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PostPosted: August 26th, 2011, 12:07 pm 
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New York City orders the evacuation of a quarter million people amid frenzied preprations for Hurricane Irene
By Zachary Roth
Senior National Affairs Reporter

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City ordered the mandatory evacuation of around 250,000 residents as ordinarily jaded New York City residents threw themselves into a frenzy of preparation for Hurricane Irene.
The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch for the city and much of the surrounding region, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency. Torrential rains, flash floods, and winds of more than 100 mph are expected, beginning Saturday evening.
Irene itself is currently projected to hit the city on Sunday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane -- meaning a major storm -- but both the timing and the severity could change.

Because the city's hundreds of miles of coastline are densely developed, hurricanes can do more damage in the city than those of similar strength that hit the southern United States, the city's emergency management agency said.
Among the developments:
Mayor Bloomberg said all 250,000 New Yorkers living in low-lying areas -- including neighborhoods like Coney Island in Brooklyn, the Rockaways in Queens, and Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many others -- will be required to evacuate. This color-coded map (pdf), put out by the mayor's office, shows the areas that are affected.
• The city began evacuations Friday morning of 22 hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas, to be completed by 8pm Friday.
• Emergency planning officials instructed residents to stock up on supplies, identify an alternative place to sleep in the event of an evacuation, and prepare a "go bag" of essentials.
• Gov. Cuomo announced a shutdown of all New York City subway trains and buses, as well as commuter trains to the suburbs, starting at noon Saturday, and perhaps lasting until Monday or beyond. "It's hard to predict when it will come back," MTA chairman Jay Walder said.
• Cuomo also said that major bridges into and out of Manhattan and the other boroughs would be closed if winds reach 60 mph, as seems likely.
• On the bright side, the city also said New Yorkers won't need to worry about feeding parking meters this weekend.
• Airlines, especially those at low-lying JFK International, have delayed some flights and prepared shuttle buses to take stranded travelers to hotels.
• Some city stores ran short of emergency necessities like batteries, flashlights and bottled water.
• More than 300 street fairs and other events requiring city permits -- including a concert on Governor's Island by the Dave Matthews Band -- were canceled, as was a certain Yahoo! News reporter's Saturday afternoon barbecue.
• Both St. John's and Columbia unversities said they were postponing the move-in date for new students to Monday from Sunday.




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GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE FOLKS IN HERE FROM THE EAST I DONT THINK ITS GOING TO REACH MY FAMILY IN WESTERN MASS BUT IM SURE THEY WILL GET RAIN


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PostPosted: August 26th, 2011, 1:30 pm 
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Impending Hurricane Brings Cancellations


By Blood-Horse Staff

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 1:01 PM





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Several racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region already have canceled racing and full-card simulcasts for Aug. 27-28 as Hurricane Irene heads up the East Coast from Florida and the Carolinas.
Management at Monmouth Park in New Jersey is bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene by canceling racing for Sunday, Aug. 28, and making other contingency plans in anticipation of the storm. The track, located about one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, will cease simulcast operations Saturday, Aug. 27 following the last race from Saratoga, estimated at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Live racing is still on for Saturday at Monmouth.
The $250,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) scheduled for Sunday will be re-scheduled for Sept. 3, with entries re-drawn. The entire Sunday card will be made up at some date later in the racing season, which extends into November.
Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager at Monmouth, said any horses displaced from the stable area due to flooding would be relocated to the detention barn. The first floor of the grandstand will serve as shelter for backstretch personnel if necessary, Kulina said.
“This is entirely precautionary, but we’d rather be prepared and err on the side of caution than put any horse or individual unnecessarily at risk,” Kulina said in a statement.
The last time Monmouth canceled racing due to an impending hurricane was in 1996 with Hurricane Bertha.
Also in New Jersey, where a state of emergency has been declared in advance of the storm, Meadowlands will shut down for simulcasting Aug. 27-28, track officials said.
Southeastern Pennsylvania is in the target zone for the storm, so Parx Racing has canceled racing for Sunday but will race the previous day. Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack, a harness facility located not far from Parx, also scrapped live racing for Sunday.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia should be on the western fringes of the storm. Officials don't expect any schedule disruptions, director of racing Erich Zimny said.
Delaware Park in northern Delaware is expected to race Saturday and has no live racing scheduled for the following day.
No decision has been made for the Sunday card at Saratoga, which features the $300,000 Personal Ensign (gr. I).
"We will continue to monitor the weather and make any decisions based on what is in the best interests of the safety of the horses, jockeys, and fans," said NYRA director of communications and media relations Dan Silver. "There will not be a decision made until (Saturday) at the earliest."
Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts does not race on Sunday and has said it will make a decision on it's Monday card later this weekend.



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this might effect the east coast races - some boys in Texas said seen it to them they can take the wind and need the rain


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This WILL likely affect the races...Monmouth cancelled...SAratoga is expecting rain...the heavy rains and winds have already pummeled South Carolina and are in North Carolina....an estimated 2 million people in cities up and down the eastern seabord have been asked to evacuate. They are now saying that based on surveillance and satellite imagery, this hurricane is the same sized as Hurrincae Katrina was and by the time it hits NYC the skyscrapers will be swaying in high forced winds. We are horribly worried abotu Hubby's kids who are about 20-30 minutes inland (up an inlet) from the centraol North Carolian coastline.....



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Treet, last I heard from my BFF in Southport, there was heavy rain and winds were picking up, with the worst of it expected to hit tonight and tomorrow morning. She said there was minor flooding in some streets in her neighborhood, but nothing especially dangerous (I was visualizing streets after the drains back up a bit).



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we are accustomed to hurricane winds here in da bisket household. there is always a breeze coming from da bisket's sphincter.... woooohooo!!!!! born will be down wind after irene passes da bisket.....


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It appears the real threat will be from the heavy rains as the hurricane is now a category 1.
I hope no one gets hurt by all this.
It must be very hard on those people who are already hard hit with the poor economy and now this.
I hope your family is in a safe place and unharmed and the storm will be over for them quickly so they can all get back to a normal life again.


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Fortunately, hurricanes tend to lose a bit of their punch when they make landfall. Like HTR said, heavy rains will be the biggest concern, as well as tornadoes. I remember when I was a girl, Hurricane Beulah came into the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. We were deluged with rain, and the levees were soon breached. Contrary to its name, the Rio Grande Valley is not a valley at all, but a river delta. It seems that it took weeks for the flooding to go down.

Three years later, and my family was living further inland, in a small community between San Antonio and Laredo. Hurricane Celia had come ashore near Corpus Christi. She lost strength as she move further over land and the local media reported that she'd broken up and stopped tracking her. The old girl found water, however, and was soon on the move again. That night, I was wakened by my mother who told me to get dressed because 'the hurricane's here.' We were living in a modular home at the time and that was the night my Dad discovered the roof was being held on to framework by plastic clamps. My sisters and I spent the night huddled behind a mattress in a corner of my bedroom. Although we did get quite a bit of rain from that storm, most of the damage was due to tornadoes.

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SO far 4 deaths in North Carolina have been reported....we have talked to our kids a few times and they said that the weather is rainy and windy and they are without power but so far hanging in there. Keeping all those affected in my prayers....especially the residents in Da Bisket household! LMAO!



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