Hurricane Sandy makes landfall near Atlantic City, leaves 39 dead, millions without power

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall near Atlantic City, leaves 39 dead, millions without power

New York City : NY : USA | Oct 30, 2012 at 3:52 AM PDT
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Hurricane Sandy Makes landfall

Hurricane Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. EDT, with 168 (105 mph) sustained winds Monday, leaving at least 39 dead and millions without power. As the storm went ashore all along the northeast coast of the United States, sustained winds continued just under 160 km/h (100 mph). Latest statement on Sandy out from Canadian Hurricane Centre. Now located 165 km (102 miles) WNW of Washington. Still packing sustained 95 km/h (59 mph) winds.

According to the Weather channel nearly 9 million people are without power. Top wind gusts reported were 96 mph at Eastons Neck, NY, Tuckerton, NJ 88 mph, Westerly, RI 86 mph, Madison, CT 85 mph, Wellfleet, M.A., 81 mph and JFK Airport 79 mph.

12,500 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm, along with rail travel. Flight cancelations and the problems in Ontario will also cause cancelations in Canada. Check with your air carrier before proceeding to the airport. Arrangements have been made to reschedule flight to much later by some carriers.

Bloomberg reports that the economic impact will be in the neighborhood of $20 Billion. The total will include approximately $8 billion in injured losses, while the remainder would be covered by cities and states, including the NY City subway system, which may be shut down for as long as four days. Some power outages are expected to last up to 10 days.

As President Obama, who returned to the White House yesterday, is hunkered down in the White House, he declared a national emergency, which will free up federal resources. Mitt Romney is expected to do some relief work in Ohio today.

Davis, WV received approximately 18 inches of snow as of early Tuesday morning. As many as 10 inches of snow were dumped as far south and Newfound Gap, TN, which is at an elevation of 5,000 feet.

Restoring power will be a particularly hazardous task, with lingering winds and downed power lines. Temperatures of the areas left without power will also be affected by the cold that followed the storm. In some cases daytime highs will only be in the 40s and 50s. Overnight lows in are expected to bottom out in the 30s from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the Tennessee Valley and Appalachians into the interior Northeast, with 40s for lows encroaching into lower elevations of the Mid-Atlantic States by Wednesday morning.

The storm left a trail of destruction and flooded streets in New York. The storm also hit Toronto, Ontario hard with strong winds causing downed trees and left thousands without power.

In northern New Jersey three towns are flooded after a levy broke. The break filled the streets with 5 feet of water in five minutes. A rescue operation is underway to rescue about 800 people from a trailer park.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A possible levee breach in northern New Jersey Tuesday, flooded three towns with 4 to 5 feet of water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, prompting the evacuation of hundreds from their homes.

"The towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt were underwater after the swollen Hackensack River broke its banks, affecting around 2,000 residents, said Jeanne Baratta, chief of the Bergen County Executive." Reuters

Hundeds of thousands are without power in Manhattan, after an explosion blew up a power station. Roadways have been turned into raging rivers and as mentioned before, the New York subway system is shut down and officials say that it could take up to four days to pump out water and put the system back into service.

Blizzard conditions were reported in Tucker Co. and Preston Co., W.V. Coupled with the high winds we mentioned earlier, the threat of downed trees, power outages, and, due to the weight of the heavy, wet snow, roof collapses exists with this storm. Whiteout conditions are possible, at times. Travel will be difficult, if not impossible.

The storm has devastated the northeast and is now moving into southern Ontario, affecting southern Quebec and heavy rains are forecast in New Brunswick.

Hurricane Sandy arrived pretty well as forecast and left a trail of devastation behind it. The overall effects and damage will not be known for some time. Even before the storm made landfall it had knocked out power to 2.1 million people from North Carolina to New Hampshire.

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Sources: Bloomberg


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