Also would be good to know local bars that are committed to staying open throughout the hurricane no matter what. Look for places where the owners are putting up plywood and spray painting "open all night" on there. Those are your safe places.
If they run out of booze and everyplace caves in and closes, you'll be happy you stocked up now. Can you imagine a combination of a hurricane and a zombie attack? That could happen too. If you're buying booze you should probably load up on ammo and cigars too. Some stores sell all three.
A public service announcement from Daily Downers.
Hurricane Irene is barreling toward the New York area, and will likely wallop the city with winds of up to 50 mph and 4 to 8 inches of rain this weekend.
Weather watchers nudged her track a bit farther east yesterday afternoon, predicting that Irene's eye -- the center of the storm -- will pass over Montauk, bringing winds between 90 and 110 mph.
Heavy rainfall is expected to start after midnight Saturday night and last until Sunday evening.
"The sense is that we're going to be facing a strong tropical storm in New York City, which would bring winds from 40 to 50 to 60 miles per hour and could bring rain from 6 to 12 inches," he said.
In Springfield Gardens, Queens, rain almost always brings flooding -- and the advancing hurricane set residents scrambling to be ready.
"I'm stocked up on food and canned goods," said Allen Ortiz. He has built a cinderblock wall several inches high to keep his driveway from flooding, and set up two pumps to clear water out of his basement.
[NY Daily News]