US Northeast Megacity (in the path of Hurricane Irene)

Megacity region US Northeast

US Northeast Megacity population map displayed by census block data.

New York Times interactive Map of Hurricane Irene's path (Click on image)

NOTE: as of Saturday afternoon, state and utility reports from North Carolina and Virgina report 1 million power customers were without electricity.

State-by-State Developments Related to Hurricane Irene

CNN - August 26, 2011 - 8:44 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- On Friday, President Barack Obama said of Hurricane Irene that "all indications point to this being a historic hurricane."

Numerous local, state and federal agencies, among other organizations, have taken steps in preparation. Here are some of those measures, for states most affected by Hurricane Irene:

SOUTH CAROLINA

Irene was off the South Carolina coast on Friday, with its outer bands bringing gusty winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf.

No evacuations were ordered, as the storm path appears to be too far east to present serious problems. However, state emergency officials were monitoring Irene and have contingency plans. The state emergency management agency is using its website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to keep the public informed.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hurricane Irene is expected to make its first contact with the U.S. mainland on Saturday morning near Beaufort, according to CNN meteorologist Sean Morris.

Hurricane Irene Moves North, FEMA Sets Expectations

The Washington Post - August 25, 2011

     

Hurricane Irene appears headed towards the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions this weekend — areas that haven’t endured tropical storm-force winds and rain in years.

And the Federal Emergency Management Agency, panned by Southerners almost six years ago for its inept response to Hurricane Katrina, is reminding Americans up north that they should turn first to local and state authorities in advance of the storm.

“If the public’s seeing FEMA, it’s most likely if we’ve had impacts and we have requests for assistance,” the agency’s administrator, Craig Fugate , told reporters Thursday. “Otherwise, we’re doing things to get ready, but we’re not getting in front of the governor’s teams, we’re there to support them.”

NOAA - Hurricane Irene - Latest Advisory from National Weather Service

Hurricane Irene - Resources for Preparedness and Recovery

       

(Additional Resources are available by clicking on "Read more" at the bottom of this post.  This list will be updated periodically.)

Citizen Command Center Relief Database (Searchable by State)

http://www.citizencommandcenter.org/conditions/list?state=All

NOAA - National Weather Service - Graphical Hurricane Local Statements

http://www.weather.gov/ghls/

NOAA - National Weather Service - Hurricane Local Statements (that have been released within the last 12 hours)

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/index_hls4.shtml

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Emergency - Hurricane Irene: Northeast

http://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/irene/Pages/northeast.aspx

NOAA - Tides Online - High Water Condition - Hurricane Irene

http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/advisory.html

Links - Hurricane Irene Storm Surge Probabilities

by Dr. Jeff Masters - wunderground.com - August 25, 2011

ESRI Interactive Map - Social Media Feeds, Storm Projected Path, Precipitation, Storm Surge

Deepwater Trouble on the Horizon: Oil Discovered Floating Near Source of Gulf of Mexico Spill (Video & Photos)

 al.com - August 24, 2011

       

Oil bubbles to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico within one mile northeast of BP's Macondo well on August 23, 2011. (Press-Register/Jeff Dute)

MOBILE, Alabama -- Oil is once again fouling the Gulf of Mexico around the Deepwater Horizon well, which was capped a little over a year ago.

Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of small, circular patches of oily sheen dotted the surface within a mile of the wellhead. With just a bare sheen present over about a quarter-mile, the scene was a far cry from the massive slick that covered the Gulf last summer.

Floating in a boat near the well site, Press-Register reporters watched blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches. Those patches quickly expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across.

Each expanding bloom released a pronounced and pungent petroleum smell. Most of the oil was located in a patch about 50 yards wide and a quarter of a mile long.

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Television Stations - Live Stream - News and Hurricane Related Information from 'Home'

 

 

During and immediately following a hurricane evacuation, one of the most valuable resources can be accurate and reliable news from "home".  Listed below, are links to television stations providing a live internet stream, video coverage, or radio coverage from cities along the East Coast.  (This list will be updated periodically.)

