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Videos from Fire Island show damage from Sandy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The YouTube channel for Fire Island Videos is posting aerial footage of Sandy aftermath in the community of Ocean Beach on Fire Island in New York.

Fire Island Sandy Aftermath – Ocean Beach

Sandy Aftermath Fire Island Ocean Beach to Point O’ Woods

Animation shows Sandy’s development from formation to landfall

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

From YouTube user DailyOnTech:

NOAA’s GOES satellites captured a global view of Hurricane Sandy’s birth to landfall. This animation of NOAA’s GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite observations from Oct. 21-30, 2012, shows the birth of Tropical Storm Sandy in the Caribbean Sea, the intensification and movement of Sandy in the Atlantic Ocean along the U.S. East Coast, and Hurricane Sandy make landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29 and move inland to Pennsylvania.

Credit: NASA GOES Project

Hurricane Sandy water damage to NYC subway stations and tunnels

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is publishing videos to their YouTube Channel of conditions in some of the city’s subway stations and tunnels.

South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage

Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn battery Tunnel Damage

 

Hurricane Sandy Social Media Resources – October 30

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Videos

Aerial View of New Jersey Coast Line After Hurricane Sandy
http://youtu.be/sRAdgh9VH0o (National Guard)

Sandy Fans Queens Inferno
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/7886178/Video-Sandy-fans-Queens-inferno (Reuters)

Crews Working to Restore Power to Area After Sandy
http://news.yahoo.com/video/philadelphiacbs3-15751053/crews-working-to-restore-power-to-area-after-sandy-31000340.html (Yahoo! News)

NYC Tunnels and Subways Flooded
http://youtu.be/3DPfLHQoSRs (Fox News)

Hurricane Sandy Flooding Above Cars (East River, Manhattan)
http://youtu.be/ZOKIkW6uAJ4 (Weather Channel)

Superstorm Sandy: the economic impact
http://youtu.be/4YC3rcACdP0 (France24)

Video of Explosion at NYC Con Edison Plant
http://youtu.be/aX0sbp1hK-A (ABC News)

Empty Times Square
http://youtu.be/1WqopCHrR6A (saraellison)

Twitter Trends/Hashtags

FEMA
#sandy
#sandy #nyc
#sandy Toronto
#nj
New Jersey

Twitter Handles

IEMNews (@IEMNews)
Red Cross NortheastMA (@RedCrossNEMA)
National Guard (@USNationalGuard)
National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic)
HHSGov (@HHSGov)
NYC OEM – Notify NYC (#NotifyNYC)
Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM)
Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM)
City of Boston OEM (@AlertBoston)

Photos

Hurricane Sandy Board @ Pinterest /IEMNews
http://pinterest.com/iemnews/hurricane-sandy/

Hurricane Sandy Slams into Eastern U.S.
http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2012-10-29/new-york-east-coast-brace-for-hurricane-sandy.html (Bloomberg)

Superstorm Sandy
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/hurricane-sandy-1351517288-slideshow/ (Yahoo!)

Superstorm Sandy hits the US north-east – in pictures
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/oct/30/superstorm-sandy-new-york-in-pictures (Guardian)

Infographics of Sandy’s Effects

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

As usual, the New York Times has some beautiful and informative data design Assessing the Damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Flooding Risks from Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Author: Steve Stage, Atmospheric Physicist/Dispersion Modeler

Whenever a hurricane threatens a coastal area and flooding is possible, residents immediately ask:

  • Will I be injured if I stay?
  • Will my home be damaged?

It’s not always easy for residents to get information to help them answer these questions. In this post, I will walk you through how to get this information for Hurricane Sandy using Kings Point, New York, as an example. You can use this method to get similar information for your own location.

Hurricane Sandy is a Category 1 storm, with the potential to cause some wind damage. However, because this is a very large storm making landfall during high tide during a full moon, flooding is expected to be the source of the most damage from this storm and is therefore the focus of this blog post.

A good source for predicted flooding is the National Hurricane Center. You can click on the link for Storm Surge Exceedance and zoom in to see your area. As an example, the plot below shows the predicted height of water above the normal tide level. This plot shows that much of the coastline in the vicinity of New York City could get storm surges of 11 to 15 feet due to Hurricane Sandy.

