OT: Hurricane Sandy Open Thread

Submitted by orobs on October 29th, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Atlantic City is flooded, Manhattan has closed its tunnels, and the front doesn't even hit the coast until 5 PM. 



October 29th, 2012 at 2:59 PM ^

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.


October 29th, 2012 at 3:15 PM ^

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.


October 29th, 2012 at 6:09 PM ^

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. 


October 29th, 2012 at 3:26 PM ^

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.


October 29th, 2012 at 3:32 PM ^

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. :(