Irene is a hurricane that poses an extraordinary threat and is one that no one has yet experienced in North Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast and New England [emphasis added]. This includes Norfolk, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Boston.A statement on the Weather Channel Web site (via the WaPo’s great media writer, Erik Wemple) • Revealing just a wee bit of hubris might be taking over the network’s Hurricane Irene coverage. Because, um, let’s face it, while it’s probably a big storm, it’s not the most uncommon thing in the world for a Category 2 hurricane to head up the East Coast. Let’s be realistic about what we’re dealing with, guys.
I cannot stress this highly enough. If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now. Don’t wait. Don’t delay.President Barack Obama • Warning people about the danger of Hurricane Irene, which is likely to be the strongest hurricane the Northeast has seen in a few years. For what it’s worth, the storm — currently a Category 2 — will likely be a Category 1 when it hits the Northeast, so it won’t be a super-strong hurricane. Just a really big, slow-moving one that will remain strong hundreds of miles from the center. Amongst major metropolitan areas, it looks like the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area is about to face a strong hit from the storm. source (via • follow)
Dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial postponed indefinitely due to Hurricane IreneVia APNewsAlert. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press broke the story.