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Hurricane Irene Liveblog From Zone B In Williamsburg

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As Hurricane Irene rolls north along the East Coast toward the Big Apple, residents who haven’t evacuated are bracing themselves for a “historic” storm. The mayor and many government agencies have informed those in the path of the hurricane to be prepared, and a plethora of websites have offered tips to stay safe during the storm. Weather.gov has also provided a site wherein you can watch the progress of the storm here. With that said, for the next 24 hours, two of our regular contributors, Tao Lin and Megan Boyle, will be liveblogging their experience of the hurricane from a two-story house in Zone B in Williamsburg. Keep tuning in for regular coverage of what Irene’s like ground-level, and, most importantly, stay safe.

7:56PM

6:16PM Looked out window, seems really blustery. Tao said “it’s like that…Christopher Robbins.” Wind is maybe 30-40MPH. Sky looks pretty, clouds are big and look heavy on the bottom. (Megan)
3:41PM Returned to my apartment. Restaurants were closed. Variety at 368 Graham Ave. was open and “packed,” with ~20 people “milling” outside (see video below), and sometimes a line out the door. Delis were open. No rain, “gusty,” partly cloudy. Normal to above-average number of people outside. Above-average “milling.” (Tao)
2:06PM

1:26PM Googled “hurricane irene williamsburg.” Clicked to a site called “Unexplained Mysteries.” Watched “UFO filmed over Hurricane Irene.” Leaving apartment now to find a restaurant. (Tao)

View 74-picture slideshow here.

1:05PM Tao is showering. We’re going out to find a place to eat brunch. (Megan)
12:34PM Didn’t encounter any broken glass within a ten-block radius of Humboldt and Frost, many windows featured an asterisk-like pattern of duct-tape. In some cases it seems unclear if street debris was caused by Irene. (Megan)
12:13PM Megan returned with “a lot” of pictures. The most notable thing, she said, is “a tree in the middle of the road.” Slideshow forthcoming. (Tao)
12:06PM There is hot water and electricity is functioning normally. Have heard firetruck sirens twice, in the distance, in past ~60 minutes. Megan has not returned yet. (Tao)
11:40AM Megan went outside to investigate for any damage anywhere. The Daily Beast posted “Reporting Live in Toxic Shit.” (Tao)
11:31AM It’s sunny and “breezy” outside. Not raining. Leaves but no tree branches on street. No flooding on Humboldt and Withers. Air has a dry, crisp, Spring-time feel to it. (Tao)
11:27AM Everything is okay. Woke to discover sun is the only major difference in weather from last night. (Megan)
11:19AM

10:23AM Our writers either fell asleep or their power went out. Hope they aren’t in danger. Leigh Alexander tweeted that the storm’s “not really all that” but that her roof is leaking and there’s some water pooling outside her door. @tigresaa, who’s location is listed as Long Island, tweeted that the street water was 5-6 feet deep. Gothamist reported that Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but that flooding is still a threat. Going to attempt to get someone else to fill in. (Brandon)
3:06AM

1:45AM Googled “how are storms named” and found “Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names,” which includes “Pablo” for 2013. The website says “The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity.” (Megan)
1:36AM

