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Hurricane Irene Approaching

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I hope that my town is inland enough to escape the worst of Hurricane Irene, but living near a canal increases the likelihood of flooding. I live in a second-floor apartment, so I don’t need to worry about a flooded basement. I believe I am stocked for the possibility of power loss, though I ventured out last night for some last-minute errands. The supermarket nearby was packed, and they had run out of many supplies like bottled water. No local store had water in stock last night, and I may go out this morning to see if stores have been restocked. I have water in my home but I figure it can’t hurt to have more.

Several gas stations were out of gasoline, so I needed to travel farther than usual to fill up. At the time there was still a chance that the hurricane could come farther west to hit my town directly, but this morning, the likelihood of that happening is low.

Hurricane IreneBecause of the hurricane, I’m extending the Plutus Awards nominations for another day. If you haven’t nominated your favorite personal finance blogs and products, do so now. After the finalists are chosen from the nominations, and after a period of voting in September, the winners will be announced at the Financial Blogger Conference.

Thanks to Sustainable Personal Finance, who hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance at the last minute when the originally scheduled host was unable. SPF included my article about retailers’ marketing tricks as an Editor’s Pick, and there are many fine articles included this week.

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know that I was on a guest on WSRQ’s Talk Credit Radio yesterday, hosted by Gerri Detweiler, to talk about my financial mistakes, taking control of your financial life, and Consumerism Commentary. The recorded audio should be available soon, and I’ll provide a link once it is. Also, Gerri is an upcoming guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast.

Here are some personal finance articles related to or inspired by the hurricane.

  • Wise Bread: Cooking without electricity
  • One Frugal Girl: Easy ways to prepare for a storm
  • MainStreet: Your hurricane grocery shopping guide

For those in the path of Irene, stay safe.

Updated June 23, 2014 and originally published August 27, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar krantcents

Flexo, stay safe and away from the windows! I understand the winds are 80-100 MPH.

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avatar qixx ♦1,880 (Half-Dollar)

If the hurricane turns towards you make sure you keep us posted on here.

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avatar Ceecee ♦53 (Newbie)

Good luck, Flexo. I live down at the Jersey Shore so we’re expecting big surf. Someone mentioned twenty foot waves, and I would LOVE so see them, but I guess I’ll stay inside. We shore people have a long history of doing crazy stuff during big storms.

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avatar skylog ♦368 (Nickel)

stay safe flexo! i hope that the storm dies down some for everyone’s sake. a lot of people i know are just downplaying this storm, as it has been “less severe” than perhaps originally predicted. i just do not get it, a storm with winds that high and with that much rain is truly a severe event. there will be tons of damage regardless.

i hope for the best! stay safe!

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avatar wylerassociate ♦162 (Cent)

hopefully everyone on the east coast is safe from the wrath of hurricane irene. I was laughing when I read that michael bloomberg & chris christie) telling surfers to get out of the waters.

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avatar Cejay ♦1,521 (Half-Dollar)

Stay Safe Flexo. Although it has been downgraded the winds are still terribly high.

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦55 (Newbie)

I’m down here at my dad’s, about 40 miles east of Atlantic City and at least a mile away from any water source. We got lots of wind and rain but relatively few tree limbs came down. Never lost power, but even if we had it would be OK because my dad has a generator set up to kick in about a minute after power goes off. He’s also got a cellar full of food. Dad was prepping when prepping wasn’t cool. :-)

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avatar tbork84 ♦1,867 (Half-Dollar)

Stay safe and dry. So far it looks like more of a rain and flooding threat than anything else. Good luck.

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avatar Buck Inspire

Hope all is well in Flexo-Land. Be safe!

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avatar Gerri Detweiler

Flexo – I didn’t realize until we were about to do the interview that you were in the possible path of the hurricane. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me when you probably should have been in storm preparation mode!

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)

It wasn’t a problem at all, Gerri! Thanks again for having me on the show!

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avatar lynn ♦155 (Cent)

I was in Va, at my daughter’s, during Irene. Her DH’s mom was on hospice so he was in MA. DD and I took care of everything and had a strange sense of accomplishment. The winds were high, but damage to her area was minimal. When there was a lull, she would trek outside with a flashlight to check the roof. No shoes and a raincoat! To this Northern, it was a silly sight. It was interesting to see the rain falling down “sideways”, as well.

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