‘Epic, monstrous, 1000 miles long, covers 1/3 of U.S.’ – super-storm Sandy slams into U.S. East coast: 16 dead

October 30, 2012NEW YORK - The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. That was shortly after the center had reclassified the storm as a post-tropical cyclone, a scientific renaming that had no bearing on the powerful winds, driving rains and life-threatening storm surge expected to accompany its push onto land. The storm had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean on a slate-gray day and went on to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns. Even the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty left to ride out the storm at his mother’s house in New Jersey; he said the statue itself was “high and dry,” but his house in the shadow of the torch was not. The wind-driven rain lashed sea walls and protective barriers in places like Atlantic City, where the Boardwalk was damaged as water forced its way inland. Foam was spitting, and the sand gave in to the waves along the beach at Sandy Hook, N.J., at the entrance to New York Harbor. Water was thigh-high on the streets in Sea Bright, N.J., a three-mile sand-sliver of a town where the ocean joined the Shrewsbury River. “It’s the worst I’ve seen,” said David Arnold, watching the storm from his longtime home in Long Branch, N.J. “The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad.” The police said a tree fell on a house in Queens shortly after 7 p.m., killing a 30-year-old man. In Manhattan a few hours earlier, a construction crane atop one of the tallest buildings in the city came loose and dangled 80 stories over West 57th Street, across the street from Carnegie Hall. Soon power was going out and water was rushing in. Waves topped the sea wall in the financial district in Manhattan, sending cars floating downstream. West Street, along the western edge of Lower Manhattan, looked like a river. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, known officially as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in memory of a former governor, flooded hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered it closed to traffic. “We could be fishing out our windows tomorrow,” said Garnett Wilcher, a barber who lives in the Hammells Houses, a block from the ocean in the Rockaways in Queens. Still, he said he felt safe at home. Pointing to neighboring apartment houses in the city-run housing project, he said, “We got these buildings for jetties.” Hurricane-force winds extended up to 175 miles from the center of the storm; tropical-storm-force winds spread out 485 miles from the center. Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds could stretch all the way north to Canada and all the way west to the Great Lakes. Snow was expected in some states. Businesses and schools were closed; roads, bridges and tunnels were closed; and more than 13,000 airline flights were canceled. Even the Erie Canal was shut down. Subways were shut down from Boston to Washington, as were Amtrak and the commuter rail lines. About 1,000 flights were canceled at each of the three major airports in the New York City area. Philadelphia International Airport had 1,200 canceled flights, according to FlightAware, a data provider in Houston. “The most important thing right now is for people to use common sense,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “We didn’t want people out on the road going to work and not being able to get home again.” The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, stores and office buildings. Consolidated Edison said 68,700 customers had lost power — 21,800 in Westchester County, 18,500 on Staten Island and 18,200 in Queens. In New Jersey, the Public Service Electric and Gas Company said the storm had knocked out power to 36,000 customers. In Connecticut, nearly 70,000 people had lost electricity, utility officials reported. Con Edison, fearing damage to its electrical equipment, shut down power preemptively in sections of Lower Manhattan — and then an unplanned failure knocked out power to most of Manhattan below Midtown, about 250,000 customers. –NY Times
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24 Responses to ‘Epic, monstrous, 1000 miles long, covers 1/3 of U.S.’ – super-storm Sandy slams into U.S. East coast: 16 dead

  1. Ashuka says:

    Alvin I hope you are keeping yourself safe. Our prayers go out to all that are affected by superstorm Sandy.

  2. dan says:

    wow !! big mfking hurricane…….unfortunately ,storms like these will become more common…..

  3. Irene C says:

    I was watching a satellite feed of this storm as it was heading towards the East Coast. It reminded me of the movie “Day After Tomorrow” (without the special effects). This is one scary storm.

    Also, The Weather Channel has a program called “It Could Happen Tomorrow”. One of the shows shows what could happen if a hurricane would hit NYC. Pretty much spot on.

    As of this writing, I don’t know how other states are doing, but Northern Ohio has been hit pretty hard. In the Cleveland, OH area, at least 108,000 customers are without power and part of I-90 is closed due to flooding along Lake Erie. We still have power, but the winds are pretty bad. We’re ready though if it goes out.

    I also wonder why so many people didn’t evacuate when they were asked/told to. I know that many people think that scientists/meteorologists hype these things, but I would rather evacuate and be safe than stay and find out that I was wrong. Just my opinion…

    Prayers for all who are being affected by this superstorm. I have a feeling that we ain’t seen nothing yet.

  4. onthemark55 says:

    It’s midnight ,Oct. 30th, in Oregon City, OR. and 57 deg.???????? EVERYTHING,EVERYWHERE IS OUT OF WHACK.

  5. Anne says:

    Let us pray to Almighty God that the nuclear reactors in N.J and NY do not flood and melt down.

  6. Yasmine says:

    Is it normal for an eye of a storm to close when it falls on land?

    • Joseph t. Repas says:

      Hi Yasmine. Yes, it is common for the eye to close once a hurricane goes over land for any extended period of time. The increase of friction from geographical obstacles such as hills, trees, buildings etc. breaks up the delicately balanced symmetry of a hurricane. I know that sounds ironic but it is true that the stronger a hurricane is then the more delicate it is. It is possible for a hurricane to regain an eye if it goes back over open seas.

