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Atlantic Hybrid superstorm Hurricane Sandy, HAARPFRANKENSTORM - Tropical Storm Sandy in the Atlantic
October 24, 2012 Tropical Storm Sandy intensifying, winds 65 mph moving N over Jamaica and Cuba to E of FL, potential threat to New England
Tropical Storm Sandy upgraded to Category 1 hurricane
October 24 afternoon Sandy has strengthened into a hurricane as its center nears Jamaica, with top sustained winds of near 80 mph.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday the storm was a Category 1 hurricane and could gain some more strength before it reaches Jamaica.
Hurricane-force winds extend by up to 25 miles from the storm's center, which was about 65 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica. It was moving north-northeast at 13 mph.
Of interest to me, there was a strong 5.4 earthquake Oct 24 near where Sandy generated, between Caymens and Jamaica.
I often see quakes follow hurricanes, typhoons.
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Hurricane Sandy Warnings issued for Southeast Florida
October 25, 2012 Hurricane Sandy winds 110 mph.
It hit Jamaica and Cuba and heads for Bahamas.
Sandy Potential Impacts Norfolk to NYC, Boston.
Communities from Jamaica to the Bahamas are the early targets of Sandy before the system has any chance to threaten the United States.
As a strong Category 2 hurricane, Sandy made landfall a second time early Thursday morning on the southeastern coast of Cuba just west of Santiago de Cuba. Reports from Santiago de Cuba at the time of landfall indicated sustained winds of 78 mph and gusts to 114 mph.
Scenarios for the final destination of Sandy range from the storm bypassing the United States to creating a nightmare for millions along the East Coast early next week.
Communities from Jamaica to the Bahamas will endure the wrath of Sandy this week.
According to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center, Sandy will continue its northward movement putting the storm on a path to cross eastern Cuba later Thursday night and the central Bahamas Friday.
Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba
October 25, 2012 HOLGUIN, Cuba (AP)
Hurricane Sandy rumbled across mountainous eastern Cuba on Thursday as a Category 2 storm, bringing heavy rains and blistering winds that ripped the roofs off homes and damaged fragile coffee and tomato crops, but caused no known fatalities on the island.
Two people died elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Even as it pummeled Cuba's rural eastern half, Sandy refused to lose intensity as storms normally do when they cross over land, raising fears that small mountain villages still unheard from might not have been ready for its wrath.
"It crossed the entire eastern region practically without losing intensity or structure," said Jose Rubiera, the island's chief meteorologist.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sandy emerged off Cuba's northeast coast around dawn and was moving north at 18 mph (30 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph). It was expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas.
Santiago, Cuba's second largest city near the eastern tip of the island, was spared the worst of the storm, which slammed into the provinces of Granma, Holguin and Las Tunas.
Some 5,000 tourists at beach resorts in Holguin were evacuated ahead of the storm, along with 10,200 residents, according to Cuban media. Another 3,000 people in low lying areas of Las Tunas were moved away before Sandy arrived.
State-run media said there was damage to coffee and tomato crops in Granma province but not as bad as had been feared.
Residents emerged from their homes early Thursday after a night without power, finding palm trees and some electric poles strewn across roads, blocking traffic.
Hybrid of Sandy, Winter Storm Threatens East Coast
10/25/12 Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say.
Though still projecting several days ahead of Halloween week, the computer models are spooking meteorologists. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North are predicted to collide, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say.
“It’ll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod,” said forecaster Jim Cisco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prediction center in College Park, Md. “We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”
It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear. They say it has all the earmarks of a billion-dollar storm.
Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Cisco said that one didn’t hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year’s Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast.
This has much more mess potential because it is a combination of different storm types that could produce a real whopper of weather problems, meteorologists say.
“The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I’m thinking a billion,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground. “Yeah, it will be worse.”
But this is several days in advance, when weather forecasts are far less accurate. The National Hurricane Center only predicts five days in advance, and on Wednesday their forecasts had what’s left of Sandy off the North Carolina coast on Monday. But the hurricane center’s chief hurricane specialist, James Franklin, said the threat keeps increasing for “a major impact in the Northeast, New York area. In fact it would be such a big storm that it would affect all of the Northeast.”
The forecasts keep getting gloomier and more convincing with every day, several experts said.
Cisco said the chance of the storm smacking the East jumped from 60 percent to 70 percent on Wednesday. Masters was somewhat skeptical on Tuesday, giving the storm scenario just a 40 percent likelihood, but on Wednesday he also upped that to 70 percent. The remaining computer models that previously hadn’t shown the merger and mega-storm formation now predict a similar scenario.
The biggest question mark is snow, and that depends on where the remnants of Sandy turn inland. The computer model that has been leading the pack in predicting the hybrid storm has it hitting around Delaware. But another model has the storm hitting closer to Maine. If it hits Delaware, the chances of snow increase in that region. If it hits farther north, chances for snow in the mid-Atlantic and even up to New York are lessened, Masters said.
NOAA’s Cisco said he could see the equivalent of several inches of snow or rain in the mid-Atlantic, depending on where the storm ends up. In the mountains, snow may be measured in feet instead of inches.
NOAA to East: Beware of coming 'Frankenstorm'
10/25/12 Its a 5 or 6 day event!
An unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are now calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey.
Government forecasters on Thursday upped the odds of a major weather mess, now saying there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday.
Meteorologists say it is likely to cause $1 billion in damages.
The storm is a combination of Hurricane Sandy, now in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North. They're predicted to collide and park over the country's most populous coastal corridor and reach as far inland as Ohio.
The hurricane part of the storm is likely to come ashore somewhere in New Jersey on Tuesday morning, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco. But this is a storm that will affect a far wider area, so people all along the East have to be wary, Cisco said.
Coastal areas from Florida to Maine will feel some effects, mostly from the hurricane part, he said, and the other parts of the storm will reach inland from North Carolina northward.
Once the hurricane part of the storm hits, "it will get broader. It won't be as intense, but its effects will be spread over a very large area," the National Hurricane Center's chief hurricane specialist, James Franklin, said Thursday.
One of the more messy aspects of the expected storm is that it just won't leave. The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say. Weather may start clearing in the mid-Atlantic the day after Halloween and Nov. 2 in the Northeast, Cisco said.
"It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event," Cisco said Thursday from NOAA's northern storm forecast center in College Park, Md. "It's going to be a widespread serious storm."
With every hour, meteorologists are getting more confident that this storm is going to be bad and they're able to focus their forecasts more.
The New York area could see around 5 inches of rain during the storm, while there could be snow southwest of where it comes inland, Cisco said. That could mean snow in eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and the Shenandoah Mountains, he said.
Both private and federal meteorologists are calling this a storm that will likely go down in the history books.
"We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting," Cisco said.
It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear.
Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Cisco said that one didn't hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year's Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast.
"The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground. "Yeah, it will be worse."
But this is several days in advance, when weather forecasts are usually far less accurate. The National Hurricane Center only predicts five days in advance, and each long-range forecast moves Sandy's track closer to the coast early next week. The latest has the storm just off central New Jersey's shore at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
As forecasts became more focused Thursday, the chance of the storm bypassing much of the coast and coming ashore in Maine faded, Cisco said.
The hurricane center's Franklin called it "a big mess for an awful lot of people in the early part of next week."
Experts fear Hurricane Sandy could do more damage than Irene
By Ben Berkowitz | Reuters – 10/25/12
(Reuters) - As Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the eastern seaboard of the United States, disaster experts and meteorologists warn that the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states face dangerous winds and heavy rains that could trigger flooding in the coming days.
Some forecasters even say that Sandy has the potential to be a multibillion dollar disaster greater than last year's Hurricane Irene, though it may be too soon to tell if it has the power and trajectory to fulfill that worst-case scenario.
There are concerns that Sandy could join with another storm approaching from the west, a "nor'easter" that was going to strike somewhere around New York City and New England next week anyway, hurricane or not.
If the two systems combine, the effects will be much worse than if Sandy were to turn and go out to sea.
"When that occurs there can be a bit of a synergy, sort of a 1 plus 1 equals 3 effect," said Michael Kistler, a product manager at RMS, one of the main firms used by the insurance industry to model potential disaster exposure.
GET CASH and GAS UP, BATTERIES for flashlights
Run your bathtub full of water to flush toilet
Fill containers with drinking water
Boil eggs and rice which keep fine unrefrig
Got tuna and canned meals?
Stores in the northeast getting thin on supplies
Dawn Friday - Sandy winds 85 mph
ECMWF 00z takes Sandy into Chesapeake Bay in 96 hours, as massive hurricane.
Euro still holds serve on snowstorm for Central and Southern Apps
Peripheral impacts of rain and gusty winds have pushed into portions of the Florida Peninsula even though Sandy's center is expected to remain well offshore. The system's wind field is expected to become larger with time, and will lead to high surf, rip currents, gusty winds and rain along much of the Southeast U.S. coast into the weekend.
Sandy to become Frankenstorm and ravage New England
October 26, 2012 Hurricane Sandy is a wolf in sheep's skin poised to assail New England at the beginning of next week, with the potential to cause widespread damage in the highly populated area.
It is losing wind speed but is huge and likely to merge with a winter storm front and turn into a "Frankenstorm" over the northeastern United States just before Halloween, according to the National Weather Service.
Sandy has already left at least 21 dead, as it ground over Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.
A major storm with damaging consequences is still on the table from Norfolk to New York City and Boston. However, multiple components have to come together for the perfect storm.
Sandy, currently a Category 2 hurricane near the Bahamas, is forecast to take a turn toward the coast and make landfall early next week between Virginia and Nova Scotia.
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All areas NC to Mass likely to have hurricane conditions!
Sandy to Take Aim at New England, Mid-Atlantic
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TOL blog following Sandy, 11 pages
Remembering "The Perfect Storm" of 1991
Are the same 2 storms going to blend for another 'perfect storm?'
This Halloween marks the 21st anniversary of the "Perfect Storm," also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991. In 1997 a novel based on the storm was written, which was then made in to an Oscar-nominated movie in 2000. They told the tale of the six Gloucester, Mass., fisherman who died at sea when the storm's massive waves (some of which reached 39 feet) capsized their boat.
Hurricane Sandy Barrels Toward US
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 6am East Coast residents are preparing for Hurricane Sandy's arrival as forecasters expect a "perfect storm" of three different systems that will slam the region early next week.
New York City and northern regions in eastern corridor are likely to be hit hard and forecasters are warning that the storm may linger for days as it covers a massive area. There is a 90 percent chance that on Monday the East Coast will take a direct hit, forecasters say.
"We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco told The Associated Press. "It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event. It's going to be a widespread, serious storm."
Hurricane Sandy as the October election surprise]
As Hurricane Sandy heads toward land on the East Coast, the storm and its aftermath could lend an interesting twist to the upcoming general election–call it the “October surprise”–as some power outages could last into Election Day.
Hurricane Sandy’s track is projected to directly affect two swing states in the election—Pennsylvania and Virginia—with Ohio also in the storm’s path inward.
The storm will arrive about a week before Election Day, and widespread, long-term power outages are a possibility, based on recent trends and the severity of the storm.
With President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on center stage next week, the storm’s aftermath could affect voting logistics, travel, and even the volume of campaign TV advertising.
The concept of the October surprise in presidential elections dates back to the 1968 campaign, when President Lyndon Johnson stopped bombing in the Vietnam War as a way to help Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey.
Ronald Reagan also worried about a late surprise in the 1980 election, when there were rumors that President Jimmy Carter was working to free hostages in Iran just days before the election.
October 26, 2012 - 1:00p EDT
Strongest readings in the history of this project have peaked. A never before seen white-shade indicates that a value higher than 10 on the
1-10 scale has been indicated. It has no color assigned!
We have Never Seen Anything Like This
Nuclear reactors in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are being monitored for potential impacts by Hurricane Sandy, strike anywhere from Delaware to southern New England.
“Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.” [...]
Nuclear plants in the projected path of the hurricane include North Anna and Surry in Virginia, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey, Indian Point in New York and Millstone in Connecticut [and Pilgrim in Plymouth, MA]. The NRC is considering enhancing inspector coverage of these reactors, Sheehan said in an e-mail today.
Salem Spokesman (New Jersey): “We are in phase one of our severe-weather plan. This includes inspecting, removing and securing outside areas for potential missiles, objects that could go airborne, and staging of emergency equipment and supplies.”
Millstone Spokesman (Connecticut): “Floods and high winds are a threat because they can knock off off-site power and we’d then need to activate emergency generators for power to put the plant to safe conditions.”
