Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Sandy’

The Challenge of Developing Situational Awareness During Hurricane Disasters—Part Three: Understanding the Impact (or the “What’s Next?”)

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Author: Jim Weldin, Senior Emergency Planner, IEM

This is Part 3 of a three-part series on hurricane analysis. Part 1, “Determining the What,” dealt with anticipating the impact of a tropical system and Part 2, “Consequences (Or the ‘So What?’)” focused on consequence management. 

Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City on October 29, 2012, at approximately 8 p.m. The 933-kilometer-wide storm produced 158 kph winds as it moved northwest toward the New Jersey coast as a Category 1 hurricane. A new state record was set for the lowest recorded barometric pressure (an indicator of storm strength), which was measured at 27.94 inches at landfall.

Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on New Jersey included high winds with hurricane-force gusts, storm surge, and significant rainfall. Surge heights were considered major to record-level—i.e., in the 6- to 9-foot range—along the coast, resulting in major inundation of coastal areas and flooding of barrier islands. Rainfall levels totaled up to 7 inches for most locations in New Jersey. (more…)

Hurricane Sandy Social Media Resources – October 30

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012


Aerial View of New Jersey Coast Line After Hurricane Sandy (National Guard)

Sandy Fans Queens Inferno (Reuters)

Crews Working to Restore Power to Area After Sandy (Yahoo! News)

NYC Tunnels and Subways Flooded (Fox News)

Hurricane Sandy Flooding Above Cars (East River, Manhattan) (Weather Channel)

Superstorm Sandy: the economic impact (France24)

Video of Explosion at NYC Con Edison Plant (ABC News)

Empty Times Square (saraellison)

Twitter Trends/Hashtags

#sandy #nyc
#sandy Toronto
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)


Hurricane Sandy Board @ Pinterest /IEMNews

Hurricane Sandy Slams into Eastern U.S. (Bloomberg)

Superstorm Sandy (Yahoo!)

Superstorm Sandy hits the US north-east – in pictures (Guardian)

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:


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.