You caught me. I'm so transparent sometimes...
OT: If on the East Coast, GTFO (Class III Kill Storm Open Thread)
so I guess I'm just not seeing why everyone is freaking out about a category 1 hurricane. Stay away from the beach? It's like a heavy rainstorm
The wind isn't going to be the main problem, so the category is pretty much irrelevant. It's an enormous storm, with a substantial storm surge expected, hitting cities with little flood protection.
Everyone is "freaking out" cause its hitting NYC.
If a storm developed that threatened to literally wipe South Dakota off the map the evening news would probably run it as their third lead behind some election news and the latest Lyndsay Lohen adventures.
Well, it is more than just NY that is being hit.
But also, there are like 800,000 people in South Dakota. The island of Manhattan alone has 1.6 million people living on it, and large parts of it are less than 3 feet above sea level.
There is also the whole issue of how this affects wall street and the headquarters of the various major companies that exist in NY.
"East coast bias" in sports is a real issue because there is nothing about NY sports teams that makes them more important than other teams. But there are a lot more people and critical institutions on the east coast than in some other areas of the country, so yes, things that affect NY have a disproportionate affect on the rest of the country. That is not bias, it is just the way things are.
And I have never known the news not to sensationalize a natural disaster anywhere in the country for the sake of ratings.
I get the whole bitching about the East Coast bias (I grew up in MI), but this IS a big deal. I mean, it is basically going to run up from DC to Boston and hit every sity in-between. It already killed 60 people, and whole I'm sure there won't be massive casualties, it is still a very dangerous storm. And with respect to other states, I remember a whole bunch of stories in the summer about heat waves and winter stories of massive snow storms in remote outposts of USA that still received a good deal of media coverage. There as 60 million people who will be affected by this weather - 1 in 5 Americans. I'm sorry that the middle of the country isn't going to experience 50+ mph winds and heavy rain for 2 days, but I'm sure there will be some random flooding of the Mississippi River in a year or two that will dominate the news if that makes you feel better.
I'm sure the sniper who is taking people out on I96 in Livingston county has been extensively covered on the National news as well.
Seriously, though, I hope people heed warnings and get out if they are supposed to. Sounds bad...
we native South Dakotans like it that way, thankyou.
the night watching "The Day After Tomorrow" preparing for the end. Side note, if anyone can get me in touch with Emmy Rossum, I'd appreciate it. Just don't tell the misses.
but we have bigger problems in Michigan. DENARD IS INJURED, PEOPLE! DENARD!!!
Just starting to rain in DC, this is not going to be fun.
We are in the direct path of the eye and some moron on my street has been using his leaf blower since 11 am. With the winds expected they will be miles away by noon tomorrow.
With all our electricity above ground we are likely to lose power for days. Without a generator and a huge supply of gasoline kiss your food goodbye and sump pumps become useless.
And worst of all NO INTERNET. The world will come to an end.
make sure you have enough propane
fill your tubs with water for flushing
good luck to you
Jeff Master's (Michigan Man) blog has a good run down of what to expect and why you should be concerned. Overall they do a good job of covering things on that site. www.weatherunderground.com. He is estimating a 50 percent chance that the storm will flood the NYC subway system.
Think of the poor rats....
In the flooded streets. That would freak me out.
Good call on Jeff Masters. He is the best.
I'm about 30 minutes West of NYC. Gotta say I'm kinda nervous. It's not like it's going to blow through and hit hard. It's going to sit here and just pound us for like 36 hours. Be safe anyone in this area.
I just moved to Wayne NJ last week.....welcome to NJ! Lol
Wayne floods a lot. Willowbrook Mall will be submerged. Rt. 23 will be shut down at some point I bet. I hope you're in the Hills area rather than the valley.
Hoping this storm is just bringing a lot of scary speculation. An 11 foot storm surge is a big problem in NYC. They should probably be doing more to prepare to protect the city rather than simply evacuating.
I am not sure what they can do.
I do not know if this is still the case, but as of 2000, NYC was the only city without an emergency disaster plan- apparently all cities are required to have one filed describing how they will deal with major disasters and handle evacuation etc. However with Manhattan having 2 million or so people and only 10 exits, no one could figure out a realistic plan, so they eventually gave up- and got an official waiver allowing them to not have a plan.
Sand bag levy?
I've seen this movie and I'm pretty sure they just wait for Spiderman to show up.
Wrong. They're waiting for Jake Gyllenhaal and John Cusack.
And remember, when the super-cold front starts to descend from the upper atmosphere and chase you through the streets of NY and the library, run as fast as you can, because YOU CAN outrun it. Otherwise, you'll be frozen solid, instantly. That's serious, dude, serious.
After walking through the ice age from Washington DC to New York I'll be used to the cold.
Good luck to everyone affected by the storm. As others have noted, power will probably be lost and communications will be tough. I hope MGoBlog can withstand the drop in hits for the week.
Glad to see that New Jersey isn't screwing around. Evacuation statement from NWS in New Jersey:
"If you are reluctant [to evacuate], think about your loved ones, think about the emergency responders who will be unable to reach you when you make the panicked phone call to be rescued, think about the rescue/recovery teams who will rescue you if you are injured or recover your remains if you do not survive."
"This afternoon's 3:30 pm EDT H*Wind analysis from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division put the destructive potential of Sandy's winds at a modest 2.8 on a scale of 0 to 6. However, the destructive potential of the storm surge was record high: 5.8 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed since 1969, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew."
This is as relayed by Dr. Masters.
We are right on the coast in NOva Scotia and I am looking out of my office window right now and the habour is litterally right across the street. They still aren't clear what we are in store for here, but if we get any kind of a storm surge here with the tides, my office building will be under water for sure. I guess we'll just have to wait and see and mean while, head inland to the cottage where I can run everything on my generator.
The weather message for my office said we we open today. My company is run by a Nazi regime. So I called my boss and said that I'm not coming in. He said "Oh, is everything ok?" Okay! No it's got nothing to do with a hurricane, mass transit shutdown, national guard mobilized, the thought of a wind gust blowing my car off the road into a lake that wasn't there yesterday. No I just needed a "me" day. Unfreakin' real.
I don't see the big deal of working from home.
Millions of people on the planet do it everyday. Most are
More productive that way.
Unless of course you are in the construction or mgfing
Stay safe people. Please evacuate if told to do so.
Things are really starting to get rough in NY: