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Tropical Storm Irene Compared to Hurricane Katrina

Granted TS Irene was pretty damaging to the whole of the east coast, but a lot of that was because we're just not prepared to deal with stuff like that.  Snow and ice storms are more the forté of Upstate NY.  Still, as bad as Irene was, we were lucky.  Check out this comparison of the devastation after Katrina hit the south six years ago.

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Twin Bridges Closed on Northway in Both Directions Due To Runaway Barge [UPDATE]

UPDATED @ 3P -The barge with the crane on it has been corralled on the Mohawk River and officials are attempting to make it a more permanent mooring. The Twin Bridges have reopened.

A 40 ft runaway barge with a 30 foot crane on top is heading toward the Twin Bridges, prompting authorities to close the bridges

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Schenectady County and Town of Niskayuna Advise Evacuation of Low Lying Areas – Lock 7 May Fail

We just received word that Schenectady and the Town of Niskayuna are advising residents who are in low lying areas from Lock 7 to the Albany County line to evacuate immediately due to a possibility that Lock 7 may fail.

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Wikipedia, @jelliott16
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Hurricane Irene Washes Away 141-Year-Old Vermont Bridge [VIDEO]

One of Hurricane Irene‘s unfortunate structural victims this weekend was the 141-year-old Bartonsville Covered Bridge in Bartonsville, Vermont.

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Photos From Monte’s Hometown of Philmont, NY.

Now that ol' Monte is back up with power and internet, I thought I'd share a few photos from my home town of Philmont, NY way down in Columbia County.  While I was up here with you in the Capital Region, my mom took these photos before the town was under a voluntary evacuation yesterday due to Hurricane Irene.

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Hudson River Flooding in Troy NY [PHOTOS]

Like many area cities Troy has it’s hands full this morning with post Irene flooding. The Hudson River at Troy is flooding parts of downtown and still has yet to crest.

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Big Rich Checks Out the Damage from Tropical Storm Irene

After being in the house all night Saturday and then again most of the day, watching Steve Caporizzo doing marathon coverage of the storm, Kim, my daughter and I, started to feel a little stir crazy. So we decided to venture out when there was a break in the rain and see what if any damage was out there. So we took a walk around the area we live so see "what was what".

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Residents Near Schoharie County’s Gilboa Dam Told to Evacuate

With all the rain that was brought to the Capital region by Tropical Storm Irene, the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County could be in some serious danger due to flooding. 

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BJ’s Tropical Storm Irene Coverage [VIDEO]

All the news stations seem to be sending someone out in the field to cover the breaking news of the hurricane.  I decided to do my best on the scene reporter impression and take to the streets of Glenmont, NY to see exactly what was going on outside.  I found rain,wind and a bunch of people whose main priority seems to be getting to Chilis.

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Tropical Storm Irene Effecting Traffic Around the Albany Area [UPDATE]

Hurricane Irene is causing some big time traffic problems around our area right now.  Downed trees and flooding has several roads around our area closed.

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Tropical Storm Irene – The Latest Information

We are certainly seeing the impacts of Irene already today and there is more rain expected as the day continues. If you are concerned about power outages, National Grid has a site with an outage map. Local officials are suggesting you stay home to avoid the danger of downed trees, power lines, and flooding. Be safe! Email us your photos of damage – downed trees, flooding, etc. Many counties in our coverage area are under a Flash Flood Warning, a Flash Flood Watch, and the entire broadcast area is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Stay tuned to the radio and also download our app radioPup for your smartphone to keep up to date. Updated information after the jump.

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Hurricane Irene Lands In the Albany Area

It was the moment that we have all been waiting for and it's finally here.  Hurricane made landfall late last night in New Jersey and now has showed her face right here in the Capital Region.  Albany itself isn't showing too much damage yet, but the surrounding areas are being hit pretty hard.

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