It is currently Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:43 am



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 29 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
 Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy 
Author Message
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:21 am
Posts: 2748
Post Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
This storm may hit a major blow to lower, coastal New England, possibly the mid-Atlantic states. If you live in this area, keep an eye on this one.

Tropical storm Sandy scenarios: Northeast smash or out to sea most likely

Some computer models continue to simulate a crushing storm for early next week near or close to the East Coast. The explosive storm develops as tropical storm (or hurricane) Sandy merges with a powerful cold front charging towards the East Coast late this weekend.

Although a historic storm is a possibility, the storm could deliver just a glancing blow or even miss the East Coast entirely. And for residents of the mid-Atlantic (including Washington, D.C. and points further south), a direct hit is not particularly likely although it cannot be ruled out.

Residents of the Northeast, perhaps, should be most concerned. The European model - which did the best job simulating hurricane Isaac’s track in late August - delivers a devastating blow from central New Jersey to southern New England (including New York City), with Long Island and southern Connecticut ground zero. The model simulates the storm’s minimum central pressure below 940 mb, which is the equivalent of a dangerous major hurricane.

con. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/cap ... _blog.html

_________________
"A time comes when silence is betrayal." - Martin Luther King

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." ~ Albert Einstein


Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:47 pm
Profile YIM
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Quote:
The concern comes due to the possibility that Sandy might follow a more northerly track. Why is this possible? After all, almost none of the computer forecast models (shown below) bring Sandy to the coast along such a track:

However, it should be noted that models struggle with late-season tropical systems, especially those interacting with fall-like weather in the mid-latitudes. And there are indications this forecast will be very complex indeed as Sandy will likely be interacting with a ridge and a cold front moving across the United States.

snip

A lot of the ensemble’s runs bring a tropical, subtropical or hybrid system toward the northeastern United States in about one week’s time. The concern of forecasters is further magnified by the handling of Sandy by the European model, which is considered the best of the world’s forecast systems at this time.

The European model brings a storm with 100-mph winds to the U.S. East coast by early next week


Read more here and see forecast maps: http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/10/theres-a-chance-sandy-could-meet-the-east-coast-next-week/

If you live along the Eastern Coast of the US, please begin your hurricane preps now. If the storm moves out into the Atlantic you can eat those preps. If it heads into your area you will need them.

It is not fun trying to get your preps ready when everyone else is doing the same. Folks get excited, angry, scared and it's not fun standing in long lines with these folks.

Now is the time to:

Fill up your cars with gas.
Withdraw some money in small bills from the bank.
Check your emergency water supplies - you should have 1 gallon per person per day (don't forget to include some for your pets).
Refill prescriptions.
Get extra pet food.
Get extra diapers, formula and baby food, if needed.
Check your freezers, refrigerators and pantry. Go ahead and stock up on extra canned goods and bread. You can freeze the bread but bread will be the first thing to disappear.
If you have the space, begin filling containers with water and freeze it. Ice is life and you will need ice when the power goes out (see above about your freezer).
Make sure you have a non-electric can opener. ;)
Make sure you have some instant coffee (or extra tea bags) or ground coffee and a non-electric coffee pot.
Chocolate - make sure you have plenty! :mrgreen: ;)

Good luck all!

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:24 am
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:21 am
Posts: 2748
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Very true, Blue. We in the Northeast are more aware now of the need to prep after a very severe winter two years ago, then last October's surprise blizzard, which left many without power and scrambling for generators for two weeks or more, but it is important to review and supplement our preps now, before we get hit again!!

_________________
"A time comes when silence is betrayal." - Martin Luther King

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." ~ Albert Einstein


Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:54 pm
Profile YIM
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
:clap :heart

It's not fun standing in line with a bunch of scared folks all trying to rush to get their preps done.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:56 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Northeast in crosshairs of 'superstorm' Sandy
By Ben Brumfield and Mariano Castillo, CNN

updated 8:23 AM EDT, Sat October 27, 2012

(CNN) -- Sandy regained hurricane strength Saturday, as weather forecasts predict it will turn into a destructive "superstorm" that will impact the Eastern Seaboard as early as Sunday.

This storm will be studied for years to come, said Louis Uccellini, who is responsible for environmental prediction at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

CNN Weather estimates damage from Hurricane Sandy could reach $3.2 billion. This estimate is based only on wind damage and does not include flooding.

