Posted by: coastlinesproject | August 27, 2011

Irene, Martha’s Vineyard.

It seems Obama’s pool reporters will have some time on their hands, Good Luck Vineyard:

Martha’s Vineyard braces for Hurricane Irene
Source: (AHN) Reporter: Diane Alter
Location: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States Published: August 27, 2011 08:16 am EDT
Topics: Weather, Warning, Disaster And Accident, Meteorological Disaster

All indications are that Irene will be an “historic hurricane.”

Before President Obama left Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, cutting his vacation short by one day, he urged the millions of people in the storm’s path to adhere to state and local officials, and to follow any evacuation measures if called for.
The president and his family had been on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard, located just south of Cape Cod, since Aug. 18.
Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia had originally planned to leave on Saturday, but shortened their stay one day so that the president could be in Washington, D.C. before the storm hit there.
President Obama declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts due to Hurricane Irene. The eastern seaboard coast of the state is under a hurricane warning. Martha’s Vineyard is bracing for the worst. Heavy fog rolled in Saturday morning after a nearly picture perfect day on Friday. Rain, winds and thunderstorms are expected by early afternoon, continuing and strengthening throughout the night and into and all day on Sunday.
Tourists continued to exit the island and ferries were filled to capacity. Steamship Authority general manager and spokesman Wayne Lamson said extra ferries have been added to accommodate the rush off island, and noted that boats most likely won’t run on Sunday.
Even if Irene heads west, away from the island, Martha’s Vineyard will still bear a heavy brunt of the storm, “being on the dangerous side” of Irene. Storm surges, which cause heavy flooding, remain a top concern.

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