Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast and will be the first hurricane to strike the United States in three years. Where are our leaders?
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency today and called on the state's shore residents and visitors to evacuate in the next 24 hours in preparation of Hurricane Irene.
Christie said he was still weighing whether to order a mandatory evacuation of the shore areas. For now, he said people on a barrier island and any other beach community from Sandy Hook to Cape May should begin preparing now to leave.
"We are not overreacting, we need to be ready for this," Christie said.
He said that based on the state's tracking, the eye of the hurricane, or the most violent part of the storm, could make landfall over Cape May or Atlantic County some time Saturday.
The storm surges, coupled with unusually high tides, could cause extensive flooding across the state, where the ground is already saturated, as well as damage to the coastline, he said.
Christie warned residents that the storm is not to be taken lightly.
"I've lived here my whole life and I understand the cry wolf syndrome. ... This is not one of those circumstances," Christie said.
The governor said he would lead by example by packing up his family, which is currently vacationing at Island Beach State Park.
"I'm on a barrier island with my wife and four kids, and I will not be there tonight," he said.
On Thursday, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency ahead of the westward moving, behemoth of a storm.
"At this time, I encourage all Virginians to gather items they may need this weekend in case of power outages and disruptions in public services and to make sure their family members and friends are also prepared for this storm," McDonell said.
August 25, 2011 - RALEIGH, N. C. - Gov. Bev Perdue late Wednesday declared a state of emergency for counties east of Interstate 95 in North Carolina. This morning, the National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Watch for the North Carolina coast from Surf City to the Virginia border. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Surf City to Edisto beach in South Carolina. Perdue has also asked the President to declare a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal assistance for response efforts.
Speaking of Obama, where is he? Oh, he is still on vacation in Martha’s vineyard. A crashing economy nor a natural disaster cannot be allowed to interfere with his family’s time frolicking on the tax payer’s dollar.
In 2005, the left went nuts over George Bush and what he did or did not do in regard to Hurricane Katrina. Irene probably will not be nearly as bad.
Only don’t expect the drive by media to point out that Obama is partying while other leaders are actually working.
Yes Linn, good one!
Linn, LOL... In a 24 ft. day sailer yet! One has to laugh, I'm tired of crying.
OBlabla won't leave 'the vinyard until he's told by the secret service to evacuate.
Then he'll make a speech about it. He'll need another 'pat on the back side'.
My liberal cousin likes him. she is a director at the laguna playhouse. they are
having problems also. a non-theatre business woman in running the theatre
and screwing things up. Dems just can't take care of business without screwing up
everything. she's driven all the actors, directors and phylanthropists away from the
theatre. Too bad. Maybe Obama will make her a czar. she'll fit right in with his
staff. She's a 'knuckle head'. cousin donna is going next. she can't stand the
I heard Rudy Gulianni's speech he gave at the nat'l press club on cspan-1 today. He
was very good. he spoke about our reason for being in the region, what defines victory,
political correctness and the dangers of PC, he might still run; he's a realist & knows how
the primary system & getting the GOP nomination is not easy and etc. He has alot of good,
common sense. I like him. He said he is a Repulican. " i suppose i'm a moderate because
of my stance on abortion, stem cell research and gays. but on things military, national defense,
spending and terrorism, I'm conservative. He said his slogan when he ran as NY Mayor was
'vote for me; you could do worse!" His sense of humor is still sharp. He talked about leadership
and 9/11 stating he stopped his campaign to help plan the memorial this weekend. it's all on the
surface with new yorkers. they are still traumatized. can't blame them, i guess. it was all pretty
awful. I'm in california and an ex new yorker. my Mom was born in Manhattan and grew-up in
Freeport, Long Island, NY. 9/11 was hard on everyone I know. When Obama poo poos
terrorism & refuses to even use the word, I cringe. Bastard!
To the Rev Casas from 8/25,,,I have a tendancy to agree,,,Hyphenated names can be irritating at times. I had a bud at Ft.Polk in '69 he was Luis Segal - Guttierrez. The Army put his name tag on his Fatigues as Segal,,,& assigned him to the 5th platoon ,,instead of the 1st platoon,,,,this got him in 'Dutch' for months.
Another friend is Carlos Baez from NY. A Proud Puerto Rican Veteran,,,as he should be. His wife Iris is a Hershkowitz,,,but refused to allow ANYONE believe she is PR & NOT of the Jewish faith ,,,so she 'hyphenates' her name to Iris Hershkowitz-Baez. I drive her crazy due to my very old speech impediments,,I have a tendancy to say Irish ershkowitz Baez ,,,sorry!! If a Woman has a profession such as Lawyer,,,Doctor,,,Nurse,,,Teacher,,,etc,,I can understand the hyphen ,,,as it designate WHO you WERE before you married ,,,,but with so many people NOT marrying today & just living together,,,WHY BOTHER,,,,,especially if you have a lonk 'moniker' such as DEBORAH WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ get it?