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ToddK

 

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Now its a Hurricane 

As if the Earthquake wasnt enough, less than a week later, now we're
going to be clobbered by Hurricane Irene.

Im gonna be sandbagging my house tonight to try to keep the water
out of my basement/recording studio.

Feeling rather apocalyptic here at this point. LOL

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 26 2011 20:59:53
 
estebanana

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Mayan predictions for 2012? yeah be careful.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 26 2011 21:06:55
 
Gummy

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

At least when the power goes out flamenco guitars are great. I got the night off for the weather too... My town in coastal N Carolina starts curfew at midnight. I just hope none of my trees fall on the house.
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 26 2011 22:54:43
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Todd, my very best wishes for a safe passage of Irene.

We lived on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC in the 1950s when Hurricane Hazel came up the Potomac and hit DC right on the nose. Part of Dad's responsibiility was crash rescue for Bolling and Anacostia Naval Air Station, which were operational runways at the time, and Washington (now Reagan) National Airport. At the height of the storm surge I went with him as he drove to the Crash Rescue Squadron to check on things. I think he had reassigned his staff car driver to storm related duties.

There is a seawall around Bolling and Anacostia. As I remember, it's nine or ten feet high. As we approached, I could see occasional whitecaps on the Potomac breaking over the wall. At the Crash Rescue Squadron the cabins of the 42-foot boats were about to hit the roof joists of the boathouses they were in, but they didn't, quite. The boat guys were all down there, and some people from other units, fending the boats off from crashing into the sides of the slips. Some of the huge sweet gum trees in the park behind our quarters came down.

Washington made it through Hazel without major damage. I hope the same is true for Irene.

I've been through four hurricanes in Texas and three typhoons in the Pacific. When the typhoon alert hit number 3 in Manila, I decided I had better call Continental Airlines. No one answered the phone.

The announcers on the English language TV station I was watching would get so excited they would break over into Tagalog. I called a pretty girl I knew to come and translate.

"So, Richard, do you have supplies for the typhoon?"

"I'm staying at the Sheraton on Roxas Boulevard. They have 24-hour room service."

".....but, Richard..."

"I'm just kidding. I have eight cases of bottled water, four cases of Spam, 20 loaves of bread, eight heads of lettuce, four dozen tomatoes, 12 bottles of mustard, three dozen mangoes, which you peel so beautifully, two dozen big Cadbury Fruit and Nut candy bars and four liters of Martell VSOP Cognac."

"Okay, I come see you."

The balcony turned out to be protected from the wind. We sat out there, ate mangoes, drank Cognac, watched the big palm trees on the Boulevard bend over horizontal in the deluge, and placed bets whether the satellite dishes would blow off roof of the Japanese Embassy next door.

Then we retired to bed.

The next day the streets were still impassable. Pavement washed out on major thoroughfares, six-foot deep pools of water. We holed up in the hotel and ate Spam sandwiches and mangoes. The great Italian restaurant on the main floor was back open for dinner.

The next day I gave the surplus typhoon supplies to the hotel staff and left to go diving in Palau.

Tropical storms are not necessarily all bad.

Atlantic hurricanes don't have the scope to develop like Pacific typhoons. Super-Typhoon Iokwe provided us at Kwajalein with quite a spectacle, though the eye was 600 miles (1000 km) away. For three days a feeder band stood off 20 miles (32 km) or so to our west. We were in sunshine, but we could see the solid band of blue-black cloud reaching from about 10,000 feet (3 km) all the way to the stratosphere, with a curtain of torrential rain below. It reached from a hundred miles (160 km) to our south, all the way to the edgo of the storm 500 miles (800 km) to the north.

The storm surge for Iokwe lifted 100 square miles (256 square km) of ocean by 18 feet (5.5 m). Think of the energy required to lift that much ocean to the height of a two-story building! Oof!

Sixteen feet of water swept over Wake Island, destroying every building, wiping the place clean. The first reconnaissance flight revealed that the runway was littered with coral boulders the size of houses. The Air Force had to call on the Navy to haul their first clean-up crew to the island.

Since the Air Force planes have longer range than they did when they put their base on Wake, they no longer need it as a refueling station. The Air Force announced they were going to abandon the place. We had some facilities there to launch intermediate range missiles toward Kwajalein for tests. We eventually kicked in a little cash, and persuaded the Air Force to go back to Wake.

