Batten down the hatches Johnny !(81 posts)
i hadnt realized it but yup, theres quite a few of us that can be affected.
hey Scott, i just remembered and now realized you meant literally "here WE go again". it escaped me just how close you are too.
seems like we'll all know for sure by tomorrow what the deal is. hey somebody lend me a generator. just swing by and drop it off, in case we need it.
yeah. guess its official ...
Amid dire forecast, Sandy a hurricane again ....
"When Hurricane Sandy becomes a hybrid weather monster some call "Frankenstorm" it will smack the East Coast harder and wider than last year's damaging Irene, forecasters said Friday."
State and local officials have just announced that the entire New York City mass-transit system will shut down at 7:00 PM tonight.
All subways, buses and suburban commuter railway systems will cease operations as of that time.
It looks like none of us will be going to work tomorrow.
The big tree in front of our house was toppled by last year's storm - but my neighbor decided to take pre-emptive measures and had a professional tree-trimming company come in yesterday and remove some of the larger hanging branches from the big tree in his back yard.
I'll report back in as things progress - and my best wishes to those who may be in the midst of this thing that you all stay safe.
Here in New York City, they've just announced that all performances for all Broadway shows and musicals scheduled to take place this evening (Sunday), have been canceled.
At this point, tomorrow's performances are scheduled to go on as planned.
@ Scott -
Thank you very much for your concern.
We're up in the northeast Bronx, in an area designated as a "Zone C"- which indicates we're least likely to experience flooding (as opposed to those who live in zones A or B).
On our street, the more likely danger comes in form of large trees falling onto cars and rooftops of the 3-family homes here. In the last two years, at least five trees on our block have been blown over in high-wind conditions, including the one which used to be directly in front of our home.
In a city where parking space is at a premium, there are many empty spots up and down our block this evening as car owners try to avoid parking near a tree. We put our car in the back garage - something we rarely do because it's an old house with a very narrow driveway and takes some tricky maneuvering to get the car into the garage.
My wife has already received an email from her employer that they will be closed tomorrow.
We have plenty of food, and I think we'll be okay here.
Again - I appreciate the kind thoughts, and will check back in as things progess.
Right now, as of 10:30 PM Eastern Time, all is calm.
Howard, we're all hoping and wishing our members stay safe and sound and that there's
minimal damage to all people and property. It sounds like you're well prepared and it's
great to hear your wife does not have to commute. Mine does but should be home
before the worst starts @ ~5pm. Apparently it will be more of a wind event here
in Vt, we'll see. Please do check in after it has passed and give us an update.
p.s. both my folks are originally from Pelham Parkway :)
My wife is a "weather maven" and has been tracking this storm for the past few days. She already had a suspicion the storm could be trouble even before the news media picked up on it.
We're in Pelham-Bay, right at the east end of Pelham Parkway. We're more concerned for the folks on City Island, but so far there's no indication they've been told to evacuate. I'm hoping that if the bay overflows, it will wash onto the Bruckner Expressway, which runs about thirty feet below street level.
There are people stuck at various places in the city - miles from their homes - who did not hear about the mass-transit shutdown and we're caught off guard trying to get a subway or bus back to their home after 7:00 PM this evening. With taxi cabs being the only alternative, many of those people will need to rely on the kindness of friends, or end up spending the night in one of the shelters set up by the city specifically for the storm.
We still have yet to see a drop of rain, or feel a gust of wind - but the storm has already disrupted the lives of many New Yorkers. At least they're saying that the storm will not bring any snow - which is probably good news for you folks up in Vermont.
We'll keep you posted.
Just to say I hope all of you affected come through this safely. Showed it tonight super imposed over Central Europe and it even completely covered us here in the UK. That is one big scary hurricane.
It is now 4:16 PM Eastern Time here in New York City and the storm is making its entrance.
Many of our coastal areas and waterways are already flooding, with streets and roadways experiencing flooding.
We have a 50+ story building still under construction in midtown Manhattan - in the vicinity of Carnegie Hall - with a massive rooftop crane that has been mangled by the high winds, resulting in the enforced evacuation of entire city blocks, as emergency engineers try to avoid a major disaster in the midst of wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour at that altitude.
The governor or New York State, along with local officials, have mandated the closing of almost all major bridges, tunnels and highways by 7:00 PM Eastern Time this evening.
Tens of thousands of people are already without power - especially in the suburban areas with trees, which are falling and taking down power lines with them.
The storm is expected to make landfall at Atlantic City, New Jersey in a few hours. Residents of Atlantic City were ordered to evacuate yesterday, and all the casinos and hotels were ordered shut down at 4:00 PM yesterday as well.
So far, here in the Bronx, we are experiencing some hefty gusts of wind, along with a driving light rain. Oddly enough, the temperature is a balmy 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
I will keep posting throughout the evening, as long as we have power.
My sincerest best hopes to those who are also in the path of the storm for the health and safety of you, your families, friends and loved ones.
Am just waking up and looking at the latest, absolutely terrifying.
Hope strapsey(howard) and others remain safe, as you say Scott some nasty and shocking pics in the days to come.
Our thoughts and prayers with ye all...
Kate, my guess is when the sun comes up in about three hours we'll see devastation on a huge scale.
I do know NYC is resilient and there will be stories of heroic and herculean efforts to help people.
And sorry for posting so much on this (and other) thread, I have been home for a couple of weeks battling
chronic neck issues, on meds, and unable to sleep.
Oh Scott I am so sorry to hear of your neck issues,'Sleepless' ... join the clan doh!!! Mike also knows all about that!!!!
