Surge, flooding & wind concerns now

  • Hoboken having issue with phone lines – call 911 in case of emergency.
  • PSE&G warns that many will lose power in Hoboken (over 8,000 customers) soon.
  • Winds for the next couple hours are predicted to be quite fierce. Be alert for more downed trees & wires.
  • HPD mentioned that the Hudson River breached the seawall down near Lackawanna Plaza
  • Spotty power outages in town (Clock Towers and 1st & Grand are some…)

Eye of Hurricane Irene draws nearer

The stronger winds of Hurricane Irene are starting to pick up (now the trees are coming down too).

Storm surge worry?

As high tide approaches – now is the critical time to pay attention to the river and flooding in Hoboken. You can check out the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service to see what stage we’re at…

So what’s up with Hurricane Irene in Hoboken?

8/28/2011 1:00am Update:

Here’s a early AM update for Hurricane Irene and the Hoboken area…

  • Quick note – I haven’t watched any TV news in God knows maybe a few months… I watched a few hours of it tonight – and will probably not watch it again for another few months. Something bad has happened to TV news.
  • It’s raining in Hoboken. Hard. We’re stuck in a fairly steady “rain band” from Hurricane Irene. My own personal estimate is that it’ll last maybe another 2-3 hours – a little break, and more intense rain bands soon thereafter.

  • It’s flooding in Hoboken, which was expected. The usual areas are impassable, some new areas and definitely more than your usual thunderstorm. Hoboken Police is handling the situation wonderfully so far. Storm surge disaster hasn’t happened yet.
  • Winds are predicted to pick up considerably as the “center” of the storm comes our way early Sunday morning. Not catastrophic winds as originally predicted, but can and will likely cause spotty damage throughout the NYC tri-state area.
  • The storm is oddly diminishing. While no official forecast says this clearly – just by looking at the radar images, moisture from the storm is quickly vanishing, and the overall storm is shrinking in size. Hopefully this trend will continue to minimize damage throughout the area.
  • We haven’t lost power yet – and only about 4,700 people in New Jersey have lost power according to PSE&G. Do you think we’ll lose power at all?
  • The Hoboken “evacuation shelter” over at the Wallace School was evacuated due to potential flooding (good planning there, eh?) 55 people who decided to utilize the city shelter were transported to a safer location in Rutherford.

Last but not least, here’s a nice photo gallery of 100% abandoned Hoboken streets you will not see elsewhere. Not a car in sight. Get your parking spot NOW!!!

Hope the storm exits quickly with the least amount of damage, pain & suffering!

Hurricane Irene Tracker

8/27/2011 5pm Update:

If you feel like tinkering around with a fun little hurricane tracker – head over to weather.com and play around with it.

Shows the storm picking up speed as it weakens up the coast.

This forecast shows 58mph winds with 70mph gusts (not a hurricane by the time it reaches us). Let’s hope it continues dwindling ahead of schedule!

Hurricane Irene projected radar

Below is a projected radar loop of where Hurricane Irene will go and when. Note that this image is in mean time – so subtract 4 (or 5 I forget) from the “Z” to get our time. Seems like the “brunt” (worst of the worst) of the storm will occur between late tonight (~10pm-ish) and noon tomorrow (plus or minus a few hours).

Then it will be all over – and assessment and cleanup can begin.

Hurricane Irene slows down a bit – will drench Hoboken

8/27/2011 5:00am Update:

Not a very positive update for Saturday morning, but according to latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Irene has slowed down a bit, and will maintain a healthy strength as it passes by Hoboken and the NYC tri-state area. It will still slowly decrease and fall apart eventually, but not until it’s long gone.

Unless some kind of unexpected natural anomaly takes place in the next 24 hours, it seems evident that Hoboken is in for a serious lashing from this storm.

Cross your fingers once again, and hope for the best. (FYI – all this “positive” finger-crossing has now inflamed my already bad carpal tunnel syndrome. You can’t win anymore!)

Hurricane Irene faster & weaker, but still on track

8/26/2011 5:00pm Update:

Hurricane Irene is still on a collision course for Hoboken and the general NYC tri-state area.

However, current forecast has it moving faster, and slightly weakened in terms of wind-speed. Improving news all around. The storm is expected to be downgraded to a Tropical Storm quickly after reaching our area.

Note that just because it may get downgraded, does NOT eliminate the potential dangers. Use common sense at all times!

Hurricane Irene’s Path – no big change, still steaming towards Hoboken

8/26/2011 11:00am Update:

Weather forecasts remain mostly unchanged for Hurricane Irene and the Hoboken and NYC tri-state area. There has been some weakening in the current position, however, I haven’t seen any real change in the forecasted strength and position when it arrives to our region.