At least four states in its path, as well as the nation's capital, have declared states of emergency, and some airlines have announced they will allow passengers to change existing flights to and from Atlantic coast cities free of charge.

Weather forecasters still predict it will push in a large storm surge as it nears land, inundate a broad, highly populated region with rain, and knock out power for perhaps weeks with its broad, destructive winds.

"Forget about the category with this," said CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano. "When you have trees with leaves on them still, this kind of wind and rain on top of that, you're talking about trees that are going to come down, power lines are going to be out and the coastal flooding situation is going to be huge."

Sandy is still predicted to merge with a strong cold front from the west and morph into a "superstorm."

This "will energize this system, so we'll actually get an intensification of this system," Uccellini said.

The resulting storm could sit over New England, making untold trouble for millions of residents, even dumping heavy snow in the Appalachians.

"Expect it to move very slowly," said James Franklin of the National Hurricane Center. "The large size of the system and its slow motion will mean a long-lasting event with two to three days of impacts."

snip

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/27/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

The cold front mentioned above came through my area yesterday. Temperatures this morning are 20 degrees F colder than Thursday.

My state set record highs on Thursday. We had a high in the 90's and our high today is forecast to be in the mid-60's.

Be safe all. :candle

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:11 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Frenzied preparations as East Coast braces for possible 'superstorm'
By the CNN Wire Staff

updated 9:05 PM EDT, Sat October 27, 2012

(CNN) -- Got bottled water? Food? Sandbags? Batteries? Toilet paper?

Those are questions that millions of people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are asking themselves this weekend, as they prepare for Hurricane Sandy -- which has already proven to be a deadly storm and is threatening heartache, and headaches, as it creeps toward the region.

Local and state officials have joined meteorologists in trumpeting the storm's potential breadth and impact, especially if it collides with a cold front from the West to create a "superstorm" that stalls over the Eastern Seaboard for days.

Computer models predict portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia could see up to a foot of rain, according to the CNN Weather Unit. And even though it's still October, communities in and around the Appalachian Mountains could be socked by heavy snow.

Anne Hargrove, for one, has gotten the hint -- and, as evidenced by her fruitless trips Friday night to Northern Virginia supermarkets, pharmacies and big-box stores such as Walmart, so, too, have many of her neighbors. She found no C or D batteries and no small water bottles, but did come away with other essentials just in case the storm knocks out her electricity.

"Basically, I got (jugs of) water, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper cups, flashlights," Hargrove said Saturday in Alexandria. "The reason I did it last night was because I knew if I waited until today, I'd have to drive like 50 miles to find the place that still had it."

The rush to stay ahead of the storm is something that Richard Heilman noticed, too, as he stood in front of empty shelves at his Ace Hardware store in the Virginia city.

snip

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/27/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

If you find yourself in this situation - time to think outside the box. For instance:

Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
Small Mom and Pop Grocery Stores
7-11
Small, local hardware stores
Gas stations

All of the above will have some of the items you need.

If all else fails, buy a big ole bucket of KFC, some barbecue, pizza or whatever other types of fast food you can purchase. You can usually order a pizza and get big bottles of Pepsi or Coke.

Also, don't forget to fill your bath tub(s) with water. Use this to flush the toilet, bathe, wash dishes, etc.

Good luck all and stay safe. :candle

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:48 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Here are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches:

-- Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. A First Aid app is also available.

-- Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8 inch plywood.

-- Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.

-- Clear gutters of debris.

-- Reinforce the garage door.

-- Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.

-- Fill a bathtub with water.

-- Get full tank of gas in one car.

-- Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.

-- Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.

-- Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.

-- Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes, if possible.

-- Store important documents -- passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds -- in a watertight container.

-- Have a current inventory of household property.

-- Leave a note to say where you are going.

-- Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave.

-- If possible, turn off the electricity, gas and water for residence.

Here is a list of supplies:

-- A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.

-- Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.

-- A can opener.

-- Flashlight(s).

-- A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.

-- Extra batteries.

-- A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.

-- A small fire extinguisher.

-- Whistles for each person.

-- A seven-day supply of medications.

-- Vitamins.

-- A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.

-- Cell phones and chargers.

-- Contact information for the family.

-- A sleeping bag for each person.

-- Extra cash.

-- A silver foil emergency blanket.

-- A map of the area.

-- Baby supplies.

-- Pet supplies.

