Hurricane Irene Update

Hurricane Irene Update
While most of the world watched the news from afar, patiently awaiting updates from friends and family on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, our X PRIZE team has been on the ground in Leonardo, NJ with team NOFI continuously preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Safety preparations were taken over the weekend with the help of our partners at NWS Earle and OHMSETT, in hopes that we would avoid (or at least be equipped for) flooding, power outages and what has unfortunately resulted in Competition delays for team NOFI. Fortunately, for those hunkered on the ground in Red Bank, NJ there have been nothing more than some gusty winds, downed surrounding area power lines, a few stray branches and flooding of the Navesink River, but nothing close to what was reportedly bound for Red Bank or Leonardo, NJ. Unfortunately, other areas of New Jersey and New York have not been as fortunate, and we wish those residents of and visitors to the larger affected areas well and hope they are safe. As quickly as she arrived, Hurricane Irene left, leaving behind in her wake a great cooperative work between the local government and the public, preparing for what might have been a devastating incident. What could have been a small disaster has turned out to be better than expected and for that we can all be grateful for the extra precautions. ?The only thing we can predict about Hurricanes is that they are unpredictable? Mayer Cory Booker, Newark NJ. This coming week?s weather reports are looking to be good with preliminary forecasts of 80 degrees and partly sunny, which means with a lot of hard work by quite a number people at NWS Earle, OHMSETT and of course the XPRIZE and NOFI teams, as we hope to be back on track within the next 24 - 48 hours. Never fear followers, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE continues. We?ve said it before and we?ll say it again, we at the X PRIZE Foundation love a good Challenge and not even Mother Nature will derail our mission of making the impossible, possible. We will continue to keep you updated as we continue with team NOFI

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