storm etc..

Other factors to consider: New Moon is on Sunday, resulting in higher high tides, and high tide at Montauk Point is at 9:05 PM on Sunday. High tides on the ocean on the south shore of LI differ from Montauk, but in general they will occur on Sunday before midnight.

By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 5:41 PM
Yesterday afternoon Southampton Village Police went door to door on Meadow Lane telling residents that there will be a mandatory evacuation at noon on Saturday. There is the potential for extensive damage to property due to storm surge, 15-20 foot surf and a new moon tide. Heads up boys and girls, this could get ugly.
By bigfresh (4546), north sea on Aug 26, 11 6:48 AM
According to Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings, officers did not go door to door along Meadow Lane or tell residents they would have to evacuate. Village and department officials will, however, meet Friday morning to discuss storm preparation.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (116), Westhampton Beach on Aug 26, 11 8:45 AM
This is obviously a fluid situation...we're now hearing that the village has called for a voluntary evacuation of Meadow Lane as of 1 p.m. Friday, and a possible mandatory evacuation at 9 a.m. Saturday. Stay tuned--we'll keep updating.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 11 11:44 AM
A mandatory evacuation of Meadow Lane as of 9 AM tomorrow morning would be precipitous in my personal opinion, and an over-reaction to what is indeed a fluid situation.

To put this in perspective, how many people are currently located on Meadow Lane west of Halsey Neck Road? One would guess that many homeowners are not home because of Irene. Tomorrow is Saturday, so most builders, sub-contractors etc. will wisely take the day off.

The remaining homeowners, staff and misc. personnel ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 11:59 AM
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Have YOU ever lived through a cat. 2/3 hurricane on Meadow Lane? Have you ever lived through a cat. 4 hurricane on the eastern end of LI? well, I have and I'd get off the beach by Sat. am if possible. And the way this Irene is going y'all are on the north east side of the atorm and that is definitly the bad, meaning not good, side to be on. The storm never impacted my area in N/C Fla.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 26, 11 12:35 PM
I'm with Summertime on this one--if the officials suggest that oceanfront folks should leave, I'd listen. Better safe than sorry.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 11 4:48 PM
Could we be more precise with the terminology and timing, please?

Voluntary evacuation? OK at any time, with the emphasis on the "voluntary." Freedom of choice is part and parcel of our democracy.

Mandatory evacuation as of 9 AM tomorrow morning? Precipitous and not called for in my opinion.

Funny, Joe Shaw and summertime, an odd couple indeed!

PS -- let's keep our sense of humor through the "storm."
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 5:58 PM
now he's an expert on coastal flooding and evacuation logistics! an hour??!! now I KNOW you are an idiot. So all you folks who may be under an evacuation order- forget what the experts say PBR says don't worry stay home and relax-- and oh by the way when the road floods don;t bother calling police, fire dept or ambulance-- they won't be able to get to you-- just call PBR, im sure he'll have an answer and a fancy word for you
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Aug 26, 11 10:33 PM
I've can bet that we've all lived through more "possible" Cat 4 hurricanes or 2 & 3s for that matter, than you've lived through the actual hurricane. If there it seems that this is actually going to hit land here and will actually be a Cat 2 3 or 4 I am sure people will evacuate. Doing so days in advance I don't really see a reason for.
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 11 3:20 PM
hmm. unless you were alive about 200 years ago you haven't seen a cat 4 hurricane on the east end. Sorry
By littleplains (305), olde england on Aug 27, 11 7:25 PM
Not a hurricane on the East End (of any category). Not a tropical storm either. Just barely a gale.

The past is the past.

This the present.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 7:38 PM
Summertime and CaptainSig. Minimum damage from only gale force winds. Did you check the links I posted and the data within them as suggested?

BTW CaptainSig are you really the famous Captain from Dutch Harbor AK of the Deadliest Catch show?

Or just a fake?

Thank you for your intelligent and non-angry reply.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 7:54 PM
The wave heights at Buoy 41010 off Cape Canaveral FL peaked at about 32' last night. As of 10:50 AM EDT, the wave height was down to 21.0'. Check out the Wave Height chart. [links for buoys etc. are above in yesterday's post at 1:12 PM]

Thus far today, Buoy 41001 off Cape Hatteras only has wave heights of 9.8' as of 10:50 AM EDT. Given the proximity of Irene to this buoy, in my personal opinion only, the much smaller wave heights at this buoy, compared to the 32' hit at Buoy 41010 last ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 11:29 AM
This Just in Breaking News!
President Barack Obama, says Hurricane Irene is all the Tea Parties Fault, and stems from the past Bush Administration.
By garyev (3), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 11 1:05 PM
Irene appears to be weakening IMO.

