Anxiety Rises as Hurricane Irene Inches Closer | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Anxiety Rises as Hurricane Irene Inches Closer

Play associated audio
Ocean City residents evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irene.
Bryan Russo
Ocean City residents evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irene.

Anxiety levels are high on the Delmarva Peninsula as Hurricane Irene is just a few hours from unleashing her might against the coastal region.

Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald and hundreds of other town officials and emergency responders have set up the city's hurricane headquarters at the midtown police station, and they won’t be leaving this building until after Irene passes.

He says the long hours and lack of sleep are starting to catch up with him.

"I've gotten about a solid two hours each night," says Theobald. "And I'm starting to fade a little bit, but it's the way it is. I’ll sleep next week."

Insomnia may continue to plague thousands of others in the region who have hunkered down in their inland homes, while hotels all over the eastern shore are reportedly full all over the Eastern Shore as Irene is expected to hit at 6 p.m. and be at her worst between 1 and 3 a.m.

Local officials say widespread power outages, substantial flooding, and flying debris should be expected until sometime late Sunday morning.

And as the waters rise, and the winds pick up, the region is collectively moving to the edge of its seat with darkness and Hurricane Irene are right around the corner.

NPR

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
NPR

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
NPR

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
NPR

New Facebook App A Throwback To Old Chatrooms

Facebook's new app, Rooms, harkens back to the days of 1990s anonymous chat rooms. New York Times tech reporter, Mike Isaac, talks about why having secret identities online is a good thing.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.