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Hurricane Irene

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After I came home (after the Japanese earthquake shut down my university and apartment building), I went back to my parent's house in New Jersey until my graduate degree program started in September. My hometown of Cranford was one of, if not the hardest hit by Irene in New Jersey. I didn't take these, but this is what my town looks like right now.

Fortunately, I was helping my 'rents move into their house in Florida, and we were supposed to go back to New Jersey on Saturday to get my belongings for grad school. Even after the news of the storm had reached us- they wanted to be home in case we needed to drain anything.

Our flight was cancelled, and all flights through to Tuesday. So I'm still in FL. Tomorrow we fly to Ohio, connect to Baltimore, and then rent a truck to get us back home.

Got news of my hometown- it's flooded pretty bad. My street's on a hill, so our house is alright, but there's about half a foot of water in the basement, so all of my artwork is likely destroyed, as my workshop is the only thing down there besides a slop sink and some battered old furniture. However, the rest of the town is flooded solid- it's impossible to drive. The street adjacent to ours is under about two meters of water. Power is down (and will stay down until next week or so).

Fortunately, my parents' office building is a former bank, so it's waterproof in the basement (where the safe used to be) and it is in another town, so it has power. I'll go into work with my parents and stay there until we can get power in our old house.

Thankfully, I'm fine, my family is fine, all of my friends back home are fine, although one of my friends lives in a basement room and lost almost all of her possessions.

I hope all the other Eastern Seaboard Telltale-ers are doing okay. I can't do much, but please let me know if I can help in any way. Here's to a quick and relatively pain-free cleanup, okay?

(What the **** is up with me and natural disasters, anyway?)

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  • I really feel for you. Good thing Irene went easy on both my parents' house and my sister's house, as we still have power in both of them!

    I was really working on getting my latest Sam and Max Abridged video online as fast as possible just in case anything actually did happen.

  • Our species might get wiped out by storms, bad weather, actually. But, I try not to let it bother me. But...it might.

  • @doodo! said: Our species might get wiped out by storms, bad weather, actually. But, I try not to let it bother me. But...it might.

    It's my understanding that an extremely large portion of the world lives relatively close to a coastline, and that if/when the sea level rises significantly enough as a result of melting polar icecaps, a tremendous number of people will be directly affected.

    Further, quite a lot of people get their water directly from run-off from glaciers, and if those melt significantly enough, millions will be without water.

  • I'm pretty Democrat so I'm sort of livid at some comments I've heard from Republicans concerning emergency relief aid and that this isn't really that big of a problem.

    Not hating on all Republicans just those that made this out like a non issue.

    @doodo! said: Our species might get wiped out by storms, bad weather, actually. But, I try not to let it bother me. But...it might.

    I'd put my money on an asteroid or anything. Storms I can live with.

  • @Chyron8472 said: and that if/when the sea level rises significantly enough as a result of melting polar icecaps, a tremendous number of people will be directly affected.

    The sea level will not rise significantly when they melt. Whoever told you that never had an icecube in a drink.

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    @der_ketzer said: Whoever told you that never had an icecube in a drink.

    While we can today safely laugh at the predictions presented by Al Gore back then, THAT specific comparison really stinks and can not remotely claim to represent the actual physics we might be facing. I won't even have to begin comparing the steepness of the glass walls and the actual coastlines.

  • Ooh! If we're talking about global warming now, I heard an interesting theory that when the icecaps melt, the salinity of the oceans will be lowered, causing them to freeze at lower temperatures and herald the dawn of a new Ice Age. I, for one, herald the coming of our new smiledon overlords.

  • What did I do ? XD....but honestly I'm ready to see this through, end of the world or not. And if I survive the worse of what's to come on the global scale and find the strength to smile then that's good enough for me...

  • Well, my parents and I braved out the storm of Hurricane Irene, which was now a tropical storm on Sunday, and we're doing okay. I'm glad that we are the lucky few in Connecticut who still have power. :)

  • We were hit with the Tropical Storm on Sunday, but ended up losing power for two days, plus a few trees. Thankfully nobody got hurt and power was (finally) restored today

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