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nuh uh no way
28-08-2011, 06:49 AM
anyone else on the US east coast?

edit: the thread title was supposed to be allcaps, for emphasis

Rii
28-08-2011, 02:20 PM
I am disturbed by Nalano's lack of posts. Stay safe peoples.

TillEulenspiegel
28-08-2011, 02:27 PM
It's a mere tropical storm (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/nyregion/wind-and-rain-from-hurricane-irene-lash-new-york.html?_r=1&hp) now. New York survived a proper category 3 hurricane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Gloria#Long_Island_and_New_York) back in '85.

Rii
28-08-2011, 02:33 PM
I see. Incidentally the novel I'm currently reading depicts, amongst other things, the destruction of New York City via hurricane. Topical!

SMiD
28-08-2011, 03:04 PM
This hurricane was a little bitch. Ooooh my lights flickered, my trees shook. What else ya got, Irene?

Rii
28-08-2011, 03:08 PM
What else ya got, Irene?

So, umm, have people on more US-centric sites been quoting Black Hawk Down in relation to the hurricane? I can't be the only one to make that association ... right?

squirrel
28-08-2011, 03:29 PM
Obviously the US government is nervous this time solely because of the bad experience in Katrina disaster in 2005.

Suspension of electricity supply for a few days is almost a guarantee, but catastrophe I dont think so. It's the USA we are talking about.

I kinda of more worried about the small scale earthquake few days ago. Something big is going on. BTW, I heard that in New York some Wall Street traders yelled "Keep Trading!!" during the quake. Very funny, very typical.

Doodier
28-08-2011, 03:37 PM
Rii, what is the name of that book? My sister is in NYC right now so I should probably say to her to read it. Just to maintain my vicious-brother face, you know. :))

Rii
28-08-2011, 03:41 PM
Rii, what is the name of that book? My sister is in NYC right now so I should probably say to her to read it. Just to maintain my vicious-brother face, you know. :))

lol

Flood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_(Baxter_novel)) by Stephen Baxter. =)


At the same time, New York is demolished by an Atlantic tidal wave in the form of Hurricane Aaron, which Lily witnesses (and results in hundreds of thousands killed in New York and the city leveled in the process), and Washington, D.C. is evacuated. For the next twenty years, Denver becomes the capital of the steadily diminishing United States, which fragments as individual states assert their own survival needs.

TillEulenspiegel
28-08-2011, 03:54 PM
Suspension of electricity supply for a few days is almost a guarantee, but catastrophe I dont think so.
Mmhm. It got me reading about why you would run overhead power lines instead of the underground sort, as you do in most proper cities. Obviously it's cheaper, because you don't have to do all that digging and such, and it doesn't require so much insulation. But apparently they're also higher capacity, which I don't quite understand.

I'd imagine that Manhattan shouldn't be too badly hit by power losses, depending on how ConEd has things set up. Last major incident I remember was the blackout of 2003 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Blackout_of_2003); I was on Long Island for that, but it was a grid failure rather than a natural disaster. So I'm not entirely sure how it works in Manhattan.

Utility poles are the norm in the outer boroughs, though.

Rii
28-08-2011, 04:03 PM
But apparently they're also higher capacity, which I don't quite understand.

Probably on account of the better heat dissipation. Underground power cabling often has to be actively ventilated to keep the heat (from the electrical resistance of the cabling) from getting out of hand.

Nalano
28-08-2011, 04:35 PM
I am disturbed by Nalano's lack of posts. Stay safe peoples.

I actually stopped posting so I could, y'know, do stuff IRL. The storm's been patently underwhelming. They shut down the subways because there are a lot of tunnels downtown that could get flooded and saltwater does a lot of damage. I bike to work tomorrow.

Power never got cut. Underground cabling > overground cabling. The latter kind tends to get knocked out (like it's done in New Jersey, Connecticut and some parts of Queens) because of trees getting knocked over.

sinister agent
28-08-2011, 05:37 PM
USA: Our champion spirit is here to stay.





Sorry.

Rii
28-08-2011, 08:08 PM
I actually stopped posting so I could, y'know, do stuff IRL.

Likely story.

icupnimpn2
28-08-2011, 08:28 PM
I'll just leave this here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qRJeIhW89s

Rii
28-08-2011, 08:36 PM
Haha, what a job: stand there getting covered by 'organic matter' and report on the experience.

Nalano
28-08-2011, 09:52 PM
Better'n dealing with East Coast douchebags.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75f-YUntYRI&feature=player_embedded

outoffeelinsobad
29-08-2011, 02:55 AM
I'm in DC, and we got a light sprinkle. Didn't stop the yuppies from forming a queue outside of my store to get their damn lattes this morning though.

imirk
29-08-2011, 05:37 AM
I'm in DC, and we got a light sprinkle. Didn't stop the yuppies from forming a queue outside of my store to get their damn lattes this morning though.

Come Hell or high water I need that cup of joe to get going in the morning.

Tei
29-08-2011, 08:13 AM
Is good that disasters always attack that side of the atlantic sea. England, France and Spain don't need hurricanes, earthquakes and all these novelties you guys from the new world get.

Nalano
29-08-2011, 01:56 PM
Is good that disasters always attack that side of the atlantic sea. England, France and Spain don't need hurricanes, earthquakes and all these novelties you guys from the new world get.

We don't often get hurricanes. The reason NYC over-reacted was specifically because it's so unusual. In fact, I'm reasonably certain NYC got an earthquake and a hurricane in one week because Los Angeles and Miami were jealous.