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neospecialist
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:36 PM
It looks like Hurricane Irene will impact NY over the coming weekend. Any thoughts on how this will change or affect the schedule for next week?

DokDi
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:39 PM
No affect and no changes. It will leave for Monday, when MD starts.

Practice schedule however...:tape:

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:40 PM
Isn't Irene supposed hit on Saturday-Sunday?

So, yt will affect the qualies, but not the main draw, unless there are substantial damages at BJK Tennis USTA Center

In The Zone
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:40 PM
There may be a delay on Monday if the storm goes slow but I think the storm should wrap up Sunday evening. :shrug:

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/59215:20

Gdsimmons
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:48 PM
The weatherman said that it should hit like Sunday-ish. Everything should be done by then. All the qualies and Kids Day

Lisickinator
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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TheHangover
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Do they already know which category it will be when will hit New York? is it 4 now?

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:01 PM
Sunday/Sunday night is goes thru NY

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:05 PM
Can't tell you about the latest track or anything, but the weather has been great here for 2 wks (Sunny, 75-80 degree Fahrenheit, low wind, low humidity), and their projecting this storm to hit Sun-Mon if it keeps it current track, last that I heard.

The weather is nice today, as well (same as I described earlier, with more clouds, though it's getting darker).

Update: Now it's straight up raining in certain parts of the City. Is it coming? Lol.

Hopefully, Hurricane Irene will die out over landfall, or veer out greatly to sea. Cause even if it's 200 miles away, we'll get a lot of rain, heavy air and wind for the first few days of the US Open (and maybe windy conditions, a few days after that)?

It could be difficult!

Super Dave
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:06 PM
It won't be as violent by then but they could get some drenching rains.

Aravanecaravan
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Yeah--Maria is in trouble with that serve of hers in windy conditions....

SVK
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Isn't Irene supposed hit on Saturday-Sunday?

So, yt will affect the qualies

Q ends Friday

Patrick345
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:28 PM
With a tailwind of 115 mph Oudin´s 2nd serve could reach 145 mph. :eek:

C. Drone
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Monday gonna be a mess then.

Lucas_Arg
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Yeah--Maria is in trouble with that serve of hers in windy conditions....

No wind for third round I guess.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:32 PM
worst case scenario Q wont be finished by time USO starts

InsideOut.
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Doesn't Wozniacki like SUCK at pushing in the wind? :oh:

danieln1
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Currentl the US Open is the worst slam in terms of Rain, we always get to see some taped matches :(

duhcity
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:51 PM
Can't tell you about the latest track or anything, but the weather has been great here for 2 wks (Sunny, 75-80 degree Fahrenheit, low wind, low humidity), and their projecting this storm to hit Sun-Mon if it keeps it current track, last that I heard.

The weather is nice today, as well (same as I described earlier, with more clouds, though it's getting darker).

Update: Now it's lightly raining in certain parts of the City. Is it coming? Lol.

Hopefully, Hurricane Irene will die out over landfall, or veer out greatly to sea. Cause even if it's 200 miles away, we'll get a lot of rain, heavy air and wind for the first few days of the US Open (and maybe windy conditions, a few days after that)?

It could be difficult!

Low wind? I thought it's been terrible windy in Queens, especially at the site.
Saw plenty of Ben & Jerry's umbrellas blowing over yesterday. The Hurricane will probably change all of that and calm it down after though.

dsanders06
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Oh great, another US Open ruined by the weather coming up :facepalm:
What odds on it running into a third Monday for the 4th year in a row? :rolleyes:

tennisfan5
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Monday gonna be a mess then.

Monday should be fine. They are predicting mostly sunny--which is good b/c i'm going :)

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/areaweather?cityId=11351&startOrd=0

I imagine that there will be some damage to the grounds though that they will need to clean up:unsure:

New_balls_please
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:54 PM
With a tailwind of 115 mph Oudin´s 2nd serve could reach 145 mph. :eek:

:sobbing:

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 04:00 PM
Low wind? I thought it's been terrible windy in Queens, especially at the site.
Saw plenty of Ben & Jerry's umbrellas blowing over yesterday. The Hurricane will probably change all of that and calm it down after though.

Could be the location dynamics.

Not particular windy in Queens, or any other part of the City, or nearby, lately (though we are getting some light rain now).

That complex is not to far from water. And there's a inlet there (Willet's Point/USTA complex is near the top of), that The East River and Flushing Bay dump into, with buildings that straddle it, which probably creates a natural chute-wind effect down at the National Tennis Center, in general.

Yeah. There's no major wind protection, from large parts of the North, North West, even West and East there sometimes, not just because of the low lying water, but the highways that directly straddle it on the East and West, as well.

I was only commenting on the weather in the City as a whole, though.

It could be worse. Lol

Rain has stopped at the moment, as of 1:10 pm. It was pouring in New Haven though. Lol.

neospecialist
Aug 25th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Qualifiers will be rain delayed significantly today which could push them into the weekend and the hurricane weather that is coming.

Madoka
Aug 25th, 2011, 04:59 PM
izzit still raining ?

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 05:11 PM
izzit still raining ?

It looked like it may of stopped at the moment/for now (as of 1:11pm).

Laura_VeeFan
Aug 25th, 2011, 05:12 PM
Hopefully Maria isn't playing on the Monday then...

If Caro is :happy:

neospecialist
Aug 25th, 2011, 06:09 PM
It looked like it may of stopped at the moment/for now (as of 1:11pm).


Play has been suspended until at least 2:30PM NY Time.

Wojtek
Aug 25th, 2011, 06:19 PM
Play has been suspended until at least 2:30PM NY Time.
source?

Uranium
Aug 25th, 2011, 06:20 PM
Weather is supposed to be nice all day tomorrow to try to get the qualifying done. And then Sat and Sun are going to be crappy. But after that only Tuesday is supposed to be shit. For now that is what weather.com says.

tonythetiger
Aug 25th, 2011, 08:06 PM
I hope and pray it clears up by Monday. I arrive in NY on Sunday and this is my first grad slam experience. I want it to be a great event!!

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2011, 08:09 PM
I hope and pray it clears up by Monday. I arrive in NY on Sunday and this is my first grad slam experience. I want it to be a great event!!
How are you getting into NYC on Sunday? It might be an emergency situation with heavy winds and rain

neospecialist
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:58 PM
Play just resumed at the US Open Qualies. Unless they ask some players to play 2 rounds tomorrow, it looks like they will need to squeeze in some play on the weekend.

iGOAT
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:59 PM
It should be okay for the Open. New Haven on the other hand :tape: PLEASE be okay Tuesday though :scared: I'm going then...

mykarma
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:04 PM
Isn't Irene supposed hit on Saturday-Sunday?

So, yt will affect the qualies, but not the main draw, unless there are substantial damages at BJK Tennis USTA Center
Suppose to hit N.C. on Saturday, Va. and Md. Sunday N.Y. if it hits at all. The hurricane has slowed down so it won't get larger than category 3.

mykarma
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:07 PM
With a tailwind of 115 mph Oudin´s 2nd serve could reach 145 mph. :eek:
:spit:

mdterp01
Aug 26th, 2011, 12:58 AM
All I know is that I am taking my god son to my yearly trek for Arthur Ashe Kids Day Saturday. Now NY is slated for clouds and thunderstorms Saturday but not from Irene. I am just hoping for a decent day and be able to get him back to PA safely. I will be so mad if Kids Day gets canceled. I really look forward to it every year.

AnomyBC
Aug 26th, 2011, 01:28 AM
It actually looks like it's going to work out perfectly. There's supposed to be heavy rain on Sunday (when nothing is going to be happening), but it's supposed to be sunny with little or no chance of rain on Monday. This is especially good news for me since I have tickets to be there on Monday :)

dsanders06
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:02 AM
I think some of you guys are underestimating this... apparently the Hurricane is forecast to cause massive destruction and flooding in New York. If that happens, I doubt it'll be fit to hold any tennis for atleast a few days...

Excelscior
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:26 AM
After following these hurricanes for years, all we can do is wait and see, on what's going to happen Monday?

Hurricanes, can change course rapidly, depending on a multiplicity of factors. The overwhelming majority of the time, they never become/maintain being hurricane's up here. But who knows about Hurricane Irene?

Hopefully this one, will go over the Gulf Of Mexico, far out over the Atlantic, or just die (but even if it does, it will still be downgraded to a tropical storm, and/or a regular storm with a lot of winds, rain and heavy air), if it's close enough.

I hope the current forecast somebody quoted above remains. But we'll see? Lol

Right now (at 10:25pm Est Std) it's relatively clear, and most of the rain stopped this afternoon, with only scattered intermittent light rain, if any more, later in the afternoon.

skanky~skanketta
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:41 AM
Yeah--Maria is in trouble with that serve of hers in windy conditions....
I hope it is windy as all hell that day! :devil:

mdterp01
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:30 AM
:sad: Well now on the US Open official website Arthur Ashe Kids Day is up in the air. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order regarding outdoor activities this weekend. US Open officials are conferring about a decision regarding Ashe Kids Day and a final decision will be made by 1pm EST tomorrow. Oh man :sad::sad::sad:

tennisfan5
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Play just resumed at the US Open Qualies. Unless they ask some players to play 2 rounds tomorrow, it looks like they will need to squeeze in some play on the weekend.

some players will play twice tomorrow. nice for ppl watching qualies tomorrow...

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html?promo=subnav

Tennis Observer
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:55 AM
Hurricane Irene: City by City Forecasts (http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/hurricane-irene-city-forecast_2011-08-25) (weather.com = The Weather Channel)

NYC (updated 8/25/11 7 am ET):

Saturday Eve - Sunday Eve
Damaging winds; particulary strong around skyscrapers
Extreme rainfall; urban & coastal flooding
Transportation interrupted


Arthur Ashe Kid's Day (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/weather.html)

Due to the Executive Order issued by Mayor Bloomberg Thursday afternoon regarding outdoor activities occurring in the City of New York this weekend, the USTA is conferring with city officials regarding plans for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 am to 4 pm ET, with the Stadium Show scheduled for 1 pm – 3pm, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We will be updating the status of the event by 1 p.m. on Friday, August 26.

AnomyBC
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:06 AM
One thing that's definitely going to be a problem is travel to NY over the weekend, which is bad news for some of these players who are currently playing other tournaments, like Caro, Lisicki, Li Na, Schiavone and Cirstea. Lots of flights are likely to be cancelled and the entire NYC mass transit system is apparently going to be shut down between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. Hopefully everybody is able to get there in time for their matches and hopefully get some practice in as well.

AnomyBC
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:22 AM
I think some of you guys are underestimating this... apparently the Hurricane is forecast to cause massive destruction and flooding in New York. If that happens, I doubt it'll be fit to hold any tennis for atleast a few days...

There's going to be destruction and flooding, but I don't expect it to be "massive". I think they should be able to clean up the BJK Tennis Center itself in time for the Monday matches, but there are probably going to be significant travel delays for anyone (like myself) who's planning on going there on Monday. I'm going by train, so I have a big fear that I'm going to wake up on Monday to find out that there's little or no train service due to fallen trees on the tracks, which would really suck because then I may miss the whole day basically :sad:

Wiggly
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:40 AM
This could be quite a mess indeed.
Worst case scenario is historical damage, floodings and no power for days.

