Hurricane Sandy Approaches Eastern Seaboard
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website, Sandy could be the largest storm ever to hit the United States. The East Coast of the USA scrambled to prepare for high winds, torrential rains, major flooding, power outages, heavy snow, and downed trees. Computer models show a likely landfall between Delaware and the New York/New Jersey area; however, forecasters said Sandy could make U.S. landfall anywhere between Maryland and southern New England.
State and local officials urged residents to stock up on food, water and batteries. Currently, there are long lines at super-markets where concerned citizens are buying groceries, generators, candles, and other supplies in anticipation of power outages. Some local governments announced schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
“The combination of an extremely dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters.”
States of emergency were declared in eight states from North Carolina to Massachusetts, including Washington, D.C., as Sandy makes its way toward the USA. It left 41 people dead in its wake after passing through the Caribbean. Governors of states in Sandy’s path and New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations of vulnerable areas.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also ordered New York City’s subway, bus and commuter railroads to shut down , beginning at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.
61,000 National Guard troops are on alert and ready to provide immediate support to the hardest hit areas in Sandy’s aftermath. National Guard units in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia are coordinating with authorities in the event Sandy makes landfall as predicted. Source
[Updated:10/30/2012, 2:02 pm (EST)]
Most of the world has seen the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the US. Flooding was the key problem in NJ, NYC and outlying areas. In upstate New York there was mostly wind damage and downed trees. Here is a gallery of images of damage in Bedford, New York.