Category Archives: Sandy Storm

NYT Called Out City’s Flood-Protection Problems in September

Sandy’s aftermath, flooding in lower Manhattan. Captions and Photo source: ©© Giladlotan


In a prescient New York Times article in September, scientists warned that New York City could become paralyzed for a month or more if a storm—or rising sea levels caused by climate change—caused significant flooding.

Scientists have been saying for years that the city is at risk due to rising sea levels…

Read Full Article, The Lookout

New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warn, The New York Times
With a 520-mile-long coast lined largely by teeming roads and fragile infrastructure, New York City is gingerly facing up to the intertwined threats posed by rising seas and ever-more-severe storm flooding.

New York City and Risk of Higher Seas, The Wall Street Journal (09-12-2010).

New York Seas to Rise Twice as Much as Rest of U.S., National Geographic (10-02-2010)
Sea levels around New York City and much of the U.S. Northeast will rise twice as much as in other parts of the United States this century, according to new climate models (U.S. Northeast map).Driven by changes in ocean circulation, the rapid sea level rise will bring increased risk of damage from hurricanes and winter storm surges, researchers say…

Rising Seas Will Affect Major U.S. Coastal Cities by 2100, University Of Arizona (02-16-2011).
Rising sea levels could threaten an average of 9 percent of the land within 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, according to new research led by University of Arizona scientists.

Hurricane Sandy’s Storm Surge Wreaks Havoc As Its Energy And Trajectory Stun Experts

The flooding at the East River State Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Captions and Photo source: ©© Alexander Rea


Even with a week to watch and model the projected outcomes of the hurricane dubbed Sandy, which joined two other wintery weather systems late yesterday to become the hybrid super-storm now squatting over central Pennsylvania, the historic event has meteorologists stunned by its sheer size, strength and behavior…

The storm, now called a post-tropical cyclone, slammed into coastal New Jersey Monday evening, shoving catastrophic volumes of ocean water up over flood barriers and deep into coastal communities — including New York City, which saw a 13-foot storm surge devour parts of lower Manhattan, inundate subways tunnels and flood office buildings, among them the lobby of the New York Daily News. New Jersey’s Atlantic City was experiencing dangerously high floodwaters into Tuesday morning, and officials were calling it the worst storm in the city’s history…

Read Full Article, Huffington Post

Hurricane Sandy: Live Updates

Satellite View of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy on Oct. 30. NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Post-Tropical Sandy rolling inland on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:02 a.m. EDT. (1302 UTC). The National Hurricane Center said that as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was moving westward across Pennsylvania and was centered about 90 miles west of Philadelphia. It lost its hurricane status on Monday and is now considered an extratropical cyclone. Captions and Photo source: NASA / NOAA GOES Project


The National Hurricane Center said that as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was moving westward across Pennsylvania and was centered about 90 miles west of Philadelphia. It lost its hurricane status on Monday and is now considered an extratropical cyclone.

Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY Update Statement, NOAA

Hurricane Sandy: Live Updates, ABC News

Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY, NOAA / NHC

Northeast Suffers Huge Damage in Storm’s Path

12. Lenox Terminal @ 148th St. in Flood Prep. MTA New York City Transit preparations for Hurricane Sandy. Captions and Photo source: ©© MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins


As Hurricane Sandy churned inland as a downgraded storm, residents up and down the battered mid-Atlantic region woke on Tuesday to lingering waters, darkened homes and the daunting task of cleaning up from once-in-a-generation storm surges and their devastating effects.

The storm was the most destructive in the 108-year history of New York’s subway system, said Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in an early morning statement…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Sandy’s trail of devastation, CNN
The storm sent trees crashing down and left neighborhood streets looking like rivers. Homes washed off their foundations and onto a New Jersey state highway. Floodwaters rushed into New York’s subway tunnels…

Hurricane Sandy in West Harlem: Building Damage 3525 Broadway. Hurricane Sandy is gone, now the clean up begins. My neighborhood weathered it well, a few downed tree limbs and a little flooding by the Hudson. The worst I saw in the area was 3525 Broadway where the wind had torn the building facade away at the roof. FDNY was working to strip away the debris early this morning. Captions and Photo source: ©© Dave Bledsoe

Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

Hurricane Sandy or Frankenstorm in West Harlem. People gather to watch the angry Hudson River as Hurricane Sandy froths up the water. Captions and Photo source: ©© Dave Bledsoe

Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain.

