Friday, August 26, 2011

SIA Newsletter 8/26/11 (1) - Irene Track Moves Offshore

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

The 5:00 am advisory this morning moves Irene off the coast as it goes by us...

Here is a summary of the latest (pdf) Irene Impact Statement (attached). It is somewhat better than last night's with lower wind speeds, but the storm will be earlier, so we're back to the major impact occurring near Sunday morning's high tide:

"Strathmere and Sea Isle City, NJ are expected to receive a significant impact from Hurricane IRENE.
Easterly gale force winds should start affecting the area on Saturday, August 27th at 3 PM EDT with storm force winds arriving around midnight and Northeasterly hurricane force winds arriving near 3 AM Sunday. The highest wind speeds from Hurricane IRENE should occur near 6 AM when top sustained winds, from the North, could reach 88 MPH with gusts near 111 MPH. Winds should decrease below hurricane force shortly thereafter.
Sustained winds will fall below gale force after 1 PM and generally be from the North during this period of decreasing winds. Expect gusts above gale force level for several more hours thereafter.
"Wind damage from Hurricane IRENE could include broken glass in doors and windows. Uplift of roof deck and loss of significant roofing material.

It may also include collapse of chimney, garage doors and damage to porches and/or carports.
"The total rainfall for the Sea Isle City / Strathmere area over the next 3 days is forecast to be 10.4 inches. This can vary significantly as tropical storm and hurricane rainfall is very difficult to predict."

Strathmere and all of Cape May County are now under a mandatory evacuation order.
We are leaving this morning, so this will probably be our last update.

Stay safe!

The Strathmere Improvement Association

1 comment:

SeaGlass said...

Good morning ... how did Strathmere and Sea Isle City fare during the storm? I am supposed to be there right now on vacation until Saturday - 9/3. How is the Whale Beach / Dolphin Beach Condo area? I know the dunes are so vulnerable to a breakthrough. Also, the road at Corson's Inlet? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Strathmere is my little piece of paradise for at least 1 week every summer. It's very near and dear to my heart! Thanks.