We’ll start feeling the effects of this storm as early as Saturday morning, with pummeling conditions all day Sunday. Be prepared!

Irene still on course to cause trouble for Hoboken

Note: The 2:00am update remains unchanged.

The 11pm update from the National Hurricane Center remains almost the same – with the eye of Irene headed right towards the NYC tri-state area.

This model run was about 15-20 miles to the east, but that could be worse in terms of rain. One forecaster said the only “benefit” for having the eye pass directly over you, is the hour or so of quiet weather inside the eye.

Hurricane Irene Eye Path predicted to brush Hoboken & NYC

8/25/2011 Update:

The 8pm update from the National Hurricane Center still has the eye of Irene on a direct “drive by” our immediate area. Last I saw, the hurricane should still be a Category One when it reaches our area.

What would happen if the worst case scenario took place?

A few years ago, The Weather Channel aired a special called “It could happen tomorrow,” and it talked about the disastrous effects of a major hurricane hitting NYC.

This video scares me.

Hurricane Irene barreling straight towards us!

8/25/2011 5pm Update:

Hurricane Irene continues it’s path towards a direct hit in the NYC Tri-state area, and a Hurricane Watch is officially in effect.

Which leads to the very critical questions: Should you stay or should you go?

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Are you nervous about Hurricane Irene yet?

The latest 11am forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the path of Irene practically coming straight up the coast and down our throats.

The trend has shifted westward again, and shows the hurricane scraping eastern North Carolina – which means it will weaken the storm somewhat before it hits the NYC area. I think it’s safe to say that no matter what, the storm will impact us one way or another.

Is anyone prepping for this? Or shrugging it off due to bad forecasts in the past? Playing a “wait and see” game?

Hurricane Irene homing in on Hoboken & NYC area

8/24/2011 Update:

The latest path for Hurricane Irene from the National Weather Service is almost spot on the NYC tri-state area.

While the eye of the storm will be to our east, which means that we’ll be on the weaker side of the WIND portion of this hurricane, storm surges and drenching torrential rain will be our main concerns (along with the downed trees, power-lines, etc.)

Hoboken City Hall offered some advice today: “Leave town, because we don’t want you to see the flooding again.”

One other thing I wanted to ask readers – was about the Hudson River. I know storm-surge is predicted to be 4 feet or higher, plus high tides, and possibly 6-10 inches of rain or more – this could be a “once a century” storm. Has the Hudson River ever risen above street level in Hoboken? That could be VERY BAD for the already-crippled Hoboken waterfront.

This is one story I hope I don’t have to cover – and still pray that it will turn out to sea, or be minimized as much as possible. If you ARE in Hoboken, and stuck, or witness catastrophic damage – please send your photos in – as I’ll be connected as long as I have power & internet.

Hurricane Irene path looks scary for Hoboken

8/23/2011 Update:

Hurricane Irene will be near our latitude sometime in the next five days. And while Hurricane forecasters warn that model predictions could err by more than 250 miles this many days out, it’s still important to be aware and prepared.

Also, other forecasters are suggesting that a cold front coming from the west may impact whether Irene hugs the coast or gets pushed out into the Atlantic. We’ll see what pans out.

Note: There will be NO hurricane preparedness tips or advice here. Common sense should prevail if danger is imminent. If you need someone to tell you what to do in case of emergency (while being warned way in advance), you might as well jump into the ocean now.

Hurricane Irene has sights set on East Coast

As any regular reader knows, Hoboken411 is a weather aficionado. The uncertain aspects of what Mother Nature can throw our way is fascinating. More fun than scripted reality TV, in my opinion.

Anyway – hurricanes are difficult for meteorologists to predict, and computer models waffle back and forth until the very end. However, debates amongst weather hobbyists have begun. Many believe that there’s a chance this storm will grow rather big, and has a good chance to affect our area. Let’s hope not.

But below are the projected storm paths from around a dozen or more computer models. Last time I checked, the sweet spot for hitting the mainland was somewhere in the Carolinas, then churn up I-95. That will likely change many times before the end of the week.

Cross your fingers Hoboken!

Let’s hope Hurricane Irene comes nowhere near Hoboken!

8/22/2011:

Hurricane Irene is churning down near the Caribbean Sea – and is a week or more away from even coming close to our area – but as of yesterday afternoon, some of those wacky “computer models” showed a potential that this storm could threaten us at some point (and in some form).

Tropical storm systems, even if they’re not full-blown hurricanes – can still cause a major impact with their torrential flooding.

Putting that out there just in case!

(I’ll throw a few updates in the comments as the path forecasts are updated…)

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