1:15AM Light in room “dimmed”/brightened 2-3 times in a briefly undulating manner. Raining medium-lightly. Winds ~10mph. (Tao)
12:20AM Saw four others outside, few moving cars. Weather conditions seemed maybe 6% more intense than earlier. (Megan)
12:02AM We are going outside to find information. (Tao)
11:37PM Noticed on Facebook that Susan Orlean, author of the book Adaptation was an adaptation of, said “If #Irene were my boyfriend, I’d say enough with the foreplay, dude. The moment has passed.” on Facebook ~10 minutes ago. It currently has 9 “likes” and 4 comments. (Tao)
11:27PM Looked at Facebook after reading on Twitter that people on Facebook were saying things about “a sinkhole.” Clicked “Shark in the Streets of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene.” (Tao)
11:22PM Googled “hurricane irene path” and found article in Tuscon Citizen which quotes an un-named source: “‘We had no idea this area would ever have a [fill in the catastrophe] of this magnitude’ situation, lots of people will, one day or another, be in some very serious trouble.” (Megan)
10:50PM Seems quiet in room. Water/electricity seems normal. Do not hear wind/[anything] except from my window fan. @tao_lin/media, which is NYC-centric, I feel, seems less active than normal. @spiers Tweeted “IRENE IN NEW YORK disappointing so far. Too-long windup, not enough plot development…” at 10:42PM. (Tao)
10:06PM Returned with take-out. At Sel De Mer, twelve people sat at tables while R&B slow jams played—seemed unusual for 6 minutes before closing. Head waitress reported an “understaffed, crazy” kitchen. She lives in an evacuation zone and has secured a place to stay within walking distance. As I exited, a lone man walked in, said “are you guys open,” looked pleased with himself. (Megan)
9:59PM Googled “hurricane irene looting.” Clicked “When does the looting start during Hurricane Irene? – Yahoo! Answers.” Felt unsatisfied with answers. (Tao)
9:44PM Googled “hurricane irene zones.” Clicked “Hurricane Irene: Michael Bloomberg makes last-ditch evacuation plea.” Read that as of ~40 minutes ago only ~5,500 people are in evacuation centers set up for 70,000 people. Comment if you are in an evacuation center. Interesting pictures of anything may be emailed to us at binky.tabby [at] gmail.com. We will credit/link your picture if we post it. (Tao)
9:31PM Megan left to get our take-out order. (Tao)
9:14PM Feel like there will be widespread looting. Closest chain store from us (451 Humboldt Street, ~5 blocks from Graham L stop) that I can think of is Duane Reade off Bedford Avenue. Comment if you have any looting information. (Tao)
9:09PM Sel De Mer has issued the forebodingly ordinary estimate of 20 minutes for carry-out. (Megan)
8:49PM Sel De Mer at 374 Graham is open for dinner until 10PM. Ordering take-out. If anyone has questions comment them and we will answer. (Tao)
8:40PM Light in room “dimmed” momentarily. (Tao)
8:38PM One TV at the deli showed weather man standing in front of a .gif-like hurricane update. The other TV showed “live,” probably un-recorded security camera footage of things happening in the deli (a man watching TV and two people paying for energy drinks and eggs). Left deli as weather reporter said “Tropical action is ready to begin.” (Megan)
8:35PM Raining lightly. ~5-10mph wind with ~15mph gusts. Deli on Graham and Withers is open and seems well-stocked. Large-screen TV inside says there is a tornado warning. ~2-4 people walking on sidewalk on Graham. (Tao)

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    • Jonas

      Damn.  This is sweet.  But what are you going do if you lose power? How are you going update? 

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        we have iphones if we lose power

    • joe

      what are you ordering for take-out, and are you ordering differently than you would in normal meteorological conditions

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i’m ordering 10 clams and a mussel entree w/ cole slaw

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        i got ‘warm kale salad’ and clams with cole slaw. in normal conditions i might order lobster and maybe also soup

    • idk

      why does tao ‘force [him]self to think’ like he sometimes says on twitter

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        there’s moments when i notice i seem to not be thinking anything

        sometimes when i become aware of that i exert pressure for myself to think something

    • Marina

      I’ve never been to sel de mer despite walking past it at least hundreds of times on the wayhome from the subway. Is it good? Is it mostly fish? Kurt cobain says it’s ok to eat fish. Did they show the radar a lot

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i like ‘sel de mer’ a lot, highly recommended

        have been there ~20 times

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        they’re exclusively fish, i think. i like them a lot. when i visit tao we probably eat there like 2-4 nights

    • Anonymous

      is it raining?

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

         a lil bit

    • Anonymous

      this is sweet, hi tao, megan. what drugs will be involved or does the general ‘seriousness’ of the situation preclude that?

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        we have 3 8ths of mushrooms that we may ingest some of

        feel focused on providing information for ‘the masses’ for the post itself however

        re 24 hours we have adderall

    • Seymour Blake

      These updates should be scrolling across the bottom of the screen on FOX. 

    • Anonymous

      have there been many “come on Irene” jokes?  I haven’t heard any from here (Chicago), but it seems like there would be a lot?

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i’ve seen one on twitter, i think

        i haven’t been in a social situation, i think, since learning of the hurricane

        megan and i have not said to each other any ‘come on irene’ jokes, i think

      • http://entropicalia.wordpress.com Alison

        My social media says “yes”

      • Marina

        unrelated but there was a hashtag on twitter “FollowMeIrene” that seemed to be mostly people complaining about how it was a stupid hashtag

    • Marina

      Why was my comment deleted

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i don’t know

        if it was something like ‘sweet’ or ‘good’ it may have been viewed as spam

      • Marina

        I can’t get reliable internet on my ipod touch. going to blame this on irene instead of NYC this time

        • http://www.facebook.com/mattmillernz Matthew Miller

          yeah

        • http://www.facebook.com/mattmillernz Matthew Miller

          yeah

    • Anonymous

      if you had to save one item from apt what would it be?

    • Anonymous

      if you had to save one item from apt what would it be?

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        macbook

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        iphone

    • Anonymous

      if you could ‘loot’ any single item what would it be?

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        many ipods, iphones, macbooks

        a pharmacy

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        depends on the store i think. would like to loot a ‘portable wholesale furnished mansion depot’

    • http://www.facebook.com/roydriskill Roy Driskill

      Haha

      “Comment if you have any looting information.”

