Sunday, August 28, 2011

12:30PM Update: PICS. Winds are now dying, Sun is fighting through clouds. More people out.

Irene is quickly moving up north carrying her treachery to other parts of the Northeast and heading to Canada. However, in her wake she has a left a lot of destruction and severe flooding. All over Queens County there is downed trees, awnings, Light poles and wires. The flooding is widespread on roads and into basements and houses. Photos courtesy: Richard S. David. 

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11:00AM Update: Widespread Flooding, Very Windy, Violent Storm, Darker Clouds are giving way to brighter clouds

Over NYC Irene is now downgraded to a Violent Tropical Storm. As it hit landfall in the tri-state area (NY, NJ & CT) Irene weakened but it is still raining incessantly, still very windy and dangerous. Severe flooding is widespread, many major roads are closed including portions the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and The FDR in Manhattan. 

8:30 update:PIC: the eye of Irene arrives over NYC.


Still heavy rains but the winds have not picked up beyond the current 40-55 MPH Sustained winds, however, there is wind gusts up to 75 MPH which carry debris. Officials say "stay off the streets" you can be injured by flying debris and shrapnel. Many reports of downed trees across Queens. A few people are out walking and driving. Citgo gas stations is open in Richmond Hill.

6am Update: PIC Queens/Richmond Hill: Sustained winds & heavy rain incessantly for two hours. Tornado warnings for Queens and Brooklyn

The TORNADO warnings extend across Long Island, NY, including, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County and Suffolk County. 
around 4AM Irene picked up her treachery bringing Heavy rain and sustained winds up to 55mph, bending trees in this Richmond Hill neighborhood. Suspended road signals swaying dangerously but are still switching. No descernable damage at this time. As folks rise to meet the worst of hurricane Irene, more reports will come in. stay tuned here: and @darrel3000 on twitter. 


4:00am Sunday #Irene picks up momentum near JFK Airport in Queens New York.

4am Update.