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Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets 202

jfruhlinger writes "Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the heavily populated U.S. Northeast Corridor. If you work in IT, you know that there are few things that are worse for electronics than water; so, what's your plan? Tom Henderson has come up with a checklist, which sensibly includes backing everything up, twice; not that you have time for it now, but for future reference you might want to consider just moving your whole data center to a location that's been conveniently pre-hardened, like a water tower or a boiler room." Note that Irene has been no joke in the Caribbean; in Puerto Rico (with relatively modern infrastructure), about a third of the island lost power.
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Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets

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  • Puerto Rico (Score:4, Informative)

    by afidel ( 530433 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:10PM (#37210584)
    Yeah right, power and telecom frequently go out in a moderate thunderstorm down there. I have a coworker that's dealt with many offices at three different employers over the last 15 years and they've all had the same kinds of problems. The solution is to UPS everything and just not sweat it when the offices down there lose internet because you will NOT be able to get someone to respond in under 4 hours like you will stateside.
  • Re:Puerto Rico (Score:5, Informative)

    by madhatter256 ( 443326 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:17PM (#37210686)

    No one in Puerto Rico panics like they do in the US when it comes to Hurricanes. 99.9% of buildings are concrete.

    My grand parents live down there and went a whole month without power and electricity during the 2004 hurricanes. They have a cistern in the back that collects rain water in case the water supply gets tainted and generators in case electricity goes out.

    Lots of people do and live with it. Hurricanes and mudslides are no problem for us.

  • by toastar ( 573882 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:28PM (#37210850)
    As a Texan, I consider New York to be part of New England, They're all yanks to me.
  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:31PM (#37210894) Journal
    A hurricane is big enough to push normal storm cells around and disrupt local weather far inland. Just because the hurricane itself may not hit you doesn't mean you won't feel the effects.
  • by bobdole369 ( 267463 ) <bobdole369 AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:03PM (#37211348) Homepage

    This is actually incorrect. Think of the atmosphere as the surface of a balloon, much like curved space. There are large "mountains" and deep "valleys" (ridges and troughs) - domes of high pressure and bowls of low pressure. When a massive LP system such as a hurricane creates a large dip in the surface, it is steered by (pointed in the direction by) high pressure cells, around the periphery of them, and powered by the general flow of air around them as well.

    Low pressure systems are generally attracted to each other - but they are actually steered by the higher pressures around the individual systems. They'll even combine in severe instances.

    A low pressure system cannot push ANYTHING around. It will only be moved around by the higher pressures, towards the areas of lower pressures. It doesn't have a mind of its own, and she obeys the laws of physics.

    I will agree that it disrupts local weather far inland, as seen this morn in South FL. The first burst of energy that come to the coast sparked a convective line of storms that produced 40kt winds locally and a good amount of rain. The outflow has increased the local temps and humidity, and will likely leave an inversion layer in place as she leaves, thus we'll be hot, miserable, and it won't rain.

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