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'Frankenstorm' to slam East Coast

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The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

 

Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba and leaving at least 40 dead, continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane, just as a wintry storm is moving across the U.S. from the west, and frigid air streams south from Canada.

 

And if they meet Tuesday morning around New York or New Jersey, as forecasters predict, they could create a big, wet mess that settles over the nation's most heavily populated corridor and reaches as far west as Ohio.

 

Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.

 

"It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground.

 

With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.

 

CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard reports that Sandy, which has weakened to a Category 1 storm since Thursday, will likely run parallel to the East Coast through Sunday night into Monday morning, when it will be just east of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

 

On Monday, Sandy is forecast to shift westward and hit anywhere from as far south as Chesapeake Bay up to New York's Long Island or southern New England, Bernard reports.

 

In Dania Beach, Fla., CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports the Sunshine State has been feeling Sandy's effects already for 24 hours, and the storm still has the potential to bring high winds and heavy rains.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that wherever the storm comes ashore, there will be 10 inches of rain and extreme storm surges. Up to 2 feet of snow should fall on West Virginia, with lighter snow in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

 

"What we are doing is we are taking the kind of precautions you should expect us to do, and I don't think anyone should panic," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

 

Some have compared the tempest to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but that one hit a less populated area.

 

"The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion" this time, Masters said. "Yeah, it will be worse."

 

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 5:00 p.m. Friday Sandy was centered about 200 miles north-west of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The storm is moving north at 7 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

 

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands, Florida's East Coast (from from north of Deerfield Beach to Flagler Beach), and Lake Okeechobee.

 

A tropical storm watch is in effect for North Carolina (Savannah River to Oregon Inlet), Pamlico Sound, and Florida's East Coast (from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach).

 

Parts of the Florida coast could see a storm surge between 1 foot and 3 feet, Bojorquez reports.

 

Utilities are lining up out-of-state work crews and canceling employees' days off to deal with expected power outages. From county disaster chiefs to the federal government, emergency officials are warning the public to be prepared. And President Obama was briefed aboard Air Force One.

 

NOAA's projection path for the storm as of today (10/29/2012).

 

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The fury of it is basically headed right in my direction. The county south of me (Cape May) are issuing mandatory evacuations on Sunday and it's only a matter of time before I have to evacuate granted if the storm does heed what the NOAA model is suggesting and unfortunately the vast majority of other models (such as the euro one) are following about the same path as the NOAA one.

 

NYC is also thinking of shutting down all MTA systems due to the storm. Mayor Nutter of Philly is also ordering anyone in flood-prone areas within the city to, as he says - get out.

 

A lot of meteorologists are anticipating this to be one of the worst storms in 100 years and, are comparing this to the 1991 "Perfect Storm" that pounded the northeast several years ago.

 

For all those within the storm zone, how are you reacting to this, and what exactly do you anticipate?

 

Quite frankly, I don't know really know what to say. All I know, or should I say, feel, is that this'll be much, much worse than Irene (which really, wasn't even that bad as they said it would be... let's hope Sandy becomes weaker like Irene did and doesn't live up to it's potential).

 

But anyways, discuss.

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TheSpectre

I live in Northwestern Maryland, so I'll probably get it. I heard my brother talking about it in passing, but I didn't realize it was this serious. I actually couldn't care less. It's just another excuse for me to stay inside.

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GunWrath

Zzzzz.. why is everyone hyping this storm so much? It'll be dead before it reaches the stage of North Carolina.

 

I live near Tybee Island outside of Savannah, GA. I've been through quite afew hurricanes and freaky storms.. had hits dead-on and had misses. It's nothing to be frightened about people. Mother nature, if you're scared.. then evacuate, if you're not.. Play video games.

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lil weasel

What's to say? You going to believe a 'nutter'?

We have storms, every year in Fact.

"People die everyday" as quoted from a well known source...

It's only lately that anybody pays much attention to them. I blame it on TV.

I find it funny that the TV news said, "If you lose power you can find us on your computer at <>.com!"

My battery backup only lasts 15 minutes, how about yours? Presuming that the lines are still up.

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MIKON8ERISBACK

I have a feeling this could be a repeat of Hurricane Hazel in 1954. As a matter of fact, there are floodplains along the Credit River in Mississauga that were actually building grounds for houses back in the day, but in the aftermath of the catastrophic floods which swept them into the river, they never built houses there again and various areas of Streetsville (located in a deep valley) continue to be vulnerable to this very day. Although the rest of Mississauga is absolutely exploding with new construction of all sorts and hasn't taken serious damage from a hurricane or tropical storm since Hazel, however we do get the occasional damaging severe thunderstorm with severe straight line winds from time to time.

 

On topic: The Northeast US, most likely including NYC (which was last hit by a hurricane in the 1930s) is expected to undergo the brunt of the impact, meanwhile it's managed to catch the attention of Canadian news media.

