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A bit of hype is needed with this storm to get people to pay attention. If local weathermen just casually said, ‘Oh, BTW, we have a hurricane wrapped inside a Nor’easter headed our way and since this hasn’t happened before and our computer models may, or may not, handle it well, we really don’t know how it will all work out", do you think people would properly prepare? Ah, no. Even with hype many don’t and then first responders have to risk their lives to rescue those folks.

The answers are… yes, yes, and we’re not completely sure. This is a beyond-strange situation. It’s unprecedented and bizarre. Hurricanes almost always bend out to sea in October, although there have been some exceptions when storms went due north, but rarely. No October tropical systems in the record book have turned left into the northeast coast.

The strong evidence we have that a significant, maybe historic, storm is going to hit the east coast is that EVERY reliable computer forecast model now says it’s going to happen. The only way we can forecast the weather four or five days days from now is with the aid of these super-complex computer programs run on supercomputers. The two best, the European and the U.S. GFS (Global Forecast System) run by NOAA, are now in reasonable agreement that there IS going to be an extraordinarily unusual confluence of events that results in a massive storm.

For people near the coast, it’s critical that you pay attention to local evacuation orders and emergency information. This storm, as forecast, will create dangerous and potentially life-threatening storm surge along hundreds of miles of coastline north of where the center comes ashore. wd gaster theme Big storms move a lot of water, and this one is about as big as they come.

Right now, it looks like the storm center will land between the Delmarva and New Jersey, which would put the entire Tri-State area of NJ, NY, and Connecticut on the bad side of the storm. The Jersey Shore, Long Island, and New York City itself would be exposed to the brunt of the storm surge due to the ‘L’ in the coastline at NYC. The angle and duration of the wind will keep the water high for an extended period of time, if this comes together as forecast. This means transportation disruptions and widespread coastal damage.

Tricia, I will be thinking of you and paying close attention to historic storm. I normally do not watch the weather, but this has me concerned. There’s only so much you can do in these cases, but I’m sure you are ready with back-up power. I cannot imagine NYC evacuating for a hurricane the way we did in the Gulf. You are right that there are not enough places for that many people to go. Certain highways in Houston have been designated as escape routes for hurricanes, which means that all traffic will go in only one direction – I do not know if they have that in place in the NE. This is really beginning to sound like a disaster movie. I hope everyone in the path of the storm is ready and that the storm turns out to be less destructive than expected. I think possibly that the forecasters want everyone to plan for the worst possible situation (which is the best policy), and then we can just hope that that is not what happens. It still seems like this is going to affect a huge number of people.

Sue, thanks. Being spotters was a good fit for us being offshore boaters we’ve been reading weather for a long time. Part of the gig is to play a part similar to Smokey the Bear & get the word out on hazardous weather, if we can. This seemed like a logical place for a head’s up. Please don’t rely on restaurants for food. They likely won’t be able to get restocked when their freezer is empty & power outages may very well last awhile.

Lars, we do have the reverse lanes on the I-95 corrider. Gawd, I hate to think what they’ll be like if large evacs are ordered. I don’t believe that will happen. I think the coast will be evac’d and everybody else asked to shelter in place. We don’t have a generator because our biggest threat is surge. We don’t mind being inconvenienced a bit without power if the house survives.

FOAS, yeah, the darn trees. They’re everywhere aren’t they? 🙂 Last year, after Irene, I wrote corporate about a Wendy’s location in a nearby town that had ignored my repeated requests for them to remove a rotted maple on a slop leaning over their parking lot. Corporate apparently got on them ’cause the tree was down about 4 months after my nasty email. 🙂 Glad to hear your kids won’t be sleeping in that bedroom. electricity and circuits test Good job, Dad! Yep, need something more to eat than a gallon of milk & some Cheerios.

Seven percent of the northeast’s gas comes from the Delaware, Maryland, Pennslyvania area. I haven’t heard if they are planning on shutting down the refineries but I’ll try to find out tonight & post. electricity invented what year Also, the harbors may be closed a few days based on the predicted duration of this storm so tankers will be unable to get to port to offload raw product for the refineries. I’d sure recommend to gas up the cars soon though and keep topped off.

It just occured to me that some of you might like to become NWS spotters. So, I’ve C/P some info from NOAA for perusal. As spotters, we report to our local NWS things like tornado sightings (but we are NOT chasers), rainfall amounts, hail, barometric pressure, dew points, temperatures, car accidents/location, road closures/location, bridge outs/location, snowfall amounts, slippery roads/location, foggy conditions and the visibility, etc. A lot of this info shows up on TWC’s webpage for your area. For instance, storm totals are usually provided by spotters.

"The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA�s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN� with partner organizations. SKYWARN� is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN� spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN� spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN� program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter."

Our house is going to be uninhabitable for some time. We acted quickly – almost before the winds stopped – and contacted our agent and FEMA Flood carrier. I had phoned our agent pre-Sandy to check in and get emergency numbers should their office be down. I’m glad I did. We had remediation crews on-site Wednesday after the storm. They are still there. We’ve been contacted by an adjuster and they hope to make it to our place sometime next week depending on the new Nor’easter mid-week. Local building inspector will be on-site late Monday morning. Hopefully, they will estimate structural damage to be less than 25% of value since that number is a trigger for numerous other actions. Virtually all the furniture is a loss. The lower kitchen cabinets are gone. electricity nyc Interior doors, baseboards, all kitchen appliances (new within last few months), furnace, hot water heater, central a/c unit, trim moulding, atrium door, front door, garage door, drywall up to 4-5′ (including garage), floor coverings (including my much enjoyed cork in the kitchen and sunroom), our new Restoration Hardware bathroom remodel just completed in June ’12 for handicapped use, on and on and on. We’ll max out content coverage.