Reuters: More than a dozen nuclear plants are located near Hurricane Sandy’s path in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut
Reuters: Sandy, dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by one government forecaster, has begun merging with a polar air mass over the eastern United States, potentially spawning a hybrid super-storm that could wreak havoc along the U.S. East Coast.
Sandy: Serious As a Heart Attack
Bryan Norcross, Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel
October 27, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
[...] the polar jet stream takes over and re-energizes the storm increasing the winds and growing the size. [...]
[...] the best computer forecast models independently insist that this is what’s going to happen… and the not-so-reliable ones say the same thing. So, beginning immediately, it comes down to figuring out how to deal with it. [...]
The threat from this situation is serious as a heart attack for anybody near the rising water.
Then there’s the wind which is expected to be MUCH higher than Irene at the skyscraper level. [...]
The winds… expected to be at or near hurricane strength at landfall… will spread inland for hundreds of miles either side of the storm center. It’s hard to imagine how millions of people are not going to be without power for an extended period of time.
[...] The best guess right now is that the peak winds will come in overnight Monday night… near high tide and under a full, flooding moon. A triple whammy. [...]
US Superstorm threat launches mass evacuations
Saturday, 27 Oct 2012 'It's just wind and rain; I'm hoping that's it'
Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.
"We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As Hurricane Sandy barreled north from the Caribbean — where it left nearly five dozen dead — to meet two other powerful winter storms, experts said it didn't matter how strong the storm was when it hit land: The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
"This is not a coastal threat alone," said Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "This is a very large area."
New Jersey was set to close its casinos this weekend, New York's governor was considering shutting down the subways to avoid flooding and half a dozen states warned residents to prepare for several days of lost power.
Sandy weakened briefly to a tropical storm early Saturday but was soon back up to Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., as of 5 p.m. Experts said the storm was most likely to hit the southern New Jersey coastline by late Monday or early Tuesday.
Governors from North Carolina, where heavy rain was expected Sunday, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Saturday.
New Jersey's Chris Christie, who was widely criticized for not interrupting a family vacation in Florida while a snowstorm pummeled the state in 2010, broke off campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in North Carolina Friday to return home.
"I can be as cynical as anyone," the pugnacious chief executive said in a bit of understatement Saturday. "But when the storm comes, if it's as bad as they're predicting, you're going to wish you weren't as cynical as you otherwise might have been."
The storm forced the presidential campaign to juggle schedules. Romney scrapped plans to campaign Sunday in the swing state of Virginia and switched his schedule for the day to Ohio. First Lady Michelle Obama cancelled an appearance in New Hampshire for Tuesday, and President Barack Obama moved a planned Monday departure for Florida to Sunday night to beat the storm.
In Ship Bottom, just north of Atlantic City, Alice and Giovanni Stockton-Rossini spent Saturday packing clothing in the back yard of their home, a few hundred yards from the ocean on Long Beach Island. Their neighborhood was under a voluntary evacuation order, but they didn't need to be forced.
"It's really frightening," Alice Stockton-Rossi said. "But you know how many times they tell you, 'This is it, it's really coming and it's really the big one' and then it turns out not to be? I'm afraid people will tune it out because of all the false alarms before, and the one time you need to take it seriously, you won't. This one might be the one."
A few blocks away, Russ Linke was taking no chances. He and his wife secured the patio furniture, packed the bicycles into the pickup truck, and headed off the island.
"I've been here since 1997, and I never even put my barbecue grill away during a storm. But I am taking this one seriously," he said.
What makes the storm so dangerous and unusual is that it is coming at the tail end of hurricane season and the beginning of winter storm season, "so it's kind of taking something from both," said Jeff Masters, director of the private service Weather Underground.
Masters said the storm could be bigger than the worst East Coast storm on record — the 1938 New England hurricane known as the Long Island Express, which killed nearly 800 people. "Part hurricane, part nor'easter — all trouble," he said. Experts said to expect high winds over 800 miles and up to 2 feet of snow as well inland as West Virginia.
And the storm was so big, and the convergence of the three storms so rare, that "we just can't pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it," said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Officials are particularly worried about the possibility of subway flooding in New York City, said Uccellini.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prepare to shut the city's subways, buses and suburban trains by Sunday, but delayed making a final decision. The city shut the subways down before last year's Hurricane Irene, and a Columbia University study predicted that an Irene surge just 1 foot higher would have paralyzed lower Manhattan.
Up and down the Eastern Seaboard and far inland, officials urged residents and businesses to prepare in big ways and little.
The Virginia National Guard was authorized to call up to 500 troops to active duty for debris removal and road-clearing, while homeowners stacked sandbags at their front doors in coastal towns.
Utility officials warned rains could saturate the ground, causing trees to topple into power lines, and told residents to prepare for several days at home without power. "We're facing a very real possibility of widespread, prolonged power outages," said, Ruth Miller, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Warren Ellis, who was on an annual fishing pilgrimage on North Carolina's Outer Banks, didn't act fast enough to get home.
Ellis' 73-year-old father, Steven, managed to get off uninhabited Portsmouth Island near Cape Hatteras by ferry Friday. But the son and his 10-foot camper got stranded when high winds and surf forced state officials to suspend service Saturday.
"We might not get off here until Tuesday or Wednesday, which doesn't hurt my feelings that much," said Ellis, 44, of Ammissville, Va. "Because the fishing's going to be really good after this storm."
Last year, Hurricane Irene poked a new inlet through the island, cutting the only road off Hatteras Island for about 4,000.
In Maine, lobsterman Greg Griffen wasn't taking any chances; he moved 100 of his traps to deep water, where they are more vulnerable to shifting and damage in a storm.
"Some of my competitors have been pulling their traps and taking them right home," said Griffen. The dire forecast "sort of encouraged them to pull the plug on the season."
In Muncy Valley north of Philadelphia, Rich Fry learned his lesson from last year, when Tropical Storm Lee inundated his Katie's Country Store.
In between helping customers picking up necessities Saturday, Fry was moving materials above the flood line. Fry said he was still trying to recover from the losses of last year's storm, which he and his wife, Deb, estimated at the time at $35,000 in merchandise.
"It will take a lot of years to cover that," he said.
Christie's emergency declaration will force the shutdown of Atlantic City's 12 casinos for only the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling here. The approach of Hurricane Irene shut down the casinos for three days last August.
Atlantic City officials said they would begin evacuating the gambling hub's 30,000 residents at noon Sunday, busing them to mainland shelters and schools.
Tom Foley, Atlantic City's emergency management director, recalled the March 1962 storm when the ocean and the bay met in the center of the city.
"This is predicted to get that bad," he said.
Mike Labarbera, who came from Brooklyn to gamble at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, thought the caution was overblown.
"I think it's stupid," he said. "I don't think it's going to be a hurricane. I think they're overreacting."
Ray Leonard disagreed, and has a famous storm survival story to back him up.
Leonard rode out 1991's infamous "perfect storm", made famous by the Sebastian Junger bestseller of the same name, with two cremates in his 32-foot sailboat, Satori, before being plucked from the Atlantic off Martha's Vineyard, Mass., by a Coast Guard helicopter.
The 85-year-old former sailor said Saturday that if he had loved ones living in the projected landfall area, he would tell them to leave.
"Don't be rash," Leonard said in a telephone interview Saturday from his home in Fort Myers, Fla. "Because if this does hit, you're going to lose all those little things you've spent the last 20 years feeling good about."
Bloomberg On How To Make Money Off Of The Weather
Oct. 27, 2012 (Bloomberg) -- Nick Ernst, evolution director of Weather Markets, talks with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker and Sara Eisen about how to make money off of weather as Hurricane Sandy approaches the east coast of the United States. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."
Why In The World Are They Spraying? (Weather modification)
Oct 28 North Carolina to Maine on alert Sun October 28, 2012 4:19am edt
New Jersey is the TARGET, close to NY, according to TWC latest.
Hurricane Sandy tropical storm-force winds span a 660-mile diameter area
12 foot high seas cover a diameter of ocean 1,000 miles across.
Impacts could be felt as far as a few hundred miles inland after landfall.
Sunday October 28, 2012 Zone A evacuation ordered
Hurricane Sandy has already started the transition process toward becoming a very intense nor’easter
Record river flooding is possible
Sandy forces mass transit closure, evacuations
Sandy will have a severe impact on our region over the next several days:
• Strong damaging sustained winds 35 to 50 mph over a prolonged period of time (24 to 48 hours), with gusts up to near hurricane strength. Strongest winds are expected south and east of the I-95 corridor.
• Extremely heavy rainfall.
• Major to record inland flooding along streams and rivers.
• Major to record coastal flooding. The full moon on October 29 just makes things worse.
Major coastal flooding is expected based on the current track forecast.
Record coastal flooding is likely.
• A 12 to 15 foot storm tide (surge + astronomical tide) is possible in the Raritan Bay. This would produce record coastal flooding.
• A 10 to 12 foot storm tide is possible along the Atlantic Coast & the Delaware Bay. This would result in record coastal flooding in many locations.
• A 3 to 5 foot storm tide (surge + astronomical tide) is possible in the Chesapeake Bay based on where the storm center comes ashore. This would produce moderate coastal flooding.
Seas will continue to build and there will be 10-12 foot breakers in the surf on Monday.
• The two high tides on Monday will be the most dangerous high tides, with major to record coastal flooding expected. Between the coastal flooding and expected high winds, the barrier islands will likely be cut off from the mainland during both high tides.
• Water is the most life threatening aspect of this storm. Sandy is already the deadliest hurricane of the 2012 season.
Please respect its power and heed the advice of local and state officials regarding any evacuations.
Maps, charts, graphs on link
Sandy forces mass transit closure, evacuations of Zone A
Transit officials in New York are preparing for a total shutdown of subway, bus and train service.
All service will be suspended at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will suspend service at 7 p.m. Sunday.
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Hurricane's death toll rises to 65 in Caribbean
10/28/12 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — As Americans braced Sunday for Hurricane Sandy, Haiti was still suffering.
Officials raised the storm-related death toll across the Caribbean to 65, with 51 of those coming in Haiti, which was pelted by three days of constant rains that ended only on Friday.
As the rains stopped and rivers began to recede, authorities were getting a fuller idea of how much damage Sandy brought on Haiti. Bridges collapsed. Banana crops were ruined. Homes were underwater. Officials said the death toll might still rise.
"This is a disaster of major proportions," Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told The Associated Press, adding with a touch of hyperbole, "The whole south is under water."
Sandy and storm surge pose worst case
The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday.
The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water — which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes.
In this case, seas will be amped up by giant waves and full-moon-powered high tides. That will combine with drenching rains, triggering inland flooding as the hurricane merges with a winter storm system that will worsen it and hold it in place for days.
Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press that given Sandy's due east-to-west track into New Jersey, that puts the worst of the storm surge just north in New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey. "Yes, this is the worst case scenario," he said.
In a measurement of pure kinetic energy, NOAA's hurricane research division on Sunday ranked the surge and wave "destruction potential" for Sandy — just the hurricane, not the hybrid storm it will eventually become — at 5.8 on a 0 to 6 scale. The damage expected from winds will be far less, experts said. Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters says that surge destruction potential number is a record and it's due to the storm's massive size.
"You have a lot of wind acting over a long distance of water for hundreds of miles" and that piles the storm surge up when it finally comes ashore, Masters said. Even though it doesn't pack much power in maximum wind speed, the tremendous size of Sandy — more than 1,000 miles across with tropical storm force winds — adds to the pummelling power when it comes ashore, he said.
The storm surge energy numbers are bigger than the deadly 2005 Hurricane Katrina, but that can be misleading. Katrina's destruction was concentrated in a small area, making it much worse, Masters said. Sandy's storm surge energy is spread over a wider area. Also, Katrina hit a city that is below sea level and had problems with levees.
National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said Hurricane Sandy's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey may see water rise from 6 to 11 feet from surge and waves. The rest of the coast north of Virginia can expect 4 to 8 feet of surge.
The full moon Monday will add 2 to 3 inches to the storm surge in New York, Masters said.
"If the forecasts hold true in terms of the amount of rainfall and the amount of coastal flooding, that's going to be what drives up the losses and that's what's going to hurt," said Susan Cutter, director of the hazards and vulnerability research institute at the University of South Carolina.
Cutter said she worries about coastal infrastructure, especially the New York subways, which were shutting down Sunday night.
Klaus Jacob, a Columbia University researcher who has advised the city on coastal risks, said, "We have to prepare to the extent we can, but I'm afraid that from a subway point of view, I think it's beyond sheer preparations. I do not think that there's enough emergency measures that will help prevent the subway from flooding."
