Archive for the ‘2004 Hurricane Isabel’ Category

Isabel’s impact

Monday, September 22nd, 2003

Here are some of Dane’s pictures of damage from Hurricane Isabel in his D.C.-area Virginia neighborhood. (He said he will send some higher-quality versions when he can, electricity-wise.)

Regarding the top photo above, Dane wrote that on “Forest Lane, about two blocks from my house, there were three uprooted trees that appear to have fallen in a domino effect. The stump across the street is rotten and appears to have hit the uprooted tree on the other side of street, casing it to fall. … Suffice to say it would not have been fun to be located in any of the surrounding hoses during the storm.”

More generally, he reports via e-mail:

Power remains out at home, but is online at the office (which is in Old Town Alexandria—which flooded—go figure). And we are still being advised to boil the water. There is still no word as to when power will be restored; although the power company hopes to complete repairs within one week.

Here are the rest of the photos that he sent along:

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D.C. damage update

Sunday, September 21st, 2003

Dane, commenting on the post containing his earlier report, provides an update on post-Isabel life in the D.C. area, where he lives:

Although we are still without power here, many locations around are coming back online. Most of the downed power polls and trees have now been cleared from the roadways, although there are still some areas that a bit treacherous and we are still under a water boiling alert for a few more days. I’m going to check to see…how my camera batteries are doing—I might be able to get Brendan some shots of mangled power polls before they are fixed. Well, that’s all for now, I’m going to try and get to the Apple store tomorrow and to try and recharge the lap top a little.

Thanks again for the update, Dane! I look very much forward to those photos, if you’re able to get them — then you can be BrendanLoy.com’s official D.C.-area photographer, in addition to being the Washington bureau chief! :)

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They like me, they really like me!

Saturday, September 20th, 2003

My photo of Isabel’s spiral cloud bands has proved quite popular with the nerds at Weather Underground: 99 people have rated it, and the average rating is 8.535 (on a scale of one to ten). Woohoo!

The other photos that I posted aren’t quite as popular, but they’re all rated at least 5, which is good. :)

Live (and powerless) from Virginia, it’s… Dane!

Friday, September 19th, 2003

Newly appointed BrendanLoy.com Washington Bureau Chief Dane Lindberg provides us with the following report:

Short update from the Washington DC area. . . We have no power. . . I will have to keep this short (I’m not sure how many days the batteries on my laptop will need to last). It was quite blustery last night, and there is significant damage to power lines and trees. And unlike Brendan I could not go into work today. . . something about Old Town Alexandria being flooded (10 feet above the river; I’ll [send] Brendan a picture some time soon) and most of the GW parkway being shut down. Judging by the damage to power polls and the like I have a feeling that we will be without power in this area fro quite some time. That’s all for now. . . Time to shut down the computer for tomorrow’s ten minutes :)

Thanks for the update, Dane!

So long, Isabel

Friday, September 19th, 2003

The National Hurricane Center has spoken its last word on Isabel, declaring it extratropical at 11:00 AM — a little sooner than I expected. Its final official position was about 50 miles northeast of Cleveland Ohio, directly over Lake Erie (whose 70-degree water temperatures are not nearly enough to support a hurricane, in case you were wondering).

So it’s official: for the first time in 22 days and 18 hours, the Atlantic basin is free of organized tropical systems. Time for the NHC forecasters to take a much-deserved rest.

And, dare I say it, it’s time for me to do the same. I’ve been “flooding the zone” with blog-coverage of something for two-plus weeks now: first Fabian, then the 9/11 anniversary, and then Isabel. It’s been fun, but I expect blogging will be light this weekend; I really need to take a break from staring at a computer screen and/or a cell-phone screen all the time.

I’m blogging now because it’s my lunch break from work — in other words, because I can — but this weekend I really need to turn to other pursuits, like taking deep breaths, stopping to smell the roses, and cleaning up my pigsty of an apartment.

On the other hand, if I end up attending the Dalai Lama event in Central Park and/or the medieval festival in Washington Heights this Sunday, I suppose I won’t be able to resist a bit of Moblogging from the cell phone…

Well, adios: it being my lunch break, I should probably now begin to actually eat lunch. :)

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera

Friday, September 19th, 2003

Clearing skies over Midtown.

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera

Friday, September 19th, 2003

Oh yeah, it looks really threatening here in Lower Manhattan. We’ve got hurricane-force blue skies! :)

Atlantic finally calming down

Friday, September 19th, 2003

When Tropical Storm Isabel is declared extratropical and the National Hurricane Center issues its final advisory, which will probably happen later today or early tomorrow, the Atlantic basin will be free of organized tropical systems for the first time since Tropical Depression Ten — which would become Hurricane Fabian — formed at 5:00 PM on August 27.

Well, that’s assuming nothing else forms in the mean time, of course. There is “a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is located about 600 miles east of the Lesser Antilles,” according to the National Hurricane Center. But “upper-level winds are currently not favorable for development.” And a good thing, too: after more than three straight weeks of issuing advisories on active storms, the NHC deserves a break!

They also deserve to throw themselves a party for forecasting Isabel’s movements so succcessfully. I don’t know if the accuracy with this particular storm was mostly a fluke, or if the technology really has improved that much, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better-forecasted hurricane landfall in my 14 years of watching these things.

Target: Buffalo

Friday, September 19th, 2003

Isabel, now rapidly weakening — but still wet and blustery — is expected to move directly over Buffalo today. I demand on-the-scene reports from the SHA girl blog! :)

UPDATE: As for New York, the National Hurricane Center says:

There is a threat of isolated tornadoes over portions of Maryland… Delaware…central and eastern Pennsylvania…New Jersey…southern New York…and western Connecticut today.

There isn’t even much rain here, let alone tornadoes, but I suppose we should still be on alert. The good news is, hurricane-produced tornadoes are generally rather small and weak, as tornadoes go. Not that a “small, weak” tornado is exactly a walk in the park, but still.

You can view the latest conditions here (and check if any tornadoes are hitting Midtown) on the Jobs & the City webcam.

The Tropical Storm Warning for the New York area remains in place for now, even though the storm’s (now rather poorly defined) center is well to the west of us. As for the track:

Isabel is moving toward the north-northwest near 21 mph. A gradual turn toward the north at a faster forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. This motion should bring the center of Isabel across portions of West Virginia…western Maryland…and western Pennsylvania today.

My Isabel adventure

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Ah, there’s nothing like the sight of hurricane-driven surf… the feel of gale-force winds in your hair…

…not to mention the taste of wind-blown sand in your teeth…

But seriously, folks, Brendan & Scott’s Excellent Isabel Adventure was fantastic! Sure, some cynical Orange County Republicans may scoff at the waves’ height, but trust me, the pictures don’t do them justice: the sea was stormy (and, dare I say it, angry), the wind was unrelenting, and the whole scene was just really cool. Here are some of my pictures:


(Check out the blowing sand in the picture above!)

The waves and wind were great, but weather nerd that I am, I thought the coolest thing of all was the view of the clouds, which — even hundreds of miles away from Isabel’s center — clearly demonstrated the “spiral banding” pattern that occurs in hurricanes:

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Isabel update

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

I’m home… and I have sand in my teeth.

Meanwhile, at 9:00 this evening, 11 days and 10 hours after she first became a hurricane way out over the open ocean, Isabel — now centered 30 miles northwest of Emporia, Virginia — has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2003


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A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Looking up at the sky to the west and south, you can actually see the spiral bands!

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Just had a gust that had to be 45 or 50… and the waves are awesome!

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Thursday, September 18th, 2003


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