Irene was not nearly as bad as predicted!

Despite catastrophic predictions, Irene turns out to be a “dud”

Many areas of Hoboken received some bad flooding from Hurricane Irene this weekend. The usual areas include SW Hoboken and the 4th Ward, along the southern perimeter, the west side, and a few additional spots.

Luckily for us – despite warnings of doom (“100 year storm!”), mandatory evacuations (“run for the hills!”), and worries about biblical walls of water from an angry Hudson River swallowing everything in it’s path (“CATASTROPHE!”) – it wasn’t a complete disaster, and we’ve had similar flooding with less-hyped storms.

Bloomberg reported today that weather forecasters missed very badly on predicting Hurricane Irene’s intensity.

Overall, even with the enormous amount of actual rain we received – it turned out WAY better than what the media was scaring people into believing.

“Sunday Floody Sunday…”

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Imasucker Bravo
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Imasucker Bravo

Looks pretty catastrophic to me judging from these photos. But then again, this wasn’t in Hoboken.

buzzfeed.com/mjs538/frightening-hurricane-irene-destruction-photos

Hobokent
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Hobokent

A “dud”? What would it have taken to be a legitimate storm? 10,000 without power? 20,000? 3 deaths? 7?

What annoys me the most about this “branding” is that if the news agencies had reported that a “weakened hurricane was threatening the NYC area Saturday night into Sunday morning . . .”, Hoboken would have had the usual crowds, fighting over the usual parking spots and getting stranded depending on what time they left. This also includes all the restaurant and bar employees who may not have wanted to start there commute at 2:30am.

So not enough people died, and too many people still have power, therefore, Irene was over-hyped. Maybe those of you “dud” branders should drive out to the suburbs and count the toppled trees, downed wires, or make it easy on yourselves and just keep the counting to houses with water above front steps = flooded basements.

I lived in Hoboken for 10+ years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen Hoboken look and from what I’ve been told, about the worst things have been since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. I’m also grateful that the news agencies made updates easily accessible from Friday AM until Sunday afternoon. When it got too much, I turned the channels/station. In the end, we were prepared and had no damage. A lot of our neighbors weren’t so lucky.

mooshu
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mooshu
I feel for the tens of thousands without power all over Jersey, and for the families of some who’d perished during the storm. But why don’t you read about how some of these people died? One went surfing on the day of a hurricane’s incoming. Another hung out in the upstairs part of a house and was crushed by a tree. Others decided to spend some time near some fierce brooks… The point is that whatever happened wasn’t unexpected. And 411 was reporting from a UPTOWN Hudson street perspective. The real miracle is how fast this storm moved through town, and how quickly waters in the west part of Hoboken receded… [quote comment=”210222″]A “dud”? What would it have taken to be a legitimate storm? 10,000 without power? 20,000? 3 deaths? 7?What annoys me the most about this “branding” is that if the news agencies had reported that a “weakened hurricane was threatening the NYC area Saturday night into Sunday morning . . .”, Hoboken would have had the usual crowds, fighting over the usual parking spots and getting stranded depending on what time they left. This also includes all the restaurant and bar employees who may not have wanted to start there commute at 2:30am.So not enough people died, and too many people still have power, therefore, Irene was over-hyped. Maybe those of you “dud” branders should drive out to the suburbs and count the toppled trees, downed wires, or make it easy on yourselves and just keep the counting… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
u lived in hoboken for 10 years..pardon your a real vet…i l was born during the bernie Mc Feely era on down to the present..10 mayors later never had such chaos as we do today..Same snow same weather patterns 60,000 people..cold water flats and of course one car to a family..There was no computer trackers no mechants of chaos media to make you crap your undies.. snow storm of 1947 and 1960 were worse and we had storms as well…Equipment was not as high tech as we have today yet our parents survived…Not about the suburbs or ocean county but the wrath of the lord..I never saw such bull chit since the first of trhe year with two snowstorms and a quake such as today..Move out of hoboken and how can you with the parkway blocked and rutherford the pike near raritian..Cars are gonna float?? this is not cornballl laconia nh You most of you who elected that crew believed in her..Lord help us 🙄 [quote comment=”210222″]A “dud”? What would it have taken to be a legitimate storm? 10,000 without power? 20,000? 3 deaths? 7?What annoys me the most about this “branding” is that if the news agencies had reported that a “weakened hurricane was threatening the NYC area Saturday night into Sunday morning . . .”, Hoboken would have had the usual crowds, fighting over the usual parking spots and getting stranded depending on what time they left. This also includes all the restaurant and bar employees who may… Read more »
Stabone130
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…for Hoboken! Prattsville,NY was almost completely devastated + wiped off the map.

Thats not overhype. We got off lucky. Be sensitive to those who didn’t fare as well.

Imasucker Bravo
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Imasucker Bravo

Might have turned out to be a dud in Hoboken, thank goodness, but don’t tell that to people in Staten Island, other parts of New Jersey, New York, the Catskills and towns with rivers running through them.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

I’m actually surprised that 411 wasn’t hassled by the cops for daring to use a video camera in a public park! Must have been a light stroller mafia day in town.

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