Knabb said millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.
A NOAA map of inland and coastal flood watches covers practically the entire Northeast: all of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut; most of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont, and parts of northeastern Ohio, eastern Virginia, North Carolina, and western New Hampshire.
Along the mid-Atlantic coast, storm surge is already starting to build, Uccellini said. NOAA's Coastal Services Center chief Margaret Davidson said to expect "bodacious impacts" from both surge and inland flooding.
The surge — in which water steadily increases from the ocean— will be worst in the areas north of where Sandy comes ashore.
New York will have the most intense storm surge if Sandy comes ashore anywhere in New Jersey, Uccellini said. Only if it arrives farther south, such as Delaware, will New York see a slightly, only slightly, smaller storm surge.
In general, areas to the south and west of landfall will get the heaviest of rains. Some areas of Delaware and the Maryland and Virginia peninsula will see a foot of rain over the several days the storm parks in the East, Uccellini said. The rest of the mid-Atlantic region may see closer to 4 to 8 inches, NOAA forecasts.
The good news about inland flooding is that the rivers and ground aren't as saturated as they were last year when Hurricane Irene struck, causing nearly $16 billion in damage, much of it from inland flooding in places like Vermont, Uccellini and Masters said.
The storm, which threatens roughly 50 million in the eastern third of the country, began as three systems. Two of those — an Arctic blast from the north and a normal winter storm front with a low-pressure trough— have combined. Hurricane Sandy will meld with those once it comes ashore, creating a hybrid storm with some of the nastier characteristics of a hurricane and a nor'easter, experts have said.
Extraordinary storm, extremely serious threat
Oct 28, 2012 5:17 pm ET TWC
- History is being written as an extreme weather event continues to unfold, one which will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States.
- REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE OFFICIAL DESIGNATION IS NOW OR AT/AFTER LANDFALL -- HURRICANE (INCLUDING IF "ONLY" A CATEGORY ONE), TROPICAL STORM, POST-TROPICAL, EXTRATROPICAL, WHATEVER -- OR WHAT TYPE OF WARNINGS ARE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER -- PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM NEED TO HEED THE THREAT IT POSES WITH UTMOST URGENCY.
- TAKE COASTAL FLOODING EVACUATION ORDERS SERIOUSLY; PREPARE FOR DOWNED TREES AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE BY OBSERVING TORNADO SAFETY GUIDELINES, I.E. STAYING INSIDE AND GETTING INTO THE LOWEST, MOST-INTERIOR PORTION OF THE BUILDING OR ANOTHER DESIGNATED SAFE PLACE; BE KEENLY AWARE OF YOUR LOCATION'S SUSCEPTIBILITY TO FLASH FLOODING (URBAN AND SMALL STREAM) FROM RAINFALL AND RIVER RISES; KNOW THAT YOU COULD BE WITHOUT POWER FOR A LONG TIME BUT ALSO UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING FROM IMPROPER USE OF GENERATORS.
- With Sandy having already brought severe impacts to the Caribbean Islands and a portion of the Bahamas, and severe erosion to some beaches on the east coast of Florida, it is now poised to strike the northeast United States with a combination of track, size, structure and strength that is unprecedented in the known historical record there.
- Already, there are ominous signs: trees down in eastern North Carolina, the first of countless that will be blown over or uprooted along the storm's path; and coastal flooding in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, these impacts occurring despite the center of circulation being so far offshore, an indication of Sandy's exceptional size and potency.
- A meteorologically mind-boggling combination of ingredients is coming together: one of the largest expanses of tropical storm (gale) force winds on record with a tropical or subtropical cyclone in the Atlantic or for that matter anywhere else in the world; a track of the center making a sharp left turn in direction of movement toward New Jersey in a way that is unprecedented in the historical database, as it gets blocked from moving out to sea by a pattern that includes an exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure aloft near Greenland; a "warm-core" tropical cyclone embedded within a larger, nor'easter-like circulation; and eventually tropical moisture and arctic air combining to produce heavy snow in interior high elevations. This is an extraordinary situation, and I am not prone to hyperbole.
- That gigantic size is a crucially important aspect of this storm. The massive breadth of its strong winds will produce a much wider scope of impacts than if it were a tiny system, and some of them will extend very far inland. A cyclone with the same maximum sustained velocities (borderline tropical storm / hurricane) but with a very small diameter of tropical storm / gale force winds would not present nearly the same level of threat or expected effects. Unfortunately, that's not the case. This one's size, threat, and expected impacts are immense.
- Those continue to be: very powerful, gusty winds with widespread tree damage and an extreme amount and duration of power outages; major coastal flooding from storm surge along with large battering waves on top of that and severe beach erosion; flooding from heavy rainfall; and heavy snow accumulations in the central Appalachians where a blizzard warning has been issued for some locations due to the combination of snow and wind. With strong winds blowing across the Great Lakes and pushing the water onshore, there are even lakeshore flood warnings in effect as far west as Chicago.
- Sandy is so large that there is even a tropical storm warning in effect in Bermuda, and the Bermuda Weather Service is forecasting wave heights outside the reef as high as 30'.
- There is a serious danger to mariners from a humongous area of high seas which in some areas will include waves of colossal height. Wave forecast models are predicting significant wave heights up to 50+ feet, and that is the average of the top 1/3, meaning that there will be individual waves that are even higher. The Perfect Storm, originally known as the Halloween Storm because of the time of year when it occurred, peaking in 1991 on the same dates (October 28-30) as Sandy, became a part of popular culture because of the tragedy at sea. This one has some of the same meteorological characteristics and ingredients coming together, but in an even more extreme way, and slamming more directly onshore and then much farther inland and thus having a far greater scope and variety of impacts.
- On the other side of the world, after bringing to the Philippines its own share of severe impacts, Typhoon Son-tinh is headed into northern Vietnam and then the nearby part of China.
Frankenstorm Worse than sum of its parts
The total is greater than the sum of the individual parts" said Louis Uccellini, the environmental prediction chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists. "That is exactly what's going on here."
This storm is so dangerous and so unusual because it is coming at the tail end of hurricane season and beginning of winter storm season, "so it's kind of taking something from both — part hurricane, part nor'easter, all trouble," Jeff Masters, director of the private service Weather Underground, said Saturday.
With Sandy expected to lose tropical characteristics, NOAA is putting up high wind watches and warnings that aren't hurricane or tropical for coastal areas north of North Carolina, causing some television meteorologists to complain that it is all too confusing. Nor is it merely a coastal issue anyway. Craig Fugate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told reporters Saturday: "This is not a coastal threat alone. This is a very large area. This is going to be well inland."
Uccellini, who estimated that 60 million people will feel the storm's wrath somehow, said: "This storm as it grows and moves back to the coast on Monday and Tuesday, the circulation of this storm will extend all the way from the Midwest, the Ohio Valley, toward the Carolinas up into New England and southern Canada. It's really going to be an expansive storm system."
It's a topsy-turvy storm, too. The far northern areas of the East, around Maine, should get much warmer weather as the storm hits, practically shirt-sleeve weather for early November, Masters and Uccellini said. Around the Mason-Dixon line, look for much cooler temperatures. West Virginia and even as far south as North Carolina could see snow. Lots of it.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
Hurricane Sandy is still offshore, winds increased to 85 mph at dawn, huge storm.
Sandy to slam Northeast USA with winds and rain, flooding, SNOW in some places, and sit over New England for days.
Sandy has already left 60+ dead. Full moon high tides due at landfall.
The EEEK! report of potential problems (blog post)
NYC subway tunnels fill with water, sewage treatment runs over, electric lines, telecommunications, gas lines all flooding out.
Dog size rats coming to the surface in plague like numbers
No running water, no eletricity and feces floating down the streets with carcasses and the smell of hell
States from Maine to South Carolina prepare for storm
As of 2 am Monday, it was centered about 425 miles southeast of New York City moving north at 14 mph,
with hurricane-force winds extending an incredible 175 miles from its center.
61,000 National Guard troops prep for Hurricane Sandy
NYC, Other Coastal Evacuations
Some people have ignored warnings and waited TOO LONG to evacuate, then the flooding prevents fleeing.
New York shutdown subway, bus and train service at 7 pm on Sunday.
Washington Metro Suspends All Rail and Bus Service on Monday
Historical storm for the mid-Atlantic and southern New England with New Jersey and New York City bracing for very dangerous conditions and catastrophic damage.
The impact from Sandy will reach hundreds of miles from the center of landfall, including areas well inland and well ahead of the storm's landfall Monday night.
Updates on Sandy:
4:00 a.m. EDT: Clouds from Sandy extend from Bermuda to Detroit, and from North Carolina to the Arctic Circle. This storm is huge.
3:30 a.m. EDT: Flood Warning issued for Monocacy River near Frederick, Maryland affecting Frederick County. Major flooding is forecast.
3:00 a.m. EDT: Low tide has already occurred in Newport, RI. The observed value was 2 feet higher than the expected level.
2:00 a.m. EDT: NHC latest advisory indicates Sandy is now moving north instead of northeast. The turn toward the coast has begun.
Oct. 29 Millions across East Coast brace for Superstorm Sandy, while transit systems close and supplies fly off shelves.
Public housing in Zone A has been shut down. No Elevator, No hot water, no electricity.
Jeff Masters Oct. 28
Already flooding Norfolk, video
USA-Canada MAP of storm, interactive
Sandy may impact swing state voting
Some early polling places will not be open for voting. This may hurt Hussein Oblahma. (crocodile tears!)
Hundreds of thousands ordered to evacuate as Sandy bears down on East Coast
Transit systems, stock exchanges, government offices closed in advance of hurricane's arrival.
Airlines canceled more than 7,200 flights and Amtrak began suspending passenger train service across the Northeast.
New York and Philadelphia shut down subways, buses and commuter trains Sunday night and announced that
schools would be closed on Monday. Boston, Washington and Baltimore Md also called off school.
New York City could be hit with an 11-foot wall of water that could swamp parts of lower Manhattan,
flood subway tunnels and cripple the network of electrical and communications lines that are vital to the nation's financial center.
26 nuclear plants in area where Hurricane Sandy likely to hit
If power lost, only plan is to let spent fuel pools heat up, no generators to pump in water. enenews
Eye to Eye
America's SINS and God's Nature judgments.
God sending judgments near the devil's holiday ... hmmmm
NOTE - I have seen TWC over-hyper, far beyond norm or what is warranted.
Will this hybrid storm be a major disaster, or will we say it was over-hyped?
The meaning of the name Sandy is Defending men. (unclear)
Is the superstorm answered prayer to prevent more votes for Obama?
For your Husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.
Was Hurricane Sandy superstorm caused by Gulf Stream shift?
There is the possibility the USA globalists in govt used HAARP to control this storm to worsen it.
Yeah, was thinking the same thing - really bad weather would hurt Obama more, and it looks more and more like the Illuminati is finished with Obama, and want Romney in there. Maybe this is the reason for this engineered Frankenstorm?
Kind of reminds me of the 2002 midterms, where the Dems lost partly b/c the weather was so bad(and partly too b/c they refused to give a rebuttle over the Iraq propaganda). Of course, it was this new Congress that helped Bush push globalist agendas through in the ME like the Iraq war.
|CJ wrote: |
|WILL NOV 6 ELECTIONS BE CANCELLED - SUSPENDED - DELAYED? |
From what I heard, and this is coming from the "alternative media" - if Obama's poll numbers in October don't look promising, then the Illuminati will pull off some kind of false flag operation to make sure he stays in for at least another 4 years, as their plans from the get-go was to have him in the full 8 years. So maybe Sandy is what they're trying to pull off to do just that?
Again, these are "alternative media" sources, and some parts of this media outlet are opposition-controlled as well.(although they're much better than the regular MSM liars)
With that being said, it's hard to gauge what anything is being said - the Soros crowd wants Obama, while the Bilderbergers crowd apparently want Romney. If Satan is divided against Satan, his kingdom shall not stand...
Ocean Meets Bay During Morning High Tide
NOAA: "This Is The Worst-Case Scenario"
October 29, 2012 The latest models have Sandy making landfall along the coast of South Jersey on Monday evening between 8 and 10 p.m.
“This storm is HISTORIC,” said CBS 3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger on her Twitter page.
CBS 3 meteorologists say this is the “worst case scenario” as it will make landfall very close to high tide and say the storm pressure is currently stronger than the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938. Pressure as of 11 a.m. was down to 943mb and the storm was located 205 miles southeast of Atlantic City. Maximum winds were at 90 mph and it is moving north – northwest.
