Hurricane Irene is barreling up the East Coast and expected to hit NYC late Saturday night — and your favorite reality stars are gearing up!
Hide your kids, hide your wives, no we’re not talking about Antoine Dodson – it’s Hurricane Irene! Let’s hope cameras are rolling in NYC this weekend because it sounds like this storm will make for some great reality TV! HollywoodLife.com spoke with some of our favorite The Real Housewives of New York stars and even Lindsay Lohan‘s dad Michael Lohan to find out what these New York residents are doing to prepare for Hurricane Irene.
NYC hasn’t been directly hit by a hurricane since 1821 when a 13-foot storm flooded all of Lower Manhattan. Hurricane Irene has been dubbed a category three storm, its winds are as high as 115 mph and it’s 580 miles wide.
New Jersey has already declared a state of emergency and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the following in a press conference: “The city has seen the power of mother nature once this week [the earthquake] and mother nature may not be done with us yet. We’re preparing for all possible scenarios, though there is an element of unpredictability in the weather.”
We hope our Mob Wives, RHONJ, RHONY and Jersey Shore stars stay safe along with all our other Big Apple celebs!
Here are what your favorite NYC celebs tell HollywoodLife.com they are doing to prepare for Hurricane Irene:
Ramona Singer: “Moving all my outdoor furniture and umbrellas inside in the Hamptons house to the basement. Now where do I go to for the weekend — stay in NYC or go to the Hamptons??? Not sure yet.”
Countess LuAnn: “We are hunkering down in the Hamptons. All my weekend guests canceled their trip. Have been through these storms before so just am preparing with food and water—then we are all set light the candles and catch up on reading, play scrabble , cook and weather out the storm!”
Cindy Barshop: “I am waiting it out in the Hamptons thus far. Depending on reports, I may head back into the city if it’s safer for Jesse and Zoe.”
Alex McCord: “I’ve done a column for Metro about what to do for the hurricane. It’s in tomorrow’s print edition (not online). Otherwise I am monitoring it’s progress online, staying home and battening down the hatches. If we need to evacuate, we will.”
Michael Lohan: I’m stuck in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., trying to get to LA!
Karen Gravano: “I’m doing absolutely nothing. I got some peanut butter and hoping that the storm doesn’t come crashing through my windows. I took in stuff from the balcony. I don’t think it’s really hitting me. I think since I survived Mob Wives season one, I can definitely survive a hurricane.”
Sonja Morgan: “Going to Saratoga for the Travers rather than the Hamptons to avoid it — my friend’s having party in the Hamptons but I have to miss it!
Orfeh: “Getting enough supplies eg: groceries to get us through and getting all the pet carriers within reach in case we need to grab & go…don’t think it’ll.come to that but it’s good to be prepared.”
Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
- Be aware of the latest weather forecast.
- Make a plan for your family, business and property.
- Get a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications.
- Get flood insurance.
If you live in NYC find out if you live in a potential evacuation zone by clicking here and and make a Go Bag just to be safe!