Players in New Haven could drive but the ones in Texas are in big, big trouble.

EDIT: Flushing Meadows is in a low area and could be flooded.

SAISAI-GOAT
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:04 AM
One thing that's definitely going to be a problem is travel to NY over the weekend, which is bad news for some of these players who are currently playing other tournaments, like Caro, Lisicki, Li Na, Schiavone and Cirstea. Lots of flights are likely to be cancelled and the entire NYC mass transit system is apparently going to be shut down between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. Hopefully everybody is able to get there in time for their matches and hopefully get some practice in as well.

the New Haven players will be fine :bigwave:

AnomyBC
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:07 AM
Here's what they're saying on weather.com right now:

"Major Hurricane Irene an Extraordinary Threat for East Coast"

"Major Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast and will be unlike any storm residents from North Carolina to New England have ever seen."

"Hurricane Irene is likely to be the most impactful hurricane to hit the East Coast in at least several decades!"

Hopefully they're just being melodramatic :)

neospecialist
Aug 26th, 2011, 12:55 PM
From the US Open Site:

Due to the Executive Order issued by Mayor Bloomberg Thursday afternoon regarding outdoor activities occurring in the City of New York this weekend, the USTA is conferring with city officials regarding plans for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 am to 4 pm ET, with the Stadium Show scheduled for 1 pm – 3pm, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We will be updating the status of the event by 1 p.m. on Friday, August 26. Check back here for updated information at that time.

Steven.
Aug 26th, 2011, 12:57 PM
what happens if there is severe damage that takes a couple weeks to clean it up? Would the tournament be cancelled?

Excelscior
Aug 26th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Mmhhhh.

Let's wait and see?

I just heard the local forecast, and their talking about 70-100mph winds, with heavy rain for the weekend. We'll see?

Right now (believe it or not), it's 72 degrees F, and sunny, at 9:46 am).

They should be able to get a lot of Tennis in today. And most sporting events are playing early, or early double headers for Saturday (in anticipation of the Hurrican Sat eve to Sunday).

Let's hope for the best!

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:22 PM
It sounds like there will be major power outages, and maybe a lot of people being flooded out of their homes.

I wont be surprised if they dont play Monday.
Depends on how bad the hurricane hits that area

Super Dave
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:02 PM
I hadn't been paying much attention to it, but I've read the latest updates and it is not looking good. :scared:

They're sure using a lot of exclamation points :unsure:

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:05 PM
Could hurricane Irene delay the start of the US Open by a week? (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldtennismagazine.com%2 Farchives%2F5605&h=kAQBQ-_OJAQAjdnaZU4WQFtelsHNYy-h7hoPjCSPbIAUn7g)
www.worldtennismagazine.com (http://www.worldtennismagazine.com/)
Hurricane Irene is lurking up the East Coast of the United States and threatening to disrupt Monday’s start of the 2011 US Open. Could the damage from the hurricane delay the tournament for a week like it did when Hurricane Donna struck in 1960? Or for six days like in 1938?

Cherry.
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:09 PM
WTF...
Please don't. I have tickets for the first 3 days and will be leaving NYC at the start of the 2nd week.:o

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:51 PM
Ashe day canceled. Sunday horse racing canceled in NJ & philly. Looks like a mess coming to NYC

moby
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Saint Kim read the signs in the stars and bailed out with an "abdominal injury".

Sammo
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:58 PM
They do this for Cibulkova so the hurricane doesn't dash her against the Empire Estate Building.

Gdsimmons
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:18 PM
I dont think it will be that bad. By the time Sunday rolls around the hurricane will be weakened alot. The guy said by the time it gets to NYC (if it gets here at all) then it might not even be a hurricane by then.

Elwin.
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Is Flushing Meadows above sealevel?

mdterp01
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Well i just broke the news to my god son that they canceled Arthur ashe kids day. ...He is so disappointed. ...Damn u Irene!!!!! :fiery:

Uranium
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:33 PM
I dont think it will be that bad. By the time Sunday rolls around the hurricane will be weakened alot. The guy said by the time it gets to NYC (if it gets here at all) then it might not even be a hurricane by then.

Agree. They already downgraded it from Category 2 to Category 1 yesterday for New Yorkers. I mean it will probably get bumped down to "Tropical Storm". It will be bad, but not as bad as they are hyping it up to be...for New York at least. The shit near the water will get it bad though with flooding. Plus all the many workers at US Open will work their asses off all day Monday to get tennis ready to begin as soon as possible.

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Is Flushing Meadows above sealevel?I dont think the site will be as damaged as shore line homes, and a lot of power outages.
Like someone said, it might just be windswept rain by the time it gets to NYC.
But if it causes a lot of damage & flooded homes, they might delay the USO.

dsanders06
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:43 PM
From what I've read, it seems even in a best case scenario there may be no play at all on Monday. Even if Flushing Meadows itself is left relatively untouched by the Hurricane, there'll be loads of players who won't have managed to fly there yet, plus New York's transport system will probably be chaotic on Monday which will mean officials, umpires, etc. won't be able to travel to the site.

Super Dave
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Saint Kim read the signs in the stars and bailed out with an "abdominal injury".

Nothing a little seaweed wouldn't have fixed :oh:

Excelscior
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Latest Update says, Heavy rain should start Sat night, and by midnight probably won't be a hurricane any longer (as others have said above), but still lots of wind and rain.

Mmmhh. It should be downgraded to tropical storm? They always seem to do that, cause 1000 miles is a lot of distance to travel over land with out being weakened, or it's too many directions to go/distance out at sea, for a hurricane to uniformly follow the coastline all the way up to NY, and New England. There still watching though.

Whether it hits or not, they are predicting winds, 70-100 miles an hr, and 7-10 inches of rain on Sunday. Damn!! Lol.

USTA Center is on the coast, but it's not the ocean coast, like other parts of the City. It's on a bay, inlet, that flows into the East River (or Vice versa), which flows into the Atlantic Ocean 100+ miles away east at the tip of Long Island. So it should be relatively protected. Note: East River is actually an estuary, and not an actual river, for anyone cares. Lol.

The site is probably above sea level, but hopefully the drainage system is up to snuff, cause that's a lot of rain. It should be. Lol.

But I'm still hoping the Hurricane, veers off course farther out East in the Ocean.

We'll know a whole lot more late Sat night.

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:01 PM
The mayor of NYC is ordering a mandatory evacuation of parts of NYC.
It sounds like its going to be a bad storm.
Dont be surprised if they dont start the USO Monday


GMA (http://twitter.com/#!/GMA)Good Morning America
#breaking (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23breaking)#irene (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23irene) NYC Mayor Bloomberg orders full evacuation for all residents living in low-lying areas -- Zone A http://abcn.ws/qCdbLM


myfoxhurricane (http://twitter.com/#!/myfoxhurricane)MyFox Hurricane WTVT
Mayor Bloomberg: Issuing mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas of NYC; first such order ever for the city

Jane Lane
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:03 PM
All mass transit, subways, buses, railroads etc, shutdown at noon Saturday. Mayor ordering mandatory evacuations.

I'm scared guys. :tape:

Tennis Observer
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:03 PM
If Hurricane Irene stays on the projected path, it could slice across the New York area sometime early Sunday as a Category 2 storm and then quickly head up into New England on Sunday late afternoon. [...] MTA Chairman Jay Walder said that if Hurricane Irene continues on the path that is forecast, the entire transit system would be shut down by Saturday afternoon. Bloomberg warned there would likely be no mass transit until midday Monday, at the earliest.

Source: (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/128318923.html) MTA Says System-Wide Transit Suspension Likely

lizchris
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:23 PM
I just saw on MSN that Authur Ashe Children's Day has been canceled. Is this true?

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:26 PM
The more I am hearing the less likely play on Monday seems possible. Sure the hurricane and the inclement weather will probably be gone by Monday but it sounds like it will take at least a day to get things like transport running normally again. In addition, there will most likely be issues with flooding and power down. I simply can't see how in these circumstances a Monday start will be possible. If the US Open is able to begin on Tuesday I would say things will have gone very well.

Super Dave
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:34 PM
I just saw on MSN that Authur Ashe Children's Day has been canceled. Is this true?

Yes

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:52 PM
usta (http://twitter.com/#!/usta)USTA
In light of #HurricaneIrene (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23HurricaneIrene) forecast the @usta (http://twitter.com/usta) is cancelling all #ttc11 (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23ttc11) sessions for 8/27 & 8/28. More information: http://www.usta.com/ttc (http://t.co/4qFE6CI)

tonybotz
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:09 PM
this shit ain't good - flushing is right on the water, but its the north shore. south shore is expected to get hit hardest. i live in brooklyn, right on the east river. everyone is preparing for the worst

neospecialist
Aug 26th, 2011, 08:33 PM
if only they had a roof....then there would be no worry, simples

GoVika!:D:hearts:RealGirlPower

Assuming, that the roof wouldn't blow away:lol:

bobbynorwich
Aug 26th, 2011, 08:34 PM
Irene is expected to be a once-in-a-hundred years hurricane that could create storm surges (ocean level raised by storm) of 5 to 10 feet in NY area, according to the Weather Channel. The US Open is 1 meter (3.3) over sea level and in a flood zone as it was built on a reclaimed swamp. Most hurricane deaths are caused by storm surges rather than wind damage (which mostly damages structures and causes power outages). Seems unlikely to get enough power restored to the area by Tuesday to get transportation and utilities running.

USTA has canceled Sunday's practice day, a free day for fans to enter site and see players. It's supposed to rain with winds at 70-100 mph for 20 hours straight on Sunday.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/images/features/irene082611_589.jpg

Jane Lane
Aug 26th, 2011, 08:53 PM
just close it

GoVika!:D:hearts:RealGirlPower

:tape:

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:20 PM
The @usopen (http://twitter.com/usopen) remains scheduled to being at 11 am Monday, August 29 with gates opening to the public at 10 am. More info: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/weather.html (http://t.co/nXH5G83)

Jane Lane
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:22 PM
Next scheduled update for OOP/delays would be Sunday night.

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:25 PM
The @usopen (http://twitter.com/usopen) remains scheduled to being at 11 am Monday, August 29 with gates opening to the public at 10 am. More info: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/weather.html (http://t.co/nXH5G83)
My guess is that may be adjusted Sunday-Monday night, depending on the severity of the storm and/or if there is any damaged sustain at BJK USTA Tennis Center

It is possible they would have a late start

faboozadoo15
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Stay safe everyone! Hopefully it won't hit as hard as predicted.

doni1212
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Do we even know which half of the draw plays first? Or are they not going to announce that until Sunday night?

Cherry.
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Stay safe everyone! Hopefully it won't hit as hard as predicted.
This. I'll have my fingers crossed.

Jane Lane
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Do we even know which half of the draw plays first? Or are they not going to announce that until Sunday night?

Dulko tweeted she plays Tuesday, and she's on the top half. The players might have some idea.