“It is accelerating and making the turn toward the coast,” said CBS 3 meteorologist Kathy Orr.
The National Hurricane Center issued a powerful warning stating, “Sandy expected to bring life-threatening story surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy Appalachian snows.”
In New Jersey, the dunes have already been breached in Beach Haven and in Ocean City, New Jersey, officials say during this morning’s high tide, the Ocean met the bay.
Officials say, “They’ve never seen anything like it.”
Two shelters are currently occupied according to Tom Foley, director of Emergency Management in Atlantic City.
Hurricane Sandy: Economic Impact Could Exceed $10 Billion a Day
BUILDING FACADE COLLAPSES IN MANHATTAN AT 8TH AND 14TH STREET
|four-story building facade has collapsed at 8th Ave and 14th Street in Manhattan.
No one was injured, though there were people inside when the facade fell, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said on CNN.
The building at 92 8th Ave in Chelsea included multiple high-end apartments, which rented for $4,395/month according to Huff Po's Meg Robertson. A restaurant called Muscle Maker Grill was on the ground floor.
Similar collapses have been reported in Brooklyn and Queens, plus there's the hanging crane in Midtown.
Superstorm Sandy Crashes Ashore in New Jersey
|A ferocious superstorm Sandy barreled ashore this evening, crashing into New Jersey with high winds and a powerful surge of flood waters.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that the landfall will be "accompanied by life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds."
The storm has lost a bit of its wallop and was down graded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone, according to NOAA.
Sandy's forward motion accelerated throughout the day, as the storm took a left turn towards the East Coast. Previous estimates were for it to hit Atlantic City about midnight.
Hours before Sandy's arrival on land, power was being cut to New York City's financial district amd most of Atlantic City was already under several feet of water as waves crashed over the sea wall, spitting up chunks of the famed boardwalk.
FrankenStorm hits land in NJ October 29 evening
October 30, 2012 Millions wake to devastation
DO NOT drink or bathe in Long Island water! - fox warning.
16 deaths in USA, Canada - so far - in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, several due to fallen trees.
Washington DC, federal government offices are closed until Wednesday.
Fire in Queens New York City, no injuries reported.
50 homes completely destroyed by fire in the Breezy Point area of Queens.
Updates Oct. 30
Storm made landfall October 29 evening in New Jersey and flooding parts of New York City.
It is threatening 50m people in 8 states and Washington DC.
A construction crane bent double next to a skyscraper
A 4 storey building collapsed.
The UN headquarters in New York to stay closed.
Sandy could linger over 12 states for 24-36 hours.
Lower Manhattan is being covered by seawater, water is rushing into the Battery Tunnel which links Manhattan with Long Island.
There were reports of an explosion at a Con Edison power station on the east side of Manhattan.
Oct. 29 - Superstorm sent water rushing onto city streets, left a large swath of lower Manhattan without power, leaving 250,000 customers without power.
The damage stemmed from flooding and the probable loss of a transmission feeder.
This was separate from Con Ed planned power cut to protect underwater systems from salt water flood damage.
Hurricane Forces Obama to balance governing with campaigning.
Sunday Barack Obama faced the delicate task of balancing his response to a disaster with his re-election effort as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the US East Coast.
Reuters reported Obama was forced to balance governing and campaigning.
Airlines - ABC
8,900 flights have been cancelled for travel through Wednesday, Oct. 31 when Airlines expect to resume normal operations.
NYC Goes Dark: 10 Eerie Photos of the Hurricane Blackout
Storm Barrels Ashore, Leaving Path of Destruction
The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour
Holland Tunnel closed which connects New York and New Jersey, so was tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Street grates above the New York subway were boarded up.
Oct 30 Millions wake to devastation
Breaking Weather: Sandy Lashes Midwest
Oct 30 Strong winds, rain and snow are spreading across Ohio and Michigan
Oct 30 Sandy's Impacts; NYC and Philadelphia
NOT over yet Oct 30
FDNY Battling MASSIVE Fire In Breezy Point, Queens
An out-of-control six-alarm blaze is ravaging the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens and has destroyed at more than 50 homes, the FDNY tweeted early Tuesday.
200 firefighters remain on the scene for the fire, which started at 11 PM ET.
Fire officials say the fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday and is located in a flooded Zone A area.
No injuries were reported.
BUILDING FACADE COLLAPSES IN MANHATTAN
Before and after photos
NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY DEALING WITH CATASTROPHIC SANDY WRECKAGE
In 108 Years, The NYC Subway System Has Never Faced A Disaster As Devastating As This
7 subway tunnels under the East River flooded, the Metro-North has lost power at stretches on multiple lines and there's plenty more damage throughout the entire system.
Gov. Christie Praises resident Obama
One of Mitt Romney's biggest supporters, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, had nothing but praise for President Barack Obama today, as his state prepares to rebuild from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
"I have to say, the administration, the president, himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far," Christie said on Good Morning America. "We have a great partnership with them."
Christie told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Obama called him on Monday night around midnight to ask if there was anything else the federal government could do to help. Christie added that they worked together to move forward with a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.
The Major Disaster Declaration provides funding for recovery efforts, including infrastructure projects, temporary housing, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property loss and assistance to individuals and businesses.
"He worked on that last night with me…offered any other assets that we needed to help," Christie said. "I want to thank the president personally for his personal attention to this."
Appearing on Fox News, Christie said the storm is bigger than the election.
"I have a job in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics," Gov. Chris Christie said on the show Fox & Friends. "I couldn't care less about that."
Stuck Staten Island residents ask local leaders for rescue
Problems at Five Nuke Plants
|The nation's oldest nuclear plant declared an alert and a second plant just 40 miles from New York City was forced to shut down power as five different nuke plants in Hurricane Sandy's path experienced problems during the storm.
Indian Point in Buchanan, New York, on the Hudson River north of New York City, automatically shut power to its unit 3 on Monday night "as a result of an electrical grid disturbance," according to Entergy, the plant's operator.
The connection between the generator and the offsite grid was lost, and the unit is designed to shut down to protect itself from electrical damage. Entergy said there was no release of radioactivity, no damage to equipment, and no threat to the public health.
"At Indian Point yesterday the river level and wind had no impact on plant operation," said a spokesman. Another unit at the plant continues to operate, and the company expects unit 3 to return to service within days.
Sandy's death toll climbs; millions without power
|NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 38, many of the victims killed by falling trees.
The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds.
"We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can," Gov. Chris Christie said. "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."
More than 8.2 million people across the East were without power. Airlines canceled more than 15,000 flights around the world, and it could be days before the mess is untangled and passengers can get where they're going.
For Travelers, Sandy's Aggravation Spans Globe
10/30/12 Sandy paralyzes Northeast airports; travelers scattered around world could be stuck for days.
Superstorm Sandy grounded more than 15,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it could be days before some passengers can get where they're going.
According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, more than 6,000 flights were canceled on Tuesday. That brings the tally of flights canceled because of the storm to more than 15,000. By Tuesday morning, more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday also were canceled.
The three big New York airports were closed on Tuesday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Stewart International Airport remained open, but airlines had suspended operations there.
New York has the nation's busiest airspace, with about one-quarter of all U.S. flights traveling to or from there each day. So cancelations here can dramatically impact travel in other cities.
Delays rippled across the U.S., affecting travelers in cities from San Francisco to Atlanta. Others attempting to fly out of Europe and Asia also were stuck.
Narita, the international airport near Tokyo, canceled 11 flights Tuesday — nine to the New York area and two to Washington, D.C. All Nippon Airways set up a special counter at Narita to deal with passengers whose flights had been canceled.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt next week’s elections.
10/29/12 “We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” Fugate said on a conference call with reporters.
But any potential tinkering with Election Day would bring a bevy of legal issues.
“Our chief counsel’s been working on making sure that we have the proper guidance,” he added. “We’re going through the regulatory policy and making sure all that’s in place and we can support it.”
Meteorologist: Sandy Is Manufactured
October 29, 2012 Monday
Scott Stevens to explain how it’s possible that “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy could be manipulated with military technology already at our disposal.
It now appears that if anything, it looks as if this storm was WEAKENED not strengthened prior to landfall. Sandy was advancing toward the NJ coast with a central pressure of 946mb but with winds of JUST 85MPH.
Sandy should have been a Category 3 storm and should have winds in the 120mph range, not 85mph! This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t engineered, just that there are likely more than one entity at play in this war in our skies.
And for all those that think that this was done to bump Obama’s numbers, this storm was WEAKENED, not to save Obama’s ass, but to save our country’s ass. Partisan politics, especially from the Right right now, are utterly sickening and so full of lies that I’m ashamed to have ever voted Republican.. Utterly ashamed. What has become of that once Grand Ole Party?
I open with stills of last night’s full moon October’s full moon is the Hunter’s Moon.
Not a lot of trails out there first thing this morning, but there were some shorter ones off o the north at 0:15 as I talk about Sandy.
The persistent trails begin at 3:15. Can you ID the paint scheme of that plane at 3:50? View in HD.
“Let’s do a little speculating here… What if these trail…” at 4:15.
Sunset at 5:40. Have more persistent trails with several more investigative flights “coming’ on to have a look” with some pretty darn accurate hits of other trails.
“These trails are just not sublimating ice crystals… ” at 7:20.
“…how is this precision possible?” at 8:20.
“This little kiss in the sky. at 9:40.
“These short trails are so often just considered to be another regular control but because the plane displayed intent, with this trail here, we can consider it part of the chemtrail program.” at 12:02.
“Nothing changes until the people see.”
October 31, 2012
New York Oct. 29 'Conditions were still safe ' at the nuclear plant .. yeah ... right .....
Part of a nuclear power plant was shut down late Monday while another plant, the nation's oldest,
was put on alert after waters from superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.
One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m.
because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant.
The company said there was no risk to employees or the public. Another unit at the plant was still operating at full power.
The oldest U.S. nuclear power plant, New Jersey's Oyster Creek, was already out of service for scheduled refueling.
But high water levels at the facility, which sits along Barnegat Bay, prompted safety officials to declare an "unusual event" around 7 p.m.
About two hours later, the situation was upgraded to an "alert," the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.
Yeah, was kind of thinking the same thing last night - what started out as "the storm of the CENTURY", then turned into SOMEWHAT of an "overhyped" one, where ultimately Obama would step in, "prove" himself to be a "great leader"(ie-even Chris Christie gobbled up praise for him), and then for him to steal that last minute momentum that Romney has been carrying since that 1st debate.
Make no mistake, it caused alot of devastation in NYC(even more so than Katrina did to New Orleans), but nonetheless it wasn't the mega-storm everyone hyped it up to be.
So this may have been the "October Surprise" after all when all is said and done - remember 2004 when John Kerry had growing momentum days before the election, only for a Bin Laden tape to come out of nowhere, which swayed momentum back to Bush.
Either way, it doesn't matter who wins this election - for the most part, I am very disappointed that "evangelicals" are warming up to Romney alot like the Israelites did with the golden calf.
Sandy Sends Oil, Gasoline Prices in Opposite Directions By Matthew Philips October 29, 2012 0:41 PM EDT
It’s official: Hurricane Sandy is now the biggest tropical storm ever to hit the northeast U.S. Total damage is expected to rise into the billions and could rival the $15 billion of destruction caused by Hurricane Irene last August. The economic effects are already being felt, particularly in the energy sector.
The path of the storm is aimed directly at a major refining hub along the New Jersey coast, home to more than six large refineries. As a result, refiners are taking far more precaution this time around than they did in the face of Irene. As of Monday morning, two-thirds of the East Coast’s total refining capacity (1.2 million barrels per day) was scheduled to be shut down. Phillips 66, NuStar Energy, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, and Hess all announced varying degrees of plans to close refineries.
The month-long decline in gasoline prices looks to be over, at least for now. Gasoline futures popped by 3.5 percent this morning in New York, according to Bloomberg. Although oil prices in New York fell on Monday, they rose in London. As of 11:30 Monday, the price of West Texas Intermediate was $85.89, down 39¢, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. While in London, Brent Crude was up 11¢, to $109.66 a barrel. As a result, the price differential between WTI and Brent is now $23.81, the widest it’s been in a year, and approaching its record high of $27.88 from last October.