-- Wet wipes.

-- A camera (to document storm damage).

-- Insect repellent.

-- Rain gear.

-- Tools and supplies for securing your home.

-- Plastic sheeting.

-- Duct tape.

-- Dust masks.

-- An extra set of house keys.

-- An extra set of car keys.

-- An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor.

-- Household bleach.

-- Paper cups, plates and paper towels.

-- Activities for children.

-- Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.

American Red Cross tips on what to do after the storm arrives:

-- Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.

-- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.

-- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.

-- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

-- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

-- Stay out of any building that has water around it.

-- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.

-- Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.

-- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated.

-- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.

-- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.

-- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

-- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Sources: American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Hurricane Center

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:50 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Keep your food safe in a natural disaster

Safety and sufficient rations should be your primary concern in a hurricane, flood or tornado but that doesn't mean you can't also eat well.

First off, here's what FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Management Agency - says people should have on hand, in addition to a manual can opener and one gallon of water per adult and per pet each day, with a three-day minimum supply:

Quote:
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.

- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
- Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
- Staples–sugar, salt, pepper
- High energy foods–peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
- Vitamins
- Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs
- Comfort/stress foods–cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags


Should your home happen to lose power for any length of time, as often happens in a hurricane, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers the following recommendations to determine if your food is safe and how to keep it as such:

Quote:
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) and the door remains closed.

Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.

Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below when checked with a food thermometer.

Obtain dry or block ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.

If the power has been out for several days, check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer. If the appliance thermometer reads 40°F or below, the food is safe to refreeze.

If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.

Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers.

Thoroughly wash all metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils that came in contact with flood water with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water.

Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved.

Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters. If bottled water is not available, tap water can be boiled for safety.


The FSIS also emphasizes "When in doubt, throw it out." A taste-test is counterintuitive.

Keep your medicine safe

Got that? Now let's zest it up.

If you're at home and the power goes out, it's an excellent opportunity to race to the fridge and gobble up whatever pre-cooked meats and cheeses are at the ready. Transfer whatever you can't eat to the freezer to buy yourself a little more time, and make sure to have a cooler or two stocked with cold packs - whether you're at home or on the road.

Now is not the time to take chances, so make sure you've got a food thermometer on hand - as well as a way to disinfect it between uses. Visualize what you want from the fridge or freezer before you open the door. Things can get warmer, but you can't get that cold back.

Once the storm has safely passed and winds and rain have died down, now might be an excellent time to grill that meat that's just thawed out from your freezer. Visualize your usual process, from marinating and rubbing, to basting, flipping, carrying and prepping back in the kitchen - as well as all your hand and equipment washing - and make sure you've got enough soap and water for each of those instances, in addition to any you'd usually have on hand to quench flare-ups and fires.

Just batten down the hatches for the arrival of all the neighbors who may catch a whiff and come over with rumbling stomachs. If they ask what they can bring, tell them, "Your own plate, silverware, glass and napkin - and a promise you'll take them when you go."

Mayonnaise may adorn your sandwiches and tuna or chicken salads at the outset, and pre-sealed packets aren't a bad way to go, but after a few hours, mustard is a better safety bet. Avoid flavor fatigue by assembling a sampler pack of yellow, Dijon, deli, whole grain, flavored and honey mustards. Per the good folks at French's Mustard, "There are no ingredients in mustard that spoil. "Refrigerate After Opening" is not required for food safety–we only recommended you do so to maintain optimal product flavor."

Peanut butter is another excellent bet, but it too can get monotonous. Put a portion into a small bowl or plastic container and play around with spice mix-ins like cumin, cinnamon, hot sauce, paprika, Chinese five-spice or curry spices. It's dandy on bread, crackers (you did remember to stock up on crackers, right?) or raw vegetables; just don't make your blend too hot or salty if water and other beverages are still in short supply. If peanuts aren't your bag, pop a can of chickpeas, mash them up and gussy 'em up.

About those raw vegetables - you're not locked in to the ho-hum trinity of carrots, celery and cauliflower. Corn that's been cut off the cob is sweet, crisp and delicious raw. So is okra, zucchini and plenty other vegetables you might never think to chomp into without cooking. Plan ahead and wash them off now, so they're at the ready when you want to get your disaster snack on.

And booze. You probably shouldn't be drinking right now, but that might not stop you (or, uh, us).