See it with your own eyes at the link below.

Click on the second radar down on the left side ("Western Atlantic Enhanced"). The coverage of the storm is widening, and the red areas of intensity are lessening. The eye is becoming more disorganized. Could this change? Of course, but the further north she travels Irene will be going over colder and colder water, robbing her of heat (fuel to a hurricane).

Plus check the size of the clear ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 3:16 PM
I am sure that hurricane Irene will be as devastating as hurricane Earl was last year!
By Raym (1), Amagansett on Aug 26, 11 6:33 PM
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I hope it's not like Hurricane Hugo in S.C. on Sept 21, 1989. That was devastating and I lived 25 miles inland. Over $10,000. in damages. But no one was hurt at my house, Thank the Lord. Things can be replaced (and they were) but people can't be replaced by an insurance company.
By Barbie793 (5), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 11 7:21 PM
Everyone can have funabout IreneYou are VERY VERY Lucky to have Town, County and State officals taking care of you
I WAS IN THE BIG 1938 and we had to take care of ourselves until the next day when the Red cross came.
Appreciare whatever you have and THANK all the volunteers and First responders.
By Trails (2), east hampton on Aug 26, 11 7:23 PM
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By Trails (2), east hampton on Aug 26, 11 7:24 PM
7:38 update suggests Irene is weakening.

Hmmm, do we hear an echo from previous comments?
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 7:47 PM
By your personal opinion, of course. But to respectfully disagree.. if you were in a large building, and smelled a little smoke, and then a fire alarm went off... would you get out right then or wait until you see any flames? You can't blame people for being safe rather than sorry, especially in such a populated area as LI/Manhattan. Things will remain iffy at best over the next 12 hours, of course. But just imagine if she does hit full bore as a Cat 1 or 2 and people decided not to be prepared ...more
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 26, 11 9:53 PM
But would you leave if someone told you that you may smell a little smoke in a few days?

The point is, people should be prepared and use their brains. BUT, promoting panic is useless and counter productive.
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 11 3:22 PM
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By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 7:59 PM
Well the folks who live in bonac creek did the right thing and chose not to be there, as a couple of homes ended up surrounded by water. One house is very lucky to be on stilts as the sea took over the whole property around it. I feel that our officials did an excellent job in dealing with such a high surge and 70 mph gusts. Calling it nothing but a gale couldn't be more of an understatement when you just look at all of the pictures. A no damage, 45 mph Nor'easter is a gale, and we should all ...more
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 29, 11 8:30 PM
Boy I'm glad I voted for OBama. He promised us CHANGE and guess what we got. So now we get HURRICANES and EARTHQUAKES! Thanx OBama
By johnnyhampton (81), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 10:07 PM
Boy, I sure hate (is that too strong a word) all the nuts with their negative crude comments about serious actions or ideas concerning our elected officials and they have the nerve to call themselves by just local names.
johnny hampton, joe hampton, big fresh indeed!
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 27, 11 8:40 AM
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If you are told to evacuate and decide not to maybe PBR would be kind enough to come get you if you find yourself in a bad situation during the storm so none of my friends and relatives who VOLUNTEER to keep you safe don't get hurt or killed because you decided to stay. Remember...it's not just your life you are risking by being stupid.
By cmac (181), East Quogue on Aug 27, 11 9:03 AM
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By wvreeland, Watermill on Aug 27, 11 10:16 AM
Good morning- thank you for all of your comments- the information and levity is much appreciated!

Regarding evacuation...officials are using the term "mandatory" for certain areas in the hope that people will comply...yet I believe that no one can legally be compelled to leave, yes?

Remaining in obvious danger zones does indeed threaten the welfare of rescue workers. In addition, doing so could potentially deflect emergency services away from people who are in trouble despite ...more
By eastendlocal1 (2), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 11:42 AM
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USCG Station Hatteras NC is reporting winds of 40 Knots and gusts up to 69 Knots. Scroll down the page here, and check the various station reporting charts:


The eye is actually going east of this station, so it should be receiving the maximum winds in the NE (dangerous) quadrant of the storm.

Buoy 41001, 150 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras, is reporting wave heights of 30.5' as of 10:50 AM EDT, and the chart ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 12:12 PM
Correction -- the eye of Irene is going west of USCG Station Hatteras NC.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 12:47 PM
Do whatever you have to do................just be SAFE.
By Barbie793 (5), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 11 2:33 PM
Updated weather map from yesterday shows the high pressure system which has continued, in my personal opinion only, to weaken Irene as she has traveled north.


