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2012 October 29 — Why Now?
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Thoughts From The Sideline

Over at Corrente in comments Hipparchia provides her preparedness list. Because I ran into it, I added, don’t bring your grill inside for cooking and heat, because it is a source of carbon monoxide, just like a generator.

Angela Fritz has a State by state impact forecast for the storm, and Shaun Tanner has Latest State By State Information From Weather Underground Coverage. Both blog at Weather Underground.

The BBC reported that the replica HMS Bounty was abandoned amid Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast. The Coast picked up 14 crew members and searched for the two others. They recovered the body of one of the missing, but the captain of the vessel is still missing.

The vessel started taking on water, and then lost power, which stopped the pumps.

I caught a bit of a news conference by NYC Mayor Bloomberg who is tired of people calling 911 about flooding that doesn’t involve a threat to lives, and about people driving around the city. There is extensive flooding in the city, and the number of passable roads is limited. The tunnels and bridges are closed until further notice, so there is no point in driving around.

This was another major weather event at the end of a month, which is bad news for poor people. They don’t have the money to leave, or to buy extra anything. Someone ran a story about the crowds at WalMart one minute after midnight on the first of the month. People are there so they can have something to eat before they go to bed, and the first thing in the morning. In many places that’s when the food stamp benefit card is updated for the month.

It is going to be a very long night in the Northeast.

October 29, 2012   23 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy – Day 8

Post-Tropical Cyclone SandyPosition: 39.8N 75.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 485 miles [780 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 952 mb ↑.

Currently about 10 miles [ 15 km] Southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This is the final advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The first Hydrometeorological Prediction Center advisory will be at 4AM CDT.

The storm made landfall at 7PM CDT at Atlantic City as a post-tropical cyclone.

Hurricane force winds are expected from Chincoteague, Virginia to Chatham, Massachusetts. Tropical storm force winds extend North from that area to Merrimack River, Massachusetts, and South of that area to Duck, North Carolina.

As forecast, the storm has turned towards the coast and strengthened. In addition to the misery along the coast, there will been heavy, wet snows in the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, with the heaviest accumulations in West Virginia.

At 10AM CDT sustained tropical storm force winds were being reported from Long Island to Virginia, including Chesapeake and Delaware Bays.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 29, 2012   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy – Day 8