(Water pours through gates under the boardwalk at the San Romeo on Monroe Blvd, Photo by Phil Kesch, former manager of the San Remo, I Love LB NY.com)
Hurricane Irene is already a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120MPH and is bearing down on North Carolina. Its path is quite similar to one that came through here 26 years ago – Hurricane Gloria in 1985. By the time Gloria got to New York, it was packing 100MPH winds and left Long Island with hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, under water, and without power for days.
(Post Gloria on Broadway, credit: Robin Stein, I Love LB NY.com)
First Gloria’s track
And Irene’s current projection
The similarities are obvious, but there are still a lot of factors that will influence Irene’s course. Long Beach has already been inundated with water enough times this month, with record rainfall of 11 inches falling a little more than a week ago. And that storm I was speculating about here is strengthening as well. Time to buy the sand bags.
(Post Gloria in the West End, credit: Robin Stein, I Love LB NY.com)