Superstorm Sandy: The Aftermath and Damage Assessment

Good morning everyone

Hurricane Sandy officially made landfall yesterday evening, October 29, 2012, at 8:00PM EDT near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The images coming in this morning out of the east are devastating. In Queens, at least 80 homes have been burned to the ground after a fire broke out last night. Crews were unable to get to the fires due to flooding and high waters.

Over 7 million people are without power and the cleanup is only beginning. One of those people without power, my dad, who lives in midtown Manhattan, is without power and sent our family a text this morning letting everyone know that he is safe, but due to power loss, his phone was low on battery and he had to shut it off. I got a call from him just in the past 10 minutes and the connection wasn’t great but he says the devastation is unimaginable. He said that cars were pushed all the way inland to 1st avenue from the eastern bay. That is incredible and it speaks volumes to the power of water. My older sister, who lives in Jersey City, had to turn off her cell phone as well, but she is safe. Certainly, her and her roommate took the necessary precautions and filled their bathtub with water and had all of the supplies they needed before Sandy hit.

In addition to the millions without power, the NYC MTA Subway system is almost in ruins. Record high surge and flooding took place in the city of Manhattan. New Jersey, to the west of Manhattan, had very bad flooding. La Guardia Airport, and Newark Airport have reported extensive damage and over 15,000 flights cancelled. Planes flying in from across the Atlantic are all landing in Boston due to the issues at La Guardia and Newark Airport.

Some of my friends from Valparaiso University ventured up to Porter County Beach this morning to see the waves on southern Lake Michigan, and I’ve heard reports of waves up to 25 feet. That’s how far reaching the impacts Superstorm Sandy are.

Now, not only is there a flooding issue, but heavy snowfall fell in the higher elevations of West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Up to 3 feet of snow has fallen in these areas. The snow is being compared to the consistency of wet cement. Many have lost power in these areas as well.

I will try and bring another update before I leave for work at 3pm. Until then, once again, stay SAFE and my thoughts and Prayers are with those affected by this storm.

Some photos of flooding courtesy of CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/us/gallery/ny-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Meteorologist Mack

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