Superstorm Sandy delivers a devastating blow to the U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:23 PM GMT on October 30, 2012

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In a stunning spectacle of atmospheric violence, Superstorm Sandy roared ashore in New Jersey last night with sustained winds of 90 mph and a devastating storm surge that crippled coastal New Jersey and New York. Sandy's record size allowed the historic storm to bring extreme weather to over 100 million Americans, from Chicago to Maine and from Michigan to Florida. Sandy's barometric pressure at landfall was 946 mb, tying the Great Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938 as the most powerful storm ever to hit the Northeast U.S. north of Cape Hatteras, NC. New York City experienced its worst hurricane since its founding in 1624, as Sandy's 9-foot storm surge rode in on top of a high tide to bring water levels to 13.88' at The Battery, smashing the record 11.2' water level recorded during the great hurricane of 1821. Damage from Superstorm Sandy will likely be in the tens of billions, making the storm one of the five most expensive disasters in U.S. history.


Figure 1. Morning satellite image of Superstorm Sandy taken at 10 am EDT Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Image credit: NASA GSFC.


Figure 2. Sandy's storm surge (green line) at New York City hit 9' near 9 pm EDT, right when water levels due to high tide (blue line.) The total storm tide (red line) reached 13.88 above Mean Lower Low Water, an all-time record for NYC. Image credit: NOAA Tides and Currents.


Figure 3. Storm surge forced the Delaware River in Philadelphia to a crest of 10.62 feet at 4 a.m. EDT this morning, breaking the previous record of 10.50 feet set Apr. 17, 2011 and Nov. 25, 1950. Image credit: NOAA.

Sandy sets all-time low pressure records
Sandy's impact has been so severe over such a wide area that it is difficult to adequately document the event. I'll start with some of the major cities that set all-time low pressure records during Sandy, with the new record followed by the old record and date of occurrence (thanks go to wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt for putting this list together):

Atlantic City, NJ: 28.01"/948mb 28.37"/961mb 3/6/1932

Philadelphia, PA: 28.12"/953mb 28.43"/963mb 3/13/1993

Harrisburg, PA: 28.46"/964mb 28.62"/969mb 1/3/1913

Scranton, PA: 28.69"/971mb 28.72"/973mb 2/25/1965

Trenton, NJ: 28.31"/958mb 28.43"/963mb 3/13/1993

Baltimore, MD: 28.49"/965mb 28.68"/971mb 3/3/1932

Harrisburg, PA: 28.46"/964mb 28.62"/969mb 1/3/1913

Cities that came close to setting their all-time low pressure record:

Newark, NJ: 28.51"/965mb 28.45"/963 3/13/1993

New York, NY: 28.53"/966mb 28.38"/961mb 3/1/1914

Washington D.C. 28.63"/969mb 28.54/966mb 3/13/1993

Lynchburg, VA: 29.12"/986mb 28.84"/977mb 3/6/1932

Elkins, WV: 29.22"/989mb 28.85"/977mb 2/25/1965

Sandy's snows
Sandy's snows have clobbered the town of Davis, WV with an estimated 26 - 28" of snow. Most of the town is without power, and winds are blowing 20 - 30 mph with 40 mph gusts. Sandy brought the snowiest October day on record to both Elkins, WV (7" of snow) and Bluefield, WV (4.7".)


Video 1. Multiple trees fall during powerful gusts during Superstorm Sandy's landfall in New Jersey Monday evening (warming: foul language.)

There's so much more to say about Sandy--including how the storm may have been influenced by climate change--but I'll save this for later posts, as it's time to get something posted.

Angela Fritz has a 2:30 pm EDT post that discusses the latest on Sandy's impact and forecast.