Current radar views suggest similar conclusions IMO.


Click on each map and decide for yourself if the eye is weakening over NC.

Stay safe.

If you are ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 3:27 PM
NWS Upton 3:09 PM update indicates winds have reduced to 85 MPH.


Wind gusts and wave heights at Buoy 41001 off Cape Hatteras have decreased as well. [link in comments above]
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 3:48 PM
3:50 update -- so dramatic!
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 4:46 PM
Irene appears to be falling apart, in my personal opinion.

See all previous links, especially the accuweather.com radar ones.

"Good night, Irene."
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 5:16 PM
Per NWS 5:00 PM update, maximum sustained winds have dropped to 80 MPH.

By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 5:58 PM
North Carolina Cape Hatteras wind gusts are now down to 68 Knots as of 6:00 PM EDT. These are the GUSTS -- average winds are reported at 30-50 Knots, and Irene is still well south of us.


By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 6:27 PM
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7:03 PM article update here, with a sub-headline of 6:47 PM --

"all that’s left to do is take cover and wait."

"Hurricane Irene has not weakened and is expected to slam into Long Island tomorrow morning as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of at least 74 mph and a possible deluge of up to 12 inches of rain."

"Landfall, between 9 and 10 a.m, will be on the Nassau County-Queens border, bringing fierce hurricane force winds and gusts by 10 a.m.."

To quote ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 7:30 PM
Article updated at 7:46 PM with new time line.

So the worst to be expected is sustained winds of 75 MPH or stronger to "pummel" us tomorrow afternoon on the East End? No actually it gets worse tomorrow morning starting at 8 AM:

“It gets worse,” said Mr. Morin. Hurricane force winds will blast the East End, beginning at 75 mph. Conditions will continue through noon, with up to 12 inches of rain. The heaviest rains, however, are expected to fall west of the storm track, ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 8:25 PM
Just heard S & P downgrades Irene to a AA !!
By drteedancer (10), East Hampton on Aug 27, 11 9:10 PM
Wind is the problem folks. So, if you have trees, get your vehicles, boats, RVs, etc. to a safer location. East Hampton High School, Amagansett, and EH parking lots are tree free. Don't forget to fill your bathtubs for toilet flushing water.
By tommy j (1), East Hampton on Aug 27, 11 9:44 PM
Thanks so much for the timeline. You're doing a great job. I haventbeen able to find that information anywhere else.
By wiry (1), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 9:45 PM
Hoping that everyone on the east end and elsewhere stays safe tonight and tomorrow!!!
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Aug 27, 11 10:19 PM
Some suggestions:I put gallons of water in my freezer, that are now frozen. For the smaller spaces I used zip loc bags full of water, to have the most frozen containers for the refrigerator when we lose electric.

We are on what is known as the "dirty side" of the storm, so this will not be pretty. I live 3.6 miles from the ocean and I can hear the waves crashing from my front door already.

Most of the windows in Southampton Village are not boarded up with plywood, but some are ...more
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 11:04 PM
Here comes what may be the last band of rain:


Click on "Zoom out to region" for a wider view.

The winds and rainfall on the East End have been WAY less than the dramatic forecasts of yesterday. The NY Times is reporting that Islip got about 2.29" of rain in the last day, and that winds overnight reached 33 MPH.

The official NWS reports for the last 24 hours should be out by 9 AM, and there are usually ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 6:51 AM
Is anyone in Southampton near Shinnecock Bay?
Update ?
By Seriously. (3), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:09 AM
Here is where you can watch a loop of the radar picture of the hurricane, from nhc noaa.


You can see the eye of the storm is almost at NYC. We are not getting it as intense as people close to the eye.
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:20 AM
Eyewitness news just reported the bouys at 17 - 18 feet just south of Long Island. Will any of the barrier islands breach, and form an inlet, with waves coming in at those heights?
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:22 AM
Buoy 44097 south of Block Island reports wave heights of 22' as of 7:32 this morning.

Buoy 44017 SW of Montauk stopped transmitting on 8/20/11 and has not been repaired yet.


These wave heights are out in the open ocean of course, and the waves get smaller as they fetch up on the rising ocean bottom. No reports of new inlets have surfaced in the news sources to my knowledge.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:43 AM
As of NWS Upton 7:29 report:


MAXIMUM high winds on the East End overnight ranged from 28 MPH in Orient to 43 MPH in Mecox.