Stevens Institute of Technology has produced graphs of water levels for Hurricane Sandy that show how tides and winds gang up to cause flooding. You can click on the icon closest to your location and select Show Time Series Plot to see a graph of potential flooding in your area.

In the graph below, which is for Kings Point, NY, the blue line shows that during a full moon, the high tide in this area is 8 feet. The green and purple lines, forecast by computer models, show that the winds from Hurricane Sandy are expected to add 4 to 5 feet of water in this area, bringing the total water level to as high as 13 feet. The red dots are the actual, observed water levels, which were running 2 to 4 feet above the predictions at the time of this graph and suggest that the water may reach as high as 14 to 15 feet.

If you have a home near Kings Point, NY, at an elevation of 10 feet, this means that you could have 5 feet of water in your house, which poses a very real threat to both the structure and your life if you stay. But how much of a threat?

Using the scale below, developed in 1985 by IEM President and CEO Madhu Beriwal, you can see that at 5 feet of water, a typical home will lose over 50% of its value and commercial structures will lose nearly 30% of their value. Historically, about 1 in 45,000 people who stay in an area with 5 feet of flooding will die.

Using the resources listed above, as well as the Beriwal Scale™, residents in other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy can determine predicted flooding at their locations and estimate potential damages and risk of fatality.

Hurricane Sandy Social Media Resources – October 29 @ 5PM

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

What follows is a survey of photo, video, news and information content from social media resources and credible news sources. Hurricane Sandy is generating a lot of discussion and activity and people are sharing information and spreading news and content across all media.

Videos

Live Hurricane Sandy Coverage – The Weather Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXMU2qwCVag

Coast Guard video of the HMS Bounty rescue:
http://youtu.be/UDlc1slA8PA

Rockaway Beach, NY – 10/29/12 – 8:30 a.m.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GX4mG2dCB0&feature=share&list=UU3FdkQnUj0JFTBF6rEF5JuQ

Coney Island Pier as Hurricane Sandy approaches – 10/29/12:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RomneyStormTips&src=hash

Hurricane Sandy Hatteras Island – 10/28/12 – 11 a.m.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvRvGmJAuNc

New Jersey residents prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-JtGGBIfE8

Twitter Hashtags/Trends

#Sandy
#CTSandy
#MDSandy
#Frankenstorm
“Northeast”
“East Coast”
“North Carolina”
“New Jersey”
#surge
#VASandy
“FEMA”
#Hurricane

Twitter Handles

@capitalweather
@NHCsurge

Blogs

NYT State-by-State Guide to Hurricane Sandy:
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/state-by-state-guide-to-hurricane-sandy/

Telegraph (UK) Live Blog updates:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9639244/Hurricane-Sandy-October-28-as-it-happened.html

BBC News Live Hurricane Sandy updates:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20121635

Photo Galleries

Hurricane Sandy turns NY Subway into ghost towns:
http://mashable.com/2012/10/29/new-york-city-subway-empty/

Twitter Top Images for “Hurricane Sandy”:
https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/Hurricane+Sandy/slideshow/photos

News Articles

Hurricane Sandy and Washington, D.C.: Detailed storm timeline, maps, and frequent questions:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/hurricane-sandy-and-washington-dc-detailed-storm-timeline-maps-and-frequent-questions/2012/10/28/2c24af1a-2127-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_blog.html?hpid=z2

How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect the Internet? (mashable)

http://mashable.com/2012/10/28/hurricane-sandy-internet/

 

Hurricane Sandy Social Media Resources – October 29

Monday, October 29th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy – October 29, 9am ET – National Weather Service

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Hurricane Sandy is a Category 1 storm that is quickly becoming a “superstorm,” due to the prediction of colliding with a cold front. As the storm approaches the East Coast today, the storm is expected to produce massive storm surges, flooding, coastal hurricane winds, and Appalachian snows.  IEM is monitoring social media accounts of the disaster for the most current and relevant information available

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter Accounts:

@twc_hurricane
@NHC_Atlantic
@wunderground
@NewsWorksWHYY
@alroker
@capitalweather
@JimCantore
@cnnbrk
@CityofNewarkNJ
@brucejohnson9
@Toppersweather
@wusa9

Trends:
#Sandy
#HurricaneSandy
#SandyNJ
#SandyNY
#sandyinphilly
#SandyDC
#SandyMD
#SandyVA
#Frankenstorm
Posts & News:

Hurricane Sandy Situational Maps & Satellite Imagery – See collection of maps, satellite imagery, radar, and twitter feeds

Sandy Public Information ESRI Map – See the real-time effects of the storm via social media posts.

