Impact uncertain as Hurricane Irene aims at New England; Gillette stadium concert canceled
Hurricane Irene could sweep ashore in New England this weekend, dousing the state with torrential rains, and lashing it with damaging wind gusts, while heavy surf pounds the coasts and water rises in streams. But it’s still “highly uncertain” exactly where and how hard the storm will hit, National Weather Service forecasters said this morning.
Country music star Kenny Chesney isn’t taking any chances. Promoters today announced they are rescheduling his Gillette Stadium concert. The Foxborough event will be held this Friday, instead of Sunday as originally planned, according to a statement posted on Chesney’s website.
Oh yeah. The local news is going absolutely batshit insane over hurricane Irene. This has all the drama and fury of a Nor'easter snowstorm, coupled with the possibility of this being the biggest hurricane to hit New England in over 80 years. Naturally, it's being hyped endlessly as "ZOMG KILLER DEATH HURRICANE WILL LAY WASTE TO ALL OF NORTHERN HEMISPHERE ZOMG!!!!11111oneoneone". I'm surprised there aren't angry mobs storming the Boston weather bureau right now demanding that they stop the hurricane in its tracks.
Of course, this brings to mind the age-old question: Bug in, or bug out? Personally, I've lived through a bunch of "hurricanes" in New England, and basically the sea water's just too cold for hurricanes to last long. Gloria back in 1986; Bob in 1991; even Hugo was supposed to wallop us good, and none of them amounted to much more than just an extra-wet summer storm. Even the meteorologists are hedging their bets, with lots of "it depends" and "storm track" and other weasel words like they throw in when they're predicting eleventy billion feet of snow and we get a dusting...
It's a good idea, though, to take a few common sense precautions just in case. I'll freeze up a half-dozen ice blocks in the big freezer downstairs (grab a plastic storage bucket; fill ~ 3/4 to top, put in freezer. Blocks last longer than cubes) in case we lose power - we can consolidate all the frozen food in the freezer downstairs and use coolers for the refrigerated stuff. Bring out the candles and flashlights; make sure there's batteries for everything that runs on 'em. Test the sump pump and make sure it's working properly; other than that, there's little to do ahead of the storm other than to keep a clear head and take a few basic precautions.
It's pure luck, mind you, that I still have several dozen loaded AR magazines from the Northeast Bloggershoot... ;)
That is all.