Sandy Spawns A Monster

Jim Burroway

October 30th, 2012

Flooding at Ground Zero (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

Hurricane Sandy smashed into a cold front from the west and a cold blast from Canada just before making landfall during high tide and a full moon near Atlantic City, where its counter-clockwise winds drove a massive record-breaking storm surge into New York and Long Island. If it were possible to construct a more perfect storm, there is little else that the imagination could conjure that would possibly make the situation any worse.

Weather radar as of Tuesday morning (Weather Channel)

This morning, Sandy is no longer a hurricane, but it is still a powerful superstorm by any measure. There are massive power outages throughout the Eastern U.S. Eighty homes were burned to the waterline in Rockaway. Water treatment plants and wastewater plants are flooded and out of service. High winds and heavy rains are inside a massive arc that ranges from New England into Canada, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Parts of West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and the western portions of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are experiencing a massive blizzard with high winds and flooding, with whiteout conditions reported in some areas. There is nothing normal about this storm, which will continue to wreck havoc for at least another day or so as it moves inland.

New York blogger Joe.My.God has managed to stay online throughout the night with live updates, and Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski has a live Tumblr. It will undoubtedly be weeks before power and transportation links are restored, followed by many months and perhaps years of hard work before things return to normal. Our thoughts, prayers and attention are focused this morning on our readers in those areas affected by this storm. Please be safe.

Regan DuCasse

October 30th, 2012

It cannot go without saying: all the a-hole preachers and religious fanatics who have blamed the storms on gay people:

It’s been like summer in West Hollywood for a week. Bright and clear and sensational.
Evidence enough, of course, that gay people have nothing to do with the power of Mother Nature.
Sun shines or rain falls… on us all.

Russ

October 30th, 2012

“Spawns a monster” = what exactly? You never say what the monster child of Sandy is here, Jim.

Also, the phrase is “wreak havoc,” not wreck. But I’ll give you a pass on vocabulary, you sound pretty rattled.

Sandhorse

October 31st, 2012

Just west of NJ here. Faired well compared to others, of course.

What’s always amazing about times like these is how a community pulls together; in big and small ways. In a time when most interaction is done via a digital world, neighbors are out to help each other. Invisible walls come down, even if just for a few days.

Nature is the great equalizer.

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