Google’s Crisis Map for Sandy – Includes shelters, public alerts, some social media, etc.

City-by-City Impact Estimates

CNN Coverage Blog – Breaking news updates on Hurricane Sandy

Side-by-Side Comparison of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene

List of Webcams on the East Coast

Evacuations, Shutdowns on East Coast before Storm

Hurricane Sandy’s Top 5: What You Need to Know

National Capital Region Alerts and Information

John Hopkins University modeling: 10 Million Could Lose Power

Sandy Prompts Airlines to Cancel 6,800 Flights

 

IEM will continue to monitor social media coverage as Hurricane Sandy affects the eastern United States.

Personal Account of Flooding from Hurricane Isaac in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Author: Tori Siears, Emergency Planner, Response & Recovery Division, IEM

sandbagging in acsencion parish

Sandbagging in Ascension parish

Hurricane Isaac hit my home state of Louisiana (and my home parish of Ascension) on August 29th & 30th.  Being an emergency planner in IEM’s Response and Recovery division, I am keenly interested, both professionally and personally, in how communities respond to storms like Hurricane Isaac. Even though Ascension Parish has faced massive flooding and damage to many homes, we have learned much from previous storms that makes us more resilient today than we were before.

I live in the southern portion of Ascension Parish where there was significant flooding. Dealing with the impact of the storm and the resulting high waters has been a stressful and exhausting situation. But I am happy to say that we came out of it unscathed. I had about 6 inches of water in my yard, but my house is raised far enough off the ground so it didn’t flood. The same can’t be said for many in my community and the surrounding communities. There are still many people with water in their houses and/or covering their roads. I have friends and relatives in the Ascension, Livingston, and St. James Parish areas that got water in their homes and a few of them lost everything. Some close friends have water up to their doorsteps and have been holding a 24-hour vigil watching and waiting. The water is finally starting to recede in most areas, but it is doing so very slowly. In addition, the area reeks of muddy water and the mosquitoes are out in full force. We haven’t seen as many snakes in the last few days, but I’m sure as we start to clean up, we will find them hiding in dry spots somewhere.

Many people have been comparing this storm to both Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. But as far as this area is concerned, this storm was more like Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. (more…)

Rescue and Storm Surge Video from Hurricane Isaac – Social Media Resources, Part 5

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Strong winds and big waves engulf Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans

Strong winds and large waves engulf Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans
Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is still dropping heavy rains on the Gulf states and cause many to lose power. Homes were flooded this morning in Plaquemines Parish as the water topped the 12-foot levee.  Below are links to video and photos of the storm surge and rescues that occurred today.

Videos:

Interview with a woman rescued from the attic of her home in Plaquemines Parish (WFAA)
http://www.wfaa.com/news/national/Rescues-under-way-in-Plaquemines-Parish–167838635.html

Hurricane Isaac blows massive waves from New Orleans’ Lake Ponchartrain on shore
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1RmaH-GjKAs

Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5boeZ0z-QNw

West Closure Complex Pump Test
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8VMGpYRzKsw

Isaac causes rough conditions at the levee in Kenner
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7lrcXWZHVvg

Intense storm surge from Waveland, MS
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hgRdDg6drSQ

Rough seas in Pensacola, FL from Hurricane Isaac
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_7ud13LMzTo

Isaac hits Pensacola, FL
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wgWzMwQYzI8

Photos:

New Orleans Isaac Landfall Slideshow:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/aug/29/hurricane-isaac-new-orleans-in-pictures

 

More Resources:
Personal Accounts of Hurricane Isaac as He Lashes the Louisiana & Mississippi Coast – Social Media Resources, Part 4

Hurricane Isaac to Make Gulf Coast Landfall Tonight – Social Media Resources, Part 3

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network
- Part 1
A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

Economic Losses from Hurricane Isaac Could Reach $21 Billion