This had one bad side effect. Most of the workers at Wake were Thai. If your plane hit Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu at the same time a plane came in from Wake, it took forever to get through customs. The Thais all had big TV sets, rice cookers, video games and stuff they had bought at the PX on Wake.

RNJ
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 7:44:24
 
machopicasso

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

quote:

Feeling rather apocalyptic here at this point. LOL


Todd, here's a Google app for tracking the likelihood of (apocalyptic) action:
http://crisislanding.appspot.com/
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 8:28:47
 
machopicasso

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

...and don't forget to play the Scorpions this weekend.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 8:45:26
 
Gummy

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

I just had a huge tree fall in the backyard. It was a glancing blow along one edge of my roof. Damage seems minor but it is pretty dark and rainy. I don't have any water coming in yet. The iPad should be able to keep me online even when power goes out. still has not reached closest point to me yet.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 8:52:09
 
KMMI77

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

speaking of hurricanes. Here is a video of a storm we had here in Brisbane a while ago. Check out 1:36. It's pretty cool



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 12:32:12
 
rodrigovalt

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Damn!!! thats crazy man!!!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 13:18:31
 
kudo

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/hurricanes/?ref=us#!/2011/Irene

im on shopping spree today to stock up on food just in case anything happens

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 13:23:52

ToddK

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Im gonna lose power here, its cutting on and off. My computer is
on a battery back up, but im shutting down in a minute.

They're saying we will probably be without power for a few days at least.

I'll talk to you guys again mid week or so, and let you know what happened .

Wish me luck!

:)

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 15:52:03
 
Escribano

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Good luck

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 16:26:39
 
Kate

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to KMMI77

Wow KMM!7 that was incredible, scary stuff. Will stop complaining about the hot scirocco from Morocco now !

Hope everyone is OK and you get back online soon.

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duende

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

quote:

Hope everyone is OK and you get back online soon.


scary stuff, this hurricane.

good luck guys!

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ricecrackerphoto

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

I can't believe there are evacuations in New York, neighborhoods right next to me. Thankfully, I'm on a hill in Brooklyn.

Not having the subways freaks me out though.

But got tons of food, drinks, candles, friends and brand new strings.

Could be worse!

Doug



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 27 2011 20:05:26
 
duende

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

everybody doing ok? Internet?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 28 2011 7:53:18
 
Gummy

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to duende

I finally got power back this morning. Thankfully, my house was not damaged further. The curfew lasts until 9 am for us. Nobody was allowed in public and businesses were not allowed open, so nobody has looked around much.
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machopicasso

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ricecrackerphoto

quote:

Not having the subways freaks me out though.


I thought riding the subway in New York is what's supposed to freak you out.
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ToddK

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

So, i just got my electricity back today. WOW..

Ive never had to go that long with no power. Almost 6 days.
Made for some interesting times.

Anyway, no damage to my house or anything. Just lots of trees down everywhere. LOL

Glad to be back!

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 1 2011 16:47:10
 
Elie

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

glad you're back safe Todd !

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 1 2011 19:12:15

ToddK

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Thanks Elie!

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 2 2011 1:09:31
 
Yosh

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

I live in Japan. Typhoon #12 passed two days ago. 37 died and 55 missing.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 6 2011 1:00:07
 
rodrigovalt

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

Sorry to hear that Yosh, my prayers for the people that passed away and for the ones that are still missing.

Welcome to the foro

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 6 2011 1:33:00
 
Elie

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to ToddK

it's really horrible what happened there in japan and its pretty sad and disheartening that the Japanese people had to deal with such a terrible disasters this year, My prayers go out to them, hope these disasters stop and everything back normal again.
welcome Yosh.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 6 2011 7:23:27
 
Yosh

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to Elie

Thanks guys. Yes, so many things happening here. I don't wanna say that's the way life is, but.......

I'm very happy that I found this forum.
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Kate

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to Yosh

welcome to the forum Yosh. My niece is in Japan at the moment teaching English and we had a scare when we saw the typhoon news. Tragic that all of these disasters have come at once. My friend Emilio Maya, a lovely man and flamenco guitarist is working in Tokyo a lot. He goes out again in a few days. If you get a chance to have a class with him you should. In the meanwhile keep safe and keep playing

Saludos, kate

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 6 2011 15:06:53
 
Yosh

 

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RE: Now its a Hurricane (in reply to Kate

Thank you, Kate. I live far away from Tokyo - Japan Sea side. Tokyo is a very exciting city. My sons are living there.

Yosh
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