Excelscior
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:20 PM
I think the big/real question is (though I purposefully haven't checked the 5-10 day weather report, for obvious reasons, till we know what happens with this storm first), will the weather resume to what it's been like the last 2 wks and today; which is quite good, or we gonna have a bunch of wet, windy weather for the first week, or so?

I've enjoyed the weather we've had lately, quite nicely. I'll take 75-83 degrees F, low humidity, rain (except for yesterday/today of course) and low wind anytime for tennis. Lol

doni1212
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:21 PM
Dulko tweeted she plays Tuesday, and she's on the top half. The players might have some idea.

Thanks so much! That helps a lot, :)

mdterp01
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Well fortunately the hurricane is losing a lot of steam and is down to around 100mph, which is still bad but they were expecting it to jump back to category 3 before hitting the Outer Banks of NC. By the time it reaches NY it should be a tropical storm. Still will be windy and rain heavy but not nearly the catastrophic hurricane they were predicting this morning. So thats good. I'm still so disappointed that Arthur Ashe Kids Day was canceled and I won't be able to go but better safe than sorry ya know. We have our lives. Its mother nature and its hurricane season. Northeast usually dodges these bullets so I pray that everyone remains safe and still takes the necessary precautions. Its still a bad storm but I think we can breathe some sigh of relief that its losing some of its steam.

DeliriousPotato
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:43 PM
A nightmare for players who throw the ball high to serve (Maria, Bepa) and ballbashers (Li, Kvitova).

Gdsimmons
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:01 AM
By the time it reaches NY, it'll probably just be a REALLY big storm, not a hurricane. So it'll probably be just a lot of rain and some wind but I dont think it'll get too crazy. At least thats what I hope....

Crater718
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Supermarkets in my area have 20 people deep in each cashier line. Panic buying has set in.

sammy01
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:34 AM
just brill the one slam to have delayed finals the last 3 years, now will probably have a delayed start. oh and that slam is also the only one without a roof/roof planned :facepalm:

AnomyBC
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:34 AM
By the time it reaches NY, it'll probably just be a REALLY big storm, not a hurricane. So it'll probably be just a lot of rain and some wind but I dont think it'll get too crazy. At least thats what I hope....

I think it's currently expected to be a Cat 1 hurricane when it hits NY. But if we're lucky it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by then.

Sylvester
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:39 AM
just brill the one slam to have delayed finals the last 3 years, not will probably have a delayed start. oh and that slam is also the only one without a roof/roof planned :facepalm:

In this case, a roof wouldn't help, as it would likely be destroyed by the hurricane! :help:

AnomyBC
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:51 AM
What's funny about reading this stuff is that people seem to be getting progressively more worried, while the news has actually been getting progressively better. A week ago this was expected to be a Cat 2---or possibly even a Cat 3---hurricane when it hit NY, and now it's expected to be at worst a Cat 1, and possible even a tropical storm. And early on there was some concern that it might hit NY on Monday---which would have been an even bigger disaster for the US Open---but now we know that's not going to happen. So there's still a hurricane coming, and the players and the fans are still going to have a ton of travel problems (and may be in the dark for a while as well), but all things considered, this seems to be working out as well as it possible could have.

BillFromRichmond
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Even though the storm will be through there by late day Sunday, don't underestimate the amount of damage even tropical storms winds and rain can do to those grounds, especially on the outer courts.

Also, there is going to be the issue of players and possibly some officials getting to the city by Monday. Lisicki, Begu and others are still in Texas and the finalists can't leave there before Sunday night at the earliest, but the airports in the east will probably still be closed. I think there is a good chance that some or all matches may be put off on Monday.

AnomyBC
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:09 AM
Yeah, I don't think it's going be possible for some of the players who are playing in Dallas this weekend to get to NY on time. JFK is apparently going to be closed to incoming flights starting 12 noon Saturday and presumably for all or most of Sunday. LaGuardia is probably going to be similarly affected.

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:10 AM
Supermarkets in my area have 20 people deep in each cashier line. Panic buying has set in.

The Lowes and Home Depot near me are out of flashlights. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?

dsanders06
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:12 AM
Can't they just save everyone some time and officially postpone the start of the tournament to Tuesday now?

TheHangover
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:16 AM
i know it wouldn't be nice, but i would like for once to find myself in a city waiting for an hurricane (not a la katrina), people is all in the same situation so i think it can make pepole feel more close to each other, all are reinforcing their houses, buying the provisions...

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:20 AM
The Lowes and Home Depot near me are out of flashlights. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?

Yeah. I've heard similar stories all over the city and the area in the supermarkets.

Damn near pandemonium and deep lines and waits at markets. I was there earlier, thank goodness.

I guess that's good for them (the markets)!? :help:

We'll just have to wait this thing out tomorrow eve/night, till Sun, and see what it's actually like, and go from there? :help:

hurricanejeanne
Aug 27th, 2011, 02:44 AM
Can't they just save everyone some time and officially postpone the start of the tournament to Tuesday now?

They might as well. Odds are it'll at least still be raining Monday. God only knows how the damage from wind and surge is going to be let alone whether people are going to be able to get in and out of the City.

Cherry.
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:54 AM
So all flights to JFK today and most likely tomorrow have been cancelled.
Now I really don't think play can start promptly on Monday.

AnomyBC
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:11 AM
They might as well. Odds are it'll at least still be raining Monday. God only knows how the damage from wind and surge is going to be let alone whether people are going to be able to get in and out of the City.

According to The Weather Channel (www.weather.com), there's a 0% chance of rain on Monday. It's supposed to be windy, but no rain apparently.

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:36 AM
According to The Weather Channel (www.weather.com), there's a 0% chance of rain on Monday. It's supposed to be windy, but no rain apparently.

But with public transport only returning to normal in the afternoon, how is staff going to get to Flushing to get the place in condition where tennis will be able to be played again? The issue isn't what the weather is going to be like on Monday, the issue is the logistics of getting the staff in place and getting Flushing cleaned up following the storm. A Tuesday start seems inevitable as a best case scenario.

Serenus Christ
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Hurricane Hype

dsanders06
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:42 AM
But with public transport only returning to normal in the afternoon, how is staff going to get to Flushing to get the place in condition where tennis will be able to be played again? The issue isn't what the weather is going to be like on Monday, the issue is the logistics of getting the staff in place and getting Flushing cleaned up following the storm. A Tuesday start seems inevitable as a best case scenario.

Not to mention the fact that players will have to scramble to arrive on time if they're scheduled for Monday matches, and won't have had time to practise on the courts there in the days before seeing as Flushing Meadows is a no-go area for the whole weekend, plus the crowds will be pathetic on Monday. The fact they're even considering playing on Monday in these circumstances is a horrible lack of respect to the players on the part of the organisers if you ask me :shrug: I don't think it would happen at any other Slam.

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:30 PM
I think it's currently expected to be a Cat 1 hurricane when it hits NY. But if we're lucky it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by then.
Just heard on the weather channel that it will probably remain a cat 1 up to N.Y. In NC Irene has caused tornadoes and parts of Md. have tornado warnings.

A couple of friends of mine called from L.A. and their airline has already cancelled their Sunday departure reservation to Philadelphia and rescheduled them for late Tuesday evening flight. She said that all flights flying North East have been rescheduled. Gonna be so pissed off people trying to get to the Open. Hopefully it won't affect the players. I think that most of the tournaments are on the East Coast so they can drive to the city unless of course there's flooding. :shrug:

I guess we'll just have to wait and see if things start of time. Only time will tell. :shrug:

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Not to mention the fact that players will have to scramble to arrive on time if they're scheduled for Monday matches, and won't have had time to practise on the courts there in the days before seeing as Flushing Meadows is a no-go area for the whole weekend, plus the crowds will be pathetic on Monday. The fact they're even considering playing on Monday in these circumstances is a horrible lack of respect to the players on the part of the organisers if you ask me :shrug: I don't think it would happen at any other Slam.
That's life in the big city plus none of the top players are scheduled to play on Monday. If it was just raining the weekend before the open players wouldn't be able to practice either.

This is about the money and the organizers will do what's best for them.

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:43 PM
@USTA will make no decision on whether US Open Mon start delayed until after #Irene (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23Irene) passes,expected some time late Sunday

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Irene has weakened to a Category 1 at the moment, and it's eye is traveling over North Carolina this morning. It's a big ass storm, at over 500 miles in circumference on it's outer bands. So there is some light, occasional rain even in South Jersey, MD and Delaware.

By the time it gets to the city, it may even be a Tropical Storm, with lots of wind and rain? We'll see?

City is supposed to get the brunt of it (if it keeps its current course)approximately Sat-Sun, 12midnight-3am to 12-3pm in the afternoon Sun. The storm is projected to be out of the NY area by Sun night, 7pm.

NYC is an evacuation zone in low lying coastal areas, with mass transit suspended at 12pm Sat, till Sun afternoon. The Staten Island Ferry, is supposed to close at 10pm Sat night. Storm surge is projected to be 5-10 ft in the area. Let's see what happens to Flushing Meadow, depending on wind currents? It's near the water.

JFK, Laguardia, Newark, Stewart, and Teteboro Airports, will all be closed at 12pm Sat, for incoming flights, probably till Sun Morn/Afternoon. Players like Sabine Lisicki, are already stating on Twitter, they won't be able to fly into the City after their tournaments when they want.

Ironically, Monday and the rest of the week is supposed to be sunny and warm, with no rain in the City. We'll see?

Only worry for Flushing Meadow, and Tennis at the moment is, will flooding affect the facility? Rain should be gone out of the area by Sun night (unless storm stalls), and sunny the rest of the week. So hopefully damage in the area is not so bad to stop plane, train and car traffic, in, to, around, and out of NYC?

Depending on travel into the City for the players, we should see Tennis played Mon-Weds (barring some kind of freaky electrical failure, or something), cause virtually all rain is supposed to take place Sunday?

Hope this helps any of you with your plans, tennis watching or travels.

Ryan
Aug 27th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Maybe they'll push back the start til the afternoon? I hope they have some play at least.

bobbynorwich
Aug 27th, 2011, 02:58 PM
The US Open site is only 3.3 ft (1 meter) above sea level, having been built over a reclaimed swamp and is half a mile from Flushing Bay.

Weather Channel meteorologists say that wind speed (category level) is less important than the likelihood that a slow moving, 400 mile wide, low speed hurricane will pummel sea-level NYC for 20+ hours with a 5-12 foot storm surges (widespread flooding of low lying areas like US Open, subways, and major highways near water). With 70+ mph winds, there will be hundreds of downed trees, blocked roadways, and area-wide power outages lasting days. The subways will flood, taking weeks or longer to restore service.

Hurricanes hitting NYC have disrupted the US Open by 6-7 days on two other occasions: in 1938 by an unnamed hurricane (before they were named) and in 1960 by Hurricane Donna.

