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Hurricane Sandy – Damage Assessment and Recovery Live Streams

Hurricane Sandy – Damage Assessment and Recovery Live Streams

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Sandy lived up to the hype and extensive rescue and recovery operations are underway this morning. I have updated the Hurricane Sandy Monitor to reflect this and to better track the relief effort. The monitor now tracks:

  • Hurricane Sandy – Any mention of the storm.
  • Power Issues – Around 7 million people are without electricity this morning and may be so for many days.
  • Disaster Relief – Discussions about the relief effort.
  • Donations Needed – Calls for assistance and support.
  • Casualties – Deaths and injuries related to the storm.
  • Damage – Any discussions about flooded areas, fires, etc.
  • Videos/Photos – Media related to the storm.

You can launch the monitor from the Covert Contact demo site by clicking on the big green button below:

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Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 140 topic monitors and 400 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

Hurricane Sandy Live Streams – Widescreen Monitor

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Sandy is shaping up to become a truly dangerous storm:

“It’s going to affect millions and cost billions,” he said. The storm will cause flooding and power outages that could last for days or weeks.

The storm is an unusual combination of a tropical weather system with a cold air mass that Moss called a “truly historic” event and said would act more like a nor’easter than a hurricane.

Most jurisdictions in the area – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – declared states of emergency and set up shelters in anticipation of the storm.

The potential for deadly storm surge is of particular concern:

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. The previous highest destructive potential for storm surge was 5.6 on a scale of 0 to 6, set during Hurricane Isabel of 2003. Sandy is now forecast to bring a near-record storm surge of 6 – 11 feet to Northern New Jersey and Long Island Sound, including the New York City Harbor. This storm surge has the potential to cause many billions of dollars in damage if it hits near high tide at 9 pm EDT on Monday. The full moon is on Monday, which means astronomical high tide will be about 5% higher than the average high tide for the month. This will add another 2 – 3″ to water levels. Fortunately, Sandy is now predicted to make a fairly rapid approach to the coast, meaning that the peak storm surge will not affect the coast for multiple high tide cycles. Sandy’s storm surge will be capable of overtopping the flood walls in Manhattan, which are only five feet above mean sea level. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought a storm surge of 4.13′ and a storm tide of 9.5′ above MLLW to Battery Park on the south side of Manhattan. The waters poured over the flood walls into Lower Manhattan, but came 8 – 12″ shy of being able to flood the New York City subway system. According to the latest storm surge forecast for NYC from NHC, Sandy’s storm surge is expected to be at least a foot higher than Irene’s. If the peak surge arrives near Monday evening’s high tide at 9 pm EDT, a portion of New York City’s subway system could flood, resulting in billions of dollars in damage. I give a 50% chance that Sandy’s storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system.

I am rolling out a widescreen Hurricane Sandy Monitor to both subscribers and demo users as a public service. This monitor looks at mentions of the storm, discussions about storm surge, wind damage, flooding, causalities, warnings, and links to related videos and photos. Subscribers can access the monitor via the main menu now. If you are not a subscriber just hit the big green button below to launch the demo and access the monitor.

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Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 140 topic monitors and 400 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

Hurricane Sandy Live Streams

Hurricane Sandy Live Streams

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Update:
I’ve made a seven column widescreen monitor for hurricane Sandy available to the public.

Original Post:
This could be a very significant weather event:

Confidence continues to grow that Sandy will be a major threat to portions of the U.S. East Coast.

..Though we feel that it’s likely Sandy will hit some portion of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic coast, there remains uncertainty with the exact timing, location and magnitude of the worst impacts. The forecast involves a rare, complex atmospheric setup that will allow the system to pivot back to the northwest into the region rather than simply moving out to sea.

..What kind of impacts are we talking about?

Destructive winds, heavy rain, major coastal flooding and beach erosion would pummel portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions between later Sunday and Tuesday of next week. Of course, the high winds would extend inland, with the potential for downed trees and powerlines. Widespread power outages could last for days.

This setup could even wrap in just enough cold air on its western edge to produce wet snow, possibly heavy, in some parts of the central Appalachians (mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania).

Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia should remain vigilant and begin to prepare for Sandy’s impact.

I’ve just added a Hurricane Sandy Monitor to Covert Contact. It tracks mentions of the storm, related warnings, and discussions about damage, surge, flooding, and casualties. Subscribers can find it under the “Events” section of the main menu.