 

 

(Additional links to television stations are available by clicking on "Read more" at the bottom of this post)

Boston, Massachusetts - WFXT

http://www.myfoxboston.com/

Hartford, Connecticut - WFSB

http://www.wfsb.com/

New York, New York - WNYW

http://www.myfoxny.com/

New York, New York - WABC

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/index

Norfolk, Virginia - WTKR

http://www.wtkr.com/

Norfolk, Virginia - WAVY

http://www.wavy.com/

Norfolk, Virginia - WVEC

http://www.wvec.com/

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - WPVI

Researchers Develop Controversial Earthquake Detection Network

Homeland Security Newswire - August 18, 2011

       

A QuakeFinder network installation // Source: newsvine.com

Researchers at a Silicon Valley company are hard at work developing an experimental network of electromagnetic sensors that could predict large earthquakes as much as two weeks in advance; the theory behind the research is disputed, but Tom Bleier, the inventor and chief engineer behind project QuakeFinder, hopes to prove seismologists wrong.

Researchers at a Silicon Valley company are hard at work developing an experimental network of electromagnetic sensors that could predict large earthquakes as much as two weeks in advance.

The theory behind the research is disputed, but Tom Bleier, the inventor and chief engineer behind project QuakeFinder, hopes to prove seismologists wrong. Under the project, engineers will install roughly 200 five-foot tall sensors near fault lines in California to measure changes in underground magnetic fields and to detect electrically charged particles in the air.

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San Francisco Subway System Admits Cutting Cellphone Service to Stop Planned Protest

CNN - August 13, 2011

       

Demonstrators shut down a BART station in July to protest the shooting death of 45-year-old Charles Hill.

In a controversial move that has riled up free speech advocates, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway system said it cut off cellphone signals at “select” stations in response to a planned protest this week.

“BART temporarily interrupted service at select BART stations as one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform,” the transit agency said in a statement on its website Friday.

BART said it took the actions because protesters said they “would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police.”

Demonstrators had planned a rally to bring attention to a number of transit police officer shootings, the latest one resulting in the death of 45-year-old Charles Hill, who was shot last month after a confrontation with officers.

The transit agency said protests during rush hour endangered the safety of commuters and employees.

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Video - Interconnected World at Risk from Global Shocks, OECD Warns

submitted by Joyce Fedeczko

The interconnectedness of the global economy makes it more vulnerable to major shocks. In the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, global leaders are acutely aware of the threats another such crisis would pose to economic recovery, social cohesion and political stability. How can governments and business prepare for and respond to such unanticipated events?

The OECD presented the findings of a two-year "Future Global Shocks" project at the OECD on Monday 27 June 2011.

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OECD - Project on Future Global Shocks

submitted by Joyce Fedeczko

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - January 17, 2011

                                                     

In this project, public and private experts explore how to increase resilience to Future Global Shocks. The Project will generate options for governments to enhance capacity to identify, anticipate, control, contain and/or mitigate large disasters. It recognises that shocks can provide opportunities for progress, not just negative consequences. Amongst the inputs from which the final report will draw are six background papers and case studies on the following themes: Systemic Financial Risk; Pandemics; Cyber Risks; Geomagnetic Storms; Social Unrest and Anticipating Extreme Events.

http://www.oecd.org/department/0,3355,en_2649_33707_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

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Can Americans share? You bet! Especially for a fee.


Alex Wong/Getty Images:  Bicycles from the Capital Bikeshare program.

That question hung over the rows of identical fire-red bicycles lined up last week for the start of Capital Bikeshare in Washington, the nation’s largest bike-sharing program.

U. S. Drought Monitor

    

Current U. S. Drought Monitor

NOTE: To view regional drought conditions, click on map. State maps can be accessed from regional maps.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

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