Red wine is an obvious choice, but if only white will do, stash your bottles in the fridge now before the power goes out. Should you anticipate things getting dire or dull, slip the inner plastic bag from your favorite boxed wine (Shhhh! It's okay! Food & Wine's Ray Isle says so and has some excellent suggested brands.) and pop it in the freezer. Under normal circumstances, we would not suggest treating your wine in such a fashion, but this ain't the Loire Valley in stomping season. You haven't had running water in two days and a nice, cool glass of something that isn't bottled tap water might go down nicely.

Prepare lidded pitchers of cocktails now and put them in the fridge. Freeze small plastic, freezer-friendly lidded storage containers of water or ice cubes made of your favorite juice, mixed with fruit like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. When it's time to serve, drop the container into the pitcher for dilution-free cooling, or let the juice cubes and fruit melt into the drink.

Last, but not at all least - make coffee NOW and chill or freeze it. Make coffee ice cubes if need be, and consider using melting ice cream or canned, condensed milk to sweeten or lighten your drink. Alternately, you can bone up on your cold brew technique. There's no reason you should have to face a storm's aftermath with a caffeine headache.

From our readers who have weathered similar weather:

Quote:
As a Girl Scout leader for many years, the "buddy-burner" is an easily made, inexpensive cooking method. All you need is a #10 can with some air holes punched in the sides as well as a good candle. You can heat soup, boil water, grill sandwiches and even fry eggs. Search "buddy-burner" on a search engine and make one for future needs. - dl1976


Living in Florida and making it through 4 hurricanes in one year as well as others, one thing everyone seems to forget is that you have a hot water tank that is now filled with warm water (40gallons) maybe. This water is clean and available. - Norman Drew


Every time there is a serious power outage in the Pacific Northwest, one or more persons die of carbon monoxide poisoning. Please: DO NOT light up any kind of hibachi, grill or gas-powered stove INSIDE an apartment, home or partially enclosed garage/basement/etc. Even with a window open. Please. Tepid meals will NOT kill you. Carbon monoxide will.

A big block of ice has the smallest surface area to volume ratio – less air can invade a large, well-insulated block of ice than say, a big bag of ice cubes. Freezing 3/4 full bottles of water is a nice idea, too, but a block (e.g. a plastic bag lined cardboard box) will keep things cold the longest during a power outage.
– Jean V


http://eatocracy.cnn.com/emergency/

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:55 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:54 am
Posts: 4865
Location: Canada
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Great info blue thanks for sharing.

_________________
Image Please Obey the Golden Rules viewtopic.php?f=31&t=3563&p=40912#p40912


Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:05 pm
Profile WWW
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
New York subway to shut down as Sandy nears
By the CNN Wire Staff

updated 10:40 AM EDT, Sun October 28, 2012

New York (CNN) -- The subway in the city that never sleeps will shut down Sunday night as officials brace for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend subway service at 7 p.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The last commuter railroad trains will also leave at that time. And bus service will stop at 9 p.m., he said.

"The storm is coming ... and now it is time to take action," Cuomo told reporters. "A situation like this, you don't want to be overly panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent and you want to do what is necessary."

The storm is expected to cause massive flooding and widespread power outages when it hits the East Coast, in full, late Sunday and into next week. But before that happens, transportation companies and government officials are allowing -- and, in some cases, urging -- people to plan for the worst.

A number of airlines, for example, are allowing customers to change their flight plans without paying any fees due to Sandy.

Delta will let those ticketed to fly between Sunday and Wednesday, in and out of airports in 15 states and the District of Columbia, to reschedule by November 4. United's offer applies to travel to-and-from 29 airports, for the same dates.

Other airlines, such as American, are offering a similar process, with slight variations. And at least in U.S. Airways' case, the weather is already keeping airlines busy: The airline apologized to customers on its Twitter feed for long waits to get through to agents due to a high call volume tied to Sandy.

Amtrak announced Saturday that it will cancel some of its train runs on Sunday to and from Richmond and Newport News, Virginia; Chicago and Washington; Miami and New York; and Washington and New York. In addition, a train scheduled to run Monday between Washington and Chicago will also remain in the station.

"Passengers are encouraged to travel on earlier available trains on Sunday," Amtrak said in a news release. "Additional cancellations might be necessary in the coming days as this major storm moves north."