The Army Corps of Engineers studied the effects of a major hurricane hitting NYC with some dire consequences: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/natural-disasters/what-happens-when-a-super-storm-strikes-new-york-6323032?click=pm_news

Wert.
Aug 27th, 2011, 03:02 PM
:scared:

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 03:06 PM
@Bobbynorwich

Luckily, this shouldn't be a major hurricane, and just another relatively big one that died on it's travels toward the city, then turned into a Tropical Storm. It's been downgraded from a Cat 3 to a Category 1, already. We've had them before (hurricanes that die/weaken), before they get here. This looks to be the same.

The US Open actually takes place during the start of Hurricane season. So let's hold off on all the potential damage reports (to not scare people coming to, or who are visiting the city), until this one runs through. Of course we'll all take the necessary precautions. But this should be nothing unprecedented (despite breathless news reports) for the US Open facility.

We'll see?

Tennis Observer
Aug 27th, 2011, 03:11 PM
[...] JFK, Laguardia, Newark, Stewart, and Teteboro Airports, will all be closed at 12pm Sat, probably till Sun Morn/Afternoon.
AFAIK Port Authority closed NYC airports for all arriving flights because MTA will begin to shutdown all train, bus, and subway services throughout the city and on Long Island starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. As there will be limited mass transit access to the airport, hords of arriving passenger would get stranded at NYC airports otherwise.

According to weather channel the destructive march of "Irine" should have passed NYC after 3pm tomorrow. Neverthelesee I remember that Major Bloomberg indicated yesterday, that possible restoration of MTA services will be at Monday noon at the earliest. Any news on that?

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 03:42 PM
AFAIK Port Authority closed NYC airports for all arriving flights because MTA will begin to shutdown all train, bus, and subway services throughout the city and on Long Island starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. As there will be limited mass transit access to the airport, hords of arriving passenger would get stranded at NYC airports otherwise.

According to weather channel the destructive march of "Irine" should have passed NYC after 3pm tomorrow. Neverthelesee I remember that Major Bloomberg indicated yesterday, that possible restoration of MTA services will be at Monday noon at the earliest. Any news on that?

They will re-access any damage tomorrow (flooding, damage to track, equipment, fallen trees, power lines, etc.), and go from there.

Maybe some lines and bus service will be restored Sun (any damage permitting), but yes, the goal is Monday full line.

As far as the Subways and US Open, if the rails and tunnels are flooded, then it would take them a day or two to pump them out, depending on what line it was. That would bring tennis Mon-Tues? We'll see?

madlove
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:19 PM
Let's all hope it'll be a smooth opening day on Monday.

Tennis Observer
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:26 PM
[...]Maybe some lines and bus service will be restored Sun (any damage permitting), but yes, the goal is Monday full line.
In your opinion: As a consequence will Port Authority close NYC airports for incoming flights until Monday?

SAISAI-GOAT
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:43 PM
Not to mention the fact that players will have to scramble to arrive on time if they're scheduled for Monday matches, and won't have had time to practise on the courts there in the days before seeing as Flushing Meadows is a no-go area for the whole weekend, plus the crowds will be pathetic on Monday. The fact they're even considering playing on Monday in these circumstances is a horrible lack of respect to the players on the part of the organisers if you ask me :shrug: I don't think it would happen at any other Slam.

the USO is a BUSINESS

they don't care about the players having a chance to practice or not

tickets for Monday have BEEN SOLD

they are not going to cancel Monday and then refund tickets to people :rolleyes:

remember a few years ago when it was raining on a day and they had Roddick play one match on Ashe court so they would not have to refund any money :rolleyes:

faboozadoo15
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Not to mention the fact that players will have to scramble to arrive on time if they're scheduled for Monday matches, and won't have had time to practise on the courts there in the days before seeing as Flushing Meadows is a no-go area for the whole weekend, plus the crowds will be pathetic on Monday. The fact they're even considering playing on Monday in these circumstances is a horrible lack of respect to the players on the part of the organisers if you ask me :shrug: I don't think it would happen at any other Slam.

You're making some really outlandish statements here. They players will undergo the same effects as if it just rained out their saturday and sunday practice sessions. Quit sensationalizing. Would Wimbledon push back their start date because of rain the 2 previous days? :weirdo:

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:46 PM
Lisicki is in Dallas. She has Venus in round 2. There are going to have to let her have a Wednesday, Thursday start.


sabinelisicki (http://twitter.com/#!/sabinelisicki)Sabine Lisicki
@@sorana_cirstea (http://twitter.com/sorana_cirstea) yeah... trains, busses nothing goes..! well, lets focuse on our matches for now and later maybe someone can help us!? :)

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:47 PM
In your opinion: As a consequence will Port Authority close NYC airports for incoming flights until Monday?

That's hard to say. I'm sure they're going to try to open them up as quickly as possible (though it looks iffy for Sun). But even if they do, they may have limited arrival service due to back ups.

I know you need more info, but I think they're going to access tomorrow, and go from there (whether they can partially open Sun or not). A lot of it depends on what this storm does to air travel outside the city, and flooding at the Airports within the city. They're expecting 6-10 inches of rain in less than a 24 hr period, with 6-10 ft storm surges, during high tide. JFK & Laguardia are both on the water, so stay tuned! Lol

If I hear anything additional, I'll let you know.

ptkten
Aug 27th, 2011, 04:53 PM
As others have said, let's wait and see until the storm actually gets to New York. The media and weather people have a history of hyping up storms that end up turning into nothing. For all we know, it could just end up being like strong thunderstorms by the time it gets to NYC.

It would have to be really bad for the organizers to postpone the start of the Open because they would lose a ton of money if they did.

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Lisicki is in Dallas. She has Venus in round 2. There are going to have to let her have a Wednesday, Thursday start.


sabinelisicki (http://twitter.com/#!/sabinelisicki)Sabine Lisicki
@@sorana_cirstea (http://twitter.com/sorana_cirstea) yeah... trains, busses nothing goes..! well, lets focuse on our matches for now and later maybe someone can help us!? :)
If they start on time she'd better get a private jet.

Gdsimmons
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:05 PM
As others have said, let's wait and see until the storm actually gets to New York. The media and weather people have a history of hyping up storms that end up turning into nothing. For all we know, it could just end up being like strong thunderstorms by the time it gets to NYC.

It would have to be really bad for the organizers to postpone the start of the Open because they would lose a ton of money if they did.

Exactly. We do not really know til at least it comes closer. It could very wekk be a strong thunderstorm

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:18 PM
A interesting thing that could happen Mon or Tues, would be if the USTA keeps their schedule, and the players are present, but air flight is still iffy. A ticket purchaser may be better off driving to NY (within reasonable distance of course), if they really wanted to catch a match? Lol

That's a bit premature now, but certainly something to think of, if air travel schedules deteriorate/get backlogged. We'll see?

Ian Aberdon
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Looks like Sabs has come up with a plan to get to NYC...but don't know what Sori will think of it............

http://p.twimg.com/AXqo95rCIAAG7u9.jpg

BillFromRichmond
Aug 27th, 2011, 05:53 PM
Just heard on the weather channel that it will probably remain a cat 1 up to N.Y. In NC Irene has caused tornadoes and parts of Md. have tornado warnings.

A couple of friends of mine called from L.A. and their airline has already cancelled their Sunday departure reservation to Philadelphia and rescheduled them for late Tuesday evening flight. She said that all flights flying North East have been rescheduled. Gonna be so pissed off people trying to get to the Open. Hopefully it won't affect the players. I think that most of the tournaments are on the East Coast so they can drive to the city unless of course there's flooding. :shrug:

I guess we'll just have to wait and see if things start of time. Only time will tell. :shrug:

There are women in Dallas and men in Winston Salem North Carolina. With all of the flight cancellations, anyone coming from Dallas is going to have a problem getting there before Tuesday at the earliest ( unless maybe Roger sends his private jet down there :D) and those in Winston are looking at an all night drive IF they can find a rental car.

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:12 PM
Maybe Rezai will have to break out her caravan boat :lol: I sense a thread bump coming up ;)

FaceyFacem
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:19 PM
There are women in Dallas and men in Winston Salem North Carolina. With all of the flight cancellations, anyone coming from Dallas is going to have a problem getting there before Tuesday at the earliest ( unless maybe Roger sends his private jet down there :D) and those in Winston are looking at an all night drive IF they can find a rental car.

But men's first round is 3 days, they can easily schedule anyone on either half to at least Tuesday and many to Wednesday. New Haven is no issue either, it's really all about the women in Dallas that will have the toughest time. I still think Tuesday starts for them wouldn't be an issue.

I say NO CHANCE they don't start on schedule Monday unless there is structural damage

BK4ever
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:21 PM
I'm sure that between the individual tournaments, the usta and wta they will make arrangements to get all of the singles players to NY

bobito
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Assuming most players who have not been playing this week are already in NYC, could they not simply schedule those matches between two such players for Monday? I know it's normal to have the two halves of the draw play on separate days in the first round but needs must. It might be a reduced programme but that would give them a day to tidy up any of the outside courts that were damaged. Don't know if there will be enough umpires in town by then though.

To those living in the path of this storm, hope you all come through it unscathed.

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Tursunov and Andreev rented a car to drive from Winston Salem themselves :haha: It's an 11 hour drive from there.

marineblue
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Hmm, this is the second slam of the year played in challenging conditions. I hope everything will be OK. It must be very stressful to play under such conditions. Hopefully the organisers know what they are doing and will make sure everyone is safe. In the worst case scenario could the event be relocated to a different venue?

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:31 PM
Hmm, this is the second slam of the year played in challenging conditions. I hope everything will be OK. It must be very stressful to play under such conditions. Hopefully the organisers know what they are doing and will make sure everyone is safe. In the worst case scenario could the event be relocated to a different venue?

No chance.

bobito
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Hmm, this is the second slam of the year played in challenging conditions. I hope everything will be OK. It must be very stressful to play under such conditions. Hopefully the organisers know what they are doing and will make sure everyone is safe. In the worst case scenario could the event be relocated to a different venue?

Not a chance. Even if it was logistically possible to get a venue like Indian Wells ready in time (which it almost certainly isn't), half of the players and officials and most of the media are probably already in New York.

Most importantly, they have sold tickets based on it being in New York.

Tennis Observer
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:05 PM
A interesting thing that could happen Mon or Tues, would be if the USTA keeps their schedule, and the players are present, but air flight is still iffy. [...]
Thanks very much for your assistance, but for those who are not within driving distance to NYC at present, the most difficult part right now is to fly in.

My carrier has cancelled all flights for tomorrow (including the red eye). The first flights scheduled to NYC starting Monday morning but I was not able to change my existing reservation to a confirmed seat. I am on a stand by list and from what it looks like it will not clear. My first confirmed seat is for Tuesday.

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Monday OOP for #USO11 (http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23USO11) on Ashe: Kvitova vs Dulgheru, Kamke vs Fish, Watson vs Sharapova, Dolonts vs Venus and Roger vs Giraldo

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:21 PM
Thanks very much for your assistance, but for those who are not within driving distance to NYC at present, the most difficult part right now is to fly in.

My carrier has cancelled all flights for tomorrow (including the red eye). The first flights scheduled to NYC starting Monday morning but I was not able to change my existing reservation to a confirmed seat. I am on a stand by list and from what it looks like it will not clear. My first confirmed seat is for Tuesday.

