I tried calling 911 to get someone to put some caution tape around this tree, it is in imminent danger of falling, and people are clustered all around it taking photos of the other tree fallen behind it. 911 put me off to 311 and 311 is totally overwhelmed and not answering. I also told my story to a cop. Here’s hoping no one gets hurt.
The ground where this tree was rooted was totally swampy, no wonder it fell over.
This was as bad as Irene got in my neighborhood, not much. People out early this morning taking a stroll.
With the subway, busses, trains and planes shut down it is extraordinarily quiet this Saturday in the East Village and Lower East Side.
Tompkins Square park is closed, a wise decision considering all the overhanging tree limbs. I would not be surprised to find many large branches downed overnight. I’m hoping no trees come down. I used the occasion of the empty park to grab many panoramic shots from the entrances. I’ll be using them in my TSP Tree Identification Project. Taking panoramic shots in the park is hard because of all the moving people usually there spoiling the pano and getting annoyed with me pointing my camera at them.
Did the light seem a little off the norm at sunset? No green sky or anything but…
Irene could easily knock out the power in NYC, at least on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. In my Downtown Manhattan neighborhood, I imagine the Con Ed facility on 14th Street has adequate means to thwart the storm surge, but it is in the evacuation zone, and you wonder. Salty, conductive sea water does not play nicely with electrical circuits. Co Ed workers are the best, I have real respect for the tough dirty job they do, keeping the electrons flowing. They’ll get things fixed, but it may take a while. Cell service and land lines may be overwhelmed or damaged. And our internets, twitters and facebooks will likely evaporate for a bit.
- Fill containers with drinking water, and fill the bathtub to use as wash water and for flushing. If you live above the 6th floor electric pumps fill the water tanks on your roof. Plus the storm surge may contaminate the drinking water.
- You should have flashlights and batteries, and a battery powered radio.
- Locate your nearest fire call box. They are land lines and will probably work. Report any smell of gas or fire.
- If it gets windy, X masking tape over windows to help keep them from shattering.
- Close your drapes and blinds to help protect you from flying glass.
- If it gets really bad, an interior room with no windows or possibly your hallway may be the safest place.
- Outside, be wary of stray current, you know, the kind that shocks dogs and people with the winter snow salting, again sea water is much more conductive than fresh water. And watch out for flying objects (tree branches, construction materials, flower pots, and broken glass, air conditioners).
- Stay inside with a good book.
- And relax, it usually isn’t as bad as the news makes out, but we should be prepared. New Yorkers react surprisingly well to emergencies. Help your neighbor if you can. It may turn into a party like the 2003 blackout.