Although the immediate effect of the hurricane has been an increase in gasoline prices, it could ultimately bring them back down again depending on how demand recovers in the densely populated Northeast. That’s a much different situation than what would happen were the storm headed for the Gulf Coast, which at 7.6 million barrels per day, is home to 45 percent of the total refining capacity in the U.S. Shutting down that capacity (as happened after Katrina) would likely have a much bigger impact on gasoline prices. Whereas shutting down demand in the Northeast could serve to dampen those effects.
Early Snow Pummels West Virginia
Oct 30, 2012 Parts of West Virginia were digging out from up to three feet of snow dumped in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a deluge that cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents and shut down main highways.
The thick blanket of snow at higher elevations across the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, including in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, also brought concerns that rivers and creeks in low-lying areas could flood later in the week as the snow melts, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees. Falling trees and storm-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of three people in Maryland, three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia, state officials said Tuesday.
Close to 300,000 West Virginia residents were without power Tuesday afternoon, as high winds and heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines, and officials expected the number to rise. Outages at several utilities had left some areas without access to water, and officials were sending out trucks to deliver bottled water.
"West Virginia continues to be hard hit," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. "Right now, my main focus is on life safety, power restoration and critical infrastructure.…We are doing everything we can to help the folks in need."
5 Nuke Plants in trouble from Hurricane Sandy
November 1, 2012 Hurricane Sandy brought trouble to 5 nuclear power plants in the path of the storm, one just 40 miles from New York City.
The plants are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
A Level 2 alert was declared at America's oldest nuclear power plant, Oyster Creek, in Lacey Township, New Jersey.
4 is the highest alert.
The alert was called Monday evening after the storm made landfall due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plants water intake structure, said Exelon Corporation, owner of the plant. There was 'no threat to the public health or safety.'
The plant lost power along with millions of other customers in the area. The stations two backup diesel generators 'activated immediately.'
Power in the plant is essential to maintaining the system that keeps spent fuel rods from overheating and sending the reactor core into a meltdown.
A unit at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant was manually shut down early Tuesday morning. The plant is also located in New Jersey, on Delaware Bay, about 43 miles from Philadelphia. The shutdown came after '4 of the stations 6 circulating water pumps were no longer available.'
PSEG Nuclear said 'the plant is stable, and no issues were encountered during the Salem Unit 1 shutdown.'
Power to unit 3 at the Indian Point plant in Buchanan, NY was automatically shut down Monday night when the connection between the electrical generator and the offsite grid was lost. Entergy said another unit is continuing to operate and there was no release of radioactivity, no threat to public health, and no damage to equipment.
Also on Monday night, units 1 and 2 shut down at the Nine Mile Point plant near Oswego, NY. Unit 1 shut down automatically due to an electrical fault.
Unit 2 shut down due to a power loss from an incoming power line due to the same electrical fault. Power was returned automatically to unit 2 from an emergency diesel generator, and operators are evaluating the cause of the incident.
'All plant safety systems responded as designed and the shutdown was safely carried out.'
The least difficult problem was one that occurred at an Exelon reactor at the Limerick Generating Station outside Philadelphia had a problem with its condenser.
Technicians there brought operations down to 91% power to deal with the problem.
5 nuke plants had troubles - in AMERICA section
Super Storm Sandy a Sign from GOD
November 1, 2012 When USA pressures Israel to divide their land, we have record-setting events.
Insurance companies call them an act of God.
Could the Frankenstorm be a message from the Almighty?
William Koenig declares some of the United States most catastrophic storms and events have correlated closely with God-defying attempts to divide the land of Israel.
Koenig authored Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel
DEATH TOLL 70
80 HOMES in Queens burned to the ground during storm
This may not have turned out to be the "storm of the century" that was hyped up to be(ie-elections would be cancelled et al), but nonetheless it caused significant damage, just as much if not a bit more than Katrina did to New Orleans.
I lived in New Orleans when Katrina happened - I don't recall homes getting burned down. Yeah, NYC really got hit.
With that being said, this could very well be Obama's ticket to another term. The alternative media reported a couple of months ago that if Obama's poll numbers didn't look promising in October, some kind of false flag event would be pulled off to at least get him another term.
Kind of reminded me of Bush II before 9/11 happened - days before this catastrophic event, his poll numbers were tanking pretty bad, and this attack pretty much not only flipped his poll numbers, but was also his ticket to another term(even with the Iraq war lies).
Fuel shortages, power outages hamper Sandy recovery
11/1/12 NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days on Thursday in one sign of recovery from Sandy's devastating blow. But elsewhere in the storm-struck U.S. Northeast, gasoline shortages persisted and emergency teams struggled to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions of people.
At least 76 people in North America died in superstorm Sandy, which rampaged through the U.S. Northeast on Monday night, and officials said the count could still rise as rescuers searched house-to-house through coastal towns.
After a three-day hiatus, President Barack Obama was to return to the campaign trail, boosted in his re-election bid by a resounding endorsement of his leadership from the Republican governor of New Jersey.
The Democratic incumbent, tied in polls with Mitt Romney ahead of Tuesday's election, begins a two-day trip to the swing states of Colorado, Ohio and Nevada while his Republican challenger travels to Virginia.
Obama viewed flooded and sand-swept neighbourhoods of New Jersey on a helicopter tour of the state with Republican Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday.
"The entire country's been watching. Everyone knows how hard Jersey has been hit," Obama told residents at an evacuation shelter in the town of Brigantine.
*Sorry BA I had to delete the photo - it was TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIG!
Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the Red Cross
11/1/12 “Because the devastation in Staten Island, the lack of a response,” Mr. Molinaro said to explain his comment to NBC after the press conference. “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they? I was at the South Shore yesterday, people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people.”
Several other local officials agreed with Mr. Molinaro’s rage over Staten Island’s situation, although they did not call out the Red Cross specifically.
Congressman Michael Grimm concurred.
“I think this is an example of what infuriates people here on Staten Island,” he said. “Like Senator Lanza just said, we have people, people still in water. Families displaced, families wondering where their grandparents are. Are they at a shelter? Are they at a hospital? Or are they gone? That’s what we should be focusing on. I think it would be very misguided to have this marathon. I think that the people of Staten Island will see this, unfortunately…as another shot against them, that the City Hall is more worried about getting everything running again for Manhattan and making everything look like it’s back to normal. We’re not back to normal and we’re not going to be back to normal for a long time.”
Troopers Deployed To N.J. Gas Stations As Frustration, Massive Lines Form At The Pump
Katrina part deux - no, this isn't enough to cancel or delay the elections, but nonetheless the American public will feel to have no choice but to give Obama another term b/c of the "you just can't change Presidents during a crisis" excuse, alot like how Bush II got re-elected due to the "war on terror".
Gas Shortages May Not End for Another Week...
Fear Turns to Frustration, Anger...
Fistfights, Guns Drawn...
'You're not getting gas tonight'...
Some Siphoning From Cars!
'I'm pretty ****ed'...
Troopers deployed to gas stations...
Stars throw extravagant Halloween party despite destruction...
Commuter Delays Rage...
NYC Official: Red Cross 'Absolute Disgrace'...
Looters Dress Like Con Edison Workers to Gain Access to Houses...
Staten Islanders Plead for Help: 'We Need Food'...
OBAMA LEFT THEM BEHIND: HUNGRY DUMPSTER DIVING IN NYC
Forecasters: New, lesser storm may hit East Coast
By SETH BORENSTEIN | Associated Press – 11/2/12
WASHINGTON (AP) — Forecasters say another messy — and wintry — storm may cause post-Election Day problems for an already weather weary East Coast.
But meteorologists add that it's six days out, so that's rather early to get too worried. The forecast could change before it hits late next week.
The National Weather Service's forecast center that watches winter storms put out a long-range notice Thursday, saying bluntly that a nor'easter is possible for the mid-Atlantic and New England.
Forecaster Bruce Sullivan says it wouldn't be as bad as Superstorm Sandy and isn't tropical. But it could include snow in interior New England and New York, beach erosion and high winds for areas hit by Sandy, and moderate or heavier rainfall.
Voters' Picks: The Storm Changed My Vote from Romney to Obama
|Until the storm hit the East Coast, I was leaning toward voting for Romney. I'm an old guy who cast his first presidential vote for Harry Truman, and mostly for Democrats who ran in subsequent years. Until this past weekend, I was frankly not thrilled with either of the 2012 candidates.
I don't like Obama's Chicago pals from his early political years; they just seemed a bit too radical for me. That drew me to Romney, despite the fact that he was born too rich, and seems to have no clue about what it means to be struggling in today's lousy economy.
Then came Sandy. Obama immediately went to the disaster areas and set positive recovery measures to work. Romney did photo ops of carrying some Campbell soup cans. He still doesn't have a clue, and he lost my vote.
-- Ted Sherman, Los Angeles
If Obama wins, how much credit goes to Chris Christie?
|The New Jersey governor has praised President Obama's handling of hurricane Sandy. Some Republicans wonder if Chris Christie's own presidential ambitions have, once again, undercut Mitt Romney.
Obama vs. Romney: 6 signs the momentum is shifting
|1. Hurricane Sandy is wind in the president's sails
For all its destruction and displacement, "Hurricane Sandy has given Barack Obama a lift beneath his wings," says Roger Simon at Politico. The public gives him high marks for his response to the disaster, and it has "provided him with one thing he has most needed since the first debate: The opportunity to look presidential." I can even see Obama "getting a significant boost from a Republican Governor who also happens to be a chief Romney surrogate," says Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Gov. Chris Christie's post-Sandy love-in with Obama might not win the president many votes in Ohio or Virginia, but it could easily sideline his challenger "just enough to prevent Mitt Romney from crossing the finish line."
Bloomberg Diverts Food, Generators from Devastated Staten Island to NYC Marathon
1 Nov 2012 Fresh off his "climate disruption"-driven endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday's New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:
[T]hose urging the city to halt the run believe that the thousands of Marathon volunteers could direct their efforts towards post-Sandy relief and cleanup, "and they also argue that the event will divert thousands of police from important hurricane-related duties." But despite petitions circulating, work started up again yesterday on the Marathon route.
A tipster, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us there were lots of workers in and out of the park today, who had "started before the storm and then came back starting yesterday." Trailers are lined up from around 71st to 66th Streets on Central Park West, a food truck was set up today, and "generators have been sitting there at least a week." The tents that were taken down prior to the storm have also been set back up, and there is a stage set up near 73rd Street.
Considering all the volunteer help and NYPD attention that's already being diverted to the Marathon, the added sight of generators and food being channeled to the event is probably going to strike some New Yorkers as a little misplaced—we're thinking of the ones who are currently lined up waiting for the National Guard to ration out MREs and bottles of water.
Staten Island residents are frantically calling for help, ABC News reported on Thursday:
The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.
“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”
Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power. Many are homeless, and at least 19 people died on Staten Island because of the storm.
Post-storm anger grows, especially outside Manhattan
Nov 2, 2012 - Frustration grew for superstorm Sandy's victims in the U.S. Northeast on Friday, many of whom were left with no power, no gasoline and little information about when their shattered lives might return to normal.
While Manhattan prepared to host the annual New York City Marathon on Sunday, acute gasoline shortages in the city's storm-battered outer boroughs and New Jersey led to long lines and short tempers.
Tankers finally began entering New York Harbor on Thursday, and a tanker carrying 2 million barrels of gasoline arrived at 2 a.m. on Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Sandy, which brought a record storm surge to coastal areas, killed at least 102 people after slamming into the U.S. Northeast on Monday. Forty-one died in New York City, about half of them in Staten Island, which was overrun by a wall of water.
Starting before dawn on Friday, long lines of cars snaked around gasoline stations around the area in scenes reminiscent of the energy shortage of the 1970s.
Storm Response Earns Obama Praise
Oct 31, 2012 Likely voters of all political stripes give broadly positive ratings to Barack Obama's response to the devastating storm that smashed the East Coast this week. Whether it makes a difference in the long-deadlocked presidential election is another question.
Initially, the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll finds essentially no change: Likely voters are back to exactly an even split in preferences, 49-49 percent between Obama and Mitt Romney - within a point or two of where the race has been all along.
Regardless, in interviews conducted last night, 78 percent rate Obama's response to the hurricane positively (as excellent or good), while just 8 percent see it negatively. Romney, who naturally has had a far less prominent role in this issue, is rated positively for his response to the hurricane by 44 percent, negatively by 21 percent, with many more, 35 percent, expressing no opinion.
The federal government's overall response to the storm is rated about as well as Obama's, 73 percent positive in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. These ratings are far higher than the government's, or George W. Bush's, a week after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Mayor Bloomberg Diverts Food, Generators from Devastated Staten Island to NYC Marathon
New York Marathon canceled
EAST COAST UNDER MARTIAL LAW!