Your welcome.

Your most important concern, is how long will the Airport delays be if they're open? There's usually a slow down or back log. Hopefully this thing won't be nearly as bad (for you, us and air travel), and the flooding doesn't prolong a day of rain and wind on Sunday, into the week (of pain). We'll see?

You're going to have to try to get on one of those scattered early flights (and be persistent and patient on the phone or at the airport), when they first open the airports Sun or Monday (hopefully you won't be on that Tues flight). Lol.

Good Luck!

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:25 PM
FYI

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, The NFL and Jet's and the Giant's, rescheduled their 3rd pre-season game to Monday night (from Sat night, to Sat afternoon, to Mon night now).

It appears they're confident that they can play the game. But obviously, the Jets and the Giants, and most of their fans live in the NY area, unlike the US Open players and many of it's fans. Lol.

But that's some progress (if every thing goes off with out a hitch for them).

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:37 PM
I cannot :haha: at Bloomberg speaking Spanish. NYers, are you guys watching this? :lol:

wildemu
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:39 PM
the storm is weakening, ny and nj will be fine.

Tennis Observer
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:41 PM
[...]You're going to have to try to get on one of those scattered early flights (and be persistent and patient on the phone or at the airport), when they first open the airports Sun or Monday (hopefully you won't be on that Tues flight).
As I am not patient enough to wait on the line for an hour or so (I only manage to pass the automatic answering machine and if I would make that hurdle I might be already too tired to be friendly and polite) I try my luck on Monday early in the morning at the gate (but my priorities are very low). In any case I will miss the match from Julia who opens her campaign on Monday (as I was lucky to get one of those $ 25 all-in tickets, it does hurt me only emotionally) but as I am confident that she is still alive on Wednesday, I should be able to cheer for.

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:45 PM
lindacohn (http://twitter.com/#!/lindacohn)Linda Cohn
NYC transit will stay shut down well into Monday so said NYC Mayor Bloomberg moments ago.

MH0861
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:46 PM
I cannot :haha: at Bloomberg speaking Spanish. NYers, are you guys watching this? :lol:

My fave Bloomberg quote so far - "It may be fun to say you walked outside during a Hurricane, but it's not fun to say it from a hospital bed"

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:48 PM
As I am not patient enough to wait on the line for an hour or so (I only manage to pass the automatic answering machine and if I would make that hurdle I might be already too tired to be friendly and polite) I try my luck on Monday early in the morning at the gate (but my priorities are very low). In any case I will miss the match from Julia who opens her campaign on Monday (as I was lucky to get one of those $ 25 all-in tickets, it does hurt me only emotionally) but as I am confident that she is still alive on Wednesday, I should be able to cheer for.

OK.

Good Luck/Best wishes to you and Julia.

I hope she's there for you to, knock on wood (and very well should be)!

Slammer7
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:48 PM
From Lindenhurst NY.

http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/81b467f22d3131a22c6e4fdda4987afe

Good to see some people still have a sense of humor even in the midst of it all. :rolls:

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:50 PM
My fave Bloomberg quote so far - "It may be fun to say you walked outside during a Hurricane, but it's not fun to say it from a hospital bed"

:haha: That, and from yesterday.
Q: "Mayor, if people don't listen to the mandatory evacuation order..will there be arrests, or what's worst case scenario?"
MB: "Please, worst case scenario, they could die."

It shouldn't be funny but it is. :haha:

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:54 PM
I cannot :haha: at Bloomberg speaking Spanish. NYers, are you guys watching this? :lol:

No I missed him speaking Spanish today, but I saw him speak it yesterday, and his accent was terrible. I can imagine.

But I did hear him/read that Con Ed is going to voluntarily shut down some coastal power stations, so they don't get shut down by sea water (particularly in the Wall St area). How long is that going be? The Mayor says till Mon or Tues. What? Lol.

He's also asking Building managers to shut down Elevators and Boilers. What? So people gotta walk, and have no air conditioning. Ask your hotel, or who ever your staying with, "What's up?". That way, you at least know the deal/you're weekend comfort level. Lol.

For any out of towners in lower Manhattan (or near the water), make sure you have water to drink/bathe, cause some of those highrises use water pumps (above the 6th fl), and if there's no power, you won't get water up to your floor (or at least ask them if they have a back up generator in your hotel). You can also fill your bath tub up with water, just in case.

Oh. He's speaking now at 3:55, in Spanish.

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:04 PM
I cannot :haha: at Bloomberg speaking Spanish. NYers, are you guys watching this? :lol:

Yeah, had to laugh too.

doooma6816
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Just watching Polish news...'experts compare Irene to Katrina':unsure:...

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:09 PM
I dont think the USTA tennis centre will suffer any significant damage.

There will be a Monday start unless public transport is not up and running early Monday morning. The forecast is it will but it is of course hard to tell how flooding will affect trains, buses and subways.

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:10 PM
Just watching Polish news...'experts compare Irene to Katrina':unsure:...

Well, you could compare World War II with the riots in London as well but it wouldn't be a very interesting comparison.

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:13 PM
It all depends on flooding with mass transit. Because if salt water hit the railways and subway tracks, they have to flush them out with regular water, wait for them to dry, then get the signals up and running.

doooma6816
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Well, you could compare World War II with the riots in London as well but it wouldn't be a very interesting comparison.

I meant they think Irene can do the same damage like Katrina.

Jane Lane
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:16 PM
I meant they think Irene can do the same damage like Katrina.

No way. Katrina was a Category 5, this will be a Category 1/Tropical Storm.

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:19 PM
I meant they think Irene can do the same damage like Katrina.

Nobody here in NYC thinks it will be that bad.

But it is clear that NYC is a sensitive area when it comes to storms and flooding.

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:26 PM
Long Island Railroad passengers, were told today, that the system won't be up and running till Tuesday by conductors shooing them off the train. Mayor Bloomberg said something similar about the NYC subways.

Mmmhhh. I hope not. Hopefully, they're just being precautionary, and things will be up and running (certainly not fully) on/by Monday?

We'll see!?

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:28 PM
I cannot :haha: at Bloomberg speaking Spanish. NYers, are you guys watching this? :lol:

Mayor Bloomberg Speaks Spanish Like Fred Sanford Talking to Julio on Sandford and Son. Lol.

Gdsimmons
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:28 PM
All I now is I am gonna be PISSED if all this is for nothing. If it just rains alot and the power doesnt go out and their isnt much flooding and this was all for nothing. Im stuck in this damn house til Monday.

spice_of_life
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:42 PM
No way. Katrina was a Category 5, this will be a Category 1/Tropical Storm.

Katrina was not a Cat 5 when it hit land. It made landfall as a Cat 3. This storm has something like an 800 mile radius. Very low pressure for a Cat 1 storm. Basically it's something like a cross between a hurricane/n'oreaster pulling the bad from both.

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:55 PM
My fave Bloomberg quote so far - "It may be fun to say you walked outside during a Hurricane, but it's not fun to say it from a hospital bed"

:spit:

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:05 PM
Irene, as expected (as of 5pm) is transitioning from a Cat 1 Hurricane to a strong Tropical Storm now. Hopefully it will keep this designation, and veer far out to sea, or get weaker traveling up the coast (with all respect, to the people and property in it's path)?

We'll still get a lot of rain and wind. Hopefully, the flooding won't be so bad to delay Mass transit, air travel, or our tennis.

The forecast for the rest of the week (believe it or not) is sunny, with no rain, and nicely warm.

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:19 PM
There are women in Dallas and men in Winston Salem North Carolina. With all of the flight cancellations, anyone coming from Dallas is going to have a problem getting there before Tuesday at the earliest ( unless maybe Roger sends his private jet down there :D) and those in Winston are looking at an all night drive IF they can find a rental car.
Forgot about Dallas but it's about a 10 hour drive from Winston Salem NC to the city and Isner is from Greensboro NC so he can use his own car if he wanted to. If necessary I'm sure the US Open has enough clot to get the ladies a private flight or to bump some passengers if they even fly commercial. According to CNN, flooding may affect NYC so it might be a moot point.

bobbynorwich
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:33 PM
If mass transit, which many NYers are dependent on, will not resume until afternoon Monday or later, it will be next to impossible to get to the venue for many hundredss of support personnel (officials/linesmen, marshalls, media, operations, USTA/WTA/ATP staff, vendors, food servers, ball-kids, janitoral crews, ushers, ticket-takers, security, transporters, player services, traffic control, etc). Without mass transit, the Monday morning car traffic is likely to be a clogged mess, taking far longer than usual.

Attendance will be much lower than the 2010 session average of 28,000, but still need to have enough staff to handle whatever number arrive. Having worked at some tournaments myself, I can't imagine how the USTA is going to make it a go for Monday.

edificio
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Mayor Bloomberg Speaks Spanish Like Fred Sanford Talking to Julio on Sandford and Son. Lol.

OMG.

:lol:

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:38 PM
FYI

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, The NFL and Jet's and the Giant's, rescheduled their 3rd pre-season game to Monday night (from Sat night, to Sat afternoon, to Mon night now).

It appears they're confident that they can play the game. But obviously, the Jets and the Giants, and most of their fans live in the NY area, unlike the US Open players and many of it's fans. Lol.

But that's some progress (if every thing goes off with out a hitch for them).

Not only that football is played in all kinds of weather.

Leo_DFP
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:38 PM
The biggest concern to tennis is obviously the amount of flooding that occurs and the status of roads and mass transit. The storm should be leaving NYC late tomorrow afternoon or evening, they're saying, but when on Monday will subways, buses, trains, etc. up and running normally? Will that not even happen until Tuesday? How many fans will be able to reach the grounds on Monday, and what will the status of the grounds be? Even further, what about the hundreds and hundreds of tournament staff, inc. officials, linesmen, and ballkids?

I don't know what to expect but I imagine there will be a delayed start for tennis on Monday. Perhaps no matches until Monday afternoon at earliest.

Break My Rapture
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:41 PM
From Lindenhurst NY.

http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/81b467f22d3131a22c6e4fdda4987afe

Good to see some people still have a sense of humor even in the midst of it all. :rolls:
:haha:

Leo_DFP
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:41 PM
If mass transit, which many NYers are dependent on, will not resume until afternoon Monday or later, it will be next to impossible to get to the venue for many hundredss of support personnel (officials/linesmen, marshalls, media, operations, USTA/WTA/ATP staff, vendors, food servers, ball-kids, janitoral crews, ushers, ticket-takers, security, transporters, player services, traffic control, etc). Without mass transit, the Monday morning car traffic is likely to be a clogged mess, taking far longer than usual.

Attendance will be much lower than the 2010 session average of 28,000, but still need to have enough staff to handle whatever number arrive. Having worked at some tournaments myself, I can't imagine how the USTA is going to make it a go for Monday.

This. I honestly agree.

I was at the grounds on Friday, and TBH, they weren't even looking in great shape then. There was a lot of work to be done in various places around the grounds, at the stadiums, and at the new Court 17. Lots of testing to be done with Hawkeye, screens, various media. And that's without staff present today and tomorrow. I have a feeling Monday could be truncated by this.

