It's going south from CT now I don't think I will bother getting gas for the generator now
I would still get gas. If I recall correctly, Irene's path in 8/2011 was not set in stone until only a little before it actually hit where it did. They say this storm is geographically-large, and the wind radius would extend out quite far from the center.
By Saturday night/Sunday AM, they will have a much better idea of where this thing will actually hit.
In the AM, cars get filled up and 25 gallons of fuel on standby for the generator. Last year, I had 4 of my neighbor's trees (honey locust) fall on my roof. A shallow rooted tree, I have one left that will probably come down and a crew will be here in the AM to remove it. $1,100 but well worth it, as if it fell, it would be enough to do some serious damage to the house at 70 feet tall. -- He used to say that soul shine, is better than sunshine, better than moonshine, damn sure better than rain.
Whatever the forecast turns out to be, this is a perfect excuse to start early for the winter preparations. I don't want to be prepping my generator shed when it is 30f outside. And I need to bring in the garage my patio furniture, anchor down my BBQ and cover it, remove the bug screens from the windows, etc etc. It's all stuff I'd have to do anyway.
As for fuel, I live in the suburbs of a metropolis. No matter the power outages, most people don't have generators and over half of the area WILL have power. Gas stations won't run out (but I'll keep 15 gallons on hand).
It is my understanding that the circle/borders represent the margin of error for the projected direct path, not the just simply the effected area.
The affected area isn't shown as it would be way too huge if you mix in the margin of error. You can have an idea of what the affected area looks like from the center point by clicking on "wind radius" in the wundermap and looking at where the hurricane was and the radius around it.
I'm not so sure about that. Some of the weather channels here are now saying that the European model is moving it's prediction at least 150 miles northward toward Jersey. Here's the updated map. That would make it worse here in Connecticut as the eastern side has the higher wind speeds... and it's predicted to hit when an astronomically high tide is present along CT's coast.
I would think that lessens the blow to you in VA Jack. But bad news for folks here though.
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The circles are only the cone of uncertainty FOR THE EYE OF THE STORM - not the entire impacted area. This storm is expected to be a monster when it joins with that cold front coming from the west - and that's what will generate so much snow. If I was you guys in the northeast - I'd be spending this weekend getting ready.
Sorry, not trying to thread crap, just one alternative I did when power went out.
I have a bunch of generators, as I rent out my larger ones, but no point in running them if the powers only going to be out a short while. I am working on a disconnect box so that I can plug in to the house easier. Anyways, I used my Electric Car (Alfa Romeo 164) to power my home during power outtage.