OT: Hurricane Sandy Open Thread
That was the pregame speculation thread.
This is the game thread
Figured that it had to be Borges fault - from following the board the last couple days it appears that he is to blame for everything. You know if he would have been a tigers fan...
Follow Hurricane Sandy on Twitter for a good laugh
If I see another mother f'er post this fake picture, I will lose it.
This version is clearly fake.
Needs moar flying Denard. And nyan cat...
No denying the authenticity of this picture.
That one and the tomb of of the unknown soldier photo, which isn't fake, but wasn't taken during the current storm. Which, you know, is painful for a nitpicking pedant like me.
Sandy now has sustained winds of >90 mph. The North American Model (NAM) is bringing a colder than previously thought tongue of air into Ohio, so anyone living south of Toledo and west of I-71 can expect a rain / snow mix overnight. As a matter of fact there are a few snow flakes falling here in the Bowling Green area as I type.
I worked at Myles for 2 years while I was there. Just ate this one last week after stopping in on a trip from Flint to Columbus
Surprisingly, a lot of people I know don't like Myles' Pizza and prefer Pisanello's, but I think Myles' is by far the best pizza in BG.
was one of my faves, if only for economic reasons. Back then they did the 2 for $4.50 (7" pizza and 6" sub). The sauce at Myles gives a lot of people (including me) some killer heartburn, but it is sooo worth the extra Prilosec (for me, others disagree, Im sure)
For the extra pound of cheese on my pizza.
Lived in BG, during college, and Myles was great but damn that is a lot of cheese.
I worked there not one person ordered extra cheese.
Turned me off from Myles. I had it twice and both times I got sick from cheese overload. If I were to choose my BG favorite..has to be Campus Pollyeyes. CAN'T beat the stuffed breadsticks.
Either your links don't work or Sandy has already taken them out.
they're working in Firefox, I couldn't get them to run in chrome.
Now it's working for IE8. Looks wet in NYC...
to watch someone walk by through the wind and waves every once in a long while (well, I only saw one, and I'm assuming there aren't that many venturing out).
A fair number of contract utility crews from southeast Michigan are already on their way to New Jersey as of this morning, and assuming we don't need ours because of the gusty winds here (only up to 30 MPH now, but expected to hit 45 MPH near Detroit), Detroit Edison is supposedly going to release some crews to help there later in the week. The utility industry is sort of a loose brotherhood, and we're definitely keeping our counterparts on the East Coast in our thoughts here, as well as their customers.
To go with the freezing cold temps? Good thing there is not a baseball game tonight! :(
Stay safe East Coasters!
shows up to write a song where you are, get the hell out of there.
Prayers go out to everyone in harms way.
Damn hurricane is ruining my Monday night plans.
Is on the west coast. Hope you have power
because they were to be on 57th St. between 6th & 7th Avenues, where a monster luxury condo skyscraper being constructed by dubious parties has made me nervous throughout its construction. Unfortunately, the hurricane confirmed my nerves: The big midtown story is that due to the high winds, a crane is dangerously dangling from the top of the 90-story building. The streets have been evauated, but now the nearby buildings are being warned to evacuate because if the crane starts flying (which may actually cause parts of the unfinished building itself to collapse) it could damage the other buildings as well. [It's happened before in NYC, without the help of a hurricane.]
Too bad Carnegie Hall can't evacuate itself. It's directly across the street.
EDIT: I see other people posted the crane story earlier below. And in case my statement of "dubious" parties is inappropriate phrasing, I should explain that the same developer was responsible for construction scaffolding falling on a baby carriage and nanny when they were demolishing a simple one-story building to put up another luxury highrise several years ago. Fortunately the baby carriage was strong enough to protect the baby; I believe the nanny's leg was broken.
happened before they will happen again.
hurricanes landing in new jersey isn't a very common occurence
Is anyone else sort of mildly impressed that the tropical-storm-force winds stretch from Maine to South Carolina? I mean that's astounding. I think today's breezy and gloomy weather here in Michigan is a more or less direct result of Sandy's presence, but it's not like you can tell the difference between this and regular fall weather.
It really is impressive seeing the satelite images.
It's starting to get worse here. Up until now I thought Irene was much worse. Opinion has changed. It's getting scary now.
I have family on Long Island. I hope everyone stays safe
Winds of 30 mph with bigger gusts here in Howard County (10 miles west of Baltimore).
Had the day off of work, watching Weather Channel flood Dewey Beach, DE, where the wife, dog, and I spend weekends in the summer. :(
Met my wife in Dewey Beach. It's a pretty resilient town. I've seen pictures of the whole thing submerged in water from decades ago. It'll bounce back. The Cork will get a good cleaning.
