LIPA Did Not Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
In a meeting of top management of LIPA, the Long Island Power Authority, which took place right before Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, the dominated subject was whether or not to hire a marketing expert. One would think they would be discussing the fearsome warnings meteorologists were giving, that death and destruction was heading their way. Out of the two hours during which the meeting took place, a total of 39 seconds were dedicated to Hurricane Sandy.
But this is not the first time. In a study conducted by the New York Times, LIPA has been found to have been grossly negligent in planning for serious weather. Despite numerous warnings and reprimands from government agencies, and 3rd party regulators, LIPA ignored one of the main duties any power company has to deal with, cutting down tree branches that threaten power lines.
Long Island residents are furious over the fact that they do not have electricity. But what they say really takes the cake is LIPA’s relaying of basic information, which is non-existent. Among the residents’ complaints since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast were unanswered phone calls, maintenance crews that never show up, and service maps that are completely wrong.
Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster
The situation has just gotten worse for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. The Nor’easter is heading their way, and it is bringing snow, sleet and cold winds with it. The new storm is hitting hard from Staten Island to Rockaway, and this is barely a week after Hurricane Sandy gave that area a punch that they still have not recovered from. To make matters worse most people in the hurricane devastated home are still without electricity or heating trapped in flooded and hurricane smashed homes.
Still most are refusing to leave. Looting in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy is at very high levels. People rather risk the dangerous weather than leave their possession behind for some opportunistic looter. And with temperatures reaching the freezing point, making it through the storm may be quite difficult.
So far between, 4 to 7 inches of snow have fallen over the city, causing blackouts more transportation disruptions. Schools were closed, and city officials once again advised residents to leave the area.
Virus Breaks Out at Hurricane Sandy Shelter
Hurricane Sandy victims staying at a shelter in Brooklyn have contracted a stomach virus. The high school building was turned into a shelter after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast, causing billions of dollars in damage and forcing people to flee their homes, or what was left of them. Officials are saying that the shelter will need to be shut down in order to allow sanitation crews to get to work sterilizing the place.
Mayor Bloomberg stated that the high school will be closed and will only reopen once completely cleaned. On a lighter note, the mayor said that none of the Hurricane Sandy victims became seriously sick, and that the cleaning job is being because “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
The high school was being used as a shelter for thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy who have either lost their homes or that their homes have become inhabitable. Mayor Bloomberg said that most of New York’s high schools which were damaged by flooding and loss of power due to Hurricane Sandy will be opening for school Wednesday. There are still another 47 schools which will remain closed.
Hurricane Sandy victims now how to deal with price gouging
In the aftermath of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, a new type of victim is to be found. In addition to flood victims and looting victims, now there are price gouging victims. Cases of price gouging are streaming in to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Over 400 cases of price gouging have been reported, with reports of $7 for a loaf of bread to $11 for a box of matches.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that he will begin investigations as soon as possible. Many victims are urging him to begin at once, since the number of price gouging reports for basic items such as food, water, and batteries are increasing exponentially. Most price gouging complaints are blaming the larger retailers and supermarkets for the high increases. Apparently local bodegas and taxis service are being more considerate.
Victims of price gouging are urged to report any incidents at 1-800-771-7755.
Once investigated price gougers will able to argue for their innocence. For example if a retailer can prove the he incurred a higher cost in order to obtain the goods, or that delivery fees have increased because of Hurricane Sandy. This can make it harder for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to prosecute.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman offers some tips to help deal with price gougers who take advantage of peoples suffering due to Hurricane Sandy:
- Make sure you have building permits in your possession before any job starts
- Always hold the final payment and never pay the whole amount up front. Final payent shold only be done once you verify the job is done.
- Check the contractors licenses and ask for references.
- Always have the estimate in writing and in detail.
Hurricane Sandy – Send in the Marines!
The Marines have landed. Well maybe not in some exotic African country or somewhere in the Persian Gulf, but in Queens and Staten Island. Yesterday the troops were sent in to help out in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and to restore order. Instead of carrying bazookas they were armed with heavy duty water pumps and hosed their way through muddy floodwaters from Rockaway to Midland.
But one thing the armed forces can’t help with is the cold weather. Meteorologists are predicting that temperatures in the Hurricane Sandy beaten area will drop below freezing tonight. All residents who are now homeless and misplaced are being urged to find a warm and dry place to stay.
