August 27, 2011

Irene's Parting Gifts

The storm is now offshore, but she held the worst waited for last. WNIS, which is broadcasting from Dominion Tower, is reporting the Elizabeth River is now topping the Norfolk seawall, financial district flooded. Dominion Tower parking garage is flooded. 
Caller reports hip high water in Fox Hill in Hampton.
Water mains have broken in Norfolk.

UPDATE: Nags Head reports that Albermarle Sound is overflowing and breaching the barrier island west to east....this will sweep everything out to sea.

UPDATE: Governor McDonnell  sez: 877,470 without power. 3 Deaths confirmed 1 in Richmond area. ALL major bridges and tunnels out of commission.

UPDATE: The storm is 30 miles offshore but the wind is the worse yet. House is shaking.  Radio reports Tidewater Drive is impassable. 6 inches of water in back yard. Reports on radio indicate LOTS of flooding.

UPDATE: I've just been informed that Wonderduck has better flooding pics.

 UPDATE: Wind sounds like thunder. Lights flickering. Sounds like branches are breaking. Bizarre that we get this now.

UPDATE: Radio says Midtown Tunnel not reopening. Great.

UPDATE: Radio says Richmond and Fredricksburg have a really large number of power outages.

21:41 UPDATE: The storm is more than 45 miles off shore and Naval Air Station Oceana STILL reports 69MPH wings in the "safe" quadrant. We've been getting the worst winds of the day since the storm passed offshore.

21:50 UPDATE: Radio Weather Dude says that the storm is strengthening as it passes over the water which is why we are getting more wind. There is a posibility that the Midtown Tunnel may open by Monday.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:21 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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Man, I hope to hell everyone on the barrier island got off.

But I bet they didn't. I bet some people decided to tough it out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Aug 27 19:50:48 2011 (+rSRq)

2 The initial report came from a caller...on Nags Head.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Aug 27 20:39:38 2011 (EJaOX)

3 Not for long, I'd guess. 

For what it's worth, I referenced you many times today at Duck U.  Everybody was complaining quite loudly about how the flood was a disaster; I responded with "no, this is an annoyance.  I have a friend who is right in the path of Hurricane Irene.  THAT'S a disaster."

Glad you're doing okay so far...

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Aug 27 23:34:46 2011 (o45Mg)

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