Jeff Masters

Hurricane Sandy (Biskitten)
Amazing waves at high tide and the storm is just beginning here in Seacoast NH!
Hurricane Sandy
Downed Sycamore (deltabird)
Weehawken NJ
Downed Sycamore
Davis, West Virginia - 4 PM (beaudodson)
Snow increasing in intensity.
Davis, West Virginia - 4 PM
Corn Neck Road, Block Island, RI (JudyGray)
Corn Neck Road, Block Island, RI
Harlem, NYC (ArsenalNYC)
Part of the roof of my building ripped off during Hurricane Sandy and landed on two cars across the street
Harlem, NYC

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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:
Oct. 30, 2:40 p.m.: A New York University Hospital building on East 32nd St. has lost “years” of scientific research due to the storm, one researcher told the New York Daily News. Thousands of genetically-modified mice drowned in a flood, and the hospital may have lost various special enzymes, antibodies, and DNA strands that were stored at very specific temperatures. The Daily News writes: “In one case, scientists were rolling a big freezer — the size of a big refrigerator — to an area of the hospital with emergency power.”

It sounds like many organizations in the NYC metropolitan area didn't have very good contingency plans, if they had any at all. A storm like Sandy brings into sharp focus how important the area is to science, commerce, industry, and the overall economy. Being such an important center carries important responsibilities. As has been said before, it's not the probability of what might happen, it's the stakes when a major catastrophic event does happen. That should be a major factor in planning.
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405. whitewabit (Mod)
Does anyone know how Belmar, NJ made out ???
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TROPICAL STORM ROSA DISCUSSION NUMBER 3
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP172012
200 PM PDT TUE OCT 30 2012

ROSA CONTINUES TO SLOWLY ORGANIZE. VISIBLE IMAGERY SHOWS THAT WHILE
CONVECTION HAS WEAKENED SOMEWHAT NEAR THE CENTER...A WELL-DEFINED
CURVED BAND HAS FORMED IN THE SOUTHERN SEMICIRCLE. SATELLITE
INTENSITY ESTIMATES ARE 35 KT AND 45 KT FROM TAFB AND SAB
RESPECTIVELY...SO A BLEND OF 40 KT IS USED FOR THE INITIAL WIND
SPEED.

THE CENTER OF ROSA REMAINS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE DEEP
CONVECTION...A SIGN OF THE WESTERLY SHEAR. MOST OF THE LARGE-SCALE
MODELS SUGGEST ROSA WILL STAY JUST SOUTH OF A BAND OF STRONG SHEAR
FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THEREAFTER...THE MAJORITY OF THE GUIDANCE
SHOWS INCREASING WESTERLY SHEAR DUE TO AN UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH
DIGGING OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC. THE INTENSITY MODELS NOW SHOW THE
STORM GETTING A LITTLE STRONGER BEFORE THE SHEAR ARRIVES...SO THE
OFFICIAL WIND SPEED FORECAST FOLLOWS THAT TREND.

VISIBLE AND MICROWAVE DATA GIVE A MORE CERTAIN MOTION ESTIMATE OF
280/5...A BIT SLOWER AND WEST OF PREVIOUS ESTIMATES. A WEAK RIDGE
OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC SHOULD STEER THE STORM SLOWLY WESTWARD
THROUGH WEDNESDAY. HOWEVER...THE TRACK FORECAST IS CONSIDERABLY
MORE UNCERTAIN AFTER THAT TIME...WITH DIFFERENCES IN BOTH THE DEPTH
OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE AND THE MID-LEVEL PATTERN BECOMING
APPARENT. THE GFS MODEL HAS JOINED THE GFDL SOLUTION OF A DEEPER
STORM...WHICH FEELS THE EFFECT OF WESTERLY WINDS ALOFT AND CAUSES
ROSA TO SLOW DOWN OR EVEN TURN NORTHEASTWARD BY DAY 5. SINCE THE
GFS FORECAST MADE SUCH A LARGE CHANGE AND IS AT ODDS WITH ITS MORE
WESTWARD ENSEMBLE MEAN PREDICTION...THE OFFICIAL FORECAST WILL STAY
CLOSER TO THE PREVIOUS FORECAST AND NEAR A BLEND OF THE ECMWF/GFS
ENSEMBLE MEAN. THE FORECAST WAS ADJUSTED SOUTHEASTWARD BY A FAIR
AMOUNT...BUT IS WELL WEST OF THE MODEL CONSENSUS.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 30/2100Z 14.4N 116.7W 40 KT 45 MPH
12H 31/0600Z 14.6N 117.5W 45 KT 50 MPH
24H 31/1800Z 14.9N 118.4W 50 KT 60 MPH
36H 01/0600Z 15.0N 119.1W 45 KT 50 MPH
48H 01/1800Z 15.0N 119.7W 40 KT 45 MPH
72H 02/1800Z 14.5N 120.8W 35 KT 40 MPH
96H 03/1800Z 13.5N 122.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
120H 04/1800Z 13.5N 124.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW

