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8/27/2011 - dmower

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...Center Of Irene Moves Over New York City...
Published: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:13:45 EDT
Reports from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft and National Weather Service Doppler radar indicate that the center of Irene moved over New York City around 900 AM EDT. Irene has weakened to a Tropical Storm and the estimated intensity at landfall was 65 MPH. Details...


...Irene Re-Emerges Over The Atlantic Ocean...Water Levels Rising In The Virginia Tidewater Region...
Published: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:52:53 EDT
At 7:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 36.5 north, longitude 75.8 west, or 35 miles southeast of Norfolk, V.A. Irene is moving toward the north-northeast near 16 mph and this motion accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the current forecast track, the center of Irene will move near or over the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight and move over southern New England on Sunday. Irene is forecast to move into eastern Canada Sunday night. Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 mph with higher gusts. Irene is forecast to remain a hurricane as it moves near over the Mid-Atlantic coast and as it approaches New England. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S., please monitor products issued by your local NWS forecast office. Details...


...Irene Moving Across Eastern North Carolina...
Published: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 14:06:08 EDT
At 2:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 35.5 north, longitude 76.3 west, or 95 miles south of Norfolk, V.A. Irene is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph and this north-northeastward motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. The hurricane is forecast to move near or over the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight and then move over the southern portions of the New England States on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph, with higher gusts. Slight weakening is forecast as Irene crosses eastern North Carolina, but Irene is forecast to remain at or near hurricane strength as it moves near or over the Mid-Atlantic states and as it approaches New England. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S., please monitor products issued by your local NWS forecast office. Details... 


Dangerous Hurricane Irene's Eye Nears North Carolina Coast
Published: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 05:05:47 EDT
At 5:00 AM EDT ... Center of Hurricane Irene located near latitude 34.1 north...longitude 76.5 west. Irene moving toward NNE near 14 mph. This motion expected to continue for next 24 hours. On forecast track...the center of Irene will make landfall in eastern North Carolina during the next few hours and then move across eastern North Carolina. The hurricane is forecast to move near or over mid-Atlantic coast tonight and move over southern New England on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph...with higher gusts. Irene is category one on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength expected before Irene reaches coast of North Carolina. Irene is expected to remain near the threshold of category one and category two strength. Some weakening expected after Irene reaches the coast of North Carolina...but Irene is forecast to remain a hurricane as it moves near or over the mid-Atlantic states and New England. Details... 


Tommy Tomlin, 4th District Supervisor, Northumberland County -  Hurricane Update - 26Aug11-8:23PM

Hopefully your Hurricane Irene preparations are completed or can be completed very early tomorrow morning.

Gas situation:

Gas is staring to become a minor problem now which, exluding lack of electricity to pump, could become worse.

This early evening in Kilmarnock, Chubby's had no gas. All the other gas stations had lines of people getting gas. Availability may soon become an issue.

Non-ethanol gas is more acute. My wife, Elsie, tried to get it at R. P. Waller, Jr. in the Burgess area and they were sold out. She finally got it in Heathsville at Courtesy Texaco, but they were not sure how long it would last and not be sure when they would receive a new tanker.

If you truly needed it, in addition to Courtesy Texaco, you could try some of the local marinas, some of which sell non-ethanol but it may be more costly that a regular gas station.  Many people are stocking up for generator, ourselves included.

For anyone planning on crossing any of the major bridges-R. O. Norris Bridge(White Stone), Downing Bridge(Tappahannock) and/or Coleman Bridge(Gloucester), they will close at 45 mph wind speeds. I was in the Newport News area this afternoon and the portable signs were set up on the Middlesex side of the White Stone bridge in anticipation of this closure. This could occur as early as 7:00 am

The Great Wicomico Bridge(Glebe Point) will close at 60 mph and when it gets to 45 mph, tall vehicles such as tractor trailors, fire trucks and resuce squads should not cross for the tip over danger.

Remember if the weather is very bad, as blunt as it is, no one, law enforcement, fire or rescue will respond without endangering themselves and those they are enroute to help. Lancaster Co. has on their website that when it gets to 50 mph, you are on your own until conditions improve.

Be safe.

Tommy


...Large Hurricane Irene Heading Toward East Coast of U.S., Hurricane Warning Extended Northward Into Southern New England....
Published: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:17:10 EDT
At 5:00 p.m. EDT the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 31.7 north, longitude 77.4 west. Irene is moving toward the north near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected tonight or early Saturday. The core of the hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina tonight and pass near or over the North Carolina coast on Saturday. The hurricane is forecast to move near or over the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night and move over southern New England on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Two hurricane. Little change in strength is forecast before Irene reaches the coast of North Carolina. Some weakening is expected after that, but Irene is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves along the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S., please monitor products issued by your local NWS forecast office. Details...


...Irene weakens a little...Tropical Storm Force Winds Arriving Along Coast of Carolinas...
Published: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:13:40 EDT
At 2:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 31.2 north, longitude 77.5 west. Irene is moving toward the north near 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the NNW should begin by Saturday. The core of the hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina tonight and pass near or over the North Carolina Coast Saturday. The hurricane is forecast to move near or over the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 100 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Two hurricane. Little change in strength is forecast before Irene reaches the coast of North Carolina. Some weakening is expected after that, but Irene is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves along the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday. Irene is a large tropical cyclone. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 90 miles and tropical storm force winds 290 miles from the center. Details...