Strange Sky Phenomenon Recorded Across Eastern U.S. Before Hurricane Sandy - Oct. 2012
Sandy’s Impact Could Cost U.S. 1.5% GDP in Q4
31 Oct 2012 (Bloomberg)
Scarlet Fu reports on today's top stories including Hurricane Sandy's economic impact could knock 1.5% off fourth-quarter GDP,
the U.S. stock market is set to reopen after the longest weather related closure since 1888 and Disney Buys Lucasfilm in a $4 billion deal.
Revised Sandy Forecast Shows Impact May Reach $50B
Nov. 2, 2012 (Bloomberg)
Equicat has doubled its economic damage estimates for superstorm Sandy to $50 billion.
The storm damage is estimated at $20 to $25 billion, again in a process divorced from the real world. Recall the Fannie Mae bailout estimates for $50 to $100 billion at first. Recall that the Iraqi War costs were $200 to $400 billion at first. The Jackass cited cost forecasts multiples higher, all accurate. Quick footnote on storm aftermath. Think Desert Storm, or Desert Shield, or whatever mucky name they offer. The yellow painted bricks taken from the Iraqi central bank were really gold bricks, stolen, then covered by a lame news network story gobbled up by the incredibly braindead public. In a few weeks, some concocted story might emerge about how the New York Fed was without electrical power, its vault systems left unsecure.
The Hurricane Sandy storm damage will reach far past the $100 billion level, probably closer to $200 billion.
National guard troops helping the east coast IS NOT MARTIAL LAW.
Many rumors about canceling elections. This would be unconstitutional.
NYC, NJ knew for many days this storm was coming
They knew they'd lose power - meaing they cant buy or cook
They shuda stocked up on food they didnt need to cook and bottled water
This is not going away anytime soon - sure, the hurricane is long past, but again, there was hardly any preparation, and like with Katrina, TPTB is trying to make chaos out of this situation.
Just imagine if there's other "natural disasters" that start to happen in the near future across the country - let's say CA/West Coast gets "the big one", there's more fires burning big acres of land in the Rockies/Midwest, another "natural disaster" hits the Gulf b/c of the conditions from the oil spill 2 years ago, a bigger than you can imagine blizzard storm hits the northeast, etc, etc.
So much attention by our leaders and TPTB will be put on this country alone, that it's very possible that Israel will use this opportunity to go at it alone in terms of striking Iran(b/c noone is looking in their direction), or for that matter the Muslim Brotherhood leaders try to storm up an army to go after Israel.
We're living in some very interesting times now.
Power returning after Sandy but gas problems rise
11/3/12 Power slowly returns in NY after storm, but frustration mounts in region with lack of gasoline.
More New Yorkers got power Saturday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the region, but frustrations mounted over gasoline shortages as refueling sites turned into traffic jams of horn-honking confusion.
Gas rationing went into effect in northern New Jersey, while crowds lined up at free fuel distribution sites in New York's boroughs, where a limit of 10 gallons per person was imposed. New York officials then said emergency vehicles had the priority over the public.
"It's chaos, pandemonium out here," said Chris Damon, whose family was displaced from his home in the Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway and are staying with relatives in Brooklyn. He circled the block for 3½ hours at the Brooklyn Armory, where the National Guard was directing traffic.
"It's ridiculous. No one knows what's going on," he said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced that the 5,000-gallon trucks from the Defense Department would set up the emergency mobile gas stations at five locations around the New York City metropolitan area.
"Do not panic. I know there is anxiety about fuel," he said.
After the long lines formed, New York state officials said the public should stay away from the refueling stations until emergency responders first got their gas and more supplies are then made available.
The scene was more orderly in hard-hit Staten Island, where a line of cars stretched for two miles under the supervision of police and National Guard troops. Another 400 people were on foot, carrying gas cans.
As gas rationing went into effect at noon in northern New Jersey, police began enforcing rules to allow only motorists with odd-numbered license plates to refuel. Those with even-numbered plates must wait until Sunday.
Finding Bodies Left And Right
It’s Far Worse Than The Media Is Portraying
Staten Island native Theo Rossi, who was home visiting family and friends when Sandy hit. He’s remained there ever since and gave us this first-hand account of the devastation.
“It’s so bad here, a lot worse than how its being portrayed by the media. They are finding bodies left and right, elderly people who don’t even watch the news or who knew the storm was coming. I was just with one of my best friends from high school and college, and his house is completely gone. One story I heard was about this one guy who evacuated his house during Hurricane Irene but then it got looted. So when they told him to evacuate for Sandy, he said, ‘I’m not leaving.’ Now they can’t find him, his 13-year-old daughter is dead, and his wife is in critical condition at the hospital. These are the stories. My stepfather and my mother, I love them to death. But when they heard the storm was coming, they said, ‘It’s not going to be that bad. Irene didn’t do anything.’ They had two flashlights and a couple of scented candles. Little did they know. It’s just not worth it. If you’re told to evacuate, you need to get out.
The one weird thing is how there is no power. The other weird thing is how there’s no gas. To get gas requires a three-and-a-half hour wait. It’s like this odd, post-apocalyptic kind of thing. Most trees are down. Power lines are down. It’s like a movie, or like The Walking Dead. You can’t believe it. Especially when you grow up here. I moved to Los Angeles in 1999, but this has always been my home. There’s the place I kissed a girl, that’s the place I played handball. I know this island in and out. To see it completely destroyed is bizarre.
There is no way to know whats is true or what is hype.
People were told to evacuate - because authorities knew what'd happen.
Why Power Is So Tricky for Hospitals During Hurricanes
November 03, 2012 When hospitals lose power — as was the case for two New York hospitals due to Hurricane Sandy — the lives of critically ill patients are at risk. But such emergency situations can be difficult to prevent in the face of stretched budgets, space limitations.
Most hospitals built before 2001 still have generators in the basement, said Paul Richter, the emergency management coordinator at South Carolina Hospital Association. This was the case for the New York University Langone Medical Center, which lost power in Hurricane Sandy, as well as hospitals in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. According to some news reports, the NYU hospital also had a generator on the roof that initially kicked in, though it lost most of its power a couple of hours later.
Retrofitting older hospitals to add a generator on the roof costs millions of dollars, Richter said. "A lot of them just don’t have the funds to do that," Richter said.
In addition, while a roof generator in theory sounds like a good idea, it's not certain whether generators tacked on in this way can withstand hurricane-force winds, Richter said. Even more, if the device that pumps fuel to the generator is located in the basement, as it was for New York City's Bellevue Hospital, which lost power due to Sandy, the generator can be rendered useless in a storm.
"It's hard to test something when it's installed unless there's an actual hurricane," Richter said. "You can only test it in a lab somewhere," he said. Richter said that to his knowledge, such testing of roof generators has not been done.
The size and weight of a generator large enough to power an entire hospital can also be an issue in terms of putting it on the roof, Richter said. As a compromise, one hospital in South Carolina is considering putting a smaller generator on the roof that will power a subset of rooms that house very critical patients who rely on electric-powered medical equipment for survival, Richter said.
The space needed to store fuel for the generators, as well as the logistics required to get the fuel to the generators is also a problem for hospitals, Richter said
Superstorm Sandy: FEMA Trailers May be Used to House Homeless
11/6/12 As the Northeast braces for a nor'easter in the wake of superstorm Sandy, government leaders are turning their attention to finding long-term housing for tens of thousands of people left homeless.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said trailers from FEMA might help some people, but it would be just one way victims of Sandy could find shelter. Others might move to hotels or other temporary housing.
"There are some local governments that will want trailers. Many communities on Long Island use trailers during situations like this. And they're frequently seen. So some communities, it's going to be a community by community option," Cuomo said at a Monday press conference.
There are still more than 1.4 million homes and businesses without power, more than 115,000 in New York City alone. Sandy has left as many as 40,000 New Yorkers homeless, according to city officials. About half of those people live in public housing.
FEMA has already dispensed close to $200 million in emergency housing assistance and put 34,000 people in New York and New Jersey in hotels and motels. Still, city and state officials have not laid out an official plan with specifics to move the homeless into long-term housing in an already congested area.
While all eyes are on the election...
New York, New Jersey order evacuations ahead of new storm
November 7, 2012 NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey ordered the evacuation of nursing homes and low-lying coastal areas already devastated by deadly Superstorm Sandy as a smaller but still powerful Nor'easter approached from the Atlantic Ocean.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg closed parks and beaches and temporarily halted outdoor construction ahead of the storm, which was pelting the Washington area with ice pellets on Wednesday and whipping up seas as high as 7.5 feet about 20 miles off New York's JFK airport, AccuWeather reported.
Airlines canceled 770 flights into and out of the New York area, FlightAware.com said.
Thousands of people in the U.S. Northeast lost their homes and more than 621,000 homes and businesses remained without power due to Sandy, testing nerves ahead of the Nor'easter.
Forecasters said the nasty weather was headed for New York and New Jersey, which were struggling to recover after former hurricane Sandy killed at least 120 in the United States and Canada when it struck on October 29 as a rare hybrid storm.
Nor'easter causes new power outages, slows Sandy effort
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. power companies expect the nor'easter whipping across the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday to create additional outages and possibly slow their efforts to restore service to customers left in the dark by Hurricane Sandy nine days ago.
Utilities from the Carolinas to New York reported on their websites that the nor'easter has already knocked out service to over 3,000 customers by Wednesday afternoon.
More than 650,000 homes and businesses were still without power due to Sandy in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report on Wednesday.
"The new storm could delay customer restorations. Crews repairing overhead lines and equipment cannot work in high winds," New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said Wednesday.
By Bill Bischoff
In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and injuries, Superstorm Sandy caused many billions of dollars in property damage. The sad truth: disasters occur every year in America. If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a disaster-related casualty, here’s what you need to know about the federal income tax implications.
Deductions for Personal Casualty Losses
Theoretically, our beloved Internal Revenue Code allows you to claim an itemized deduction — on Schedule A of your Form 1040 — for personal casualty losses to the extent they are not covered by insurance. Exactly what is a casualty loss? It’s when the fair market value of your property or asset is reduced or wiped out by a hurricane, flood, storm, fire, earthquake or volcanic eruption (not to mention sonic boom, theft or vandalism).
In reality, however, many disaster victims won’t qualify for any personal casualty loss write-offs because of the following two rules. First, you must reduce your loss by $100. Obviously, that’s no big deal. Then you must further reduce the loss by an amount equal to 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year (AGI is the number at the bottom of page 1 of your Form 1040). That is a big deal. Say you incur a $20,000 personal casualty loss this year and have AGI of $100,000. Your write-off is a relatively puny $9,900 ($20,000 minus $100 minus $10,000). You get absolutely no tax break if your loss before the two required subtractions is $10,100 or less, and you have no chance at all if you don’t itemize.
But let’s assume you do have a deductible personal casualty loss from a 2012 event after the two subtractions. If the loss was caused by a disaster in a federally declared disaster area (more on that later), a special rule allows you to claim your rightful deduction either this year or last year. For example, victims of Hurricane Sandy can file amended 2011 returns and claim their losses last year. This rule allows you to get some immediate tax savings instead of having to wait until next year when you finally get around to filing your 2012 return. Remember: this special rule is only available for losses in federally declared disaster areas. You can find a by-state listing of these areas by using the interactive map on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www.fema.gov .
Deductions for Business Casualty Losses
If you have disaster-related losses to business assets, you don’t have to worry about the $100 subtraction rule or the 10%-of-AGI subtraction rule. Instead, you can deduct the full amount of your uninsured loss as a business expense. As with personal casualty losses, you have the option of claiming 2011 deductions for 2012 losses that occur in a federally declared disaster area.
Watch Out: You Might Have a Taxable Involuntary Conversion Gain
When you have insurance coverage for disaster-related property damage — under a homeowners, renters, or business policy — you might actually have a taxable gain instead of a deductible casualty loss. Why? Because if the insurance proceeds exceed the tax basis of the damaged or destroyed property (normally equal to its cost), you have a taxable profit as far as the IRS is concerned. This is the case even if the insurance company doesn’t fully compensate you for the pre-casualty value of the property. These gains are called involuntary conversion gains — because the casualty event causes your property to suddenly be converted into cash from the insurance proceeds.
For example, you could have a big involuntary conversion gain if your valuable vacation home is heavily damaged or destroyed and your insurance coverage greatly exceeds what you paid for the property when you bought it years ago.
