Mike the Mad Biologist

I’m Ready for the Hurricane…

…I’ve got water, flashlights, batteries, and my list of who gets cannibalized first when civilization disintegrates. I’m not sure how you prep this for the hurricane though:

(corner of Berkeley and Marlborough, First Church in Boston)

And I hope these guys survive:

(Boston Public Garden)


  1. #1 Mokele
    August 27, 2011

    I’m ignoring it. Back when I was doing undergrad in FL, they didn’t even cancel classes unless it was a high Cat 2. I went swimming in a local swamp during a Cat 1, and slept through the first quarter of Hurricane Andrew when I was a kid in LA.

    Take it from a Southerner, New Englanders don’t know what real storms are. All we’ll see is some rain, some modestly high winds, and a lot of people ashamed of how panicked they got.

    Besides, the eye is already over land. Once that happens, the storm begins to weaken *fast*. I doubt we’ll even see winds over a mere 50 mph.

  2. #2 Physicalist
    August 27, 2011

    Well, my main worry is that even though the winds won’t be very strong by Florida standards, they’ll be stronger than anything my old house has had to withstand since it’s gotten old. Natural selection hasn’t been working to strengthen windows up here, and I’d prefer if it didn’t start this month.

    That, and the possibility of a big storm surge making things interesting (and wet) . . .

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    August 27, 2011

    Good luck.

  4. #4 Rugosa
    August 27, 2011

    Mokele – word: blizzard. We may not know hurricanes, but we laugh our asses off at Southerners trying to deal with snow.

  5. #5 Tony P
    August 27, 2011

    Place I live in has been through every hurricane since 1901. It’s still standing and will continue to do so.

  6. #6 Mary
    August 27, 2011

    Yeah, like Tony my house (in Somerville) has been through all the biggies in the last 100 years too. Not too worried about the physical damage to it.

    More concerned about the power outages, downed lines, inability to move around for a few days.

    The soil is already so soaked right now, and this is just the first band of rain. I think we are gonna lose trees. I took some photos of the lovely tree-lined bike path on Friday, wondering how it will fare.

  7. #7 yogi-one
    August 27, 2011


    Now tune into da teevee and watch millions of ads.

    Stay tuned next for week’s media-generated crisis so you can watch more advertising!

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