Daily Archives: October 29, 2012

BBC News – Hurricane Sandy map and satellite images

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20123703
29 October 2012 Last updated at 12:07 ET
Hurricane Sandy map and satellite images

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BBC News – Storm Sandy causes severe flooding in eastern US

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20133158
29 October 2012 Last updated at 23:21 ET
Storm Sandy causes severe flooding in eastern US
“Super-storm” Sandy has swept across the eastern US coast, bringing heavy rain, high winds and severe flooding.
Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, causing a record surge of seawater in New York City, flooding car and subway tunnels and leaving much of lower Manhattan without power.
It has been blamed for 10 deaths in several states, Associated Press said.
An estimated 50 million people could be affected, with up to one million ordered to evacuate homes…..(more).

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Hurricane Sandy Kills 51 in Haiti, Leaving Behind Fears of Disease Outbreak & Growing Toll

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As Hurricane Sandy makes its way to the eastern seaboard of the United States, it has already left behind a trail of destruction in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba. Government officials have reported 65 storm-related across the Caribbean with 51 of those in Haiti, which had three days of continuous rainfall that ended only on Friday. Flooding has since ravaged the southwestern areas of the impoverished country and given the extent of the damage, the death toll may rise. Haiti is still suffering from the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac which battered the country in late August, resulting in heavy flooding in the camps where some 400,000 survivors of the 2010 earthquake still live. We’re joined from the capital of Port-au-Prince by Haitian pro-democracy activist Patrick Elie.

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Nuclear Power Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged the massive Sandy storm could impact both coastal and inland nuclear power plants. At least 16 reactors are in the storm’s projected path, including North Anna and Surry in Virginia; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; and Vermont Yankee. So far there have been no reports of reactors shutting down, despite operating under licenses that require them to do so if weather conditions are too severe. “The biggest problem, as I see it right now, is the Oyster Creek plant, which is on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey,” says former nuclear executive Arnie Gunderson, noting it lies in the project eye of the storm. “Oyster Creek is the same design design, but even older, than Fukushima Daichii unit one. It’s in a refueling outage. That means that all the nuclear fuel is not in the nuclear reactor, but it’s over in the spent fuel pool. And in that condition, there’s no back-up power for the spent fuel pools. So, if Oyster Creek were to lose its offsite power, and frankly that’s really likely, there would be no way cool that nuclear fuel thats in the fuel pool until they get the power reestablished. … The most important lesson we can take out of Fukushima Daiichi and climate change, and especially with Hurricane Sandy, is that we can’t expect to cool these fueling pools.”

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Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather

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Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare, hybrid super storm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a “Frankenstorm,” as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. “When you heat the oceans more, you extend the length of hurricane season,” Masters says. “There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — it starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a winter low pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destruction.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.

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Bill McKibben on Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It”

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Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural and un-natural and it seems poised to cause real havoc,” says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Millions could lose power over the next day. Meteorologists say Sandy could be the largest storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland. The megastorm comes at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have refused to make climate change an issue on the campaign trail. For the first time since 1984, climate change was never addressed during a presidential debate. “It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history … when we saw essentially summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms this unprecedented magnitude,” McKibben says. “If there was ever a wake-up call, this is it.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.

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Hurricane Sandy : Storm Surge Forecast

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201218_surge.html

See also:

What If A Hurricane Hit NYC? – CBS News Video
Sandy: Worries about NYC Subways
NE Hurricane Could Cripple Economy – CBS News
Year after Irene, New Yorkers ponder sea barriers
Living on Earth: Degrees of Concern – Climate Change and New York City’s Future
Rising Seas, Imperiled Cities | Harvard University Center for the Environment
Boston Plans For ‘Near-Term Risk’ Of Rising Tides

McKibben To Romney: ‘Please Explain Again Why Slowing The Rise Of The Oceans Is Such A Silly Plan?’

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