$$
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Monmouth Beach, NJ
Deer caught in the surf.

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Quoting Trixie1984:
Seaside Park, NJ - Funtown Pier




Not much left of it ..
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Quoting Trixie1984:
Seaside Park, NJ - Funtown Pier




Absolute devastation across the coast of NJ, reminds me of right after Ike. Unbelievable, structures just washed away.
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Too serious of a situation for the global warming argument today so I am going to pass on it for now.

I hope everybody that was in harms way can stay safe and I am hoping for all of you. Remember possessions can be replaced but your life can not.
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Quoting sar2401:

Pics didn't work, Trixie.


They did for me.
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Quoting tiggeriffic:


those two pics are to pristine to not be shopped...i have seen boats tossed by hurricanes...first hand..and that one is just to clean to have been thru a storm...and the playground...sorry, don't believe that one either...no debris anywhere...sitting in the middle of what looks like an open ocean...not convinced regardless of where the pic came from


That boat is definitely real, they showed it on the news live.
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Quoting Trixie1984:



Pics didn't work, Trixie.
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:
Oct. 30, 2:40 p.m.: A New York University Hospital building on East 32nd St. has lost %u201Cyears%u201D of scientific research due to the storm, one researcher told the New York Daily News. Thousands of genetically-modified mice drowned in a flood, and the hospital may have lost various special enzymes, antibodies, and DNA strands that were stored at very specific temperatures. The Daily News writes: %u201CIn one case, scientists were rolling a big freezer %u2014 the size of a big refrigerator %u2014 to an area of the hospital with emergency power.%u201D


Sounds exactly like what happened to the Texas Medical District in Houston, TX during TS Allison 01'. In fact they lost years of research just like this.
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Oct. 30, 2:40 p.m.: A New York University Hospital building on East 32nd St. has lost “years” of scientific research due to the storm, one researcher told the New York Daily News. Thousands of genetically-modified mice drowned in a flood, and the hospital may have lost various special enzymes, antibodies, and DNA strands that were stored at very specific temperatures. The Daily News writes: “In one case, scientists were rolling a big freezer — the size of a big refrigerator — to an area of the hospital with emergency power.”
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Seaside Park, NJ - Funtown Pier


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Are any people form Long Island on the blog now? If so, how is long island doing? Thank you!
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Turf Field on New Dorp Lane In Staten Island


Park Slope's treasured trees and many cars.


Freight train on the NJ Turnpike. Storm surge pushed it


Lido Beach


Starbucks may be closed, but its Wifi is still on. Tourists take advantage in midtown.
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Quoting sar2401:

Not always true. I have been trying to call my sister in Cleveland since yesterday, and was finally able to get through to her about a half hour ago. She had no landline service and cell phone service was completely gone, including text and internet access. She was finally able to get a text on her phone and texted me back, but still no voice or internet. Lost a bunch of trees on her street, and one just missed her bedroom, but they are all fine, except for no power. The good thing is that winds are finally starting to die down. Ohio seems to be pretty much ignored in the news, but the Cleveland area, especially the lakefront homes, really took it on the chin. In my over 50 years of watching storms, I've never seen one like Sandy, and hope to never see another like her.



