Hurricane Irene From The Social Media View: On “Pretty Intense”

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62

One way I’ve tracked the impact of Hurricane Irene on the people in its path is via social media, and for this blogger, that primarily means,, and

As of this writing, there’s no Twitter top trend associated with Hurricane Irene, but according to Trendistic, the Twitter trend-recording platform, “power” is a surging keyword. “Power,” as in Twitter tweet reports of people without power, like this one:

JayVofTheElm: RT @CTLightandPower: 250,000+ customers now without power. Report your outage at 800-286-2000 or OUTAGE MAP:

To put things in perspective, “power” has not broke the one-percent representation mark for Twitter topics, and needs to get into the six percent category to have a chance of being a real trend. “Irene” as a Twitter Topic, is five terms below “power,” and had its highest point at 11 PM EST on Saturday.

Tout and YouTube Give Visuals

I use almost as religiously as I use Twitter, and am a featured user. provides a great 15 second visual record of what’s happening with, in this case, Hurricane Irene. Here’s a Tout from Good Morning America, describing the New York City weather as “pretty intense:”

You can see the rest of the #Irene posts with a click here.

And who can forget YouTube for video updates, like this one showing a flooded Milburn, NJ:

And this one from New York City, Manhattan, just posted five minutes ago:

Stay tuned.

About the Author

Zennie Abraham
Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.

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