In another interesting aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a 47 year old man was arrested for hording gasoline. The suspect had filled up 30 five-gallon buckets with gas bough from money he collected from his neighbors in Richmond Hill.
Hurricane Sandy – Free Gas Leads to Anarchy
The aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy are getting more severe, and free gas is just making the problems worse. Thousands of New York residents are desperate for gasoline, whether to fuel their cars so they can get to work, or their generators to heat up their homes. Now the government has stepped in and started to distribute free gas in an effort to quench the fuel-thirsty New Yorkers. Without setting clear guidelines detailing who is entitled to what and when, it’s like throwing gasoline on burning flames, even though is free.
Gov. Cuomo could not have made a bigger mistake by declaring his intention to relieve the post Hurricane Sandy stress by distributing free gas to “emergency vehicles and the general public.” Well, Gov. Cuomo, that pretty much includes everyone in the state of New York.
So when the fuel tankers showed up across the area, hordes of people started to rush forward with jerry cans dangling from every hand, in a desperate attempt to secure some of the precious liquid, in some ways more valuable than gold. But when the people heard that a Gov. Cuomo advisor restated the generous announcement, saying the gas was for emergency vehicles, things started to get out of hand.
Consider the fact that the whole area of the Rockaways has turned into a jungle. No power, no food, no sanitation. All the floodwaters in the area are contaminated with sewage. And no fuel, means you cant get out, or make it to work, or take the kids to school. Since Hurricane Sandy smashed into the Queens area, anarchy has settled in. And people are starting to take things into their own hands.
Local citizens are telling stories of people arming themselves with bats, knives, even guns. Stories abound of looters breaking into houses, even of robbers dressing up as utility workers and attempting to enter homes in the middle of the night. Only the truth use, there are no utility workers to be seen anywhere, let alone police, or emergency vehicles of any type.
So where is the free fuel really going, and what it is being used for?
Devastation Left by Hurricane Sandy
As of early Thursday morning, the death toll in the U.S. has reached 56, with an additional death reported in Canada. There is still no official number of persons reported missing, but reports are numerous. Hurricane Sandy hit the coast of southern New Jersey late on Monday and has left entire neighborhoods wiped out. Millions of people, some estimates say at least 45 million are still without power.
Now the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, food and fuel shortages, power outages, and an internet connected generation left with only board games to entertain themselves, are serious dangers people will have to deal with.
People are desperately trying to secure fuel for the cars and generators as gas station are starting to run completely dry. With only half of all gas stations in New York and New Jersey operating due to either a lack of fuel or power or both. There are numerous reports of long lines and even fights breaking out as tempers flare. The scene eerily begins to mimic the movie The Lord of the Flies. And with estimates for replenishing fuel supplies reaching into weeks, things may get out of control.
Another situation that is exploding out of control is the floodwaters that seem to be everywhere. But it is not just the floodwaters in and of itself, but rather what is mixed in with the floodwaters, sewage. Medical experts had been checking samples of floodwater, including drinking water, from all over the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, and they are testing positive for E.coli and coliform, both of which common in sewage.
Hurricane Sandy – New York Blackout
- 16 confirmed deaths
- 8 million people across 13 states without electricity
- In New York over 50 homes burned to the ground
- Flooding everywhere
New York – The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy lays heavily on the hearts of those living on the east coast. Everywhere there is flooding, fires, destruction. Large parts of the city of New York have no electricity and this will probably continue in the near future. Subways, tunnels, and whole districts such as the financial center are underneath water and expected to remain closed for days.
Although, the most saddening thought on peoples minds is the loss of life, 16 people, including one from Canada, have died because of Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire to break out in the Queens borough that burned down at least 50 homes. The Rockaway peninsula was flooded, people had to be rescued.
Hurricane Sandy – Over 50 Homes Burned
Hurricane Sandy eventually combined with another two winter systems currently in the area, causing it to morph into the wild creation some are calling “Frankenstorm.” Like the deer caught in the proverbial headlights New Jersey was hit head on, leaving people to question how long it will take to recover. In New York a storm surge over 13 feet was recorded, setting a historic record.
Hurricane Sandy Crane
Winds, at times reaching 100 miles per hour, tore down a construction crane on what is to be the tallest luxury apartment building in Manhattan. Hundreds were evacuated from nearby buildings.
New York – Breaking News!!! Hurricane Sandy is developing into a storm of historic proportions, hence its new name “Frankenstorm.” The diameter is expected to grow to over 700 miles wide with a tropical storm wind field of 400 miles. It is expected that this storm will heavily and ruthlessly pound away on a large amount of people, and for a long time.
