Hurricane Sandy cruised through the densely populated East Coast of United States early Monday, October 29, 2012, as millions feared the worst with forecasters saying that water with a height of 11 feet can hit New York City and New Jersey. 50 million people from Massachusetts to Virginia may be prone to the effect of Sandy with wind speed at 175 miles. At 5 am, Sandy, the Category 1 hurricane was 385 miles south-southeast of New York City and moving at 15 mph.
Forecasters have said Hurricane Sandy merges with Arctic Jet Stream and would unleash storm that the eastern United States have not witnessed in decades. The mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has issued mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of residents. 375,000 people have been asked to leave low lying areas in New York City because the storm can impact the five boroughs.
Schools have been closed for Monday. Authorities have said that seawater surge can affect lower Manhattan, affect electrical and communication lines as they go kaput for the next few days and also flood subway channels. Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, “We’re looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people,” said
The NOAA website says that Hurricane Sandy may be the largest storm to hit the United States. Risk analysts at CoreLogic have told Reuters that 284,000 residential properties valued at $88 billion can be at risk of damage. Meanwhile, residents are scurrying to search for flashlights, batteries, food provisions and generations to cope with power outages. Please see how your state is preparing for Hurricane Sandy
The National Hurricane Center said early Monday that the storm has gathered wind speed of 75 mph, with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds were reaching the speed of up to 175 miles from the storm’s center and was moving northward at 14 mph.
Weather.com has quoted “Sandy will be one of the strongest cyclones to hit the U.S. East Coast in years, with damaging winds, storm surge and rainfall flooding the primary threats.”
Stu Ostro, a senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel has said “Sandy will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States. This is an extraordinary situation, and I am not prone to hyperbole.” President Barack Obama has called Sandy a “serious and big storm” and has advised residents to listen to the orders of the state and local authorities and follow ways to prevent damage. Here is how you can prepare yourself against hurricane
US stock exchanges will remain shut on Monday and possibly Tuesday. Federal offices and courts are shut in Washington and affected areas. Travel lines have been shut from Monday itself, with subway, bus and flights, both domestic and international; cancelled. Emergency has been declared in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, District of Columbia and New York. Last week, Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica, Bahamas and Cuba resulting in 68 people dead and heavy rain and flooding.
Hurricane Sandy’s path includes major cities like New York, Washington, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The center was predicted to strike New York-New Jersey area and then move inland towards Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
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