Have you tried Acupuncture?? or Chiropractic??? both helped me tremendously in the past...
No apologies for posting such a devastating event, the WORLD is watching and praying.
Mornin' Kate :)
It's beyond either of those treatments. I have more than one herniation and have
bone spurs pressing on my esophagus and spine (per MRI). Surgery is inevitable but will
have an epidural first, likely this week. All I can do is manage the pain with meds at this
point and I am feeling a bit better than this time last month. Thanks for thinking of
me. Let's channel all positive feelings to the folks affected by this crazy storm. Hugs !
I was watching BBC World tonight, they obviously have a large presence in NYC
and I enjoy their coverage. As far as the other headline, New York has dealt with
blackouts before, with terrible outcomes. Looting and crime through the roof.
I know in addition to great stories of assistance, there will be the odd one about
crime again, let's hope those are few and far between.
<---born and raised in NYC
An Oyster in the Storm, NYTimes 10/30/12
From the article
"...I’m talking about the oysters that once protected New Yorkers from storm surges, a bivalve population that numbered in the trillions and that played a critical role in stabilizing the shoreline from Washington to Boston.
Crassostrea virginica, the American oyster, the same one that we eat on the half shell, is endemic to New York Harbor. Which isn’t surprising: the best place for oysters is the margin between saltwater and freshwater, where river meets sea."
Sorry for the lag - but it's now 3:57 PM Eastern Time here in New York City and I'm happy to report that here, in our little pocket of the Bronx, on the eastern end of Pelham Parkway, we survived the storm with almost no damage.
Except for some very "normal" rainfall , the only element we had to endure were high winds and gusts - but the worst damage were some fallen branches (no trees), some loose objects rattling around on the roof, and a street covered with leaves.
Other than that, we came out none the worse.
Obviously, given the horrible disasters which befell some of our city neighbors, only miles from us, we are extremely relieved and extremely grateful.
The subway system was flooded with salt water, which means it will take days for them to asses, repair and reboot the system - leaving at least 50% of the population unable to travel or commute. Broadway shows were cancelled yesterday and today, along with other similar events such as concerts, operas, etc. Some organizations plan to try and get back up to speed by tomorrow - but that remains to be seen.
Parts of the shore area in New Jersey, such as Atlantic City and other beach resorts, have been completely destroyed and may never fully recover. In Queens, over fifty homes burnt down as a result of the explosion of an electrical transformer last night.
Many suburban homes are partially submerged under water or sand, and some residents who thought they were in safe zones had to be rescued early today. Unfortunately, a number of people chose to ignore the orders to evacuate for safety - and a few of them paid with their lives, as rescue personnel have discovered at least two people who could not escape as their basement flooded, and drowned.
For those of you who are seeing the pictures and news reports of these terrible scenes, I can tell you that, thankfully, my wife and I live in an area which was essentially (and amazingly) bypassed by all of that and we emerged in tact, with only a bit of a messy lawn and walkway to be cleaned up.
Our sincerest hopes that you all came out just as well -- if not better.
not so good for us here.
still without power and internet obviously. first day back at work since the storm and theres power and internet here but no telling yet when will be restored at home.
more and more are getting services turned back on or at least power.
my car needs a new windshield too. trees and power lines all over the place. cars that have caught fire. people fighting. shortage of fuel.
people down south jersey got hit really bad though. makes things up here look like nothing. thoughts and prayers to those in those areas that have lost so much.
Silly scheduling it two days before you have to mobilize the whole
city for Election Day anyway. But the Marathon was always one of
my favorite days of the year, people coming together, getting along,
mostly without stabbing or shooting first. "Wassamattafoyou?"
Morning Scott an all.....Been away from Devon, so missed one load of battering winds,more to come.....The trouble is we are such a small island and the ground here in the South West is already saturated, so I feel we are in for a very damaging winter, we will see much more of our coastline fall back into the sea.
Those Bikes will certainly need drying and re oiling right away, if they want an even a half decent ride in the future.
Watching the proceedings on the recovery, but will take a lot of patience and time.
Be safe (@Scott how is the Neck???? any improvement??)
Hi Kate. My neck is coming along and I finally have an appointment for an epidural.
I kind of get the feeling it would have been sooner if I had been in labor ? ;)
Best to you in the SW. With bizarre weather becoming the norm, not the exception,
I have a new found respect for folks that perennially live in harm's way. Unreal.
My friends in Greenwich Village got their power back yesterday but many are still without.
The pressing issue now is there is a cold snap coming this week with the potential for snow
in certain spots. Kate, I should know better than to read the reader's comments after the
article. Have to shake my head when people write "typical NY'ers,they should stop complaining".
Probably ex-pats ;)
So very sad to see so much devastation, it will be many months/years before some of those poor people,will be rehomed.
Thanks Scott for the pictures, I wonder how Howard is faring ????
Kate, I remember visiting my folks in south Florida a couple of years after Hurricane Andrew ('92) blew through. It still, all those years later, looked like third world carnage. A few years ago, Hurricane Wilma ('05) caused over $20 billion in damage in a state that deals with disaster preparation annually. It takes time, and maybe folks in and around NYC are less than the patient type, but rebuild they will.
Just last year Hurricane Irene wrecked many of the same areas affected last week. Our little state was devastated (no pun intended, you saw the pics). Fast forward one year and we've made huge strides in restoring roads, bridges and lives to near normalcy.
Agree in time things will come back together,unfortunately, we live in a 'Gimme Gimme Now era' and 'blame those in charge'.
Still a very sad situation,especially at this time of year.
Thinking Daily of them all.
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