On Saturday my delivery driver was teasing me that he would be relaxed in his armchair, watching coverage of Sandy and see if we here in WV made the news.... he lives in Cleveland. Oh, the irony! :)
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I didn't even know fires went past 5 alarm.
It is stunning that fires could spread with that much water everywhere.
With wind spreading flames horizonally, it is a whole new beast. Tragic.
I hope there is more good video and firefighters across the US can learn lessons about fighting urban, high wind blazes from this.
I wonder if smoke jumpers out west have any high wind spread prevention techniquest? Then again, they can usually just cut down a break out of trees to make a gap. What can you do when all the flamables are homes?
Is there a sticky foam retardant for the sides of buildings?
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Is this the new Atl. Invest?



Future Valerie?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
sorry that one is maryland

here is link
i will include captions on any others i find

Link

Thank you, Keep, that will be a great help. There are many of us who feel like a cat with long tail in a room full of rocking chairs, and additional information about where and what a picture is showing will help calm us down a bit. :)
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Damage to Ritz Carlton in White Plains. Panels fell 43 stories to the street. No one hurt.


TREE UPROOTED IN BEDSTUY BROOKLYN


Do NOT take NJ Turnpike southbound from NYC. Complete standstill


Brentwood, NY (Long Island)


Gate 34c LGA


Verizon building 140 West St.


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The Tropical Cyclone Report (TCR) is out for TS Florence.
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283 NOLALawyer: And, the period goes inside the quotation marks, not outside. LOL.

Why? Because some idiot American grammarians made up the "rule" for typographers*.

The Brits have it right. If the punctuation is not being quoted, it doesn't belong within quotation marks.
Same with "scare quotes".

* That was their first mistake: assuming that typographers are so ignorant and feeble-minded that they need simplified rules.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:


No, that is still "SANDY" coordinates and pressure

OK, thanks. It would be really nice if bloggers would label what they are putting up rather than just a bare, cryptic report. Some of us aren't all that bright when it comes to reading hieroglyphics. :)
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Quoting CarolinaHurricanes87:


Agree. It is human nature to be intrigued by things like this storm. That is why she ventured out. That is why every national media outlet had dozens of on-scene reporters up and down the coast. Hell, thats why all of us come here to read and post on the blog.

I would say "unfortunate" is a better word to describe her situation than "foolish". I'm sure there were hundreds of others doing similar things, exploring outside when they probably shouldn't have been, who are just fine.



Yes, it's unfortunate, but I see a lot of piling-on about how stupid she supposedly was.

She was no dumber than the reporters wading into the water. You can't tell the difference between charged water and non-charged water until it's too late.

Lots and lots of "internet geniuses" on here that wouldn't make that mistake though, evidently.

Whatever...
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Good afternoon. TS Rosa:



TS Nilam:

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Quoting RitaEvac:


All they have to do is text, talking on cell is overloaded and will not work, but texting will.

Not always true. I have been trying to call my sister in Cleveland since yesterday, and was finally able to get through to her about a half hour ago. She had no landline service and cell phone service was completely gone, including text and internet access. She was finally able to get a text on her phone and texted me back, but still no voice or internet. Lost a bunch of trees on her street, and one just missed her bedroom, but they are all fine, except for no power. The good thing is that winds are finally starting to die down. Ohio seems to be pretty much ignored in the news, but the Cleveland area, especially the lakefront homes, really took it on the chin. In my over 50 years of watching storms, I've never seen one like Sandy, and hope to never see another like her.
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Thanks to Dr Jeff Masters for hosting this blog. Thanks to you all for your many posts. Best to you all. Thanks to this site, I rented a generator on Wednesday morning.
Unrelated to those thanks......
Whodathunk organized lying would be such a fundamental part of science, politics, and money. Ok, politics and money......My boys have gotten the talks from me about this. Much more detailed than the one I got in late 1969.
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Quoting Grothar:


You have to hit the button on top that reads CBS2. Sorry, You know I would never steer you wrong, kwgirl. Look at it now
I saw the live feed. I guess I will go back and try what you are saying. I am just saying that the opinion article that was labeled there caught my eye and thought it was very timely.
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Quoting TerraNova:
Just heard from my parents...they had to travel a considerable distance just to get cell phone reception, there's a massive outage in their area of Jersey. Luckily, everything else is fine - trees down everywhere in their neighborhood, but many seem to have fallen away from buildings. Still without power though. As for us here in DC, no major damage on campus, classes will continue as normal tomorrow. Managed to maintain power even though lights began flickering at one point. A million thanks to all of the responses I got last night...so, so much appreciated. Not fun being in the dark when you have loved ones in the danger zone!