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:44 PM
the storm is weakening, ny and nj will be fine.
It's the flooding not the strength that officials are worried about at this time. Irene is still in N.C. and raining in New Jersey from the same system. This hurricane is not only huge but slow moving dumping rain on already soaked land in some cities.

mykarma
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:51 PM
No I missed him speaking Spanish today, but I saw him speak it yesterday, and his accent was terrible. I can imagine.

But I did hear him/read that Con Ed is going to voluntarily shut down some coastal power stations, so they don't get shut down by sea water (particularly in the Wall St area). How long is that going be? The Mayor says till Mon or Tues. What? Lol.

He's also asking Building managers to shut down Elevators and Boilers. What? So people gotta walk, and have no air conditioning. Ask your hotel, or who ever your staying with, "What's up?". That way, you at least know the deal/you're weekend comfort level. Lol.

For any out of towners in lower Manhattan (or near the water), make sure you have water to drink/bathe, cause some of those highrises use water pumps (above the 6th fl), and if there's no power, you won't get water up to your floor (or at least ask them if they have a back up generator in your hotel). You can also fill your bath tub up with water, just in case.

Oh. He's speaking now at 3:55, in Spanish.
They said the were shutting down elevators after a certain hour in case they lost electricity and didn't want people to get stuck in the elevators. They also said that during the storm they wanted people over 5th floor I think to come down to lower floors.

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:57 PM
It's the flooding not the strength that officials are worried about at this time. Irene is still in N.C. and raining in New Jersey from the same system. This hurricane is not only huge but slow moving dumping rain on already soaked land in some cities.

You're right about it's size.

We're getting intermittent strong rain from the outer bands of the storm from the afternoon.

The storms core is 500 miles in diameter, but it's outer bands/fingers stretch to 800-1000 miles. And you are correct. It's very slow moving at the moment (hopefully it will pick up speed, as they do historically, once it passes Virginia), so it may dump 5-12" of rain in a 24hr period Ridiculous! Lol

That's why the Airports, and Mass Transit decided to shut down transit, to protect against property damage, and to prepare for the de-flooding of their track, tunnels, locations/stations, transports, other equipment, etc.

We'll see? I'm still hopeful for a delayed Monday, or Tuesday start at the Open (barring no major power or transportation outages).

faboozadoo15
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:00 PM
But men's first round is 3 days, they can easily schedule anyone on either half to at least Tuesday and many to Wednesday. New Haven is no issue either, it's really all about the women in Dallas that will have the toughest time. I still think Tuesday starts for them wouldn't be an issue.

I say NO CHANCE they don't start on schedule Monday unless there is structural damage

It blows my mind that players who didnt make the SF or final of these events wouldnt already be in NYC. In a way, that's their own fault. How could they not see this coming?

bobbynorwich
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:26 PM
From this article, it appears that the USTA has not decided yet about a Monday start, will decide Sunday night.

Quiet Saturday at US Open tennis facility as Hurricane Irene approaches (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/othersports/tennis/quiet-saturday-at-us-open-tennis-facility-as-hurricane-irene-approaches/2011/08/27/gIQAGhc7iJ_story.html)
Washington Post - Eddie Pells (http://news.google.com/news/search?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=author:%22Eddie+Pells%22&scoring=n)

Workers prepared Saturday for the brunt of the storm by “taking away anything that was not secured to the ground,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said. That included wood benches, potted plants, banners and television equipment at the six courts from which matches are broadcast.

The entire facility was being shut before 5 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed to the public on Sunday. After the hurricane moves out of the area, the USTA will assess whatever damage there might be.

Organizers will consider several factors before deciding whether to go ahead with play on Monday, including the condition of the entire facility, whether there is electrical power, and whether players, officials, tournament employees and spectators can make it out there. The city’s transit system was shut down Saturday and won’t reopen until at least Monday.

“Based on the most recent forecasts, we’re looking at winds in the 40 to 60 mph range. We know our structures are certainly capable of withstanding that. They’re all structurally sound,” said Daniel Zausner, managing director of the National Tennis Center. “If the forecasts are off, and things are significantly worse than that, then we’re going to be in the same position as everyone else in the area.

http://news.google.com/news/story?q=%22US+Open%22+%22hurricane+Irene%22&rlz=1I7GPEA_en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ncl=dE3_x7nPVxztWfMUOk3sbUD3EwOFM&hl=en&ei=2GZZTt7RL8Tk0QGn_6yUDA&sa=X&oi=news_result&ct=more-results&resnum=1&ved=0CCYQqgIwAA

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:31 PM
They said the were shutting down elevators after a certain hour in case they lost electricity and didn't want people to get stuck in the elevators. They also said that during the storm they wanted people over 5th floor I think to come down to lower floors.

Yeah. The elevators, in case of unexpected power failures due to storm surge knocking out power plants, or purposeful power shut off in low lying areas.

Most buildings over 6 floors have water towers, and many times there's an electric pump, pumping the water up. So some people may not be able to get water above the 6th floor (as crazy as it sounds) in many of these buildings. That's why.

NBC News, just said that over 9000 flights have been cancelled today already. Wow! That's a lot! Lol

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:35 PM
I like the USTA's approach on things.

We'll see?

Thanks Bobby Norwich

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:49 PM
Making a decision Sunday night is ridiculous.

They have just said on TV public transport will NOT be up and running on Monday morning so the USTA should dump the Monday OOP now.

They should start planning for a 5pm start on Monday, that is realistic.

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:49 PM
From this article, it appears that the USTA has not decided yet about a Monday start, will decide Sunday night.

.. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/othersports/tennis/quiet-saturday-at-us-open-tennis-facility-as-hurricane-irene-approaches/2011/08/27/gIQAGhc7iJ_story.html)


“Based on the most recent forecasts, we’re looking at winds in the 40 to 60 mph range. ..
If thats true, then people in that area are fortunate. I hope its true.

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:54 PM
Making a decision Sunday night is ridiculous.

They have just said on TV public transport will NOT be up and running on Monday morning so the USTA should dump the Monday OOP now.

They should start planning for a 5pm start on Monday, that is realistic.

You may of got the wrong idea.

I think the USTA meant/said "assess the damage" on Sunday. They made it clear, that other apparatus and services had to be working in unison for them to Open Monday.

What's wrong with that?

Keep in mind, they're in constant contact with City Officials (as they said they were for Arthur Ashe Kids Day), so I'm sure they'll have a better idea, before we do, on how's the transportation services should be, based off of any flooding/damage Sun?

bjurra
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:57 PM
You may of heard it wrong? I think the USTA meant/said "assess the damage" on Sunday. They made it clear, that other apparatus and services had to be working in unison for them to Open Monday.

What's wrong with that?

They are sticking to a OOP that we already know now is impossible. They should scrap the OOP and announce the USO will not start 11am on Monday.

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:06 PM
They are sticking to a OOP that we already know now is impossible. They should scrap the OOP and announce the USO will not start 11am on Monday.

I hear you.

But couldn't they say tomorrow, they're going to push back the start time?

I understand what you're saying. But what's the difference? It appears, they want to wait for the full effect/passing of the storm (I'm presuming) to "assess the damage". Isn't that fair?

I guess, they'll let us know from there?

Best Luck!!

dsanders06
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:09 PM
You're making some really outlandish statements here. They players will undergo the same effects as if it just rained out their saturday and sunday practice sessions. Quit sensationalizing. Would Wimbledon push back their start date because of rain the 2 previous days? :weirdo:

Well, it's hard to say for sure - there's no precedent because we don't get such extreme weather in Britain. But I do suspect that the other Slams (Wimbledon included), if such a major hurricane were to happen, would postpone play by a day, yes. We're not just talking about players not being able to practice outside, they're probably not going to be able to practise tomorrow AT ALL (even indoors), seeing as they're probably going to have stay in their hotels - and it's not exactly ideal for a player who's got an 11am start on Monday to go out for a Slam match having not even had a hit in 2 days. Plus, seeing as the transport will still be so chaotic, the players are going to have a lot of trouble getting to the site, plus they'll probably have been emotionally unsettled by the hurricane itself... it just all smacks of a lack of consideration for the players and desperation on the part of the organisers to not have to refund tickets. At the very least, they should postpone play til around 5pm.

Break My Rapture
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:11 PM
Well, it's hard to say for sure - there's no precedent because we don't get such extreme weather in Britain. But I do suspect that the other Slams (Wimbledon included), if such a major hurricane were to happen, would postpone play by a day, yes. We're not just talking about players not being able to practice outside, they're probably not going to be able to practise tomorrow AT ALL (even indoors), seeing as they're probably going to have stay in their hotels - and it's not exactly ideal for a player who's got an 11am start on Monday to go out for a Slam match having not even had a hit in 2 days. Plus, seeing as the transport will still be so chaotic, the players are going to have a lot of trouble getting to the site, plus they'll probably have been emotionally unsettled by the hurricane itself... it just all smacks of a lack of consideration for the players and desperation on the part of the organisers to not have to refund tickets. At the very least, they should postpone play til around 5pm.
Agree witcha.

cowsonice
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:19 PM
http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/files/2011/08/NYsurge580.png
Not sure if this helps but a graphic about the level of damage Irene could do.
Yellow if Irene becomes Category 3
Orange, Category 2
Red, Category 1

PS I'm geographically challenged when it comes to New York City. Where is Flushing Meadows exactly?

gc-spurs
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:19 PM
Well, it's hard to say for sure - there's no precedent because we don't get such extreme weather in Britain. But I do suspect that the other Slams (Wimbledon included), if such a major hurricane were to happen, would postpone play by a day, yes. We're not just talking about players not being able to practice outside, they're probably not going to be able to practise tomorrow AT ALL (even indoors), seeing as they're probably going to have stay in their hotels - and it's not exactly ideal for a player who's got an 11am start on Monday to go out for a Slam match having not even had a hit in 2 days. Plus, seeing as the transport will still be so chaotic, the players are going to have a lot of trouble getting to the site, plus they'll probably have been emotionally unsettled by the hurricane itself... it just all smacks of a lack of consideration for the players and desperation on the part of the organisers to not have to refund tickets. At the very least, they should postpone play til around 5pm.

Well why can't they just hit in their rooms? Federer can do it.

mulAi7cno2Y

beautysaves
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:20 PM
This is quite a mess on a number of levels. I had a flight scheduled for Monday afternoon out of Toronto to NYC that was cancelled with no possibility of rebooking until late this week. :(

Excelscior
Aug 27th, 2011, 11:36 PM
http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/files/2011/08/NYsurge580.png
Not sure if this helps but a graphic about the level of damage Irene could do.
Yellow if Irene becomes Category 3
Orange, Category 2
Red, Category 1

PS I'm geographically challenged when it comes to New York City. Where is Flushing Meadows exactly?

It would be hard for me to describe/show you it, without something written, so you would know exactly what I'm talking about. I'll try, though. Lol.