Winds in this range are GALE FORCE winds, not a tropical storm, and nowhere near a Hurricane! How could the weather forecasters have gotten things so wrong? Winds in the last hour or two have strengthened but do not appear to have gone over 40 MPH IMO.

Similarly, rainfall ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:34 AM
NWS 9:03 AM update shows East End rainfall totals just over 1" on the East End.


NYC and NJ totals range from 5" to almost 8."
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 9:26 AM
Okay I just had a 30 foot black locust fall across my south yard. The roots gave way in the gusts. It is the place where water tends to accumulate when it rains in my yard. What kind of gust can do that?

Earlier another tree went "pop, pop, thud" just south of that tree and I can see a large black locust limb hanging, from the "pop" after the last "thud". Fortunately the really big trees are not leaning, but losing some branches.
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 9:31 AM
to PBR:

I noticed the dichotomy in reports yesterday evening. The media and its linked meteorologists were predicting that the storm would hit NYC with Category 1 winds. Meanwhile, the noaa website maintained a predictive map that showed that likelihood as being about 10%.

I have seen other reports that had the storm at 75 mph as it approached NY but it seems to have lost much of its strength as soon as it hit the city.

Well, I have learned my lesson. The next time ...more
By highhatsize (4149), East Quogue on Aug 28, 11 10:41 AM
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The NY Times quotes a NWS official as saying that they are good at getting the Track of storms but not so good at the Intensity just yet, because the only close-up data they have from within the storm is from high altitudes when the hurricane hunter aircraft fly through the storm.

Hello !!!

Does the NWS know that NOAA has weather bouts all over the place and that these bouts are an incredible fount of ver precise and detailed data right IN the storm at ocean level?

Hello ...more
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 2:59 PM
Should be "buoys" -- darned auto-complete on the phone!
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 3:11 PM
Hither Woods in Montauk has reported no power since 5 am
By mkirby207 (1), Montauk on Aug 28, 11 10:41 AM
A third tree just came down in my yard in Southampton. It was another black locust. Half the apples are down from my organic apple tree. They taste wonderful already. I will be baking pies. The deer are not getting them when they taste this good. They can enjoy the locust leaves! I still have all services.

My parents are in Stony Brook and my mother reports all services out except her cell phone and 71 mph winds. No one is allowed out in the streets.

My daughter reports that ...more
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 10:54 AM
Thank you, SH Press, for the continuous updates you've provided throughout the hurricane, as our own town government's website was surprisingly useless in this respect.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Aug 28, 11 11:09 AM
Power out in Village. Phone circuits busy. LIPA slammed and jammed?

Good thing this was not a REAL hurricane on the East End!
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 11:18 AM
Do what they tell ya sheople.
BTW,Thank you, SH Press for your excellent coverage.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Aug 28, 11 12:17 PM
Ditto. Great storm coverage by the Press.

Optonline is also down along with LIPA with maximum winds around 45 MPH on the East End.

What would we be facing if a Category 2 storm had slammed us with a direct hit?

Scary to imagine.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 1:14 PM
Agreed. Well done.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 28, 11 2:17 PM
Per recent update to article -- 55% of residences are without power?

In such low winds?

By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 2:19 PM
Lots of damage was done. Between the insane surf and the amount of trees that fell, I'm surprised that it's only 55% Lots of debris and damage, even around my own home. My neighbor had two trees fall on either side of his poroperty and trapped him. Things are surely crazy over here.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 28, 11 2:53 PM
Power back but not Internet.

I hope that the Press will R&D why such low winds caused the long outages.

If our infrastructure is so weak why not fix this problem and help the economic recovery with one stone?

By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 6:08 PM
Really, what a tempest in a tea pot!

One hopes that the drama specialists above will come to their senses by tomorrow morning and 'fess up.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:10 PM
Dune Road is closed till the mayors of Quogue Village, Westhampton Beach & Southampton Village have a conference call in the morning and decide .
By Summer Resident (245), Manhattan on Aug 29, 11 12:22 AM
Still no power in North Sea and the storm there was nothing unusual
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Aug 29, 11 12:31 PM
I suppose Irene drove him to this, lol. Obama's long-lost "Uncle Omar" has been arrested for alleged drunk driving outside Boston and detained as an illegal immigrant, this should put arrest to the mystery over the fate of a relative that the US President wrote in his memoir had legally moved to America from Kenya in the 1960s, Since the circumstances of his discovery may now prove to be an embarrassment for the White House. I hope it will not effect storm response time to those who need help from ...more
By They call me (2756), southampton on Aug 29, 11 1:19 PM
what will happen if we have an actual hurricane? no power or water for months? years? our power went out with winds in the 4-8mph range. Why would the NHC and the Weather Channel report sustained winds of 75mph in Central Park when actual readings never exceeded 18mph? Something isn't making sense. Meanwhile, LIPA is ''tweeting'' the newsconference to folks that have neither internet or television...
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 29, 11 2:40 PM
4-8 mph isn't enough to fly a kite. I'd take another look at where you got your information. We had more damage than we did from those barely 60 mph straight line winds in the '08 thunderstorm, which caused havoc between Eh and Montauk, and the winds from the storm that hit springs last summer.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 29, 11 8:21 PM
A click through of the Hurricane photos on the front page of 27east makes it clear that this tropical storm did some heavy damage even out on the east end a good 60-90 miles away from the eye. Cite your source for winds being in the 4-8mph range. 4-8mph winds do not take down trees.

