The U.S. East Coast Hurricane – What You Need To Know
The U.S. east coast is bracing itself for Sandy – a huge category one hurricane that has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” given its proximity to Halloween. The National Weather forecast for the storm has announced its estimated time of landfall somewhere between the east and northeastern coast by late Monday or early Tuesday Monster Oppblåsbar Water Park. Its winds have continued to intensify as it moves inland. State of emergencies has already been declared in the states of Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut and Virginia, and are advised to prepare for the worst. (WTVM)
The storm is a serious threat and cannot be underestimated. It has a potential to be one of the most destructive storms on record. It is reminiscent of last year’s storm Irene which caused widespread damage to the east coast. Hurricane Sandy has already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean killing at least 60 people in its path with maximum sustained winds of 75mph. (CNBC).
Sandy is “looking like a very serious storm that could be historic,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground. “Mother Nature is not saying, ‘Trick or treat.’ It’s just going to give tricks.” (Weather Underground).
Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore on the 21st anniversary of the ‘Perfect Storm‘. The original Perfect Storm was formed on Oct. 28, 1991, and dissipated on Nov. 4. The storm was blamed for 13 deaths and over $200 million in damages, including those to Bush’s vacation home. (WND)
With Hurricane Sandy, at least 50 to 60 million people, including those living in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia could be affected by the storm. The damage is expected to be in billions of dollars. In New York, it’s rare for the massive transit network, the largest in North America with some 8.5 million riders a day, to grind to a halt. Authorities warned that surges of seawater could flood subway tunnels and cripple the network of electrical and communications lines that are vital to the nation’s financial center.
In the city that never sleeps, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was under orders from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to begin the suspension of subway service at 7 p.m. Sunday. Bus service was scheduled to stop at 9 p.m. (CNN)
Airlines also canceled more than 7,200 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the Northeast. Boston also called off school. And all non-essential government offices closed in the nation’s capital. (Mercury News)
All along the U.S. coast worried residents packed stores, buying generators, candles, food and other supplies in anticipation of power outages.
‘They’re freaking out,’ said Joe Dautel, a clerk at a hardware store in Glenside, Pennsylvania. ‘I’m selling people four, five, six packs of batteries – when I had them.’ (USA Prepares)
Sustained gustiness of winds, heavy rains, storm surges, and even snow from collision of cold air with the storm are predicted for parts of the eastern United States and southern Canada over the next few days, as Hurricane Sandy makes its way inland. Downed trees, power outages, and flooding are likely, but proper knowledge and preparation are essential in any natural disasters such as this. (National Geographic)