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Isabel (off topic)(16 posts)

Isabel (off topic)Jeff Rage
Sep 17, 2003 6:41 PM
I just found out I have no work tomaoorw (I'm in Baltimore.) I think all the schools are closed. The Fed Gov't is off in the area. Tomarrow's gonna be a mess!
Oh Yea..........Len J
Sep 17, 2003 8:01 PM
and my house is exactly 3.5 ft above sea level.

Good thing my bikes stay on the second floor.

Len
Loyola College here ...Jas0n
Sep 17, 2003 8:26 PM
hoping for no school. JHU and Towson both cancelled classes already. Guess our priests are hardasses. If you see someone riding down Charles on a Calfee in 75mph winds(tailwind, of course), its only cause im working on a better 40k time.
There is a reason the Jesuits are called the Soldiers of Christms
Sep 18, 2003 6:28 AM
They are a hardass order. I can see Loyola College on the horizon from my office window. Based on the flags that I also can see from my window, you will have a side wind (from the East) rather than a tailwind on Charles Street. In any event, if you are in school today, you will not have much traffic if Downtown Baltimore is any indication -- it looks like most of the office workers stayed home today. I guess that they just didn't have a Jesuit education (I don't have one either, but the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Christian Brothers put enough of a backbone in me that some wind and rain will not keep me from going to the office). Good luck on your better 40k time.
My late father went to Med school there........Mudman
Sep 18, 2003 7:43 AM
offtopic in NJSteve_0
Sep 18, 2003 3:59 AM
waves have been 10 foot/clean the last several days. Anticipating 15-20 before friday night.

I love these storms (hoping, of course, everyone comes out ok).

Good luck NC/Va/Md
re: Isabel (off topic)tarwheel
Sep 18, 2003 4:46 AM
Nobody takes these storms lightly any more in North Carolina. We have been absolutely devastated by hurricanes over the past few years -- going back to Fran in 1996. You really can't imagine what a hurricane is like until you've suffered through one -- it's like the worst thunderstorm you can imagine going on for hours and hours, spread out over hundreds of square miles.

NC's government has been struggling with budget problems ever since Fran and Floyd (in 1999). Despite limited federal aid, it takes years to recover economically. Everyone here is just hoping this won't be a repeat of Fran or Floyd. In Fran, the wind damage was incredible -- the entire Raleigh metropolitan area looked like a battle ground for weeks. Trees were blocking every road, power was out in some neighborhoods for over two weeks, and thousands of people had trees through the roofs of their houses, on their cars, etc. In Floyd, we had the worst flooding in recorded history -- something like the 500 or 1,000-year storm. Homes that were located nowhere the "floodplains" were under water. At one point, Interstates 95 and 40 and were under water for more than half of their extent.
re: Isabel (off topic)txcross
Sep 18, 2003 6:22 AM
I lived in Raleigh during Fran and I remember being without power for a solid week. I basically lived on campus that week using the gym's showers and such. One good thing though, the community really came together to help eachother out.

Floyd is another story. That damn storm caused me to cancel my wedding. My wife was on one side of the Tar river and I was on the other. She wasn't able to get out for about a week. It sucked.

Isabel looks pretty bad, almost a combo of the worst elements of Fran and Floyd.

Be careful out there...
re: Isabel (off topic)Steve_0
Sep 18, 2003 6:49 AM
She's losing steam, and gaining speed. If she doesnt pick up any steam in the gulfstream, shouldnt be as bad. Lets hope.
That's easy for you to say ;-).........Len J
Sep 18, 2003 7:06 AM
you don't live on the front edge of a 100 year storm surge!

Latest here on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, Based on it moving thru the western shore around high tide the strongest winds will be pushing the storm surge up the bay. Those of us on the Eastern Shore are preparing for a 6 to 10' storm surge, 6 inches of rain between 7 pm & midnight and wind gusts between 75 & 100MPH. Flooding is probable. It's great being within view of the water (Most of the time).

It's gonna be a hell of a ride.

Len
That's easy for you to say ;-).........Steve_0
Sep 18, 2003 7:33 AM
...dont get me wrong, I'm glad its missing us (initially, they were predicting it was aimed for Deleware bay), I was simply stating, and youre in better position to recollect, that floyd was a much bigger presence than the current state of Izzy.

agree great being in view of the water. Ive surfed the effects of Gloria, Gilbert, Hugo, Floyd, and soon-to-be izzy. Calling for 15-20 tomorrow!

Seriously though, good luck.
Thanks. Surf safe! nmLen J
Sep 18, 2003 7:42 AM
I've got about 45 minutes before the rain hits here ...Humma Hah
Sep 18, 2003 7:27 AM
... and we'll shut down the computers at noon today. 80% chance we'll lose power, and who knows when we'll get it back. I think tomorrow will be a day off.
didnt ride in today, did you? nmSteve_0
Sep 18, 2003 7:36 AM
Actually, this thing may be a non-event ...Humma Hah
Sep 18, 2003 12:12 PM
I'm watching Isabel on radar, and, frankly, it seems to be a pretty dry hurricane. Got a bit of wind, but radar is not showing heavy rain or big storms down at the eye ... just yellow with a bit or orange, a little heavier than we're getting near Warrenton, and windier. I've got a feeling it sucked in the dry air of the last couple of days and is running out of fuel.

Thunderstorms and hurricanes don't run off of temperature, they run on moisture. It is the energy released by condensation that makes them grow explosively. No humidity, no power. This thing may prove fairly harmless, compared to what we expected.
ReportJeff Rage
Sep 19, 2003 1:48 PM
Just to give you an update. Where I lived, we lucked out - no damage, no power outages.

However, the Inner Harbour and Fell's Point in Baltimore, and "The Docks" at Annapolis were flooded real bad. Incredible amounts of property damage. About 650,000 houses are w/o electicity in MD.

Funniest quote frm a reporter standing in a flooded street "There a lot of funky shi..... ship stuff floating around here!" I wonder if he lost his job for the near slip-up?