    • off the Montrose stop

      We’re next door and have extra beet salad if you want some.

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        sweet

        thanks

        • off the Montrose stop

          we could also bring the salad to duck duck if you want, and then you could eat some in a more public space. for safety.

        • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

          sweet

          thanks

          think you’re like ~10 or ~15 blocks away

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        thanks for offering, think i’ll feel full after this food

    • Marina


      from reddit

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        damn…rolling the reese’s puffs in a ball of nutella and sprinkling with hot cocoa mix would be really good

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        lol

        nice

    • Anonymous

      reddit.com/r/irene is also interesting

      • https://twitter.com/#!/VirtualKarim Karim Kazemi

        http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/ is also very funny if you’re looking for funny things.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/VirtualKarim Karim Kazemi

          http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/ is also a great way to answer the age-old question, “WTF is starcraft?”

        • https://twitter.com/#!/VirtualKarim Karim Kazemi

          I was experimenting with “deleting comments” on disqus. I didn’t know that you couldn’t undelete them. I take credit for those last two.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/VirtualKarim Karim Kazemi

      Will there be photos of @meganboyle:disqus planking in the rain / intense wind? please.

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i 90% feel megan will be ‘down’ for that

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        i’m down for that

    • Jn

      Is Tao Lin a party girl?

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        to some people ‘yes,’ to others ‘no,’ to still others ‘maybe’ or ‘depends on the context/moment’

    • Elev

      Wondering what has happend.  Lacking updates – are you guys alive? 

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        megan is getting our take-out

        i’ve been sitting here

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        i updated on my iphone while i was getting take-out:

        9:54PM Twelve people sit at tables while R&B slow jams plays, seems for 6 minutes before closing. A lone man just walked in, said “Are you guys open,” looked pleased with himself. Megan
        9:51PM Head waitress says she lives in evacuation zone, has secured a place to stay within walking distance. Megan
        9:46PM Head waitress at Sel De Mer reports an “understaffed, crazy” kitchen. Megan
        9:41PM Walking behind group of hipsters, one dressed in head-to-toe camo print. Their conversation seems centered on the the word  “protein.” Megan
        9:34PM Police car with flashing lights but no siren idly passed through red light. Megan

    • space mtn

      irene is an old lady name. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/cpr12r Chris Priore

      do you plan on looting?

      • http://www.facebook.com/cpr12r Chris Priore

        also, you sent me a book earlier this week– thank you very much I’m now a proud owner of all of your work

        • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

          you’re welcome

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        no

    • victoria elliott

      are you guys scared? :(

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        i don’t feel scared

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        no, feel like it’s not going to happen maybe

        • Marina

          so its safe to take my dog outside?

        • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

          i would say yes, marina

          i saw an old guy with a dog when i was outside a few minutes ago. be advised: the dog wore a ‘dog sweater’

        • Marina

          I went for it, sans dog sweater and it was ok. Just rain and wind like last weekend I think? Or maybe the one before. Or both. Manhattan ave in greenpoint was pretty deserted but two bodegas and the barblackout was open. There was a girl standing outside in I’m pretty sure a bikini or clos, on her cell phone, holding a raincoat sh kept wringing out. did you guys secure any ” entertainment” for the weekend? I rented several movies from the library, “ceda rapids” which I just watched was better than expected. If every house party in Michigan has recreational meth use, music by the band fucked up, people who punch anyone wearing a suit, and Maebe from arrested development, I’m in. Hope that all wasn’t too esoteric. Now watching the movie scrooged, with bill Murray.

        • Marina

          That’s “cedaR rapids.” also did you guys store up on any snacks and other emergency supplies?

        • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

          no re supplies

          i liked ‘cedar rapids’

          we have not secured entertainment more than normal, i feel

    • Bro bro

      Hi ‘guys’.

      • http://twitter.com/a_scary_ghost Paul Rizza

         ‘Hi’.

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

         hey bro

    • Anonymous

      this is exciting, i feel excited

      • horsecock

        i wish you were here brandon. it’s weird.

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        sweet, succulent bsg-excitement

    • BEING TOWARDS DEATH

      Big party on Kent Ave and S. 8th. East River is beginning to swirl. Just pulled out tray of pot brownies from cooker.

      • BEING TOWARDS DEATH

        I can see dark foamy water. Not going to die on a cot in a shelter. I’m here with my brothers and sisters. Pot brownies cooling.

        • Asdf

          Hahahaha. I love this.

      • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

        sweet, send pics/video

        • BEING TOWARDS DEATH

          I’ll try to find footage. Think we might have some of the brownie tray being pulled out of the cooker.

      • Guest

        Damn, like the Heidegger reference, 

      • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

        is the party still raging/can we come?

        • BEING TOWARDS DEATH

          Bummer, I was offline last night. Would’ve passed along deets had I known you two were innarested.

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