Helaine and I are just finishing the last of our preps for Hurricane Irene. There’s not much we can do beyond the superficial. Everything that can be moved inside is now inside.
We have 90 foot oaks front and back. I hope they survive. I can’t bring them inside and I’m hopeful they don’t come in on their own!
Everything continues on schedule. The computer models are reasonably in alignment.
The first of the rain bands has arrived. Some parts of the state have 2″ of rain already. That’s not good, especially with the ground already saturated.
I don’t expect much significant wind until early Sunday morning with the storm peaking, not ending, by early afternoon.
I just took a look at the tide gauges in New Haven, New London and Bridgeport. They are now 6″ to 1′ above normal and rising. That’s more than I would have expected, though I honestly didn’t make an exact prediction for this afternoon.
Water levels will be a critical part of this story. Coastal flooding looks likely unless Hurricane Irene unexpectedly jogs right.
If you live anywhere near the water please take heed of warnings. If you wait for the water to rise before you leave exit routes might be cut-off!
At this point I think Hurricane Irene will come in with comparable wind to Hurricane Gloria. This storm will have a longer duration and more rain. Gloria produced a fraction of the rain predicted. The damage this weekend should be comparable or more than what we got in 1985.
A viewer sent a friend at the old station a screencap of me from Hurricane Gloria. Even Helaine remarked how young I looked. That was 26 years ago. Crazy.
I’ll be on FoxCT this evening, returning tomorrow afternoon. We will be staffed with meteorologists and reporters around-the-clock and plan a long stretch of live coverage (much also broadcast on WTIC-AM 1080 kHz).