Frankenstorm: Hurricane Sandy

Oct 29, 2012

Photo by Matt Danzico at Instagram

This year, Frankenstein’s a lady.

Hurricane Sandy descends upon the East Coast today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, from North Carolina all the way up to Maine.

Though this doesn’t concern San Gabriel Valley directly—and as such may seem an odd item for Hometown Pasadena—many of us have loved ones up and down the East Coast, and many others are transplants from there.

Have any family or friends who live between 39th and 1st Streets in New York City? This has been dubbed “Zone A” and Mayor Bloomberg has issued a mandatory evacuation. Belle Harbor, Far Rockaway, Manhattan Beach, and Coney Island are also under mandatory evacuation orders, and for those who stay the mayor has said that hot water and heat will be shut off ahead of the storm (Brad Belcher at Mass transit in New York City has been shut down until 7 p.m. EST, as have all the tunnels, and the New York Stock Exchange is closed for the day.

Battery Park, NYC, already flooding; photo @newyorkist, Twitter

This storm seems to be massive and rather unique (though weather experts say every storm has unique elements). Hurricane-force winds extend 175 miles from its center, while tropical storm-force winds extend out 520 miles. Fifty million to 60 million people in over a dozen states could feel the storm’s impact.

Chicago’s lakeshore even has a flood watch. “That’s how huge this storm is!” tweeted the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Central account.

People along the Fairfield County coastline in Connecticut (we spoke with a resident of Stamford) are expecting a tide surge that could be 11 feet above normal. Low lying neighborhoods are already flooded, and police are blocking re-entry. The area is expecting wind gusts from 70-85 miles per hour, and already some trees along the lovely Merritt Parkway have been felled.

(For those unfamiliar with it, the Merritt Parkway is a 37.5 mile “ribbon park” that has curves, hills, and 69 Art Deco-style bridges; is wonderfully truck-free;  enveloped by trees, woods, and forests; and is a much-needed respite from I95. New England transplants get their Merritt fix by driving the 710 Freeway between Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles.)

Satellite view of Hurricane Sandy courtesy of University of Wisconsin and

Unfortunately, two crew members are missing from the tall ship HMS Bounty, which was weathering the storm off of the North Caroline Outer Banks. Fourteen of the crew who had to abandon ship on Sunday were successfully rescued by the Coast Guard. The rescue took place in 40 mile per hour winds and 18-foot seas, 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Weather underground is currently reporting (Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. PST) that Hurricane Sandy is moving north northwest at a rate of 20 miles per hour.

Stay safe everyone.

Lavalette, NJ; photo courtesy of Northern NJ Weather Authority

Atlantic City, NJ, Monday morning

Brigantine, NJ; photo by Sven Peltonen

East Norwalk, Connecticut; photo by Meg Burdett




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