Neighbors are wonderful! We’ve had so much help/assistance I’ll be writing "thank you" notes and baking goodies for years. Teresa even baked oatmeal cookies for the nine person crew on Thursday while her DH pumped them out. We’ve got a POD and a humongous dumpster on site. Those are hard to come by along the northeast coast. We were lucky because we got out claim in early – first come, first served.

We’ve still in the hotel and will, probably, stay here for the duration (?). They have offered a special rate for locals flooded out of their homes and it’s handicapped equipped. I fell at the house yesterday causing great alarm amongst the neighbors and drawing fire, police, and ambulance. I’m fine – just sore, bruised and scrapped. The floors are slippery with sea stuff and down I went on the wet concrete that used to be my office/den. I’m now not allowed in until the place is cleared out.

We quit spotting for the NWS about 5:45 p.m. Monday night and took shelter. It was nasty. Mystic’s been here 400 years though and Sandy won’t change that. We’ll rebuild (town officials allowing, of course) and so will everybody else. "They" say this was worse than ’38. I don’t know about that…Mystic was practically blown off the map in ’38 and Mystic Pizza never stopped making pizzas during Sandy! They fed all the first responders and emergency workers all night long. Bless them.

Linda, the antique furniture is probably a total loss. If it was on the floor – it’s water damaged. I’ve got a call into our antique broker but haven’t yet been able to reach him to discuss possible repairs (?). It’s possible he’s also flooded. Still, once it’s been flooded – never the same and value will be severely reduced, as you know. So, we’ll most likely let the insurance deal with them on our claim. 🙁 We were bemoaning the loss of the antique pieces last night before we fell asleep. Every one had a story that meant a lot to us. Truthfully though, we have so much to worry about right now that we haven’t focused on their loss – yet. gas natural The structure itself held well so we had no interior wind damage to rattle things around. That means the mulberry is okay as are all of the 18th century wine glasses and decanters. We lost a considerable number of reference books though and you know how hard those are to come by. I also lost my Yamaha Clavinova. 🙁 Things like Dad’s accordion we took with us as well as all his sheet music. I lost some genealogy. That’s heartbreaking. I’m still working on the inventory list. That goodness we kept meticulous records, receipts, and have a thorough professional appraisal as an addendum to our policy. It cost a bit more in premiums but not nearly as much as the losses.

Lpink, have you considered coming through CT to New London and taking the ferry over to LI, going to get your aunt/uncle, and bringing them back the same way? We have ample gas available in CT and there’s been virtually no looting concerns. It’s a mess here but we are up and running again and safe. The ferry is running again. And thanks so much for you thoughts. Every one means so much now.

Cathy, I’ve used humor and perspective my entire life to get through rough spots. gas 2015 It’s useful. That, and lots of prayer! And you are so right! Others’ losses make ours pale. We have a home we will someday return to. Not being in a velocity zone helped us tremendously. The Mystic River is not really a "river". It’s a large estuary system that has been dredged to create Mystic Harbor (centuries ago). It juts here and there with many spits of land and coves. We are on one of those spits jutting into a cove off the Mystic. It saved us. Had we been directly in a velocity zone we’d have lost the home. The winds were straight line 75 mph and gusts to 84 mph for hours and hours. Way worse than Irene last year. No rain here though – guess that’s coming this week. 🙁

DH just phoned from the house. The Stonington building inspector just left and he said we were doing exactly the right things and had some ideas to help us in the event of future events such as Sandy. Most importantly, he said we were NOT CONDEMNED and placed a much coveted green sticker on our window!!! I’m glad that’s settled – we WILL rebuild.

I am so happy to hear that! When you have a chance, pick up a couple issues of American Bungalow and Dwell magazine. Plant some happy images in your mind. It sounds frivolous but there are still frustrating, exhausting, and maddening periods ahead, you’ll need to have some dreams to cheer yourself up until you’re back in your home with some precious things that survived, some beautiful new things that have joined, and, most precious of all, you and your husband, safe and unhurt. (Oh, and don’t fall down any more.)

Several years ago, my aunt and uncle left for a three month trip to Europe. static electricity in the body effects Sometimes a lazy plumber will cap a copper pipe by crimping the end shut and soldering the gaps. Such a bodge, hidden in a wall behind an upstairs bathroom, gave way. Over the next weeks, their basement filled with water, and then their first floor, until water running down the walkway and into the street finally alerted the neighbors that something was wrong. Everything in the basement was destroyed, and that was where my uncle worked with his lifetime collection of thousands of art reference books – he is an art dealer. Paintings stored in the basement were destroyed. The antique furniture on the ground floor was destroyed. The paintings on the walls survived. The house was gutted and rebuilt from the basement to the second floor. They lived in an Embassy Suites for six months. It wasn’t fun. But they got through it and are today no worse for the wear. You’ll get through this too. Wonder Woman.