“Unless you’ve been living under a rock…” is a fairly cliche way of starting a post out about something everybody knows about, but, fine.. Hurricane Irene is just about touching down in North and South Carolina as I type this, and is set to ravage the east coast well through the weekend. Of particular concern to myself is the fact that it will be slamming Atlantic City directly sometime tomorrow night, with the eye of the storm passing by early Sunday morning. You can check the storms progress using the hurricane tracker tool below on weather.com:
I video chatted a bit with my parents last night, who Iâ€™m awfully worried about due to the fact that our house is 1 block from both the bay and the ocean in Atlantic City. There’s been a mandatory evacuation issued for Atlantic City and its surrounding neighborhoods, and in fact, officials are shutting down access to the island at 6:00 PM today. In other words, if you leave the island now, you’re basically not going back until Monday. While I shouldn’t be concerned, since my mom told me last night that they would be leaving for my brother’s house, my parents are particularly stubborn. I have a feeling that they may end up being too inconvenienced to actually leave and will end up staying behind. They do have a point in the fact that our home has been standing for over 100 years, and has probably endured a quite a large number of hurricanes before any of us were on this planet. I’m a beach bum at heart, and don’t think I’d be able to drag myself away from an opportunity to witness a tremendous storm firsthand. Then again, I’m about 25 years younger, fully capable and in shape, and was an ocean lifeguard for 9 years in Atlantic City and did my fair share of rowing lifeguard boats and swimming in the ocean in rough seas.
Expect to see a lot of these this weekend in NYC. Hardy, har.
I can remember over a dozen hurricanes that passed through Atlantic City while I was growing up, and a countless number of smaller tropical storms and Norâ€™easters, but never can I recall a mandatory evacuation of the city. In addition, all roads into Atlantic City are being closed off, even if you are a resident of the city and as of 6:00 PM tonight, you won’t be able to get back onto the island. My mom and dad, predictably defiant of the warnings, donâ€™t want to leave the house. Quotes include, â€śThis house has been standing here for over 120 yearsâ€ť (this is actually true), â€śThey always issue warning for storms..â€ť etc. My mother went as far to say that our neighbors said if there were any damage to happen to our homes that there “probably wouldn’t be an Absecon island left anyway”. Well, mother and father, I’d rather lose the family house than my two parents, so please go to Constantine and Catherine’s tonight. Iâ€™m sure that my parents have not been tracking the severity of the storm. Atlantic City is going to get hit with the most powerful part of a category 2 hurricane, which I don’t think has happened in our lifetime. Casinos are kicking people out and closing down for the weekend.
The most jarring thing I found while checking on Facebook last night though, there have been reports that even Wawaâ€™s has closed. That is serious business. Wawa’s never closes. I’ve been to Wawa’s *while* hurricanes were hitting the island. I even walked there, just to have fun in the storm because it’s awfully fun to get blown around a bit by mother nature. There were usually other people there picking up shorties like everything was a casual. That’s not the case this time around. Wawa’s is shutting it’s doors.
Apparently, it’s not going to be a picnic up in NYC either. MTA is closing down all transportation in and out of the city starting at noon tomorrow, effectively shutting down the city, and evacuating zones near the Hudson and East rivers. In short, just to recap:
- Over 100 homes have been demolished in the Caribbean already.
- Absecon island has been issue a mandatory evac and is closed today at 6:00 PM EST.
- North Carolina is currently being ravaged
- MTA will be shut down tomorrow at noon, effectively shutting down NYC.
- Residents of west Hoboken have been told to evacuate and that essentially their homes *will* be underwater on Sunday night.
Shit just got real. I had a conversation with my buddy, Sehrope, about possibly grabbing some drinks tonight before the storm hits. He let me know that he stocked up on survival supplies for the weekend:
A typical text from Sehrope
For those that are curious, here is a close up of the image:
Whiskey, Beef Jerky, and cigarettes. A real man's survival kit.
… and, yes he’s serious. And that’s why I like Sehrope. Armenians and Greeks think alike. Luckily, I’ve got some food in the case that he runs out of whiskey. God only knows how to help him if he runs out of cigarettes.
So, in other words, stay safe out there everybody! I can’t blame my beach brethren for wanting to stay at the shore… I’d probably do the same, but just make sure that you’re stocked up on water and supplies for the weekend. They’re really building this one up to be cataclysmic, and I haven’t heard this much concern about a storm hitting South Jersey / NYC as long as I’ve been around. Hopefully I’ll be able to grab some nice pics with my camera this weekend