New York City is directly in line with the hurricane track.
Photo Courtesy of NOAA
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is evacuating Dumbo, Red Hook and Gowanus and other low-lying areas of Brooklyn and the city in preparation for Hurricane Irene, which is predicted to bring strong winds as high as 100 mph and flooding by as early as Saturday afternoon. High winds, heavy rain and flooding could last into Sunday evening.
It’s never known what will happen with these storms, how hard they will hit, but low-lying areas could experience dangerous storm surges and flooding by Saturday afternoon. When winds get high, tree limbs break off and fly like daggers, and glass on buildings can break. There are many hazards in a city during such a storm.
The city is asking residents not to evacuate by car, but to take subways to higher ground. Check MTA’s website for updates. Mass transit is the fastest route, and the city is urging New Yorkers to take mass transit while evacuating.
The three evacuation sites (safe places to sit out the storm) in South Brooklyn are NYC Technical College in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Tech High School in Forte Green, and John Jay High School in Park Slope. If you go to one of these sites, make sure to pack the right to-go bag.
According the AIR World, New York is the second most vulnerable state as far as property exposure to hurricanes. Dumbo, Red Hook and Gowanus are listed under Zone A, which faces the highest risk of flooding from a hurricane’s storm surge.
Hurricane Irene was registered last night as a Category 3. Because the North Atlantic Ocean is colder than the South Atlantic and not getting warm water from the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Irene has slowed to a category 2. However, according to Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com Kristina Pydynowski, New York City is projected to experience winds between 80 and 100 mph.The last hurricane to hit New York City of this magnitude was in 1938.
If the winds get this high, “widespread tree damage, major power outages and structural damage to buildings and homes would ensue. Glass windows could shatter along the sides of New York City skyscrapers,” wrote Pyndynowski in the report Irene: New York City, Mid-Atlantic Put on High Alert.
It is important to listen for City Updates on evacuation news and safety tips.
The National Weather Service says South Brooklyn has a hazardous weather outlook for Hurricane Irene. The exact timing is still unknown but the storm is likely to last from Saturday evening into Sunday night, the service predicts. Depending on the track the eye takes, heavy rain, flooding and strong winds may begin Saturday night. A very dangerous storm surge could occur late Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening.
According the AIR World, New York is the second most vulnerable state as far as property exposure to hurricanes.
South Brooklyn Post wrote about the flooding caused by all the pavement and ground-cover in NYC, and efforts by firms like Brooklyn Greenroofs. Flooding is dangerous in a condensed city: 72 percent of New York City is impermeable to water. Even if Hurricane Irene is a Category 1 or 2 by the time it reaches the city, considerable damage could still be inflicted. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecast 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain for New York City over the next five days.
More South Brooklyn Post Stories on Hurricane Irene:
Hurricane Evacuation Details
NYC’s First Mandatory Evacuation
Mass Transit Shut Down
Hurricane Weakens. Threat Remains.
Storm Fizzles. City Says Stay Inside.
The Aftermath of Hurricane Irene