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Hurricane Irene - Open Thread

Reported by Ellen - August 28, 2011 -

I know that some in our News Hounds community are in the path of the storm. I'd love to know your thoughts and observations - especially with regard to the 24/7 media coverage. Most of all, I hope everyone stays safe and sound.

I was talking with a friend in New York tonight and she was fine but a little nervous. She said she thought Mayor Bloomberg over-reacted this time because of having botched the snowstorm earlier in the year. She also said that although the streets were mostly deserted, there were people out with umbrellas, not getting turned inside out, and that it was basically like a big rainstorm so far.

My cousin has pooh-poohed the entire thing and says she is staying in her house in eastern Long Island with some "intrepid friends." So please hold her in your thoughts. I never thought she'd be the type you always see on TV who refuses to leave no matter what.