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Videos of Irene flooding

While many Rhode Islanders were out of power for up to a week, we escaped from the worst of Irene’s wrath.

Vermont was devestated by flooding related to the storm. In this video a 141 year-old covered bridge in Lower Bartonsville is swept away by flood waters.

This covered bridge built in 1870 could not survive the raging water of the Williams River in Lower Bartonsville village in the town of Rockingham, Windham County, VT. We were hoping all day the water would not reach the top of the abutment but the bridge lost its battle rather gracefully as it floated a bit down stream before breaking into pieces.

Our town has set up a fund to rebuild our historic bridge.

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News & Notes

→ Pictoral> MTA Perseveres Through Hurricane Irene [The Architect's Newspaper]

The Architect’s Newspaper looks at how the New York transit system faired during Irene. More photos, such as the one below, on the MTA’s Flickr page.

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Photo (cc) MTAPhotos

Also see, Metro-North and the Aftermath of Irene, Damage Photos via I Ride the Harlem Line


→ Blackstone River Regional Rail [Pedestrian Observations]

Following up on my proposal for improving regional and intercity rail service between Providence and Boston, let me propose a line from Providence to Woonsocket, acting as an initial line of a Providence S-Bahn. The basic ideas for how to run a small-scale regional railroad, as usual, come from Hans-Joachim Zierke’s site, but are modified to suit the needs of a line with a larger city at one end. It is fortunate that the road connecting the two cities is not a freeway, and takes 24 minutes, allowing good transit on the same market to be competitive.

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UPDATED: Hurricane Irene

National Weather Service predicting strongest gusts in Providence could be between 2pm and 3pm. Another storm surge is also expected around 7pm.

Tropical Storm Warning • Flood Warning

August 26th Update from the City of Providence

Residents Advised to Take Precautions Against Hurricane Irene

Serious storm likely to cause flooding and power outages across Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Peter T. Gaynor are advising Providence residents to prepare for the Sunday morning landfall of Hurricane Irene. Irene is a major storm with the potential to cause serious flooding, wind damage and extended power outages.

The Mayor urges all residents to take the necessary steps to secure their property, prepare for the storm, and have on-hand necessary supplies to weather the storm and extended power outages.

Residents should prepare today by making sure they have plenty of bottled water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, a hand crank radio, medications, pet food, and other essential items (see below for more information).

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Hurricane Irene as seen from the International Space Station

From 230 miles above the Earth, cameras on the International Space Station captured new views of powerful Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011. Irene is moving to the northwest as a Category 3 hurricane, packing winds of 120 miles an hour. Irene is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm as it heads toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Seaboard and the middle Atlantic and New England states.

From NASA TV via WPRI

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Providence EMA urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene storm track

Hurricane Irene possible track. From The Weather Channel.

Now that we’ve recovered from the earthquake, it is getting time for us to pay attention to Hurricane Irene. I’ve been hanging on Fred Campagna’s every Tweet as I normally do when a weather events is impending.


There are 14 computer models on this map. 10 of them have landfall between Bridgeport, CT and Chatham, MA. Most… http://t.co/Kagn2h9less than a minute ago via Facebook Favorite Retweet Reply

Over the last day, the Tweets and other weather forecasts having been showing Irene setting her sights on Southern New England. Talks of a “Bob-like” or “Carol-like” track certainly should make us all take note.

Possible tracks of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene possible tracks through the New York and Boston-Providence Metropolitan areas. From The Weather Channel.

As the storm approaches, the Providence Emergency Management Agency has advice for preparing for the storm.

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