Live Coverage of Hurricane Irene

The Lehigh Valley area cleans up after Irene. Post what you see here.

Welcome to Patch's live, continuous blog coverage of Hurricane Irene and its impact on the Lehigh Valley.

We'll be providing updates here from noon Saturday through Monday morning, including publishing your contributions — tweets (#LVIrene), photos and comments.

To add your comments to the blog, just start typing in the text box above. You can upload photos too. Or you can send them to jerry.brahm@patch.com.

Lioness August 28, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Got power restored in Emmaus at 3:15 pm. Went out AGAIN around 5 for a minute or two, then returned again. Please keep those flashlights and candles handy, just in case we lose power again! If you need ice for your food, Giant on Emmaus Ave ran out of ice this morning. Redner's on Lehigh Street had no power. I got my ice at the convenience store behind the McDonald's on Lehigh Street but they didnt' have much left. You might have to drive to another town to find ice. Remember Emmaus wasn't the only community to lose power and other people might have bought up all the ice and some stores might be closed.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM
It would be great if the officials of Emmaus would make arrangements for a shelter AHEAD of a disaster! When we lose power, it does us no good if shelter locations are announced in the media or online. People won't hear it!! If signs are posted around town DURING a storm, who would see it if we're all stuck indoors or not out and about in that particular area? Ideas for a shelter: churches, fire companies, large businesses with empty areas (such as Rodale on 6th Street!), school gymnasiums. The movie theater isn't a good idea since its too full of small cramped seats. No room for cots if needed. Not enough bathrooms either.
Jenae Holtzhafer August 29, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Weis in Emmaus was open all day on a generator and had a new supply of ice if anyone still needs it! Hope everyone is back on the grid!
Lioness August 29, 2011 at 05:02 AM
Actually, I was talking with a cashier when I went to Weis at 8pm this evening. She told me the generator died and Weis closed most of the day. They reopened around 5-ish. They were closed when I was driving around looking for ice earlier in the day. ^_^
Lioness August 29, 2011 at 05:07 AM
I'd like to know why there were kids running up our street behind Jefferson Elementary School, yelling like banshees, at 1am when the hurricane was at its worst. My husband and I jumped out of bed, ready to call 911 cus we thought someone was injured. Where were the parents? These kids weren't educated in the dangers of running around in the middle of a hurricane? If any of the wires were in the water, they could have stepped on them! There were lightning dangers too. There were sharp objects in the water that they could have injured themselves on. C'mon people!! Instruct your children better and lay some ground rules when there is an emergency like this. >_<


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