I have children who reside all along the eastern border of the United States: FL, MD and NYC, so my concern about Sandy’s path, size and strength gives me cause to worry, as any mother would. I’ll be in touch with everyone for the next few days.
From the reports on TV and in the news, this storm or super-cell is no joke.
Here’s the very latest from Huffington Post:
Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard’s largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.
Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York – putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.
Ed Note: Below are live updates on Huffington Post as of 11:37 am today.
From HuffPost New York:
Even before the superstorm fueled by Hurricane Sandy has hit New York City in earnest Monday, parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn have experienced flooding.
At a press conference Monday morning, Governor Cuomo said the storm surge in New York is already at Hurricane Irene levels.
According to The New York Times, “Forecasters are expecting a 6-to-11-foot surge to hit the city at high tide around 8 p.m. [Monday] – the highest surge of the entire storm cycle.”
The super storm has left between 20 and 30 percent of Cuba’s coffee crop scattered, a potentially devastating loss for the country’s economy. Reuters estimates coffee production dropping to its lowest point in a century despite President Raul Castro’s efforts to improve Cuban food production and to decrease reliance on imports. More here.
President Obama will deliver a statement after his Situation Room briefing on Hurricane Sandy, at 12:45pm.
Check in here for all of our information on how to stay safe during Hurricane Sandy.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of satellite images of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene, courtesy of NASA.
Vern Gillmore, 80, isn’t just sending money or supplies to help those affected by the Hurricane Sandy megastorm — he’s delivering himself. The Utah man was deployed Monday as part of the Red Cross’ nationwide initiative to help a small portion of some 50 million people who could be affected by the storm.
Read the full story here.
Far Rockaway, New York — The southernmost of the two bridges linking this thin peninsula to the rest of New York City remains open, but high winds and flooding are making crossing the bridge an increasingly hazardous undertaking.
For now, the wind is coming in short bursts, rattling cars but not pushing them. The real threat is the water spilling over from an angry and roiling Jamaica Bay. This reporter watched as a New York City Department of Transportation car briefly hydroplaned on the main north/south thoroughfare, Beach Channel Drive. The car drifted like a canoe into another lane before its wheels found purchase again.
This reporter, also driving on the road, then followed the city car as it retreated back over the bridge to the relative safety of Brooklyn.
Ben Hallman, HuffPost
|@ WSJweather : NHC 11am #Sandy update: Sustained winds up to 90mph, pressure down to 943mb. Still 260mi from NYC.|
|@ WSJweather : Folks, just to summarize what we’re seeing here, #Sandy is in the process of intensifying — perhaps more than earlier forecasts showed.|
Portions of AC boardwalk destroyed, debris floating “uptown.”
|@ eyewitnessnyc : Atlantic City’s public safety director says most of the city under water #SandyABC7 #Sandy|
|@ NYTMetro : Breaking: Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels to close at 2 pm, Gov Cuomo announces. #Sandy|
- Sandy or Frankenstorm? Either Way, It’s a Big Deal (forbes.com)
- Hurricane Sandy may unleash historic floods in NYC (msnbc.msn.com)
- Hurricane Sandy sinks a ship off Carolina coast (fsn.typepad.com)
- State: Sandy might be strengthening (darientimes.com)
- Sandy Gains Power and Aims for Northeast (kcrg.com)
- Hurricane Sandy Barrels Northward, May Hit New Jersey – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Hurricane Sandy update: Cuomo orders NYC tunnels closed, fears storm surge (newyork.newsday.com)
- Superstorm Set to Batter Atlantic Coast (news.firedoglake.com)
- NYC offers storm challenges above ground and below (miamiherald.com)
- Eastern seaboard of the US braced for storm surge as Hurricane Sandy approaches (dailyrecord.co.uk)