Re: Hurricane Irene
The impacts are being somewhat exaggerated by the media for this 'cane, though as with any hurricane, coastal and inland flooding is a huge concern. The wind field is large, but the hurricane is down to a Cat 2 storm, and the stronger winds are on the Eastern eye wall, which will only impact the outer banks (as of now).
The only concern I do have is the possibility of severe storm surge because of piling up of water in the Chesapeake Bay and New York Harbor. That's the one aspect that could be a huge issue. Lower Manhattan could be underwater depending on where the storm comes ashore after resurfacing in the Atlantic, and whether or not it makes landfall around high-tide.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda