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Sandy... to Be Continued

By: Bryan Norcross , 4:45 AM GMT on October 30, 2012

There's lots more to talk about with Sandy, but I'll save that until it's over. While the storm is winding down, there are vast areas along coastlines from Maryland to Delaware to New Jersey to New York to New England that didn't get news coverage... so we don't know what happened. When the sun comes up, we'll start to get an idea, though the morning high-tide cycle could still yield some local flooding, and winds are going to make it tough to get the power back on quickly.

The little bit of good news that developed late Monday, the dry air seriously overtook the circulation so the incredible rain amounts that the models were predicting are not going to be widespread. So it looks like the river and fresh-water flooding will not be as bad as predicted.

A little bit of good news is better than none... so I'll leave it at that for now.

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5. vis0
6:02 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
As a native New Yorker the thing i see that will cause a greater delay, you touched on. Its that WITH ALL RESPECT when Andrew & Katrina hit, there was land for the displaced to go to ( not great places, but dry land)  even though there were delays ( more in LA. from water not moving out & even politics at both disasters) & the homes (campers) had chemicals in them. In NYC there really is no temporary area for people to live on while their homes are being completely knocked down cleaned out to rebuild. Maybe on Long Island, but the problem is Long Island is the place where its easily affected by storms / harsh weathering. Placing them on Long Island is like placing Katrina's victims in the Florida keys or the Katrina Victims on the Louisiana coast. Sadly if this weather pattern stays in place (lows off the Carolinas) it takes ~28 days for the energy to return to the atmospheres to create another 100 year Nor Easter (x3) or worse another 100 year SuperStorm (x1) and Long Island is in the open. Hopefully the pattern or fronts shift before the tap-able energy returns,peace
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4:17 AM GMT on October 31, 2012
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3. georgevandenberghe
4:43 PM GMT on October 30, 2012
Washington DC metro area got less damage than predicted. 5-7" of rain areawide but the worst banding was on Sunday to our east. The rain on Monday was spread out over a day at about 1/4 to 1/3"/hour for
many hours. This reduced the flash flood risk.
River flooding will happen though. Dry slotting (maybe) cut off our rain very late last night and that helped too.

I perceived winds were slightly less than was expected with gusts to 60-65 and steady winds around 40mph. This was not enough to cause the feared catastrophic tree damage and there were far fewer power outages than expected. Perhaps the June derecho took out a lot of trees that would otherwise have come down in this storm. We can be counted as among the fortunate. Scenes out of NJ and NY are horrific and my heart goes out to them.
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2. suzi46
12:38 PM GMT on October 30, 2012
Bryan..followed you on the Weather Channel as well..your forecasts were right on the money!! an amazing job done by all forecasters as well..I am sure your accurate reporting may have saved hundreds of lives..too bad EVERYONE didn't evacuate and take heed tho..thankyou for all your hardwork..we survived quite well up here in the Western Mtns of Maine adjacent Mt Washington Valley..50/60MPH winds yesterday with torrential rain..we've had no power since 5PM yesterday..but we have a whole house generator..doing an assessment of our property this morning..thanks again!
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5:30 AM GMT on October 30, 2012
thanks B been a long 9 days of tracking

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