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« on: May 15, 2006, 05:22:57 PM »

New York warned to prepare for hurricanes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hurricane with only moderate intensity could wreak havoc in New York City because it has been years since the nation's financial center faced severe weather, government forecasters warned on Tuesday.

The first time we get hit here with a Category 2, it's going to be disastrous," said meteorologist Michael Wyllie of the     National Weather Service, referring to the scale used to rate hurricane strength.

Wyllie said powerful storms have missed New York in recent years, unlike parts of the Gulf Coast, where periodic storms "thin out the trees and the buildings."

Gloria, the last big storm to hit the New York area, caused about $900 million in economic losses along the East Coast in 1985, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"It's not like we can all run down to Home Depot and pick up these two-by-fours to board up windows," said John Koch, lead forecaster at the NWS forecast office in New York. "What we want people to do is know what they are going to do with their family and their pets."

Koch urged residents to familiarize themselves with the location of evacuation zones and make plans to have extra dry clothes, medicines, batteries, water and copies of valuable documents.

Although evacuation orders might be limited to low-lying areas, Koch said high winds could put tall buildings throughout the city at risk.

"Winds increase with height, so you're going to see much stronger wind on the 30th floor or the 50th floor of a building than you do at the surface," Koch said.

Wyllie said he expects the hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts until November 30, to be similar to last year, which saw an unprecedented 28 storms including Katrina.

"If there are more storms out there, odds are you have a higher chance of being hit," Koch said. "It could be this year, it could be five years from now, it could be 10 years from now."

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006, 07:36:41 PM »

My mother was in high School on Long Island in 1938 when the "Great Hurricane" went over. It is reckoned as a Class 3.  It passed across LI and then into New England.  Since there was no such thing as satellite photos or some of the more modern means we have of detecting and tracking hurricanes, people were taken unawares.  Mom told me that some people just thought it was a bad storm, and came out when the "eye" passed over.  Then the other wall hit.  Very bad. Sad



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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006, 08:37:24 AM »

I just bought a reinforced umbrella.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2006, 10:28:54 AM »

Oh goodness; the people up here in NE (especially Boston) would be caught totally off guard.  They don't even know what to do half the time when blizzards hit, and those are routine here!

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