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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hey, New Yorkers

I guess you have until tomorrow morning, but if Irene is still intent on her current projected path, you'd better be thinking about departure, hadn't you? (And the latest you'll probably be ABLE to get out is about 1AM Saturday morning, and I definitely wouldn't leave it that late.)

It's supposed to get slotted in between other weather, so this thing is going to basically riding the train right up the coast. NOAA.

There is no place I'd less want to be than NYC if it even gets a glancing hit from a hurricane this big.

If not, you'd better plan to be on your own for five days. No power, no water, no food. Cell phones will be out more than likely. Not a place for kids, people with health problems, the elderly or those who don't like spending days without any of conveniences of civilization in a very crowded city.



Comments:
Good reason to close Wall Street tomorrow when Ben
could tank the markets.
 
Well, at this point I'm worried about loss of life.

I figure Hoenig was trying to let everyone down easy.
 
Fortunately, there's few big cities more prepared for a major disaster.

Everybody I know there was getting their "terror attack" supplies in order today. They have canned food, contractor's bags, duct tape, batteries, tools, etc. Also, much of upper Manhattan and Brooklyn are on high ground. The city has issued a good map of areas to be evacuated for a Class 1, 2, or 3 hurricane, so you don't have to wait around for the announcement. It's the waterfronts, the airports, Staten Island, and lower Manhattan that would bear the brunt of the storm surge and flooding.

I agree though, people with small children and the elderly should be leaving first thing Friday morning.
 
This one could be really ugly, and not just for New York. Of course, Krugman will be thrilled at the prospect of all those broken windows needing repair.

Lower Manhattan, of course, includes the financial district. I imagine that a lot of electricity and data flows underground there. The data is backed up, of course, but there could definitely be a run on wet-dry vacuums.
 
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