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Hurricane Irene Update

Update 1 (8/28/11, 4PM EST) - Just a quick update: Obviously, power is still on.  The eye of the (now) Tropical Storm Irene is north of us, but we are still in the windy Southern half of the storm.  This part of the storm has only lighter winds and no rain.  Therefore, I do not believe we will lose power at this point.  However, since the river near me is continuing to rise and won't crest until tomorrow, we aren't 100% out of the woods.  So, Delorean stays alive for now, but I'll keep giving you updates regarding the server status.

Hi, Everyone!

Just a brief heads-up regarding the status of Delorean and the upcoming hurricane that will be hitting the Tri-State Area.  Hurricane Irene is expected to hit New Jersey between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  While I do not live in a flood-prone area and do not expect any form of major damage to occur to my home (or the server hardware within), loss of power is definitely expected due to the storm.  Therefore, it is possible that Delorean will be down for a period of time during and after the storm until power is reliably returned to the area.

Note that this will NOT affect the safety of the server data at all, but will most likely affect server uptime.  If the power does in fact go out in my house, my server's backup battery has enough juice to keep it alive for about 25 minutes.  When the battery has about 5 minutes of power left, it will initiate a graceful shutdown of the server.  Therefore, the server will shut down gracefully and safely even if the power goes out abruptly.  If this occurs, I will be unplugging the power supplies for all server hardware, keeping them safe from power surges and the like, and will not restore power until I am convinced it is safe to do so.

Please note that if the power DOES go out, it could be for several days.  As far as knowing whether or not Delorean is back up and running and if the server is alive, the best way to check is to visit this blog.  If the blog is up, the Minecraft server will quickly follow.

Please feel free to ask any questions in this thread pertaining to the potential downtime.  Cheers!

Posted by EagleRock

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  1. Well, I hope things don’t go as bad as you think :( Good luck out there in Jersey :)

  2. never experienced a hurricane, tornadoes yeah, earthquakes too.
    the quake was in california though.
    either way no destructive natural weather phenomenon is enjoyable.
    good luck weathering the storm. ^_^

  3. I should like to wish you – and the rest of the coast – safety and and an easy passing of the storm.
    God Bless!

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