Storm Watch Saturday: Scenes Around the LES

The outer bands of Hurricane Irene provided a backdrop for a parade of pleasure boats and other watercraft that motored downstream on the East River this morning.

The rain began to spatter around 10 a.m., as Lower East Side residents and businesses braced for Hurricane Irene’s impact. The storm made landfall near Point Lookout, N.C. this morning, and began churning up the East Coast.

Along the East River on the Lower East Side, joggers and bicyclists squeezed in one last run or ride. A handful of fishermen tried their luck while a parade of pleasure boats sailed downriver at a brisk clip, presumably for the safety of dry docks.

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Reporters and camera crews from a German television station, the Associated Press and other media hovered outside the shelter at Seward Park High School this morning, waiting for news and interviewing one shelter worker sporting a large backpack, who said he was a city school teacher and had come to work for the duration of the storm.

 

The juice boxes kept coming off the trucks in front of at Seward Park High, which expects to shelter evacuees from Zone A in lower Manhattan.

The Fine Fare grocery store on Clinton Street still had plenty of bottled water for sale this morning.

 

Along the East River, the cranes aboard a barge near Grand Street have been secured.