Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy approaching the United States
Hurricane Sandy approaching the United States

Hurricane Sandy is a tropical hurricane that formed over the Caribbean and tracked north. It made landfall on the New Jersey south coast at Atlantic City, south of New York at approximately 20:00 (8pm) Monday 29 October 2012 EDT (11:00am Tuesday 30 October 2012 AEST).

The storm has been assessed at three times the size of Cyclone Yasi in Australia.

The storm has caused widespread destruction on the east coast of the United States

Hurricane Sandy is causing considerable disruption across the eastern United States, including:

  • winds are predicted to reach 140 kilometres per hour
  • the effects stretch for 1000km
  • more than 50 million people across 12 states potentially affected.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter with friends or in evacuation centres
  • Up to 750,000 people are without power in New York and New Jersey
  • Seaside communities already started flooding as the storm nears the coast
  • The hurricane is expected to intensify when it combines with a low pressure weather pattern.
  • As at 10:00am AEST Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives - including 51 in Haiti.
  • Schools are closed, businesses shuttered
  • Mass transit has been suspended - the New York subway system has been shutdown
  • All air travel in the region has been suspended. By Monday afternoon, the nation’s airlines had canceled nearly 8,700 flights and planned to cancel 2,540 more Tuesday, mostly from airports in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.
  • Wall Street stock exchange closed for 2 consecutive days.
  • When Hurricane Irene came ashore in 2011 it carried a surge of 4 feet. Sandy's surge is expected to be 6 to 12 feet.
  • Washington region’s entire public transit system — Metro, Virginia Railway Express and the Maryland Transportation System — ceased operation
  • NYC subways will be closed for remainder of the week. All major lines are flooded and will require repair.
  • 5 storm-related deaths reported in New York city on 21:35 Mon 29 Oct 12
  • 5 to 7 foot seas in Long Island Sound, New Haven West. Alarming water levels. Emergency warning issued.
  • 45 billion dollar damage bill is predicted.

The storm arrived eight days prior to the US presidential election. President Barack Obama has warned there could be fatalities from the massive storm, and has declared emergencies in the following nine states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

"The most important message to the public I have right now is, 'Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying'."

"When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate."

Emergency information

For more information, be sure to check out FEMA.gov

  • Follow the direction of local officials - If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Know the forecast in your area - Continue to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and your local news for severe weather updates, warnings and watches. Follow your forecast at http://www.weather.gov/ on your computer or http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone.
  • Turn around, don't drown - The potential for heavy rains can also lead to flooding, or flash flooding in some areas. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous.
  • Make final preparations - If you're further inland, now is the time to make final preparations.
  • Visit http://ready.gov and be ready for power outages and stock up on emergency supplies of food, water, medications, and other supplies.
  • Check on your neighbor - Make sure they're ready, too.
  • Finding shelters --Download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit http://redcross.org/find-help/shelter, or check your local media outlets.
  • You should also register on http://redcross.org/safeandwell, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies.
  • Finally, you can download the FEMA smartphone app (http://fema.gov/smartphone-app) or text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply.
  • Donate blood - If you don't live in an affected area, please consider donating blood, because numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit http://redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Twitter hashtags

  • #sandy
  • #hurricane

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