Already 150,00 without power and it hasn't even hit land yet. And apparently a lot of people in Manhattan are getting calls that Con Ed is shutting down power as a precautionary messure.
just heard from a friend from HS that she got that call from Con Ed. My sister in law is already in the dark, she is on Long Island
If Con Edison is doing that, then it is the right move from a system standpoint. I can't even imagine the number of cable faults and amount of burned switchgear they would have otherwise if it was still energized and the flooding was as bad as forecasted. Repairing underground, especially in a dense area with a vault system like I think New York has (downtown Detroit does as well), is a complicated lengthy ordeal sometimes. Oddly enough, the system suffers less damage when it is cold.
I am here in Manhattan and got the call- they warn that they MAY cut power if there is a danger of flooding at the sub-station. As far as I know, they have not (yet) deliberately cut power. However, there are power outages- I was on the phone with my cousin on Long Island when her power went out.
Was quiet here until about 4 PM, but things have picked up since then.
Do you know anyone at Con Ed you could contact to call it off? At least two posters in this thread have assured us it's "just rain."
There are, however, some fairly unreal photos of the flooding in Lower Manhattan in conjunction with the power outages out there now. It is intriguing that, in some of the photos, they have not shut down Midtown, at least not as of the time these photos on MSNBC were taken.
Just south of Detroit Metropolitan Airport where I am, the 40 MPH or so wind gusts are becoming eerily common, but again, I can't even imagine what the NYC area is seeing. Right now, the Weather Channel is saying that the storm surge has water about thigh-high near Battery Park.
you can never be high enough when the water starts to come in!
The number of people who are taking Xanax and such according to the liveblog posts I've seen is crazy. I know it's windy and raining outside but chill out(non-chemically that is).
If you are in NYC stay away from 57th street and 6th avenue.
Looks like an ED advertisement.
I have my own problems here but i see on the news that there is a construction crane partially collapsed on top of a highrise on 57th street. Should it collapse it would plunge down into Carnegie Hall like a missle.
We had a 50 MPH wind gust and pretty good rains last Friday and it's still messing with our weather down here. These storms are no joke and the amount of people that are going to be without power in next few hours is going to blow people away.
Those people in NYC zone A that think it's going to be like last year are crazy...
Hurricanes would scare the crap out of me. I've lived through earthquakes, but I have never experienced something like Sandy.
Maybe this is simply an east-side-west-side thing, but earthquakes are WAY scarier than hurricanes, IMO.
- Earthquakes are almost totally unpredictable and give you zero time to prepare.
- Terra firma is called that for a reason. It's not supposed to move. Hurricanes, on the other hand, are just more of three perfectly normal weather phenomena: wind, rain, and tides/waves.
- Even when you do get unavoidably hit by a hurricane, you can pretty reliably predict how bad it will be based on where you are.
- Unless you're on the coast and directly in the path of a hurricane, they're all hype and more inconvenience than deadly fury.
Sandy in particular is only frightening for its sheer size, which has got to be some kind of record. The number of people that will be affected is immense. But badly affected? Most will only feel the force of a tropical storm, which is worthy of preparation and attention but isn't too scary. I've dealt with two hurricanes (never smack in the middle, but was still undeniably "hit) and a tropical storm in my life and they're more bark than bite.
Here in Central NJ this is our 2nd major hurricane in a year. It's all Al Gore's fault.
Thankfully, the storm has increased its speed so hopefully it will be over sooner.
The storm is so strong and messing with the weather patterns so much that we're even supposed to be getting 60+ mph gusts near the lake in Chicago tonight/tomorrow, bringing 20+ foot waves.
Yeah, they're talking about shutting down Lakeshore Drive. Seems a little extreme to me, but what do I know?
The three dudes dancing in boxers behind the reporter in the middle of the hurricane was outstanding
Get a couple cases of beer, some precooked bacon, and a bottle or two of bourbon and have a party.
When we first moved to the East Coast, I kept badgering my wife that I wanted to live near the water in Annapolis, or I wanted to save to get a beach house in Delaware or Ocean City, NJ.
Now that City Dock in Annapolis is going to be flooded (again), and there are pictures of the AC, Rehoboth, and Ocean City boardwalks getting pounded, I again have to admit the wife was right and it isn't a good idea.
Stay safe for those on the coasts....
I live here in Lancaster, PA (yes, home of the Amish) and we are supposed to get hit directly by the center of the storm around 8ish. However, we still have power. So what better way to spend these last few hours of power on Mgoblog, right? Hope everyone is doing well and please stay safe out there.
A friend in NJ is trapped in her basement riding out the storm with her family. Their house and two cars severely damaged from falling trees. She says she expects more may fall but they can't go anywhere now, obviously. Devastating.
Imagine knowing you've lost nearly everything and you have to stay there listening to the weather escalating with no relief in sight. I can't even wrap my mind around it.