Meanwhile, New Jersey is taking steps to shut down NJ Transit bus, rail and Access Link service on Monday -- much as it did last year for 36 hours due to Hurricane Irene.

"By beginning this important process, NJ Transit will be better able to support the state's response to Hurricane Sandy by freeing up buses or other resources that may be needed for hurricane relief," Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson said in a press release.

snip

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/28/travel/tropical-weather-transportation/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

This is amazing!
Quote:
NJ Transit will be better able to support the state's response to Hurricane Sandy by freeing up buses or other resources that may be needed for hurricane relief
I firmly believe this statement is a direct result of Katrina.

It appears some emergency planners learned a valuable lesson. :clap

Everyone in the area please let us know you are safe after this is all over. :heart

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:17 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog

Massive Hurricane Sandy building a huge and destructive storm surge

Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:34 PM GMT on October 28, 2012 +16

Massive and dangerous Hurricane Sandy has grown to record size as it barrels northeastwards along the North Carolina coast at 10 mph. At 8 am EDT, Sandy's tropical storm-force winds extended northeastwards 520 miles from the center, and twelve-foot high seas covered a diameter of ocean 1,030 miles across. Since records of storm size began in 1988, no tropical storm or hurricane has been larger (though Hurricane Olga of 2001 had a larger 690 mile radius of tropical storm-force winds when it was a subtropical storm near Bermuda.) Sandy has put an colossal volume of ocean water in motion with its widespread and powerful winds, and the hurricane's massive storm surge is already impacting the coast. A 2' storm surge has been recorded at numerous locations this morning from Virginia to Connecticut, including a 3' surge at Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Sewells Point at 9 am EDT. Huge, 10 - 15 foot-high battering waves on top of the storm surge have washed over Highway 12 connecting North Carolina's Outer Banks to the mainland at South Nags Head this morning. The highway is now impassable, and has been closed. The coast guard station on Cape Hatteras, NC, recorded sustained winds of 50 mph, gusting to 61 mph, at 5:53 am EDT this morning. In Delaware, the coastal highway Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach has been closed due to high water. Even though Sandy is a minimal Category 1 hurricane, its storm surge is extremely dangerous, and if you are in a low-lying area that is asked to evacuate, I strongly recommend that you leave.

snip

Read more and see pics/graphics here: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2278

Dr. Jeff Masters is someone I respect and admire. He is not given to hysteria nor is he one to hype a storm.

When he "strongly recommend that you leave" I would listen.

We lost 358 good people when Hurricane Ike came ashore over the Bolivar Peninsula 4 years ago. These good folks drowned because they did not listen to weather experts like Dr. Masters who urged them to evacuate ahead of the storm. Ike pushed a wall of water 15 feet above mean tide and completely covered the Peninsula.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:32 am
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:21 am
Posts: 2748
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
DS was just talking to firemen who say they have a direct line to weather bureau. All highways will be shut down at 1pm. By 3pm we (NW CT) will have "devastating winds" with wins overnight up to 100+ mph. Don't know what to make of this, but DS believes them and is very concerned because I am doing a few last minute errands. TIFWIW

_________________
"A time comes when silence is betrayal." - Martin Luther King

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." ~ Albert Einstein


Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:51 am
Profile YIM
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Ruts - please be safe. I know you will and I know you are prepped and ready.

Please let us know how you fare. :candle :heart

You are in for a long, long night I'm afraid and, possibly, a longer day tomorrow.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in the Northeast US.

If it makes you feel better, our electricity company trucks are gassed up, loaded with supplies and will leave Houston this afternoon heading East.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:14 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Sandy strengthens, set to inundate parts of NYC area

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has improbably strengthened overnight, battling high wind shear on Saturday and the intrusion of dry air into its circulation. It now has sustained winds of 85 mph and has maintained a warm and deepening core.

Accordingly additional slight intensification is forecast before landfall tonight due to declining levels of wind shear, favorable patterns in the mid- and upper-levels of the atmosphere and slightly warmer water as Sandy crosses the Gulf Stream. The official forecast calls for a landfall tonight of a 90-mph hurricane, a few hours before midnight, in southern or central New Jersey.

This strengthening does not bode well for the mid-Atlantic states, especially New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Especially worrisome with a strengthening Sandy is, as the National Hurricane Center puts it, “life threatening storm surge.” This could be considerable in conjunction with high tides, and much more significant than was the surge associated with Hurricane Irene.