But it's at the top, left side (eastern) of that orange/yellow rectangular triangle (towards the right third of the picture), that extends to the bay (black area). It's above the right "New York" wording. USTA is on the yellow edge of that rounded triangle, near the coast, on the left/west. It follows, and is diagonally across (east or right) from that yellow, orange, reddish area, that's actually Laguardia Airport. Flushing Meadow is on the right/east of it. Don't know if that helps. Lol

PS: This storm is a Cat 1, transitioning to a Tropical Storm. But it's still dangerous because of it's size, slow movement, and low pressure.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 12:53 AM
Lots of rain already in NYC, and the real storm is still hours away. But I can hear that sucker (the outer bands/fingers of Irene) pounding on the windows and the pavement like pellets. SMH.

Lisickinator
Aug 28th, 2011, 12:59 AM
PS I'm geographically challenged when it comes to New York City. Where is Flushing Meadows exactly?
http://maps.google.com/?ll=40.749321,-73.846772&spn=0.007583,0.016512&t=h&z=17&vpsrc=6

Jane Lane
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:04 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/blogpost/201108/Images/grandcentral.jpg?uuid=j8XOxND6EeCTO5tBrxhnpg

Say hello to Grand Central Station.

AnomyBC
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:09 AM
I put an arrow where the BJK Tennis Center is :)

http://www.bryanspage.com/NYStormSurge-BJKTennisCenter.png

So it looks nice and colorful there. That's good right? :)

BillFromRichmond
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:10 AM
This storm is a Cat 1, transitioning to a Tropical Storm. But it's still dangerous because of it's size, slow movement, and low pressure.

I think many people are discounting the damage this storm is going to do up there. I'm in Richmond Virginia which is inland about 60 miles and we have been pounded by 35-60 MPH winds for the last 5 hours and we are going to get 4-6 inches of rain. Virginia Beach, near the eye, is being destroyed. The projections take the eye right over the city and Eastern Long Island. This has a very low pressure for a Cat 1 storm and this means it is not going to weaken before its hits NY. With this and the slow movement, the rains and wind are going to be tremendous for many hours. The duration of tropical storm winds on the New Jersey coast are going to be 18-21 hours. Rainfall is going to be 6-12 inches. Flooding is going to be a real problem in New Jersey and New York and I think someone earlier mentioned that the area around the USTA Center is on low ground.

Monday is impossible and I think Tuesday is going to be cancelled too. That will probably be the first day they can really start getting the place cleaned up for a Wednesday start provided there is not catastrophic flood or wind damage to the facilities.

mykarma
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:12 AM
I meant they think Irene can do the same damage like Katrina.
From the results we've seen so far from one state if we as a nation wasn't prepared this storm could have really been devastating and the death toll would have been tremendous. Thank goodness that this time we were prepared. IE: In NYC people evacuating was able to ride public transportation for free, discount on taxis, added additional taxis, evacuated hospitals and nursing homes,shut down public transportation after a certain hour, etc. etc. Even with all of the preparation from all the east coast states people are still dying and property damage will be in the millions. I can't imagine what the results would be if we weren't prepared.

cowsonice
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:16 AM
I put an arrow where the BJK Tennis Center is :)

http://www.bryanspage.com/NYStormSurge-BJKTennisCenter.png

So it looks nice and colorful there. That's good right? :)

:scared: Uh, it means that is where the damage would be if Irene were a Category 2 or 3. But so far Irene is becoming Category 1/Tropical storm? Damage wouldn't be as bad as predicted in this graphic.

mykarma
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:28 AM
I think many people are discounting the damage this storm is going to do up there. I'm in Richmond Virginia which is inland about 60 miles and we have been pounded by 35-60 MPH winds for the last 5 hours and we are going to get 4-6 inches of rain. Virginia Beach, near the eye, is being destroyed. The projections take the eye right over the city and Eastern Long Island. This has a very low pressure for a Cat 1 storm and this means it is not going to weaken before its hits NY. With this and the slow movement, the rains and wind are going to be tremendous for many hours. The duration of tropical storm winds on the New Jersey coast are going to be 18-21 hours. Rainfall is going to be 6-12 inches. Flooding is going to be a real problem in New Jersey and New York and I think someone earlier mentioned that the area around the USTA Center is on low ground.

Monday is impossible and I think Tuesday is going to be cancelled too. That will probably be the first day they can really start getting the place cleaned up for a Wednesday start provided there is not catastrophic flood or wind damage to the facilities.

Just saw that 75% of Richmond residents have lost power and that's not even on the coast.

7 people dead so far in 2 states and Irene is pounding both of them. I don't care if it's a -5 category, it's making havoc on the east coast. When it finish with N.C. and Va. it shouldn't have any strength left for goodness sake.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:35 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/blogpost/201108/Images/grandcentral.jpg?uuid=j8XOxND6EeCTO5tBrxhnpg

Say hello to Grand Central Station.

I saw that! Lol.

That's was the wildest picture I've seen (in all it's quietness and solitude). Never saw Grand Central Like that. Crazy! Lol


Mmmhh. The outer band/fingers that passed through earlier, is gone now (so it stopped raining hard), but I'm sure I'll get another one soon.

PS: You know that famous clock in the middle, is worth about $25million (yes I said million), because of the expensive crystals the 4 sided face is made out of (and that's in it)?

dsanders06
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:35 AM
Lots of rain already in NYC, and the real storm is still hours away. But I can hear that sucker (the outer bands/fingers of Irene) pounding on the windows and the pavement like pellets. SMH.

Here in the UK, we've been getting a lot of storms the last couple of days, which I've just found out is apparently because of the tail end of Irene... which shows just how big that motherfucker is. Though of course, we're nowhere near as badly affected here as the States.

Stay safe Americans :hug: (even you Sluggahjells ;) ).

DeliriousPotato
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:43 AM
God It's gonna be windy.

This year will be even worst then the years before, and I really can't see that Jankovic serving into the stands scene again :lol:

babsi
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Here in the UK, we've been getting a lot of storms the last couple of days, which I've just found out is apparently because of the tail end of Irene... which shows just how big that motherfucker is. Though of course, we're nowhere near as badly affected here as the States.

Stay safe Americans :hug: (even you Sluggahjells ;) ).

It hasn't got there yet;)...and if the remnants actually do it will be a while yet;)

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:45 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/blogpost/201108/Images/grandcentral.jpg?uuid=j8XOxND6EeCTO5tBrxhnpg

Say hello to Grand Central Station.

Surreal! :eek:

I guess this is the perfect time to clean and buff the floors :p

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Just saw that 75% of Richmond residents have lost power and that's not even on the coast.

7 people dead so far in 2 states and Irene is pounding both of them. I don't care if it's a -5 category, it's making havoc on the east coast. When it finish with N.C. and Va. it shouldn't have any strength left for goodness sake.

Wow!

Bad week for Richmond, VA, huh?

First the Earthquake, and now this?

Ahhh. I know you guys are thinking the same about NY. Yeah true. But Richmond was 35 mi from the epicenter of the quake, and we haven't experienced the major brunt of the Hurricane yet. We'll see!?

goldenlox
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:46 AM
This hurricane is definately leaving its mark as it travels north

alroker (http://twitter.com/#!/alroker)Al Roker
Roughly 2 million Virginians are without electricity and parts of SE Va. face serious flooding, Gov. Bob McDonnell said tonight.

spice_of_life
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:55 AM
People standing outside waving at the Friday's webcam in NYC. :rolleyes:

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/?cam=fridays

goldenlox
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:58 AM
From tweets I read, its going to hit NYC in its full intensity in about 5 hours, and then its so big, it'll stay in that area for several hours.
So in about 12 hours, we'll all know how much damage it did to the tennis center and that whole city.

BillFromRichmond
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Just saw that 75% of Richmond residents have lost power and that's not even on the coast.



I still have power. Its flickered a couple of times and my surge protector has shut off my computer a couple of times. Keeping fingers crossed. The wind is still howling out there.

Uranium
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:03 AM
From tweets I read, its going to hit NYC in its full intensity in about 5 hours, and then its so big, it'll stay in that area for several hours.
So in about 12 hours, we'll all know how much damage it did to the tennis center and that whole city.

Supposed to be 3am to around 12pm where the real damage occurs.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:21 AM
I still have power. Its flickered a couple of times and my surge protector has shut off my computer a couple of times. Keeping fingers crossed. The wind is still howling out there.

Hang in there Bill!!

bobbynorwich
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:05 PM
Looking much better for Monday schedule --- storm surge was minimal so subways were not flooded and power grid intact (see ConEd power outage link below). Storm system weakened just before NYC and started moving faster which lessened rain for the city. Remaining concern is possible storm surge on the north side of Queens (Flushing Bay) with high tide at 11 am Sunday on Long Island Sound with Arthur Ashe Stadium at 3.3 ft above sea level and .5 miles from Flushing Bay, but worst case is just a lot of cleaning up. Great relief.

http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/drive.gif

Power grid outages: http://apps.coned.com/weboutageinfo/stormcenter/default.aspx

Jane Lane
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Woke up this morning and still had power. Win. My street isn't flooded. Win. Still alive. Win.

Irene can suck it. :rocker2:

MTA says it's too early to assess damage right now. But preventive action was a good thing. Low lying train yards underwater, but they moved the trains.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:14 PM
As Expected Hurricane Irene hit NYC/Long Island as a Tropical Storm, and not a Cat 1 Hurricane.

We already received the front half of the storm, now we're waiting for the bottom half of the Eye, in the next hr or so.

That means the south shores of NYC and Long Island, have taken the brunt of it, and now we're waiting for Northern, East Coast of NYC, Long Island, Eastern Coast of Westchester County, NY and Southern coast of Conn deal with the back wind in conjunction with high tide on the East River, Long Island Sound, and associated bays; this includes the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's potential flood watch?

From preliminary looks (and I'm not affiliated with the US Open), they probably won't get any serious flooding; though we have to still wait for high tide in a hr or so. But as far as the rain (believe it or not) we've dodged most of the rain already on the top half of the Tropical Storm. Upstate NY, Connecticut, and New England is getting all the rain now. Ha Ha. Lol. Nonetheless, we received about 6 inches of rain in NYC. That's still a lot.

As far as me and my block. A lot of branches on the street, some basement flooding, from the heavy rain, heavy winds, and little rain (if any) at the moment. So it appears I survived. Lol No power outages as well, with me.

As far as the City on the whole; no major power grid outages, scattered flooding on major highways, some falling trees (Half in Queens, out of the 400 fallen Citywide), and as of this point, no major flooding in Lower Manhattan, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, The Rockaways, and other low lying areas. Now we have to wait an hr or two, to see if The North Coast of Queens floods, on the high tide, with the back end Tropical Storms winds for the National Tennis Center. I doubt it. But we'll see?

As far as Transportation for the Open, I guess we'll hear from them later, as expected, and the Mayors office later, in regards to when they can get the transportation grid up and running?

The MTA (Agency that Runs The NYC Subway, Metro North and Long Island Railroad Rail Service) said this morning, it's still too early to make an assessment on services. Their Spokesman Aaron Donovan said, it would normally take 8-24hrs just to get the entire system running again, if no damage.

We'll see?

PS: No reports on the area airports yet. But we should hear from the Mayor by this afternoon.