If you have an involuntary conversion gain, it generally must be reported as income on your Form 1040 unless you (1) make sufficient expenditures to repair or replace the property and (2) make a special tax election to defer the gain. If you make the election (you generally should), you have a taxable gain only to the extent the insurance proceeds exceed what you spend to repair or replace the property. The expenditures for repairs or replacement generally must occur within the period beginning on the date the property was damaged or destroyed and ending two years after the close of the tax year in which you have the involuntary conversion gain.
Beneficial Rules for Principal Residence Involuntary Conversion Gains
For federal income tax purposes, special taxpayer-friendly rules apply to principal residence involuntary conversion gains.
* You can use the principal residence gain exclusion break to reduce or eliminate the involuntary conversion gain. The maximum gain exclusion is $250,000 for unmarried homeowners and $500,000 for married joint-filing couples. To qualify for the maximum exclusion, you must have owned and used the property as your main home for at least two out the last five years.
* If you still have an involuntary conversion gain even after taking advantage of the gain exclusion break, you have four years (instead of the normal two years) to replace the property and thereby avoid a taxable gain — if your residence was damaged or destroyed by an event in a federally declared disaster area.
* If contents in your principal residence are damaged or destroyed by an event in a federally declared disaster area, there is no taxable gain from insurance proceeds that cover losses to unscheduled personal property (so-called contents coverage). In other words, you need not replace the contents to avoid a taxable gain. You can do whatever you want with the insurance money. Source: IRS Revenue Ruling 95-22.
The Bottom Line
There you have it: Most of what you need to know about disaster-related casualties and your taxes. For details, see IRS Publication 547 (Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts) at www.irs.gov. If you have big losses or big insurance payments, consider hiring a tax pro to deal with the complicated rules and prepare your return. It could be money well-spent. Meanwhile, I wish you the best of luck in the recovery process.
Chris Christie Slams “Know-Nothing” Romney Staffers
11/8/12 Before Hurricane Sandy descended upon the northeastern states, New Jersey governor Chris Christie says, he told Mitt Romney that he more than likely wouldn’t be available for any campaign events in the week leading up to the election. Romney, he insists, was understanding. However, some in Romney’s camp don’t feel the same way, and have bashed the governor for not showing up to a rally on Sunday in Pennsylvania.
“I said to him, ‘Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it’s going to, I’m off the campaign trail from here to Election Day,’” Christie says. “And he said to me, ‘Chris, of course. That’s what you have to do. Do your job. Don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of things.’ So all this other noise, I think, is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them.”
It appears that the fact that Christie was so close to the rally–around 20 minutes away, according to the Huffington Post–is what angers the staffers so much.
“You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source said.
However, with more than 700,000 people still without power in the state of New Jersey–not to mention massive flood damage and gasoline rationing–Christie says his priorities were clear, and he expected members of Romney’s campaign to understand.
New York rations gasoline; storm victims still in the dark
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City began rationing gasoline on Friday for the first time since the energy shortages of the 1970s, seeking to ease a fuel crisis brought on by Superstorm Sandy.
The former hurricane hammered the U.S. East Coast on October 29, killing at least 120 people and causing an estimated $50 billion in damage or economic losses.
It also disrupted the fuel supply chain, creating hours-long waits for gasoline that led officials first in New Jersey and now New York City and Long Island to impose rationing. Cars with odd- and even-numbered license plates will be able to buy gas and diesel fuel on alternate days.
"This is worse than the oil crises of the 1970s," said Ralph Bombardiere, executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops. "Back then there was just a perceived shortage of supply in New York, when there was plenty of gasoline around. Now we're having real distribution problems."
The long lines at the pump have added to the frustration of commuters, who must choose between driving and enduring seemingly interminable waits for buses and trains with parts of the transportation network still damaged.
In addition, some 434,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast lacked power as of Friday afternoon, creating more misery for the thousands forced to flee their storm-damaged homes or for those who have hunkered down in the dark with freezing overnight temperatures.
Delays in power restoration after storm anger some
November 12, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers railed Sunday against a utility that has lagged behind others in restoring power two weeks after the superstorm that socked the region, criticizing its slow pace as well as a dearth of information.
At least 150,000 people in New York and New Jersey remained without power Sunday, including tens of thousands of homes and businesses that were too damaged to receive power at all. More than 8 million lost power during the storm, and some during a later nor'easter.
The lack of power restoration for a relative few in the densely populated region at the heart of the storm reinforced Sandy's fractured effect on the area: tragic and vicious to some, merely a nuisance to others.
Perhaps none of the utilities have drawn criticism as widespread, or as harsh, as the Long Island Power Authority. More than 60,000 of the homes and businesses it serves were still without power Sunday, and another 55,000 couldn't safely connect even though their local grid was back online because their wiring and other equipment had been flooded. It would need to be repaired or inspected before those homes could regain power, LIPA said.
Customers told of calling LIPA multiple times a day for updates and getting no answer, or contradictory advice.
"I was so disgusted the other night," said Carrie Baram of Baldwin Harbor, who said she calls the utility three times a day. "I was up till midnight but nobody bothered to answer the telephone."
Long Island Power restoration nearly done, no power for 84,000 in New York /New Jersey
November 13, 2012 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Long Island Power Authority expects to restore service on Tuesday to most of its New York customers able to receive electricity, but more than 84,000 homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey will stay dark due to flood damage from Hurricane Sandy.
LIPA, a New York State-owned power company, said it should hook up almost all of the remaining 15,000 homes and businesses that still lack service on Tuesday morning, more than two weeks after Sandy battered the region.
But that number excludes customers within the flooded areas of Long Island that have yet to be surveyed for damage or may need repairs and certification by an electrician before the company can restore service, LIPA said.
On Monday night, LIPA said about 38,000 homes and businesses were located within the flooded areas - 26,000 on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City, 11,000 in Nassau County and 300 in Suffolk County.
Boss of NY utility panned for Sandy response quits
Nov 13, 2012 The chief operating officer of a utility company heavily criticized for its response to Superstorm Sandy is stepping down.
The Long Island Power Authority announced Tuesday that Michael Hervey had tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the year. Hervey has been with LIPA for 12 years.
LIPA has come under withering criticism since Sandy knocked out power to more than a million of its customers on Oct. 29, both for how long it was taking to get power restored and for poor communication with customers.
There are about 10,000 outages in Nassau and Suffolk counties, just east of New York City, and LIPA officials have said they hope to have most of them resolved by Wednesday.
FEMA Camp ‘Freedom’ Houses over 800 Citizens in Oceanport as New York Opens Prison for Displaced Individuals
Sandy Aftermath: Description of Situation Inside FEMA Camp
Camp FEMA Update: “We Feel Like We’re In a Concentration Camp”
Displaced Sandy residents: FEMA 'shelter' like prison camp with 'Blackhawk helicopters flying over day and night' --No media allowed inside fenced complex --Officials turned off WiFi; cops unplugged iPhones after learning people were contacting presshttp://www.app.com/viewart/201211...311090027/Oceanport-sandy-shelter
Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath 10 Nov 2012 Some of society's most vulnerable people -- the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill -- have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy
Sandy costs top $42 bn in New York: governor
Nov 26, 2012 Superstorm Sandy ran up a super bill of $42 billion across New York, causing more damage than the infamous Hurricane Katrina, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday, appealing for federal emergency funds.
Cuomo told a news conference that Sandy's impact had by some measures been worse than Katrina, which caused devastation along the US Gulf Coast in 2005.
Although Katrina's death toll at 1,833 was far higher than the approximately 110 killed during last month's hurricane-strength Sandy, the damage to property and businesses was worse this time round, he said.
The total bill in New York and neighboring New Jersey was "62, 61 billion dollars," Cuomo estimated, although that number seemed sure to rise when including extra funds needed for protection against future storms.
In New York state alone, Cuomo said the total cost of recovery work came to $32.8 billion, with another $9.1 billion in prevention expenses.
NY mostly ignored reports warning of superstorm
12/8/12 — More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages. The Rockaway peninsula was deemed among the "most at risk."
But most of the warnings and a requirement in a 1978 law to create a regularly updated plan for the restoration of "vital services" after a storm went mostly unheeded, either because of tight budgets or the lack of political will to prepare for a hypothetical storm that may never hit.
Some of the thorniest problems after Sandy, including a gasoline shortage, the lack of temporary housing and the flooding of commuter tunnels, ended up being dealt with largely on the fly.
"I don't know that anyone believed," acknowledged Gov. Andrew Cuomo this past week. "We had never seen a storm like this. So it is very hard to anticipate something that you have never experienced."
Asked how well prepared state officials were for Sandy, Cuomo said, "not well enough."
Two billion people can watch 12-12-12 Madison Square Garden concert
12 Dec 2012 New York, Dec 11: The producers of “12-12-12” have announced that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM EST ( 6 AM IST ) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, can be seen by nearly 2 billion people across the globe, similar to that of the Superbowl, the Academy Awards, and the Grammys. People worldwide will be able to access “12-12-12” on television, radio and the internet.
The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Further elevating this event to its historic levels of distribution is live streaming on the largest online video services in the world, including YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu, and others.
Combined, these video streaming services reach over 1.4 billion monthly unique users worldwide.
Isn't 2b like 1/3 of the Earth's population? And what are they going to do with all this money they are (supposedly)raising for this cause?
Apparently, the name Sandy has a meaning(this web site posted isn't the only web site source saying this)...
Pet form, originally Scottish, of the Greek name Alexander. Meaning is "defender of mankind".
Sandy Hook(elementary), Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Island, Sandy Oregon...
Thousands Remain Displaced From Sandy Without Heat and Power
Residents desperate for government assistance for rebuilding and mold remediation seven weeks after Sandy
Senate approves $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill
12/29/12 - The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a $60.4 billion aid package to pay for reconstruction costs from Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged mid-Atlantic and northeastern states, after defeating Republican efforts to trim the bill's cost.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urged the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to quickly take up the bill, which includes $12 billion to repair and strengthen the region's transportation system against future storms.
"There is no time to waste," Reid said.
Both chambers have to agreed on a package by January 2, when the current term of Congress is expected to end, or restart the process of crafting legislation in 2013. The Senate approved the bill 62-32, with most Republicans voting no.
Conservatives chip away at $50b Sandy aid package
By ANDREW MIGA | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House conservatives opposed to more deficit spending tried Monday to chip away at the $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package by requiring offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts and by stripping money for projects they say are unrelated to the Oct. 29 storm or not urgently needed.
The push by budget hawks for amendments sets up a fight with Northeast lawmakers in both parties eager to provide recovery aid for one of the worst storms ever to strike the region as the House moves toward expected votes Tuesday on the emergency spending package.
The base $17 billion bill by the House Appropriations Committee is aimed at immediate Sandy recovery needs, including $5.4 billion for New York and New Jersey transit systems and $5.4 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief aid fund.
Northeast lawmakers will have a chance to add to that bill with an amendment by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., for an additional $33.7 billion, including $10.9 billion for public transportation projects.
Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill
By ANDREW MIGA | Associated Press – 1/28/13
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.
"I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday.
Despite opposition from conservatives concerned about adding billions of dollars more to the nation's debt, the Senate cleared the long-delayed bill, 62-36, after House Republicans had stripped it earlier this month of spending unrelated to disasters. All 36 votes against the bill were from Republican senators.
"This is a huge relief," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., noting the vote came 91 days after Sandy struck.
The House passed the bill two weeks ago. Lawmakers say the money is urgently needed to start rebuilding homes, businesses, public transportation facilities and other infrastructure damaged by the Oct. 29 storm, one of the worst to strike the Northeast.
Some Sandy victims still without heat as blizzard descends on New York City
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday told residents still without heat from October's Superstorm Sandy to seek shelter elsewhere as a massive snowstorm threatens to dump up to 13 inches on the city's boroughs.
The city is under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday, and the National Weather Service warned winds could gust up to 60 miles per hour as a potentially record-setting storm blasts through on its way to New England.
"If your house has been damaged by Sandy and still without heat, call 311 and we'll be certain to find you shelter," Bloomberg said at a press conference Friday afternoon, referencing the city's helpline. The mayor also warned that the city's coastal areas could see a storm surge, though nothing rivaling the 10-foot surge that flooded thousands of New York homes in October.
As of Feb. 7, the city was still working to restore heat, hot water, and/or power to 690 residential buildings, after completing repairs on 10,255 buildings since the storm hit. Many of these homes are clustered in hard-hit areas like the Rockaways in Queens, and in Staten Island. About a fifth of the residents in the Rockaways were still without heat in early January, according to a report released by a local nonprofit called New York Communities for Change.