 

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/stor...iveweather_home

 

http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews...ntryID=10456998

 

I have plenty of flash lights with lots of fresh batteries at hand in my stockpile.

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Finn 7 five 11

Having nothing to say on the matterI am putting the storm aside.

Who the f*ck made the drawing of the storm's projected path? The Weatherman's 5 year old son? Looks like it was made on Paint.

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MIKON8ERISBACK
Having nothing to say on the matterI am putting the storm aside.

Who the f*ck made the drawing of the storm's projected path? The Weatherman's 5 year old son? Looks like it was made on Paint.

A Microsoft Paint drawing of that quality would easily take a couple days. I don't know the name of the software, but basically how it works is mathematical formulas are used to prepare the forecast and the "Cone of Uncertainty" is generated from that complex mathematical data and that is thus translated into a visual image. The technology we have today isn't that great when it comes to that kind of stuff and the image generation software is only for utilitarian purposes such as emergency planning like that, so don't get negative when it doesn't match up to NEXRAD DOPPLER Radar images synced up with Google Earth screen grabs.

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bread

 

Having nothing to say on the matterI am putting the storm aside.

Who the f*ck made the drawing of the storm's projected path? The Weatherman's 5 year old son? Looks like it was made on Paint.

At least the weathermans 5 year old son can draw better than you. biggrin.gif

 

Also GunWrath, the energy from the other storm system will phase into Sandy and combine with each other thus, as meteorologists are saying, will create a sort of 'superstorm'. This isn't just an ordinary cat 1 going up the coast. If that was the case though, I wouldn't give a sh*t, especially due to what happened after Irene.

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Sgt. Foley

Oh geez, I'm going to get slammed lol. The Bahamas got brutally raped earlier. I think 49+ dead... so sad.

 

@finn4life It's not made in paint, it's from NOAA.... suicidal.gif

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bread
Oh geez, I'm going to get slammed lol. The Bahamas got brutally raped earlier. I think 49+ dead... so sad.

Where do you live?

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Sgt. Foley
Oh geez, I'm going to get slammed lol. The Bahamas got brutally raped earlier. I think 49+ dead... so sad.

Where do you live?

New York, in New Rochelle.

 

I hope it's not as bad as they say it will be.

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MIKON8ERISBACK

 

Oh geez, I'm going to get slammed lol. The Bahamas got brutally raped earlier. I think 49+ dead... so sad.

Where do you live?

New York, in New Rochelle.

 

I hope it's not as bad as they say it will be.

If your in a low laying area, pay attention to local TV and radio stations. If they issue evacuation orders, OBEY!

Hurricanes and tropical storms (their weaker and less destructive counterparts) seldom hit places that far north because the water is relatively cool in comparison to places further south, however the 1938 New England Hurricane did some damage to mostly rural areas on Long Island and parts of the Northeast and all it takes is a hurricane or tropical storm with a path gearing slightly further west and you have a recipe for some serious damage.

 

Parts of the New York Metropolitan Area, particularly in the southern ends are low laying and very vulnerable to storm surges and sewer overload from prolonged heavy rainfall. The New York City government is well aware of this fact and evacuation procedures for these parts of the city already exist.

 

Edit: By "they" I mean government authorities, not the news media itself.

Edited by MIKON8ERISBACK

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Nebby
Yeah, us in New York are supposed to be getting hit pretty hard. confused.gif

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GunWrath

I know one thing.. we could use some rain. Hasn't rained since like August.. so bring it on, I say.

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Oddsock
I live in Northwestern Maryland, so I'll probably get it. I heard my brother talking about it in passing, but I didn't realize it was this serious. I actually couldn't care less. It's just another excuse for me to stay inside.

Kool, I live in central Maryland.

 

The only thing I'm worried about is my motorcycle getting wet. Suppose I should put it in the garage then.

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Noob_Noobersson

I live in Northeastern Ohio and I can't say I give even a single sh*t about this storm. John John Mackey would bitch slap Sandy, and make her go make him a sandwich.

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TheSpectre
I live in Northwestern Maryland, so I'll probably get it. I heard my brother talking about it in passing, but I didn't realize it was this serious. I actually couldn't care less. It's just another excuse for me to stay inside.

Kool, I live in central Maryland.

 

The only thing I'm worried about is my motorcycle getting wet. Suppose I should put it in the garage then.

Frederick here. Where are you?

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MIKON8ERISBACK

Guys: This is a threat to be taken seriously. Don't pull the same sh*t that people in New Orleans did when Hurricane Katrina came knocking. Predictability at this point is somewhat low and you cannot assume yourself safe at this point, or at any point really.

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na89340qv0n34b09q340

 

Guys: This is a threat to be taken seriously. Don't pull the same sh*t that people in New Orleans did when Hurricane Katrina came knocking. Predictability at this point is somewhat low and you cannot assume yourself safe at this point, or at any point really.