Wert.
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:18 PM
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Wert.
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:25 PM
** Good to hear

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Gdsimmons
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:33 PM
What a big hooplah over NOTHING. I woke up and the street just looked like it rained.

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:35 PM
:)http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/8725/bojanajovanovski6131454.png

Hurricane Serena ? :p

It's good to see NYC was mostly spared :). Ocean City on the other hand really got hit :eek:

dsanders06
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:39 PM
What a big hooplah over NOTHING. I woke up and the street just looked like it rained.

I'm sure the families of the 9 people who died feel the same way. :rolleyes:

AnomyBC
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:57 PM
I'm on the north shore of Long Island and it looks like nothing much happened here. We didn't lose power and no trees down. Apparently a few hundred thousand people lost power elsewhere on Long Island, however.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:00 PM
I'm on the north shore of Long Island and it looks like nothing much happened here. We didn't lose power and no trees down. Apparently a few hundred thousand people lost power elsewhere on Long Island, however.

Probably further east in Suffolk County, near the bay or the South Shore.

And Congrats, on your good fortune!

2Black
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Much more hype than anything. Prayers to the mother of the 9 yr old who died when the tree fell onto their house.

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:04 PM
New York looks like it has gotten through this with pretty close to a best case scenario. Very relieved and happy. I was expecting much worse. I would say play tomorrow at the US Open is pretty dependent on when they get transport back and running again but the fact that the storm hit substantially earlier than anticipated is clearly a good thing and hopefully means transport can return to normal earlier than anticipated too. Providing there isn't too much flooding around Flushing I'd say the chances for play on Monday are probably now greater than 50/50. If you had asked my 24 hours ago I would have said the odds were no more than 10% so things have turned out pretty well for NYC.

Obviously the Hurricane has left a trail of destruction prior to hitting New York and for the millions who have been severely affected by this storm the fact that New York City has escaped the worst of it will be of little solace. But this is definately postive news for most New Yorkers and for the US Open, which as tennis fans we are all concerned about and all want to see up and running as soon as is humanly possible.

AnomyBC
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:06 PM
I'm sure the families of the 9 people who died feel the same way. :rolleyes:

Well I think the deaths were all in the Southern states. Here in NY it was definitely over-hyped---just like that silly little earthquake.

SkylerBlue
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:07 PM
:)

Hurricane Serena ? :p

It's good to see NYC was mostly spared :). Ocean City on the other hand really got hit :eek:


Hurricane Serena:lol:

Gdsimmons
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:13 PM
Of course sympathies go out to the people that died. But this storm was so over-hyped by the news. They made it seem like once it got here to NYC, it was gonna be hell. When in all actuality it was like an overnight thunderstorm (and I didnt even hear any thunder). If you were by like a marsh or a river, chances are your street got a little flooded. But thats about it.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:17 PM
Instead of complaining you should be happy that it wasn't anything serious :rolleyes: Because if something had happened and the city hadn't been ready, you'd be blaming everyone and everything :rolleyes:

AnomyBC
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Instead of complaining you should be happy that it wasn't anything serious :rolleyes: Because if something had happened and the city hadn't been ready, you'd be blaming everyone and everything :rolleyes:

The city was basically ready for a nuclear holocaust. The response and the media hype were completely over-the-top :shrug:

Jane Lane
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:22 PM
The city was basically ready for a nuclear holocaust. The response and the media hype were completely over-the-top :shrug:

Agreed. Yes, we had to be prepared but this was ridiculous. They were making it out to be worse than Gloria in 1985, the last real big one we had. The flooding is pretty bad on the South Shore of LI and Staten Island though.

18majors
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Twitter.com@USOpen:

Hurricane Irene has come & gone. We're getting the tennis center ready for a tentative Monday start at 11am ET: http://bit.ly/oXblC3 #USO11

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Twitter.com@USOpen:

Hurricane Irene has come & gone. We're getting the tennis center ready for a tentative Monday start at 11am ET: http://bit.ly/oXblC3 #USO11

Wow!

Then they must know some we don't know about the Subways (we already know the roads will be fine)?

I know they're in contact with the Mayors office, and this is a big tourist/visitor event that puts New York on stage, but 11am (or they just don't care about the first match's attendance)? Wow! OK. Lol.

That sounds good/We'll see?

Maybe the 7 train will magically start running tomorrow, even if the rest of the system is being assessed, trying to get up and running? Lol. I remember when Mayor Dinkins (a big tennis fan) actually diverted flights for Laguardia around, instead of over the Tennis Center.

Maybe Bloombee, will do the same for the 7 train, and nearby linking lines? Who knows? Lol

Jimmie48
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:28 PM
Looking in from the outside, one can think that panicking is an American pastime... Whether it's a hurricane, an earthquake that causes absolutely zero damage or a pair of tits on TV.

AnomyBC
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Looking in from the outside, one can think that panicking is an American pastime... Whether it's a hurricane, an earthquake that causes absolutely zero damage or a pair of tits on TV.

Yes, we definitely love to panic about stuff. Especially boobs on TV :)

LCS
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:32 PM
People need to shut up. If preventive measures hadn't been taken there would probably be many more casualties and damages.

Jane Lane
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Yes, we definitely love to panic about stuff. Especially boobs on TV :)

:lol: This.

PatrickRyan
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Better to be safe then sorry! You can never predict how something like this will turn out.

doooma6816
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:50 PM
Good that it was nothing serious. ;)

Jane Lane
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:50 PM
Meanwhile....
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqm6dkksbh1qgyh3io1_500.jpg

I love this city. :lol: Only here. :lol: We give no fucks.

SoBizarre
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:01 PM
We give no fucks.

And do you know why? Because you have nuclear weapons... ;):smoke:


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Laura_VeeFan
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Maria said everyone was overreacting actually :lol:

Wiggly
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Maria said everyone was overreacting actually :lol:

Had a snowstorm hit Florida, the whole State would be running around like headless chickens.

Optima
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Um, I'm glad we overreacted. Did you guys forget Katrina? That was so fucking inexcusable.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Though this storm was over-hyped (not the protective measures taken), I think the level of damage depended on where you were, even in cities. So called experts claimed that this storm may affect more American's than any storm previously (cause of it's size). We'll see if that assessment sticks? But different storms present different dangers and effects, especially in different locations, irregardless of their category rating.

NJ got 12" of rain, and they're worried about multiple record river crestings there tomorrow. Some parts of Virginia got 16" of rain. NJ Gov Chris Christie, already says this storm would cause $10's of billions of dollars of damage, already. And what about the other states, I didn't even mention? So people have been affected, elsewhere.

Even here in NYC, Bulls head Staten Island had some 30+ yr flooding, and lower Manhattan/The battery had almost 10 ft of water; the sixth highest level they've recorded. And we all know about the 10 deaths in other states, so far. But saying all that (yes), it was overly hyped as all potential Hurricane's are in the United States by the media. They knew it was going to be a Tropical Storm when it hit NY, but they couldn't spoil the Hype. Yes. This can create the "The Boy Who Cried Wolf Affect" with some of our more jaded citizens, and put them in danger next time. Absolutely. But what can you do?

I knew this thing was probably over hyped (at least here in NY, and even said yesterday afternoon, here on TF that it would be a Tropical Storm). But it's better to be safe than Sorry, and most importantly ready. Most intelligent New Yorkers know it's difficult for these Hurricanes to stay Hurricane's all the way up to NY from the Caribbean and Florida. But it has happened occasionally (with the destructive damage/flooding occurring mostly on the south coast facing the harbor, bays and ocean).

As far as the Federal, State, City agencies and their protective measures; I guess they gotta do what they gotta do, to protect the public and physical assets after the Tragedy of Katrina. I can understand that, though we knew this storm, mostly likely wouldn't stay a Cat 1, the obvious transportation inconvenience by shutting down the system, political grandstanding and the media bloviating, must of all pissed some people off. And we know with the media, it's all about hysteria, money and ratings, as well as the public service (in that order). But that's life in America today. Still; I'm glad it wasn't that bad.

As we speak, the politicians from the affected states are giving their assessments.

Hopefully, it's all good, and we'll have Tennis, Transportation, safety and people tomorrow? The weather is supposed to be good all week.

Tennis Observer
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:28 PM
[...] Then they must know some we don't know about the Subways [...]?
Do you think that US Open's decision to start playing as planned depends on MTA service? Proof me wrong, but we hard core fan who will visit R1 are not the once who have priority (= have to postpone because supporters don't have access to subways).

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Do you think that US Open's decision to start playing as planned depends on MTA service? Proof me wrong, but we hard core fan who will visit R1 are not the once who have priority (= have to postpone because supporters don't have access to subways).

I'm not exactly sure what your asking more or looking for (if you even want a serious/legitimate response)? But I'll take a stab at it. Lol

I think the people with the quarter, semi, finals tickets, are less apt to take public transportation (or have any problem driving or taking a cab if they need to, and wanna go), more so than the first round holders?

Are you saying that 1st round fans are more hardcore, and they'll go irregardless of transportation services, as opposed to more cushy, less hardcore Quarter, semi, final ticket holders, who'll bail with difficult transportation options (or this about the USTA not caring about the first round, all together)? Lol

SerenaSlam
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:52 PM
Reading people's opinions are JUST...hmm no comment...sometimes you have to have something drastic happen to your life to have a wake up call and a normal standard of caution. Who gives a damn what was projected and what the result was. It's a possibility aka prepare or the worse. What happened to being overly prepared than barely or not at all? Did nobody learn from Katrina?!? Guess not. Good day

bjurra
Aug 28th, 2011, 04:56 PM
Do you think that US Open's decision to start playing as planned depends on MTA service? Proof me wrong, but we hard core fan who will visit R1 are not the once who have priority (= have to postpone because supporters don't have access to subways).

In English please?

It is not about spectators only; ballboys, officials, volunteers and staff need to be able to get to the tournament.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:03 PM
In English please?

It is not about spectators only; ballboys, officials, volunteers and staff need to be able to get to the tournament.

I thought I was the only one who couldn't understand him/her? Okay.

Yeah. Your response made sense as well. Lol

bjurra
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:04 PM
I thought I was the only one who couldn't understand him/her?

Okay.

I am fluent in German but I can tell you that didnt help much. :D

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:15 PM
For those potential traveler's on TF, Mayor Bloomberg is about to give his assessment now.

I hope there's some Tennis fans in the press pool, who'll ask him Specifically about the Open, regarding air and train travel? Lol.

His audio is out at the moment, unfortunately.

Excelscior
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:19 PM
The TSA Rep said that they're be trickles of air travel tomorrow, but he said don't expect the airports to be up and running till Tuesday. Oh Oh. I'll keep you guys posted. Lol.

Most people missed that TSA rep, cause the audio was off on the local stations and networks. I caught it on WNYC TV.

I'll keep you posted, in case I heard it wrong.

Now he's giving a flood report. No Flushing Bay, Flushing Meadow Park assessment yet. He didn't mention that area, regarding flooding or power loss.

Wert.
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:20 PM
For the first time in history of New York all airports are closed.

Wind: 104 km/h right now