Hoboken Hurricane Projectile Alert

Unsecured objects in Hoboken could become deadly projectiles

Many readers have sent in emails mentioning two concerns in particular about UNSECURED objects during a fierce wind storm like Hurricane Irene (which is bearing down on us on by tonight.)

Just wanted to share these warnings with you all…

Hoboken City Hall & trash cans – mediocre preparedness?

Hoboken411 reader Patrick sent in these photos of trash bins that were tied down instead of removed entirely. Here’s what he had to say:

“Where is our Mayor and other council leaders? I took these attached photos at approximately 4:00 PM along the river between 4th Street and Pier A Park. Metal garbage cans instead of being secured in the sheds in Pier A park they have been tied to light poles and railings. If Irene brings with her 75-100 MPH winds isn’t there a possibility that 25 or 30 lbs. steel garbage cans will snap the strings that bind them and become 25-30 lb. projectiles?

Why wouldn’t our OT gobbling DPW employees simply place the cans in their Cushman scooter and then place the cans in the storage sheds? How serious is our Mayor about preparedness when she is nowhere to be seen and I find these photos troubling when I am simply walking my dog?

To be fair two or three of the cans also have a chain attachment.”

Construction site debris uptown causes concern as well

Hoboken411 Chris is worried about the 1450 Washington St. project near by the Hudson Tea Building uptown:

“The construction site in front of the Tea Building (behind City Bistro) left a lot of stuff unsecured. Here are two pictures of loose wood planks just sitting out! These 2″ x 12″ boards are going to turn into missiles once the wind gets here, and it looks like they could blow right into the side of the Sovereign. I’ve also included a picture of loose metal brackets sitting in a pile. These will be deadly at 60 mph.”


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4 Comments on "Hoboken Hurricane Projectile Alert"

xtreme
Member

The garbage cans are metal mesh so the chances of them being picked up by the wind are slim. The air will most likely flow right through them. They appear to also be tied by twine AND chains so it seems like they’re secured properly.

What scares me more is that construction debris. THAT should have been secured better….

bmacqueens
Member

Wrong. These thing fall over and roll like the dickens. I’ve seen it in the past.[quote comment=”210162″]The garbage cans are metal mesh so the chances of them being picked up by the wind are slim. The air will most likely flow right through them. They appear to also be tied by twine AND chains so it seems like they’re secured properly.What scares me more is that construction debris. THAT should have been secured better….[/quote]

xtreme
Member

Then they’re not going anywhere. They certainly won’t become airborne and cause damage.[quote comment=”210166″]Wrong. These thing fall over and roll like the dickens. I’ve seen it in the past.[/quote]

MGoHioboken
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MGoHioboken

Lawn furniture on roofs too. I’m looking at you, building on the east side of 700 block of Madison.

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