...Irene Taking Aim at East Coast of The United States...
Published: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:01:38 EDT
At 8:00 a.m. EDT the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 30.0 north, longitude 77.3 west. Irene is moving toward the north near 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours, followed by a gradual turn toward the north-northeast. The core of the hurricane is forecast to pass well off the coast of northeastern Florida today, approach the coast of North Carolina tonight and pass near or over the North Carolina coast Saturday. The hurricane is forecast to move near or over the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Two hurricane. Some re-intensification is possible today and Irene is expected to be near the threshold between category two and three as it reaches the North Carolina coast. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S., please monitor products issued by your local NWS forecast office. Details...


...Hurricane Irene Aims Its Fury Toward The North Carolina Coast...
Published: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:02:43 EDT
At 11:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 28.3 north, longitude 77.3 west. Irene is moving toward the north near 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours, followed by a gradual turn toward the north-northeast. Irene is forecast to continue moving away from the northwestern Bahamas and the core of the hurricane will pass well offshore of the East Coast of central and northern Florida early Friday. The hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 115 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some strengthening is possible on Friday. Irene is a large tropical cyclone. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles. Details...


...Eye of Irene over Abaco Island...
Published: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:29:21 EDT
At 2:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 26.5 north, longitude 77.2 west. Irene is moving toward the NNW near 14 mph. This motion is expected to continue through tonight with a turn toward the north by early Friday. The core of the hurricane is forecast to move north of the northwestern Bahamas later today and pass well offshore of the East Coast of central and north Florida tonight and early Friday. The hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Three hurricane. Some strengthening is possible today and tonight. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Surf City, N.C., to the N.C.-Va. border. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for north of Edisto Beach, SC, to Surf City, NC. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S., please monitor products issued by your local NWS office. Details...


...Eye of Dangerous Hurricane Irene Moving Trough Bahamas...
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:27:30 EDT
At 8:00 pm EDT, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 23.5 north, longitude 75.0 west. Irene is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north is expected Thursday and Thursday night. Irene is forecast to move across the central Bahamas tonight and over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category 3 hurricane. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Irene could become a Category 4 hurricane by Thursday. Interests from the Carolinas northward through New England should monitor the progress of Irene. For storm information specific to your area in the U.S. including possible inland watches and warnings please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. Details...


...Irene Becomes A Category Three Hurricane...
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:05:17 EDT
At 8:00 a.m. EDT the eye of hurricane Irene was located near latitude 21.9 north, longitude 73.3 west. Irene is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph though a gradual turn toward the northwest is expected later today. Irene is forecast to move across the southeastern and central Bahamas today and over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday. Data from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the day. The current forecast track brings the center of a somewhat-weakened Irene just off the Va./N.C. coast on Sunday morning and over New England by Monday morning, although it is important not to focus on the exact forecast track, especially several days out.
Details...


The message below, provided by Mr. Tommy Tomlin, District 4, Northumberland County Supervisor, addresses the POSSIBLE threat of Hurricane Irene.

As of 8/23/11, the 11:00 am advisory has a projected path (being the center of the cone of uncertainity) at 8:00 AM on Sunday, 8/28/11, Irene will still be a hurricane and with the centerline position being just south of the mouth of the Rappahannock River, on the Eastern Shore side.

Obviously, the track is a purely educated guess for what will happen in 5 days. However, you need to pay attention and take whatever precautions you feel necessary. We all did not have the long warning of the dangers of Ernesto and you may remember the damage this "tropical" system caused. Hurricane Isabel caused extensive damage in 2003. In both cases power was out for days and for some a week or more.

Please pay attention to the weather stations and/or the National Hurricane Center. This hurricane has been slowly curving eastward, but until it is past up and heading north, it must be watched. Hurricane Irene is projected to become at Category 4 hurricane and MAY impact in the Carolinas as a Catergory 3.

For those who remember, Hurricane Bertha in 1996 had a landfall in the Carolinas, but here in Northumberland County it caused a tornado in the Edwardsville area destroying several homes and damaging many others.

Neither Northumberland County nor the Commonwealth of Virginia, to my knowledge, have activated their Emergency Respone Centers, yet. This will occur toward the end of the week as it becomes necessary.

I will try to keep you informed as much as possible from my end but the primary source of hurricane information should be the various weather sources you trust.

Tommy


Dominion Virginia Power Weather Center Update: Hurricane Irene

Dominion Virginia Power is closely tracking Hurricane Irene, which strengthened overnight to a Category 2 storm as it moved through the Caribbean.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall between Georgia and North Carolina on Saturday afternoon and could then move into Virginia. Forecasts predict Irene will become at least a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds of up to 130 mph, by the time it arrives on the U.S. mainland. Along with high winds, heavy rain and storm surges are expected.

We are preparing for possible outages in our service area in North Carolina and Virginia. We are taking steps to ensure employees, contractors and equipment are in place beforehand so outages can be tackled as soon as possible after the storm passes.

In addition, we are urging our customers to follow forecasts closely and take precautions as needed to protect their families and homes.


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