During that storm the surge in New York City was 4 to 5 feet which, along with high tides, produced a peak storm tide of 9.5 feet.

snip

I am not one to fear monger, indeed as of last week before Sandy intensified and because of my cautious nature I perhaps underestimated the damage potential of this storm. But no longer. This storm will have very serious consequences for low-lying coastal areas in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. It is not quite “the big one” for New York City, but for many residents it will certainly be close enough.

snip

So if we’re comparing this storm to Irene, here’s the deal. It should have a significantly more destructive storm surge for the New York metro area; inland flooding probably will be considerably less than what mid-Atlantic residents experienced with Irene, and the power situation should be about as bad. Also, there will be significant snowfall in mountain areas associated with Sandy.

In other words, it’s going to be a real mess.

Read more here: http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/10/sandy-strengthens-set-to-inundate-parts-of-nyc-area/

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:18 am
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:55 am
Posts: 3326
Location: 30 clicks N of 3030
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Well guys - we will be thinking of all involved in the experience this storm.

According to Scott Stevens - this storm will not be so bad, BUT that there will be lots of water coming down due to the weather manipulation.... they need to have money spent - so "let there be damage..."






Be safe out there Ruts! :candle

_________________
We all have the choice to exercise Free Will.
Omnia Vincit Veritas
"Ignis natura Renovatur Integram"


Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:22 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
In Hurricane Sandy's Fury, The Fingerprint Of Climate Change
Tom Zeller Jr.

Posted: 10/29/2012 12:31 pm EDT Updated: 10/29/2012 1:47 pm EDT

Last month, Mike Tidwell, director of Maryland's Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the author of the 2006 book The Ravaging Tide -- which detailed the expected rise in extreme weather events that will come with global warming -- received a pamphlet in the mail from his insurance company, Travelers. The full-color flier depicted a typical suburban home with a lashing storm looming on the horizon.

Federal disaster declarations are up, the pamphlet declared. Average winter storm losses have doubled since the 1980s. Thunderstorms last year caused over $25 billion in damages, more than double the previous record.

"That flier was astonishing," said Tidwell. "I couldn't remember ever getting anything like that before."

The implication was simple: Given the bounty of scientific and statistical evidence now in hand, insurance companies can't afford to dither over whether climate change is real -- and really, neither can anyone else. Today, another multibillion-dollar weather disaster -- the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up -- is now bearing down on the American East Coast. Roads and subways and homes will flood and lives might well be lost (the death toll in the Caribbean already is as high as 65). Property damages from wind and storm surges could break records. And as many as 10 million people will likely lose power once Hurricane Sandy comes ashore somewhere along the New Jersey coast later tonight.

With one week left before an historic election that, as it happens, has been roundly criticized for its utter lack of high-level discussion of climate change, the smooth functioning of democracy itself might well be undermined by the storm, with the potential for widespread power outages in some areas lasting 10 days or more -- well beyond next Tuesday's scheduled polls.

If ever there was a time for everyone to wake up, Tidwell suggested, it's now.

"The irony is that the two presidential candidates decided not to speak about climate change, and now they are seeing the climate speak to them," said Tidwell. "That's really what's happening here. The climate is now speaking to them -- and to everyone else."

snip

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/hurricane-sandy-climate-change_n_2038859.html

Not some conspiracy - climate change.

As to what is said in the video above about the election, remember that elections (state, local and Federal) are controlled by the individual States - not the Federal government.

Here is an example from the Governor of Virginia today:

Quote:
Crowley: Sandy introduces big unknown into campaign
By Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent

updated 10:20 AM EDT, Mon October 29, 2012

snip

But suppose they held an election and the electricity was out. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is supposing.

"The state board of elections is already planning for extended hours in advance for absentee voting, and it's now a priority, moved up to the same level as hospitals and police stations to have power restored," McDonnell said on "State of the Union."

snip


Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/politics/crowley-sandy-politics/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:03 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Brigantine SEAWALL BREACH, GET OFF ISLAND- SANDY UPDATE 12p -Oct 29

October 29, 2012 By brigantinenow 6 Comments

North end seawall of Brigantine has been breached.

Police Chief; John Stone, urges those who stayed, to get off island ASAP
.

Brigantine Police warn of dramatically rising water, during high tide & full moon later today.