Can't tear myself away from the weather channel.
I was listening to NPR a couple of months ago and they were playing 911 calls from Hurricane Andrew since it was the 20th anniversary. People who decided to stay and were calling in desperation for someone to come get them as their homes were being ripped apart around them... some of the most spine tingling calls. All the operators could do is calming explain that there was no way anyone could come for hours until the storm had completly passed.
I live in a city right on Galveston Bay... house is probably a mile inland from the bay... but only 1/4 mile from a brackish lake that connects to the bay. When Hurricane Ike came barreling towards us a few years ago, we were on mandatory evac... I didn't think twice. Loaded my 8 month pregnant wife and the kids in the car, and high tailed it to Dallas. By that I mean sit in bumper-bumper traffic for 10 hours. It's hard to explain the worry... a house you just bought a couple months ago... leaving behind everything you own... worry for friends/neighbors that didn't evacuate. I can't imagine riding a storm like that out... especially after seeing the damage to nearby subdivisions/businesses. Luckily Ike hit a little north of the bay and our house was newer and built up high enough that the storm surge only made it to our front steps (no basements in Houston). My recommendation if you live 10 miles or less from the coast, GTFO while you can.
to ride out the storm: Inherit the Wind, on TCM tonight at 8.
Trivia: what connection does this classic movie have to the University of Michigan?
He didn't graduate. Yet he was admitted to the Ohio bar. Make of that what you will.
Bonus points: Jerome Lawrence, one of the writers of the play the film is based on, is an OSU grad. He and his co-writer Robert E. Lee (NTREL) left their papers to that institution. [I suppose I actually lose points for that.]
NYC: West 20's, in about 3 blocks from the river. Not deep, but not where it belongs. Flooding in lower Manhattan, and they said a "water breach" at 96th St. & 1st Avenue. And this was before high tide. Which should be coming about now, I think. 220,000 people without power in NYC, but obviously not in my neighb [yet], uptown and on a high floor on high ground, and almost 1,000,000 without power in NJ. A few areas shut down preventatively. Oh, and the winds are picking up outside my window (which is covered by closed blinds, per safety instructions).
The TV shows downtown without lights.
Might I ask why they said to close the blinds? If the wind blows something through your window at 60 mph, do they expect the blinds to stop it? Snark aside, I'm curious.
I think it's just to prevent glass shards from spraying all over the room. Not like they will stop a tree or the wind.
The actual instruction was to keep your drapes closed. I figured blinds would be an acceptable alternative, since that's what I have. So far I've heard loud wind gusts, but nothing hitting my windows, or anyone else's nearby. In the old days, they'd tell us to tape X's across the panes (masking tape) to prevent the shattering.
My hurricane kit consists of a handle of vodka and rum. So far so good here in south central pa
Lost power in western PA about 3 hours ago and it came back in the last 30 minutes. hopefully I can charge all my gadgets back to 100% before it goes out again. This wind is something wicked
Living in Grosse Pointe, I keep hearing about potential snow or power outages. I really hope these come true. I do not want to go to school tomorrow.
Nothing cancels school in Grosse Pointe, ever.
Except apparently whatever they had that made South miss the first day this year.
Im also in western PA and have not lost power, yet. Just took the dog out so she could piss. It is wicked out. Be safe everyone.
Same here man. Moved here in Jan. pretty cool i get a hurricane to welcome me back to winter. Wind rain etc. hoping monroeville doesnt lose power
Some Con Ed Stations flooded. Water also invaded the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Fortunately it had been closed. I believe the weatherman said when the center of the storm hit land it was the lowest pressure ever recorded.
The storm is so big that despite the lowest pressure ever, the winds aren't horrible, I assume because the gradient in pressure isn't sharp. Still, you have Maine getting pounded, blizards in West Virginia, and my stister in law said she lost power in Union Lake, MI.
Accepting mea culpas from those in previous posts who were wondering if it's just a media creation because New York is now underwater. (NYSE floor is reportedly under 3 feet of water.)
You gotta admit that the forecasts 8 days out were really impressive. It's gone pretty much as predicted
Watching WABC (NY channel 7). One of the crew reported it and the anchorman reported from off-camera that they had information that the story was false, though spreading rapidly. However, there's plenty of Manhattan that's flooded, including Ground Zero. Just now reporting that NYU Medical Center being evacuated because back-up generator failed. And that Battery Park had a record surge at high tide.
Yeah, NYU Medical patients are being transferred to Sloan Kettering and Mt. Sinai hospitals.
US Nuclear commission declaring an "alert" at Oyster Creek plant (NJ) because water is exceeding intake structure.
If you live in NYC and it isn't a life or death emergency do NOT call 911. 311 would be a faster way to get information or to report non-emergencies (via Bloomberg).
Please stay safe people.