After Ike, we contact Verizon and you received discount for service not working. But you have to contact them in order to get that discount, not sure about other providers. Called it something like "disaster area" so when you go over your limits you don't get charged.
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Quoting oracle28:


For that matter, literally every CNN reporter was one downed-line in their proximity from death.

I hardly think the poor woman that was killed by the downed line was being foolish, but more unaware of the danger.

RIP



Agree. It is human nature to be intrigued by things like this storm. That is why she ventured out. That is why every national media outlet had dozens of on-scene reporters up and down the coast. Hell, thats why all of us come here to read and post on the blog.

I would say "unfortunate" is a better word to describe her situation than "foolish". I'm sure there were hundreds of others doing similar things, exploring outside when they probably shouldn't have been, who are just fine.

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Quoting Articuno:

PS: This is pasadena md.

Thank you. It really helps if we remember there are lots of folks who are trying to find out about relatives, and one house pretty much looks like about 10,000 other houses in that area. Same with waterfront photos, especially when major landmarks are gone.
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Quoting TerraNova:
Just heard from my parents...they had to travel a considerable distance just to get cell phone reception, there's a massive outage in their area of Jersey. Luckily, everything else is fine - trees down everywhere in their neighborhood, but many seem to have fallen away from buildings. Still without power though. As for us here in DC, no major damage on campus, classes will continue as normal tomorrow. Managed to maintain power even though lights began flickering at one point. A million thanks to all of the responses I got last night...so, so much appreciated. Not fun being in the dark when you have loved ones in the danger zone!

Thank you for letting us know, I've been keeping your family in my thoughts since you posted last night. So glad that everything is okay for you and yours :)
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Is this the new Atl. Invest?



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Afternoon all.

Quoting ExumaMET:
Finally back online... Man this bad attitude woman did some damage to the jersey shore.
I am relieved to see you on at last... I didn't get internet back until yesterday...

Quoting Barkeep1967:
Sampling of cold low temp readings across Louisiana, Tue Oct 30 2012 - Tallulah: 27F (note: Vicksburg, MS nearby fell to 26F!), Alexandria: 32F, Covington: 33F, Ruston: 34F, Slidell: 35F, Donaldsonville: 35F, Baton Rouge: 36F, Hammond: 36F... My local Houma metro area - KHUM airport: 38.7F, Bayou Cane home: 37.9F, Thibodaux: 37F, USDA PWS: 35.7F, Bayou Blue / Gray: 34F... To the best of my knowledge, these low temps are the coldest October readings locally since Oct 20 1989, when dipped to 32F, earliest recorded freeze in Houma Terrebonne area... Houma LA's Record coldest October low was on this date 102 years ago - 30F on Oct 30 1910.


I am just guessing this will not be part of the blog tomorrow. Now if they were record high's it would be in bold letters and Sandy would come second.
This is the coldest it's been since prolly last January... wonderfully chilly before November even starts! I hope we don't pay for it with early heat next summer...

Quoting Eng1n3rd:


Does that mean Sebastian Junger needs to re-title his book?
The Almost-Perfect Storm ....
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Quoting TerraNova:
Just heard from my parents...they had to travel a considerable distance just to get cell phone reception, there's a massive outage in their area of Jersey. Luckily, everything else is fine - trees down everywhere in their neighborhood, but many seem to have fallen away from buildings. Still without power though. As for us here in DC, no major damage on campus, classes will continue as normal tomorrow. Managed to maintain power even though lights began flickering at one point. A million thanks to all of the responses I got last night...so, so much appreciated. Not fun being in the dark when you have loved ones in the danger zone!


