The guy’s acting like he’s having a hard time standing up, and you see people just strolling along behind him. I thought, what a great contrast. Why didn’t he just stand up and say, ‘We were very lucky’?Former FEMA head Michael “heckuva job Brownie” Brown • Somehow turning media critic after Hurricane Irene (in ripping CNN for their coverage of the storm). Hey, Michael, no offense, but you’re the last person that should talk here. Glad to see that the crisis was weak enough that you can rip the media for the coverage. You and Ray Nagin should probably keep your media commentator cards to yourselves. source (via • follow)
Anyone who doubts this was a serious storm is welcome to come on down to eastern North Carolina, where we’re trying to put communities back together. We still have thousands displaced, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, thousands without power and, oh by the way, killed two people in the county in which I live. We’ve got a billion-dollar disaster here, even if it didn’t happen in a large American city or the world’s media capital.
So, yeah, come on down. Rent a truck to haul debris. Bring a chainsaw. Or save yourself the travel and send some money to the American Red Cross, which is trying to help those in need. Irene may not have hit New York as forecast, but it was bad enough from where I stand. So lend a hand or shut the hell up.
Pretty much everything he said. Virginia got it pretty bad too.
We just spotted a reblog to an Irene post which angered us a little bit. It belittled the storm, piece by piece, because it could. It criticized the post for pointing out the diameter of the storm — you know, the huge slow-moving storm that has flooded areas of the country from North Carolina to New York. Sure, it’s not a powerful storm by hurricane standards, but it is one that caused a lot of damage nonetheless. This guy also made a bunch of other inconsiderate comments (he belittles the fact that people died!), but let’s be clear: While this storm was not as bad as it could’ve been, it did cause damage and wide-scale flooding and inconvenience millions of people not used to storms of this nature. Sometimes, the snark is warranted. In this case, it’s not. People died. Millions of dollars of damage was caused. Millions of people not used to storms like these were affected. As our friend Mark says in “The Room”: Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!
czech-mixx asks: I was wondering if you guys knew which roads in the district are closed? I'm trying to head back to school and ddot isn't being useful...I'm specifically worried about Canal NW and Chain Bridge NW.
» SFB says: We haven’t been watching the traffic closures too closely, but The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock has a really good list of traffic-related closings.
- Storm now measures 580 miles in diameter;
- At least eight dead;
- 900,000 customers have lost power in those two states;
- All 11 Atlantic City casinos closed — only the third time in history;
- The Schuylkill River is expected to crest at 15 feet on Sunday night — something that has not happened there since 1869;
- SEPTA is shut down;
- 375,000 residents ordered to evacuate from low-lying areas of New York City — only five previous hurricanes have ever tracked within 75 miles of the city since records have been kept;
- Five NYC area airports have been ordered closed: JFK, LaGuardia, Stewart, Newark Liberty, and Teterboro; Philadelphia’s too; 10,000 flights nationwide cancelled;
- Con Edison shut down 10 miles of steam pipes beneath New York City to prevent explosions should they come in contact with cold water;
- MTA shuts down all commuter, bus and subway lines in New York City (comprising more than 6,000 subway cars which normally carry 8.5 million passengers each weekday);
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will do same as of 8 A.M. Sunday morning.
I think anyone who still thinks Irene is overhyped can STFU now.
What he said.