Cite your source for winds not exceeding 18mph in Central Park - while sustained winds in the Brooklyn area were not a sustained 75mph they were in the mid 50's (according to the National Weather Service). ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 11 3:38 PM
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By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 29, 11 3:58 PM
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Since you subscribe to the HighHatSize school of thought (where you ask other bloggers to do your research for you because you are presumably lazy or fearful of being wrong) here you go:

6AM (when you power went out) @ Wainscott winds registered at 25mph (sustained) with gusts of 38. By 9:45 gusts had registered at 58mph and sustained winds @ 33 MPH. (Source: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=MKHTO&month=8&day=28&year=2011)

Now, cite your source ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 11 9:32 PM
to Nature:

By highhatsize (4149), East Quogue on Aug 30, 11 12:40 AM
I'm Lord Linday Young's second cousing. Helloooooooo Hoboken!
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 30, 11 9:53 AM
We did not have the heavy sustained winds or the torrential rain on the east end. However the gusts were real. The gusts took out the trees, which took out the power. Just be glad we don't have flooding like up in VT.
By Brian Bailey (36), Southampton on Aug 29, 11 5:42 PM
Well, when too many trees are burlap wrapped, dropped in a hole, have crap for a taproot, and are never really healthy trees...
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 29, 11 8:00 PM
Nah, it's not the small caliber ornamentals that do the damage. The limbs of the maples and oaks are the real culprits. Most of what I'm seeing laying around are broken off maple limbs.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Aug 30, 11 10:41 AM
yes yes, You can find a way to bring your hate for the wealthy even in an article about a hurricane. Please just for one day try and remember that we all make up the Hampton's even if we are not 3rd generation well read trash collectors
By joe hampton (3395), south hampton on Aug 29, 11 9:50 PM
Most of the trees that line the streets of SH village are such. Nothing to do with "the wealthy".

Aug 30, 11 8:07 PM appended by Mr. Z
And for reference, I RECYCLE newspaper, and periodicals. Usually means I have salvaged the "pick of the litter" now and then.
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Aug 30, 11 8:07 PM
Lets just say you stepped into something I know a little about and you statement was ridiculous.
By joe hampton (3395), south hampton on Aug 30, 11 9:06 PM
I've never seen a durable, 100% healthy transplanted tree.

Not unless it was a twig when planted...
Sep 2, 11 6:58 PM appended by Mr. Z
Then again, maybe they do pop up in rows along the side of the road, all by themselves...
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Sep 2, 11 6:58 PM
You sound like the old Lady's in Sag Harbor who despise fences. Whats the matter the trees block your view... cant be nosy as you would like?
By joe hampton (3395), south hampton on Sep 6, 11 1:13 AM
Irene made landfall close to Moorehead NC at about 0430 on the 27th. The wind speed recorded by NOAA, and published on their Weather site, was NE at 52 mpg with gusts to 69 mph. The NOAA recorded wind speeds up the East Coast were in the 20 to 30 mph range with gusts in the
30 to 50 mph range. This was not a hurricane in NY. You can check this by going to NOAA weather and checking the 3 day hourly reports. And you if you have an insurance claim make sure your insurance company applies the ...more
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 30, 11 9:46 AM
They call me, I hear after the storm blows over and the WH helps him make bail there are plans for a new company to open up , Uncle O's Boston Lager. might give Billy Beer a run for its money
By Undocumented Democrat (2007), southampton on Aug 30, 11 11:24 AM
Still no power in Water Mill. Wtf?!!
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Aug 30, 11 1:40 PM
I am close to you and my generator went back to stand by yesterday morning. I would call LIPA and make sure they know your power is out ... If you already have not done so.sometimes they are not aware of an outage on a particular block
By joe hampton (3395), south hampton on Aug 30, 11 2:20 PM
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