All they have to do is text, talking on cell is overloaded and will not work, but texting will.
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Quoting FunnelVortex:


LOL

Coast To Coast AM is full of dummies like that.

Speaking of Coast to Coast AM, have you ever read Art "Bullshit" Bell's book The Coming Global Superstorm?

I LOLED reading that!


No, I would rather read GOOD fiction...LMAO
SOMETIMES they have some interesting topics, but today I just KNEW that would be the topic and I was right.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Actually, the "Oll Korrect" origin story is but one of many, and etymologists are still unsure from exactly it came (but for what it's worth, it's the one I believe most likely). Anyway, as I said, "OK" is acceptable, and for some large publications it's the preferred form. But "okay" is, indeed, the "official" formal form. Not that it really makes any difference to me; as Grothar said, we were just playing around... Okay? OK? O.K.? Okie dokie? ;-)


I thought OK was Oklahoma?
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Quoting LargoFl:
yes thats true i guess, and these firemen were working under hurricane conditions etc..it must have been one horrible time for them, seeing all these houses burning, probably a whole neighbor hood..80-90 homes..guess they did their best under horrible conditions, just couldnt stop the flames from jumping house to house, you fight one fire 10 more start..geez

From what I understand, the water was too deep to get pumpers to the scene, and rescues were being made by boats. The only thing that might have helped would have been a fireboat, but the conditions were way too bad for even a fireboat to leave port. Firefighters are pretty inventive, and I'm sure they would have cobbled together something if there was a way to save those homes. The only thing that kept the entire Marina District in SF from burning down after the 1991 earthquake was a fireboat with big pumps, lots of trucks with lots of hose, and citizens joining in to hump hoses 1000 yards from the Bay to the fires.
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Just heard from my parents...they had to travel a considerable distance just to get cell phone reception, there's a massive outage in their area of Jersey. Luckily, everything else is fine - trees down everywhere in their neighborhood, but many seem to have fallen away from buildings. Still without power though. As for us here in DC, no major damage on campus, classes will continue as normal tomorrow. Managed to maintain power even though lights began flickering at one point. A million thanks to all of the responses I got last night...so, so much appreciated. Not fun being in the dark when you have loved ones in the danger zone!
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Quoting Articuno:


Picture in my hometown..
A man was killed when this tree hit his house..

PS: This is pasadena md.
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Picture in my hometown..

A man was killed when this tree hit his house..
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Quoting RitaEvac:


That's this "live life to the fullest" mentality generation out there. Think you gotta try and do everything and can't worry about risk. Trust me I see it and hear it all over.


For that matter, literally every CNN reporter was one downed-line in their proximity from death.

I hardly think the poor woman that was killed by the downed line was being foolish, but more unaware of the danger.

RIP

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Quoting Neapolitan:
Dr. Masters may very well mention that smattering of lows. But then again, he totally failed to talk about the more than 2,000 record high (or high minimum) temperatures set or tied in the U.S over the last two weeks. He also failed to mention the many all-time monthly high temperatures set today in South America, where parts of Bolivia and Southern Brazil saw temps climb well into the triple digits, a rarity for October.

I guess you never can tell what he's going to talk about, can you? ;-)
I enjoy Dr. Masters posts. I appreciate all he does for some of us laymen and laywomen. I sure wouldn't want to endure some of the critical critiques he reads everyday ,and he still comes back for more..Thank you Dr. Masters for all you do.
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One of Sandy's actual effect on us...

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362. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Quoting sar2401:

Which means what? Is this a new invest?


No, that is still "SANDY" coordinates and pressure
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Quoting Barkeep1967:
Sampling of cold low temp readings across Louisiana, Tue Oct 30 2012 - Tallulah: 27F (note: Vicksburg, MS nearby fell to 26F!), Alexandria: 32F, Covington: 33F, Ruston: 34F, Slidell: 35F, Donaldsonville: 35F, Baton Rouge: 36F, Hammond: 36F... My local Houma metro area - KHUM airport: 38.7F, Bayou Cane home: 37.9F, Thibodaux: 37F, USDA PWS: 35.7F, Bayou Blue / Gray: 34F... To the best of my knowledge, these low temps are the coldest October readings locally since Oct 20 1989, when dipped to 32F, earliest recorded freeze in Houma Terrebonne area... Houma LA's Record coldest October low was on this date 102 years ago - 30F on Oct 30 1910.


