Posts Tagged ‘sandy’

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


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)

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.


Live Hurricane Sandy Coverage – The Weather Channel:

Coast Guard video of the HMS Bounty rescue:

Rockaway Beach, NY – 10/29/12 – 8:30 a.m.:

Coney Island Pier as Hurricane Sandy approaches – 10/29/12:

Hurricane Sandy Hatteras Island – 10/28/12 – 11 a.m.:

New Jersey residents prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches:

Twitter Hashtags/Trends

“East Coast”
“North Carolina”
“New Jersey”

Twitter Handles



NYT State-by-State Guide to Hurricane Sandy:

Telegraph (UK) Live Blog updates:

BBC News Live Hurricane Sandy updates:

Photo Galleries

Hurricane Sandy turns NY Subway into ghost towns:

Twitter Top Images for “Hurricane Sandy”:!/search/Hurricane+Sandy/slideshow/photos

News Articles

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

How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect the Internet? (mashable)