Keepin' 'em safe as usual I see. icon14.gifMIKON8ERISBACK is right this time though. Pay attention to warnings and stock up on supplies in case water/electricity fail.

 

As a Floridian I should have some cool story about having my roof ripped off during a hurricane, but I don't confused.gif . My mother's ex-boyfriend lived in a trailer through hurricane Charlie (2004), but nothing came of that either, too bad, the guy was an asshole sarcasm.gif .

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Mince

I'm located in inland NC. Around two counties away from the sounds. Last year Irene knocked out our power for two and half days. Without our antique oil lamps we dragged out of the closet, and cans of meat, we would have been pretty screwed tounge2.gif. From what I can tell though, this isn't going to be as bad. The winds are supposed to be up to 40 miles at the max, with only a few inches of rain. I do hope we don't have the issue of trees knocking out power lines this time.

 

Apparently though it's going to cause quite a mess further north along the coast. I hope all our GTAFers located in that region will be okay.

 

How long before this storm is predicted to be some "warning from God" to fight off the gays, Obama, or something else? Some crazy conspirator procures this babble with every big storm we get.

Edited by mincemate003

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Hammertime12

Good thing I live all the way in sunny Arizona! But seriously, I hope evryone will be ok. It is going to be a clusterf*ck of a storm.

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TheSpectre
Guys: This is a threat to be taken seriously. Don't pull the same sh*t that people in New Orleans did when Hurricane Katrina came knocking. Predictability at this point is somewhat low and you cannot assume yourself safe at this point, or at any point really.

I appreciate the sympathy. However, there's nothing I can do about the situation unless my town has an evacuation, which I'm almost positive it won't. We've gotten fallout from hurricanes and tropical storms from down south so many times over the years, and none have really dealt any noticeable damage.

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Mr.Funny12

I live smack dab in the center of Jersey, and they predict the worst of it to come through the middle.

 

During Irene, the town next to mine, and my neighborhood turned into an island without water, or electricity. They had national guard, and coast guard rescue people that were flooded and give food and drop water bottles. It gets pretty bad here, the town near me was built poorly(where my dad lives) and it gets flooded on all sides leaving no way in or out during a storm. My neighborhood is the same thing.

 

If anything, hopefully we won't have school for a day or two, or more depending on how fast the waters go down. It'll atleast give me and a couple of buddies a while to ride atvs and dirt bikes on the streets without bothering the police. They'll be busy.

 

To prep, after irene was over last year my family bought a generator that has enough power to run my house. Also we wen't out and filled 1 5 gallon tank of gas, and another 2 gallon tank of gas so we have enough to run the generator and the quad. Last time trying to get to a gas station or get gas was just a complete mess.

 

I'm kind of excited, I sleep better to rain, I enjoy watching storms and there's a good chance I'll have off so it's mostly a win for me.

 

EDIT:I may be mistaken but isn't it supposed to hit NJ/NY the hardest? I thought I heard somewhere it was supposed to pick up upon hitting land near us or speed up over the ocean or something. I could be wrong. dozingoff.gif

Edited by Mr.Funny12

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bread

Mandatory evacuation in my area tomorrow afternoon, school's cancelled next week, how could this possibly get worse? sigh.gif

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Stig

Livin in Mohawk, NY right here. Honestly not a bit worried, already have a small stockpile of food and gas (and ammo) built up. Tbh I'm not worried about a little rain. It flooded here about 4 years ago and that was about the worst I've seen, so in all honesty I'm not particularly worried.

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Nebby
Livin in Mohawk, NY right here. Honestly not a bit worried, already have a small stockpile of food and gas (and ammo) built up. Tbh I'm not worried about a little rain. It flooded here about 4 years ago and that was about the worst I've seen, so in all honesty I'm not particularly worried.

Yeah, haha. I live in the same town as you (not to creep, haha..) and I remember when it flooded.. even that wasn't as bad as they said it was going to be. Hopefully we don't lose power, though.. confused.gif They like to shut it off enough.

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trip

I live in Philadelphia and the panic hype is here but with a huge pinch of salt. We've been fooled before with this type of hype.

 

Just in case I have planned for an abbreviated Halloween celebration. Halloween is huge in my neighborhood, but this year we invested in just enough candy to get by for a couple of hours if this whole weather hype blows over.

 

I over scheduled next week for work(Monday and Tuesday), so I hope it does hit hard and we cancel work on Monday. I work for the court system, and there is a pretty good chance that the Judges won't want to leave their houses on a big messy day. Funny side note: My wife works for the DA and they got an email that said "Don't base a day off on whether the courts take off - they always take off"

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GreatestEver23

Thank god it's hitting more south. I live in Boston, wouldn't want to live in New Jersey or any of the states down there.

 

I feel they overhype these storms to scare people into going out and spending money on food and generators and all kinds of sh*t.

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