Hurricane advice for a friend in Staten Island
August 27, 2011 1:57 AM Subscribe
With Hurricane Irene approaching, what's the best course of action for someone still on the Staten Island shore?
posted by Rhaomi to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was chatting with a New Yorker I know who turns out to be quite out of the loop when it comes to the ongoing hurricane hysteria. Problem: they're currently on Staten Island, a block from the coast. They're in a three-story building (the bottom floor's a garage) described as "one of those houses that look like every other house within 4 blocks that people built just to make money out of cardboard." There's a row of houses separating them from the beach. They're actually in the mandatory evacuation zone, which apparently isn't all that mandatory...
It's currently just before 5:00 a.m. local time -- what should they be doing now? I understand Irene is currently weakening, and will be either a Category 1 or a strong tropical storm when it hits. But the storm surge will still be a problem that close to the water, right? Should they stock up on food, water, and other supplies now, or should they leave the area entirely? (Keep in mind -- they have a cat). What about last-minute storm preparation -- are broken windows or a damaged roof likely? And how quickly should they go about all this?
Any advice welcome, preferably ASAP.