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Tale of the (Hurricane) Tape

Park Slope shops and homes batten down as Hurricane Irene nears

Some Park Slope residents and store owners are taking no chances with Irene on the way.

Many have taken to securing their windows with tape and boards in preparation.

However, if you just knocked yourself out decorating your windows with masking tape to get ready for Hurricane Irene, you may not want to read this Q & A from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory's Hurricane Research Division

But here it is anyway:

Q: Should I tape my windows when a hurricane threatens? 
ANO! It is a waste of effort, time, and tape. It offers little strength to the glass and NO protection against flying debris. After the storm passes you will spend many a hot summer afternoon trying to scrape the old, baked-on tape off your windows (assuming they weren't shattered). Once a Hurricane Warning has been issued you would be better off spending your time putting up shutters over doors and windows."

Oh well. It does look like the cool thing to do before a hurricane, though.

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Jorge August 28, 2011 at 02:49 PM
It's amazing to see how many Slopers thought taping their windows was going to be some sort of godsend. Those of us who lived down south once and saw this happening all over the place had to chuckle.
Parksloper August 28, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I hope the tape was organic on the Bareburger window.

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