NYC seaport a 'ghost town' months after Sandy
2/25/13 Months after Sandy, lower Manhattan's seaport a 'ghost town' of shuttered businesses. The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy.
Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still crisscrossed with masking tape left by their owners before the storm. Store interiors are stripped down to plywood and wiring. Restaurants are chained shut, frozen in time, saddled with electrical systems that were ruined by several feet of salt water that raced up from the East River and through their front doors.
"People have no clue that this corner of Manhattan has been hit so badly," said Adam Weprin, manager of the Bridge Cafe, one of the city's oldest bars that sits on a quiet street near the seaport. "Right now, it's a ghost town and a construction site."
Nearly four months after the storm, roughly 85 percent of small businesses near the South Street Seaport are still boarded up. It could be months before some reopen, while others may never return. On Fulton Street, the wide tourist-friendly pedestrian walkway that comprises the seaport's main shopping district, not a single one of the major chain stores — which include Coach, Ann Taylor and Brookstone — has reopened.
Among local business owners, there is a pervasive sense that their plight has been ignored by the rest of the city. A state senator who represents the area estimates at least 1,000 jobs were lost in lower Manhattan — 450 of them in the seaport neighborhood alone.
From its red wood-frame building in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bridge Cafe has dealt with its share of changes over the last two centuries, including stints as a Civil War-era brothel and a bootlegging speakeasy during Prohibition. It has endured economic slumps, nor'easters and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But after the basement was flooded to the rafters and water destroyed the building's wood foundation, Weprin faced the prospect of shutting its doors for good.
"The neighborhood's been beaten," Weprin said. "You walk around here and it's like Chernobyl. At night, it's vacated."
The small businesses of the seaport were far less resilient than the neighboring skyscrapers that house many of lower Manhattan's large financial companies.
Some corporations were displaced for weeks after the storm, forced to relocate to temporary office space farther uptown while flood-damaged skyscrapers fixed their infrastructure and moved electrical systems to higher floors. Con Edison said 10 major buildings remained without power as of Feb. 13, most operating on emergency generators.
At 110 Wall St., a 27-story office tower that occupies a full block near the New York Stock Exchange, all leases were terminated because the building was so badly damaged by flooding. It remains empty while its management company comes up with a long-term plan for weathering future storms.
"How do we protect the lobby?" said William Rudin, the company's CEO. "How do we protect the retail spaces?"
Spotty phone and Internet service also hampered business activity after underground copper cables operated by Verizon, the area's largest network provider, were wrecked by flooding. By mid-February, Verizon said 10 percent of its customers still had little or no service.
It's unclear how many residents of lower Manhattan fled the neighborhood after Sandy. But 2 Gold St., a flood-damaged luxury residential skyscraper with nearly 1,000 residents, did not allow tenants to start moving back in until last week.
"These offices, these high-rise apartments, they need to be reoccupied," said Lee Holin, who owns Meade's Restaurant, which sits on the edge of the seaport a few blocks from Sandy-damaged skyscrapers on Water Street. "All of our customers who live there have not been here in a long time."
Meade's was only able to reopen thanks to a $25,000 grant that Holin received from the Downtown Alliance, a neighborhood association that has doled out 100 grants to small businesses totaling about $1.5 million.
The grant program was so popular that it was suspended two weeks after its debut in mid-November.
"We don't have a lot of traffic," said Nicole Osborne, who was tending the bar at Meade's on a weekday afternoon. "It's like we've been forgotten."
In the darkened window of Stella Manhattan Bistro, an Italian restaurant on Front Street, hung an American flag reminiscent of those displayed all over the city after Sept. 11. Alongside it, someone had posted a sign that said: "Thank you for all your support. Stay strong."
Most of the Front Street buildings had a geothermal heating and cooling system that was destroyed in the flood, said Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for the developer, The Durst Organization, Inc. The repairs, which include moving the mechanical systems to the roof, are expected to drag on for months.
"We hope that they will come back," Barowitz said of the shuttered businesses. "It's very challenging."
The future of the South Street Seaport is equally uncertain. Howard Hughes Corp, which controls the former 19th-century counting houses that are home to the retail chains, said it does not yet know which — if any — of the major retailers will come back. The hope is to have Fulton Street in working order again before Memorial Day, when the summer season kicks off and the seaport will desperately need an influx of visitors.
But in a case of unfortunate timing, Pier 17, the shopping mall housed inside a rustic wooden building on the pier, is slated to close for a long-planned renovation in June that will transform it into a modern glass-walled structure with a rooftop plaza. The impending renovation has only added to the misery of shop owners who lost so much revenue since the storm and haven't recouped their losses.
Milad Doos, an immigrant from Egypt, is planning to close his jewelry and collectibles store for good.
"Like you see, there's nobody," said Doos, who earned just $5 on a recent afternoon. "After the storm, this whole place has become dead place."
At the Bridge Cafe, most of the wood foundation will be gutted, sparing only two pillars and a wall behind the bar that are part of the original building. Repairs will cost around $400,000.
Weprin, who has no flood insurance, launched a fundraising page online to appeal for financial help from the restaurant's many loyal patrons. To his astonishment, many of them didn't even realize the place was closed.
That's because nobody has frequented the neighborhood for weeks.
"During the day, you have tourists who are coming to look at the carnage," Weprin said. "That's about it. Before Sandy, it was a neighborhood."
5 months after Sandy, New Yorkers living in hotels
04/04/13 Many of those still displaced are unable to afford the apartments that are available.
More than five months after superstorm Sandy trounced the Northeast, about 1,000 New York City residents are still living in hotels.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying the expenses for some, at an average cost of $252 a night, according to The Wall Street Journal, and New York City is paying for others. The agencies are hoping to find apartments for at least some of those families.
FEMA has spent more than $60 million and New York City has spent about $25 million for hotel rooms for displaced residents, The WSJ reported.
Philip Trivelli, who is retired, has been staying in hotels at FEMA’s expense since his home in Staten Island was destroyed. The program that has paid for his lodging ends in mid-April.
In New Jersey, spared by Sandy but paying the price in taxes
4/11/13 - Philip Checchia's home in Barnegat, New Jersey, escaped undamaged from Hurricane Sandy in October, but the 67-year-old is bracing for a different kind of storm damage - higher property taxes.
New Jersey home owners already pay the highest taxes in the country, with the revenues going to fund schools, police, firefighters, roads, and building projects. When the value of taxable property drops in one area, the burden often shifts to others to make up the difference.
At the epicenter of the problem is Ocean County, where Checchia lives, and where miles of long, fragile barrier islands bore the brunt of the storm's beating. The storm carved $7 billion out of the total value of the county's taxable property.
"You and I are going to pick up for people that chose to buy houses on the water," Checchia said, sitting on the couch in the small two-story home he shares with his wife and grandson in a tidy, tightly packed middle-class neighborhood. His annual tax bill is already about $4,700 on a house valued at about $170,000 - roughly half what it was worth before the housing market collapsed, he said.
Ocean County saw its tax base - the combined value of all real estate subject to property taxes - dwindle to about $90 billion from $100 billion in 2012, said John C. Bartlett, a local elected official who heads the county finance department.
About $7 billion of that is due to Sandy damage, with the remaining $3 billion stemming from ongoing reassessments after the housing market declined, Bartlett said.
Christie: Obama 'kept every promise' on storm aid
4/29/13 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that President Barack Obama "has kept every promise he's made" about helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on the 6-month anniversary of the deadly storm, the Republican governor said presidential politics were the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with Obama last fall.
"The president has kept every promise he's made," said Christie, widely considered a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "I think he's done a good job. He kept his word."
Christie's warm embrace of Obama after the storm angered some Republicans, who said it helped tip a close presidential election to the Democrat and away from Mitt Romney, who Christie endorsed and for whom he campaigned last fall.
6 Months After Sandy: Many Recovered, Thousands Still Homeless
4/29/13 Six months after Sandy ravaged the tri-state area, uprooting thousands of trees, decimating homes and submerging cities, many residents say life has mostly returned to normal, though for some, recovery from the deadly storm remains a painstaking process, and "life as normal" a far-away dream that may never be realized.
Separation is the new reality for the Gatti family, a clan of several generations that shared the same three-story home near the ocean on Staten Island until Sandy destroyed it.
The flood-soaked place was demolished months ago, and they're waiting for a government buyout. Now the family is scattered across New Jersey, New York and Texas.
"The whole family's separated," said Marge Gatti, the matriarch. "And it's terrible, you know?"
Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation — and hurricane — seasons almost here again.
After Sandy, a new threat: Soaring flood insurance
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — George Kasimos has almost finished repairing flood damage to his waterfront home, but his Superstorm Sandy nightmare is far from over.
Like thousands of others in the hardest-hit coastal stretches of New Jersey and New York, his life is in limbo as he waits to see if tough new coastal rebuilding rules make it just too expensive for him to stay.
That's because the federal government's newly released advisory flood maps have put his Toms River home in the most vulnerable area — the "velocity zone." If that sticks, he'd have to jack his house up 14 feet on stilts at a cost of $150,000 or face up to $30,000 a year in flood insurance premiums.
"Everyone assumes when you say a 'home on the water,' people have tons and tons of money, but that's not the case," said Kasimos, whose Toms River home was filled with a foot and a half of water in the storm. "Most of these homeowners are middle class."
Even as those in the most vulnerable coastal areas have struggled to recover from the storm, federal authorities have been issuing them a sobering warning: Raise your homes above the flood plain or face soaring flood insurance costs.
For many, it's an impossible choice. They can't afford to do either. And many unanswered questions have left residents paralyzed with indecision.
SI Sandy Victims Charged for Unused Water
Staten Island residents whose homes were devastated by Sandy say the city is charging them hundreds of dollars for water they haven't used since the storm.
Some of the bills have been as high as $500, which Rep. Michael Grimm calls ridiculous.
"That's $500 these people could use to replace a washer or dryer or refrigerator swept out to sea during Sandy," Grimm said at a press conference Saturday.
The Department of Environmental Protection sent a letter to residents saying they were subject to a minimum charge of $1.19 a day even if they weren't using water in their homes.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing, $320 for water," said Stephanie Argento about a bill she got for her South Beach house, which she hasn't been living in. "That's money I could put to my rent."
Grimm said he has contacted the Department of Environmental Protection and asked them to waive the charges but has yet to hear back.
Last November DEP suspended billing and interest for more than 9,000 homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and each account has since been carefully reviewed and more than half a million dollars in leak forgiveness has been granted, Ted Timbers, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman told NBC 4 New York.
The Department of Environmental Protection told NBC 4 New York that billing hasn't resumed if a home is uninhabitable.
Many Sandy victims hit with steep flood insurance bills
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Jean Laurie isn’t taking any more chances.
Nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy swept through her close-knit neighborhood, destroying 22 houses and killing two of her neighbors, she’s finally getting ready to rebuild the home where she lived for years with her husband and their rescue dog.
The Lauries gotabout $30,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rebuild their waterlogged home. But they decided to knock it down and build a new one, rather than try to repair what looked unfixable.
But that rebuilding comes with a catch. New flood maps drawn up by FEMA, along with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) enacted in 2012, meant that many residents, including the Lauries, must lift up their homes or face dramatically higher flood insurance rates.
So the Lauries hoisted their house 13 feet off the ground, so they never have to worry about flooding — or the skyrocketing insurance rates — again.
Few homes on Staten Island — one of the few places in New York City where middle-class people can afford a small yard and white picket fence — are elevated now, and it’s hard and even a little funny to imagine some of the island’s tiny bungalows propped up on stilts or pilings.
The new flood insurance rules, which went into effect on Oct. 1, are intended to make the deeply indebted NFIP solvent by no longer charging government-subsidized rates on homes in flood-prone areas. The hikes will affect about 20 percent of the 5.5 million people who have NFIP policies around the country, as well as thousands more who live in areas that didn’t used to be considered flood-prone but who now must buy insurance under the new FEMA map.
A year after Superstorm Sandy, federal aid trickles in
(Reuters) - A year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across the eastern United States, only a fraction of the aid money earmarked for recovery has been used, in what some claim is a painfully slow and opaque process.
Only $5.2 billion of the pledged $47.9 billion had been tapped by cities and states by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And tracking those funds has been complicated, lawmakers said.
"Transparency is woefully lacking. We don't know where the money is. We know people have been approved for grants, but the money has not been distributed," said New Jersey Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, chair of the environment committee.
The historic storm killed at least 159 people and damaged more than 650,000 homes when it made landfall on October 29, 2012, devastating parts of New York, New Jersey and other states.