    • Irene C says:

      The eye wall closing when it hits land is not unusual. Basically, the hurricane gets it’s power from the warm water. When it hits land, it loses that fuel and also hits resistance from the land and buildings. But what was truly so unusual about this storm, was it was a nor-easter wrapped around a hurricane. You could say that two fronts collided, merged, and turned into this superstorm. One of the reasons they called it Frankenstorm. This has never been seen before, in modern times. As others have said – I’m also speechless. Thankful that everyone here, so far as I know, are okay. Still praying for those we haven’t heard from yet.

  7. Joseph t. Repas says:

    I thank God we made out ok. here in NJ. The storm passed overhead between 8 – 10 p.m. and we definitely had hurricane gusts. Where I am at we got about 3.3″ of rain but to the south and south west by even just a few miles got nearly a foot of rain. No loss of power though it flickered a couple of times. Some large branches down in the neighborhood but missed critical power lines. Ground was rather dry from being in rainfall deficit of about 8″. I think that helped. Saw one home with some roof shingle damage but most homes seem to have gotten by with no significant damage. Philadelphia recorded it’s lowest barometric pressure ever at 953.6mb. ~ 28.10 ” of mercury!!!
    BTW..Yesterday I blogged that the Jersey shore peninsulsa was split in the 1950’s but it was in 1960 by hurricane Donna. I hope that other EP friends and their families were able to get by as well in this epic storm.

  8. Desiree says:

    Alvin,I know you know alot about weather and weather patterns. So my question is, how likely was it that this storm that was cruising along approximately 200 miles off shore would decide to make a hard left turn straight into the jet stream? I could be way off. But it seems to me that usually the weather flows from west to east, or in a hurricane, usually they go up and out to sea. I would think the power if the jet stream would have swept it along, not sucked it straight in.
    What’s your thought?

  9. Irene C says:

    We made it through pretty good last night, here in Ohio, although I didn’t get much sleep. We didn’t lose power here and ended up with snow covering the ground. Much of the Cleveland OH area is still without power and they are still seeing high winds. The devastation I’ve been seeing is horrible. Many prayers for all of these people.

  10. Dublintaff says:

    My heart goes out to everyone affected. Stay safe.

  11. VILMA says:

    Royal Oaks still waiting power on back in all neightborhood there are only on some blocks we understand the situation. thanks PS&G.

  12. Kathy says:

    This storm just leaves you speechless.

    God Bless all that are involved!

  13. Jay B. says:

    I agree “speechless” is a fitting adjective to describe one’s reaction to such incredible force of nature. I was just thinking about the possibility that someone who did not have the Sandy experience would hardly believe it was true without thorough media coverage. strange thoughts.. I guess I just hope that everyone is safe now.

    • Anne says:

      Jay, as Irene wrote, ‘we ain’t seen nothing yet’ – .there are five 40 year old nuclear reactors that have been negatively affected by this mega storm. 22 days left for nuke inspectors whether they can sigh in relief, or prepare for melt downs. This is a nightmare that’s been threatening the eastcoast for years. Prayers to Almighty God are called for.

  14. mike says:

    i live here in NJ , they are telling us that it could be another 10 days before we get power.

  15. prayntongues says:

    Sandy is not done yet, Chicago expected to get hit with 60mph winds, 24 foot waves off Lake Michigan…wind is creating these huge waves!! I saw a youtube vid of ariel survey of NJ, I cannot believe that blocks of homes were wiped off their foundations, very surreal to see the boats and cars piled up. It is like watching the aftermath of Katrina all over again.

  16. Dennis E. says:

    Sandy……….Will be remembered until the next super storm. I am concerned that we will see more super storms as earth change events continue to progress.

  17. mtnwolf63 says:

    I survived Sandy, but it has given me a whole new perspective. It was eerie. Usually when it’s cloudy the city lights reflecting off the clouds are almost bright enough to read by. As the storm reached it’s peak I watched the world around me going dark. First there were bright green flashes to the East, off in the distance, getting closer and closer. Then the bright glow of the New York City skyline went dark. Then it went dark to the West, then finally in a blinding green flash the lights to the South went dark. The horizon was pitch black in every direction. The wind was howling and moaning all night long, it’s a sound I will never forget. The next day I went looking for gas, every gas station was closed. One station was running on a generator, they got a tanker load and people flocked from miles around for gas, the line stretched down the road nearly a mile and the gas was gone before most people even got to the station. Almost every stop light was out, police were completely overwhelmed. I heard on the scanner that looters were raiding blacked out areas, breaking into cars & shops. I used to think civilization was tough, but I learned first hand that it’s not. It’s a very fragile thing, it gets damaged easily, and it’s hard to fix. Thankfully, help is pouring in from all over. I saw a huge convoy of utility trucks today on the way to affected areas. Planes are in the sky again. You don’t realize what you’d miss until it’s not there anymore. If it wasn’t for good people helping each other, sacrificing their time freely in the service of others, the world as we know it would fall apart very quickly. Most people have no clue how quickly. There was a time when survivalists were considered eccentric and paranoid. Not any more.

    • Irene C says:

      So thankful you are okay mtnwolf63. I did a lot of praying for all of you on the East Coast. What most people don’t realize is that when we lose our creature comforts and food and fuel become scare, civilization breaks down. I believe that God is sending us a warning.

  18. Colleen says:

    My prayers still go out to NYC, New Jersey, and other areas affected by this storm. I am saddened by those lives that were lost in the storm as well. I will keep these people in my heart and prayers from now on.

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