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Postby rath » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:27 am

(Reuters-Sun Oct 28, 2012)

Weather forecasters worked to pinpoint the likely landfall of the monstrous Hurricane Sandy as it closed in on the U.S. East Coast Sunday with the potential to be the biggest storm to hit the mainland.

Government officials faced tough decisions on emergency plans as residents scrambled to purchase supplies. Governors of several states in the hurricane's path declared emergencies and ordered mandatory evacuations of vulnerable coastal areas.

On its current projected track, Sandy is most likely to make U.S. landfall on Monday night between Delaware and the New York/New Jersey area, forecasters said.

While Sandy's winds were not overwhelming for a hurricane, its width was what made it exceptional. The storm's hurricane force winds extended 105 miles from its center while its lesser tropical storm-force winds reached across 700 miles.

Sandy could have a brutal impact on major cities in the target zone. In New York, city officials discussed whether to shut the subway system on Sunday in advance of the storm, which could bring the county's financial nerve center to a standstill.

The storm could cause the worst flooding Connecticut has seen in more than 70 years, said the state's governor, Dannel P. Malloy.

Government forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said as the storm approached land it became increasingly pointless to predict the precise landfall.

"It is still too soon to focus on the exact track ... both because of forecast uncertainty and because the impacts are going to cover such a large area away from the center," the NHC said in an advisory.

Sandy was located about 275 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour early Sunday, the NHC said.

The storm was moving over the Atlantic parallel to the U.S. coast at 14 miles per hour, but was forecast to make a tight westerly turn toward the U.S. coast on Sunday night.

RECORD BREAKER

Sandy could be the largest storm to hit the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website.

"The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making," said Jeff Masters, a hurricane specialist who writes a blog posted on the Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com).

Sandy could impact the cities of Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, one of the most densely populated regions of the country home to tens of millions of people.

Forecasters said Sandy was a rare, hybrid "super storm" created by an Arctic jet stream wrapping itself around a tropical storm, possibly causing up to 12 inches of rain in some areas, as well as heavy snowfall inland.

Sandy killed at least 66 people as it made its way through the Caribbean islands, including 51 in Haiti, mostly from flash flooding and mudslides, according to authorities.

ELECTION LOOMS

The approaching storm forced a change of plans for both presidential candidates ahead of the November 6 election. The White House said President Obama canceled a campaign appearance in Virginia on Monday and another stop in Colorado on Tuesday, and will instead monitor the storm from Washington.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney rescheduled campaign events planned for Virginia on Sunday and was flying to Ohio instead.

All along the U.S. coast worried residents packed stores, buying generators, candles, food and other supplies in anticipation of power outages. Some local governments announced schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

"They're freaking out," said Joe Dautel, a clerk at a hardware store in Glenside, Pennsylvania. "I'm selling people four, five, six packs of batteries - when I had them."
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Postby capricorn » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:57 pm

Sandy is set to merge with the Arctic blast coming in from the north directly over my head. I spent all afternoon preparing for the worst. Wish me luck!
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Postby greeney2 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:20 am

good luck Capricorn, let us know you are Okay if your internet is working.
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Postby capricorn » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:58 am

will do!

here's a cool interactive hurricane tracker
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/ns ... I6La2-jy_U
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Postby En-Lugal » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:54 am

We were lucky this hurricane season and only got one nasty rain maker here.
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Postby rath » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:44 pm

yhe, this is not even a big storm, it's only category 1 :roll:

It's just a sun shower. .... no big deal after all.

I thought it was meant to be a franken-storm.
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Postby Cole_Trickle » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:58 pm

rath wrote:yhe, this is not even a big storm, it's only category 1 :roll:

It's just a sun shower. .... no big deal after all.

I thought it was meant to be a franken-storm.


Told my wife this am that this would be the biggest/costliest storm to ever strike the US.


AND YOU SAY WHAT? Surely you jest!

But.......reading the twitter feed............I'm ashamed at how stupid American's have become.

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Subways will be out of service for weeks...........Canals will flow with toxic waste for weeks........damage form winds hundreds of miles away in Ohio, Penn, New Hampshire, Vermont -----------

Ignorance abounds...............hard to imagine how some people can make it across the street on their own. Pathetic.

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Postby En-Lugal » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:55 pm

rath wrote:yhe, this is not even a big storm, it's only category 1 :roll:

It's just a sun shower. .... no big deal after all.

I thought it was meant to be a franken-storm.


Have you ever experienced a hurricane? It's 1,000 miles in diameter, that's massive with tropical storm force winds extending out to nearly that far out. That part of the country doesn't typically deal with this situation and it is indeed a frankenstorm. The Virginia's and Carolina's are already under a nice blanket of snow and will probably get up to two feet more. We're talking blizzard conditions here with many people already without power.

Tropical storm force winds have already caused apartment complexes and other structures to collapse. That's before the record storm surge even got there, which has flooded the public transit systems and streets all along the Eastern seaboard. Power lines taken down from fallen trees overburdened with early snow or washed away in floods or blown over. To say this is a big deal would be an understatement, jackass.
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Postby The_Joker » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:01 pm

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Postby rath » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:28 pm

En-Lugal wrote:
rath wrote:yhe, this is not even a big storm, it's only category 1 :roll:

It's just a sun shower. .... no big deal after all.

I thought it was meant to be a franken-storm.


Have you ever experienced a hurricane? It's 1,000 miles in diameter, that's massive with tropical storm force winds extending out to nearly that far out. That part of the country doesn't typically deal with this situation and it is indeed a frankenstorm. The Virginia's and Carolina's are already under a nice blanket of snow and will probably get up to two feet more. We're talking blizzard conditions here with many people already without power.

Tropical storm force winds have already caused apartment complexes and other structures to collapse. That's before the record storm surge even got there, which has flooded the public transit systems and streets all along the Eastern seaboard. Power lines taken down from fallen trees overburdened with early snow or washed away in floods or blown over. To say this is a big deal would be an understatement, jackass.



:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

Sandy Hits Coast, Floods New York

Over the course of Monday, as winds strengthened to 90 miles per hour,
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 55054.html

It's a category 1 storm .... category 1 is the smallest storm you will ever see.

En-Lugal wrote:Have you ever experienced a hurricane?


I thought you would never ask. :think:

I live in Australia .... we see 2-4 category 1-5 Cyclones each year where i live & around 6-12 across the whole country.

I show you a storm or two.

En-Lugal wrote:It's 1,000 miles in diameter, that's massive with tropical storm force winds extending out to nearly that far out. That part of the country doesn't typically deal with this situation and it is indeed a frankenstorm.


:roll: Propaganda.

The issue is not how big & bad the category 1 storm is, but why cant American weak & badly built buildings, & homes withstand it's small 90 per hour winds.
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