Officer Jim Bennett, director of emergency management for Brigantine, says: 70 percent of Brigantine’s 9,500 residents remained. (even after mandatory evacuation order) :headbang

Bennett told reporter from San Francisco Chronicle; “My confidence is not very high”. “We’ve basically been told to expect to survive on our own for a while if we get cut off.

snip

Read more here: http://brigantinenow.com/brigantine-evacuation-update-as-of-230pm-oct-27/

This is in New Jersey.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:16 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 29A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL182012
200 PM EDT MON OCT 29 2012

...SANDY MOVING MORE QUICKLY TOWARD SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY...
...LANDFALL EXPECTED EARLY THIS EVENING
...


SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...38.3N 73.1W
ABOUT 110 MI...180 KM SE OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY
ABOUT 175 MI...285 KM SSE OF NEW YORK CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 28 MPH
...44 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...940 MB...27.76 INCHES

The NHC has announced they will begin hourly bulletins on Sandy at 3:00 pm EDT.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:19 am
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Image

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:40 am
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:55 am
Posts: 3326
Location: 30 clicks N of 3030
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
That's funny Blue.... I was giggling with my tongue in my cheek! :tounge

_________________
We all have the choice to exercise Free Will.
Omnia Vincit Veritas
"Ignis natura Renovatur Integram"


Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:59 pm
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:55 am
Posts: 3326
Location: 30 clicks N of 3030
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
I would agree with you on the Climate Change label of this storm Blue, but I see Scott's pov and evidence (see his webpage - weatherwars.com?) that he suggests that the weather manipulators are making hay whilst the storm is in town - meaning they are attempting to maximize damage.

Why?

So the money machine can continue to roll!!!

At the expense of potential loss of life??!!? Well now.... what happens in New Jersey - Stays in New Jersey! Ahem!

The evidence of Aerosolling the previous days has been mentioned by quite a few investigators now. We shall see - A False Flag before the election maybe?


:hmm

_________________
We all have the choice to exercise Free Will.
Omnia Vincit Veritas
"Ignis natura Renovatur Integram"


Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:07 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
I laughed out loud when I saw that! Thought it might help to lighten the mood a bit.

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:01 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 6532
Location: Friendswood, TX
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
6:41 pm

Wendell Jamieson


Cars Floating on Wall Street

As the evening high tide was drawing closer, there were reports of flooding in several low-lying areas around the five boroughs, places that had not in recent memory experienced flooding. In Lower Manhattan, water crossed South Street, and cars could be seen floating on Wall Street on television screens at the ConEd headquarters. In Brooklyn, water had piled back onto Van Brundt Street — which flooded during the morning high tide — well in advance of the evening high water mark. At 7:25 p.m., Ninth Street in Gowanus was a nearly uncrossable river of water.



6:25 pm

Patrick McGeehan


Con Ed Shuts Off Power to Lower Manhattan


As the surge of water pushed into parts of Lower Manhattan on Monday night, Consolidated Edison took the unprecedented step of cutting off power to customers because of weather.

The utility said it needed to do that to try to prevent damage to equipment stored underground so that power could be restored more quickly after the storm.



At 6:42 p.m., Con Ed shut down the first network at the southern tip of Manhattan, which serves 2,500 customers.

About 20 minutes later they turned off a second network in lower Manhattan that serves about 4,000 customers.

Next on the watch list was a network that serves the Brighton Beach neighborhood in Brooklyn. “That one is right on the edge,’’ said John Miksad, senior vice president for electrical operations for Con Ed, adding that high tide when the strongest surge was expected had yet to arrive.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/hurricane-sandy.html

_________________
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:53 pm
Profile
GT Truther
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:31 pm
Posts: 2633
Location: Bolton Point N.S.W. (AUS)
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
You people should think yourselves Lucky WE put up with Bushfires that destroy everything over here in Australia. :crylaugh

_________________
I am a HIGHLY STRUNG PRIMA DONNA (atari)


Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:05 pm
Profile YIM
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:55 am
Posts: 3326
Location: 30 clicks N of 3030
Post Re: Tropical storm / Hurricane Sandy
Freeky storm - but the worst of the threat seems to be over. Now to deal with the damage and disruption.

:heart

_________________
We all have the choice to exercise Free Will.
Omnia Vincit Veritas
"Ignis natura Renovatur Integram"


Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:38 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 29 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forums/DivisionCore.