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Watch out for LRADs

If you’re going out to protest, look for the black speakers that look like megaphones.

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Word on the street is the NYPD is bringing out the LRADs (long range acoustic devices) today. It’s a sonic canon developed by the military and it will cause permanent damage if you’re too close and directly in the line of fire when they really crank it up (and it can kill you if you have a heart condition).

If you’re going out to protest, look for the black speakers that look like megaphones. Cops can talk through them to give instructions, but they can also activate the cannon which which can destroy your hearing, cause nerve damage, and shift the bones in your year. They NYPD was sued by victims of LRAD deployment a couple of years ago, but they’re still using them

If you have access to construction earphones, bring them. Foam earplugs also offer protection and in a pinch you can coat cotton balls in vaseline. The best protection is to run.

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Flood Advisory vs. Watch vs. Warning vs. Emergency

If you’re out during a Flash Flood Emergency, it’s probably too late to stay dry.

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Last night the NY/NJ area received its very first Flash Flood Emergency issued by the National Weather Service. Two in fact — one for New Jersey and then another was issued shortly after in NYC. We got the alerts, but most of us didn’t notice it was any different from a Flash Flood Warning and we should have. The National Weather Service issues alerts as a matter of public safety so as many people as possible can take precautions during weather events.

This is what a Flash Flood Emergency looks like:

A Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service means there’s a weather event on the horizon that could cause flooding. It hasn’t reached the area, it’s usually not raining yet, but it’s on the way, and there’s a good chance it will create favorable conditions for flooding in the near future. If you get an Advisory, keep checking in with your weather information provider periodically as the situation develops.

A Flood Watch from the NWS means that weather event is here and conditions are favorable. The rain has already started, will be starting soon, or has started in the general area. Know where your flood supplies are and review your evacuation plan. If you’re in a flood prone area, you should move to higher ground because you know you’re about to get wet.

A Flood Warning means flooding is happening around you now or very soon. Flood Warnings aren’t specific down to the neighborhood or street, so if you’re on higher ground than the surrounding area, you’re fine, but there is absolutely flooding going on in your vicinity.

A Flash Flood Warning means sudden, hazardous, dangerous flooding is occurring, and you may not even be safe on higher ground that isn’t typically prone to flooding. The National Weather Service says, “A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.”

When I was growing up, I never saw a Flash Flood Emergency — Flash Flood Warning was the most intense rain advisory issued. Whether it’s because so many Flash Flood Warnings were being issued people didn’t treat them as a rare event and therefore neglected to take action, or catastrophic “rare” rain events are happening more often,, the NWS has been issuing Flash Flood Emergency alerts with more frequency, and you should take heed if you see it pop up on your phone.

(Weather)

Here in NYC, one had never been issued before last night, and people didn’t really know what it was.

Last weekend, we saw record-breaking rain in Central Park during our brush with Hurricane Henri. On August 22nd, a 150-year-old record fell thanks to almost 2 inches of rain in one hour.

The National Weather Service said Central Park experienced 1.94 inches of rainfall between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday — the most ever recorded in the city in a single hour since the service began tracking more than 150 years ago.

(cont. NY Post)

Last night, less than two weeks later, the record was broken again with 3.15 inches of rain falling between 8:51pm and 9:51pm. (x) A 150-year-old record was smashed twice in two weeks. Our infrastructure across the country isn’t really equipped to handle these kinds of weather events with any sort of regularity, but we should definitely be ready to see more of these alerts in the future.

So the next time your phone says Flash Flood Emergency, don’t be surprised. You should’ve already been in a safe, dry place after Watch & Warning, because it’s already too late by the time you see Emergency, but at least take that as a sign not the leave the house.

Or you can blow up your floaties for a pool party.

Oh and one other thing, because it came up last night in conversation while we were riding out the rains watching TV — tornadoes can rip through densely populated areas just as well as cornfields. There’s a myth that tornadoes don’t hit downtown areas, but there’s nothing meteorologically that would prevent them from happening. It’s simply a matter of space; urban areas cover such small chunks of land, the likelihood of being hit is low. We had those in the area last night too though.

Y’all stay safe out there! I’m about to make French Toast because there is just way too much in the country all at once and I need to catch up on Married at First Sight to put some triviality back in my face.

 

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