Thursday, August 25, 2011

Irene's path to New York

I have to work Sunday, and I plan to check the newsroom television sets for the progress of HURRICANE IRENE.
If the developing storm follows its projected track, it could become only the sixth hurricane to strike within 75 miles of NEW YORK CITY -- Gloria in 1985, Belle in 1976 and a trio of unnamed storms in 1938, 1894 and 1893, according to information from the WEATHER CHANNEL.
The 1938 storm was the worst of the previous five, killing 60 people on Long Island. More than 20 people were swept out to sea in Westhampton Beach.
The NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE forecast for New York this Sunday is typically succinct:
"Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 77. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent."
I'll be keeping an eye on the storm as an interested observer, having spent some enjoyable times in the BIG APPLE.


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