In contrast to the usual storms that roll up and down the eastern coast, coming in and going out quickly and relatively quietly, Hurricane Sandy will be arriving straight on the New Jersey coastline. To sum it all up, at this rate even far away locations like Philadelphia can expect strong hurricane winds for at least the next 2 days.
What meteorologists are predicting of Hurricane Sandy:
- Road closures and power outages across numerous states.
- Flooding and damage along the eastern coast major of historic proportions.
- Winds reaching 100 miles per hour
So severe are condition expected to become, federal authorities have started to use language that reminds one of post apocalyptic movies, such as The Day After Tomorrow.
Here is a copy of the warning issued by the Mount Holly National Weather Service:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 241 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012 ..
AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA SANDY IS EXPECTED TO SLAM INTO THE NEW JERSEY COAST LATER MONDAY NIGHT, BRINGING VERY HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO THE REGION. THE STORM IS A LARGE ONE, THEREFORE DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT CENTER OF THE STORM AS ALL AREAS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE AN HISTORIC STORM, WITH WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES, INLAND AND COASTAL FLOODING, AND MASSIVE BEACH EROSION. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN AND PROLONGED WIND WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES AND SERIOUS FLOODING. PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPING UP AS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY ON MONDAY.
SOME IMPORTANT NOTES…
1. IF YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO EVACUATE A COASTAL LOCATION BY STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, PLEASE DO SO.
2. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT TO EVACUATE, AND YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO RODE OUT THE ’62 STORM ON THE BARRIER ISLANDS, ASK THEM IF THEY COULD DO IT AGAIN.
3. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT, THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.
4. SANDY IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM. THERE WILL BE MAJOR PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURIES ARE PROBABLY UNAVOIDABLE, BUT THE GOAL IS ZERO FATALITIES.
5. IF YOU THINK THE STORM IS OVER-HYPED AND EXAGGERATED, PLEASE ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. WE WISH EVERYONE IN HARMS WAY ALL THE BEST. STAY SAFE!
Forecasters predict Hurricane Sandy will turn into the “perfect storm”
New Jersey- All across the eastern U.S. seaboard, people are preparing emergency supplies in expectation of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy is being predicted to be a horrific and costly storm, so severe meteorologists are saying all areas are at risk of deadly flooding and fierce winds that may reach up to 100 miles per hour.
Currently Hurricane Sandy is slowly moving at a pace of about 10 to 12 miles an hour off the coast of South Carolina. Although now it is only a Category 1 storm, Hurricane Sandy has caused the deaths of at least 45 people as it crossed through the Central America and the Caribbean. Weather forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Sandy will start to severely harass the east coast of the U.S. as early as Sunday evening.
Hurricane Sandy to hit the east coast
In New England and North Carolina low lying areas at risk of flooding were sandbagged. Homes and businesses were hardened using any means possible, wooden planks, wire fences and nets, sand bags. Mass hoarding has been reported and people try to stock up on bottled water and food. Batteries are a hot commodity in these areas for fear of power outages that may last for days if not weeks.
Even presidential campaigns are adjusting to the effect of Hurricane Sandy. Candidates are juggling schedules to gain as much influence in the state of Virginia, a searing hot battleground state for the next presidential election.
Numerous states have already declared that they are on a state of emergency. Many have moved storm preparation into high gear. New Jersey has even commenced with mandatory evacuations.
“We have to prepare for the worst” Gov. Chris Christie said.
The New Jersey barrier islands, beginning from Sandy Hook all the way to Cape May are to be evacuated by late Sunday morning. Atlantic City casinos Will also be closed.
Car in Cuba barely making it in front of Hurricane Sandy
Although the greatest danger is if Hurricane Sandy runs into the cold front of the West. This will create a “superstorm” which can pound on the east coast for days. All along the entire eastern seaboard residents are being urged to stock up and prepare for power outages that could last for weeks.
So far, weather forecasters and meteorologists are predicting that the damage which will probably result from Hurricane Sandy will reach to over $3 billion, for damage caused by winds alone. If flooding were to occur the estimates are much higher.
Hurricane Sandy causes severe flooding in Jamaica
New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia have all declared states of emergency. The Governor of Maine initiated a limited state of emergency. The governor of Delaware has issued a mandatory evacuation of the coastline if the current conditions persist and Hurricane Sandy continues on course.