I am just guessing this will not be part of the blog tomorrow. Now if they were record high's it would be in bold letters and Sandy would come second.
Dr. Masters may very well mention that smattering of lows. But then again, he totally failed to talk about the more than 2,000 record high (or high minimum) temperatures set or tied in the U.S over the last two weeks. He also failed to mention the many all-time monthly high temperatures set today in South America, where parts of Bolivia and Southern Brazil saw temps climb well into the triple digits, a rarity for October.

I guess you never can tell what he's going to talk about, can you? ;-)
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Quoting kwgirl:
Thanks Gro. I especially liked the Opinion piece about Romney and Fema.


You have to hit the button on top that reads CBS2. Sorry, You know I would never steer you wrong, kwgirl. Look at it now
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


The approach to Atlantic City?
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Quoting mikatnight:


Also, bare in mind that surge protection and lightning protection are two completely different animals. A proper surge protection system may (hopefully) protect your stuff from a surge in power lines caused by a nearby lightning strike, but not a direct hit. Lightning Protection is a much more extensive and far costlier procedure than a complete surge protection system.
mik.I would forgo the insurance company and go directly to the electric utility company... They will huff and puff but they sure don't want any bad publicity in the local newspaper. Most utilities are not to well liked and they sure would hate someone to go to the local media
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Quoting connie1976:
Can anyone tell me how bad is Long Island and how many days do you think until they have power again? The people buying our house was supposed to sell their house Nov. 1st and they are somewhere on Long Island... I know that this isn't important now, but it does affect my family.... Thank you so much for your help!

There has been a mandatory evacuation because there is no power or water. National Guard will be patroling. You can also take your pets.
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356. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #14
CYCLONIC STORM NILAM (BOB02-2012)
20:30 PM IST October 30 2012
=========================================

Cyclone Warning For North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry And Adjoining South Andhra Pradesh Coasts

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At 15:00 PM UTC, Cyclonic Storm Nilam remained practically stationary and lays centered near 9.5N 82.0E or about 450 km south southeast of Chennai, India and 130 km north northeast of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The system is likely to move north northwestward and cross northern Tamil Nadu and adjoining southern Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Nellore near Chennai around 12:00 PM October 31st.

According to satellite imagery, Dvorak intensity of the system is T2.5. Associated broken intense to very intense convection lies over Sri Lanka, Gulf of Mannar, Comorin, Palk Strait, Tamil Nadu adjoining Rayalseema, southwest adjoining west central Bay of Bengal between 7.0N to 11.5N west of 83.0E.

3 minute sustained winds near the center is 40 knots gusting up to 50 knots. The central pressure of the cyclone is 996 hPa. The state of the sea is high around the center of the cyclone.

Considering the environmental features, the sea surface temperature is about 29-30C. Over south Bay of Bengal. The ocean thermal energy is >80 kj/cm2 around the system center. The Madden Julian Oscillation index currently lies over phase 2. As per statistical and numerical weather prediction model predictions, it is expected to lie in phase 2 during next 3 days. An anticyclonic circulation lies over central Bay of Bengal (northeast of system center). The upper tropospheric ridge lies along 15.0N. The low level convergence, upper level divergence and relative vorticity remained same during past six hours and the vertical wind shear has decreased between 200 and 850 HPA levels and is moderate ( 5-10 knots) around system center. 24 hours wind shear tendency shows decreasing trend of the order of 10 knots over west central Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coast.

Forecast and Intensity
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9 HRS: 10.7N 81.3E - 45 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
33 HRS: 13.8N 79.3E - 30 knots (Deep Depression)
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