The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane force, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds…

Read Full Article, AP

Catastrophic flooding hits Northeast as Sandy plows ashore

Waves crashing on Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA, Hurricane Sandy. Photo source: ©© Jeff Cutler


Superstorm Sandy surged inland late Monday, hitting the New Jersey shore and New York Harbor with incredible force.

A levee in northern New Jersey failed to hold back Sandy’s storm surge on Tuesday, flooding at least four towns with up to 6 feet of water and forcing residents of one trailer park to climb onto their roofs to escape the rushing water…

Read Full Article, MSNBC News

Northern New Jersey towns submerged after Sandy’s surge penetrates defenses, USA News
A levee in northern New Jersey failed to hold back Sandy’s storm surge on Tuesday, flooding at least four towns with up to 6 feet of water and forcing residents of one trailer park to climb onto their roofs to escape the rushing water…

‘Superstorm’ snaps trees, floods streets: Residents’ stories from the storm

Photos of New York City Underwater from Hurricane Sandy Flooding, Tree Hugger

NASA Examines Hurricane Sandy as it Affects the Eastern U.S.

NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:10 a.m. EDT. Sandy’s center was about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City. Tropical Storm force winds are about 1,000 miles in diameter. Image and Captions: NASA GOES Project


On Monday, Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy was ravaging the Mid-Atlantic with heavy rains and tropical storm force winds as it closed in for landfall.

Earlier, NASA’s CloudSat satellite passed over Hurricane Sandy and its radar dissected the storm get a profile or sideways look at the storm. NASA’s Aqua satellite provided an infrared view of the cloud tops and NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite showed the extent of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 11 a.m. EDT on Oct. 29 that Hurricane Sandy is “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy Appalachian snows…”

Read Full Article, NASA

Near Landfall, Storm Pounds East Coast, The New York Times
The full moon on Monday could cause even greater flooding, because tides will be at their peak. It was the possibility of a surge that prompted many to take precautions. The hurricane center said the surges could reach 11 feet in New York Harbor, Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay in New Jersey, significantly higher than previous forecasts and significantly above the levels recorded during the tropical storm last year.

Northeast braces against terrifying megastorm

View of Sandy from Space Station, Image source: NASA.


Shelters opened and tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the Northeast buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 50 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation…

Read Full Article, AP

Sandy and storm surge pose ‘worst case scenario’
The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday. The more they look, the more the experts worry about the water, which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes.

Sandy Megastorm: Worse than sum of its parts, AP
The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, flooding and probably snow is much more than just an ordinary weather system. It’s a freakish and unprecedented monster. How did it get that way?

East Coast Prepares for Storm’s Arrival, The New York Times

Hurricane Sandy bears down on Eastern Seaboard, MSNBC
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also ordered New York City’s subway, bus and commuter railroads to shut down, beginning at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

Dire Forecast as Hurricane Sandy Approaches US Coast

This image was created combining NOAA’s GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite imagery on Oct. 27 and shows the cloud cover from Hurricane Sandy interacting with the long line of clouds associated with the cold front approaching the eastern U.S. The composite image was created using SSEC’s McIDAS software and NOAA’s GOES imager satellite imagery. Captions and Photo source: NOAA / UWI/ SSEC / NASA


After causing heavy damage and at least 58 deaths in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall on the East Coast by Tuesday. No one can be certain how powerful it will become, but the signs are ominous.

Sandy is expected to strike the Eastern Seaboard near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm…

Read Full Article, CBS News

NASA Satellites See Sandy Become a Hurricane Again and Strong Winds Expand
Sandy weakened to a Tropical Storm and strengthened back into a hurricane early on Saturday Oct. 26, and its pressure was dropping, meaning that the storm is intensifying as it becomes an extra-tropical storm. NASA’s TRMM satellite identified heavy rain falling within the system and NOAA’s GOES satellites provided a picture of Sandy’s massive size.