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What Happens When
a Super Storm Strikes
New York?

Popular Mechanics, by Douglas Fox

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Posted By:Judy W., 10/29/2012 8:25:41 AM

Last year New York City escaped the worst of Hurricane Irene. Now, the "frankenstorm" combination of Hurricane Sandy and other storm systems are bearing down on the Northeast. Back in 2011, using U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' calculations, PM examined how much damage a direct hit by a hurricane could cause to New York City. Here's what super storms are made of—and how the whole country can prepare for the worst.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 10/29/2012 8:30:54 AM     (No. 8971006)

At a certain wind level the windows of many of the high rise office buildings will fall to the street below.

Prayers for all those in harm's way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: harleynyc, 10/29/2012 8:34:16 AM     (No. 8971013)

No mass transit means I'll make a killing. My bicycle rickshaw taxi has a canopy, so it will be okay.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bobgray2, 10/29/2012 8:35:45 AM     (No. 8971018)

Since when did a (barely) cat 1 hurricane become a "super storm"?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 10/29/2012 8:37:23 AM     (No. 8971021)

And named after Al Franken?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cheese, 10/29/2012 8:43:44 AM     (No. 8971033)

God bless and keep safe the Lucianne team and all of the L-Dotters on the East Coast.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fireman28, 10/29/2012 8:56:43 AM     (No. 8971057)

We want people to be safe; but it is noteworthy that the basic infrastructure - rail, bus, subway - was closed down first.

Meanwhile our TV shows NY'ers going to work without any rain.

So what gives???

Need some NY posters to give us the Real story.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: gagolfer, 10/29/2012 9:01:36 AM     (No. 8971070)

Because of its HUGE size, the amount of heavy rain in it, a 'high' to the east and a winter storm coming in from the west both of which will hold Sandy in place dumping all that rain over heavily populated and low-lying coastal states for several days after it makes landfall, #3. If you check out the weather maps and the explanations it is obvious why this is a 'super storm'.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GOPJihad, 10/29/2012 9:13:41 AM     (No. 8971102)

We've had some pretty intense rain and winds here in Nassau County on Long Island and the worst of this is another 10-12 hours away.

I'm more toward the middle of the island, roughly ~90 above sea level, but those closer to the shore (East Rockaway, Freeport, Long Beach, etc.) are in for a very hard time. And I am not talking about those with homes on the beach. Anyone south of Sunrise Highway (the highway that runs from the east to west along the South Shore of LI) is going to be in for a hard time.

I'm pretty well prepared, food, water, coolers w/ice, etc., generator is good to go, couple of extra 5gal Jerry Cans, my "evil" SUV has a full 25gal tank, and the AR is ready to go for any wannabe looter Hobgoblins (a highly unlikely contingency where I live - but no so much for those in Freeport, Long Beach, etc.)

Wish all my fellow East Coast Ldotters well.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pomom, 10/29/2012 9:39:54 AM     (No. 8971178)

Well done, #8!! We have a high wind warning here in central Ohio beginning today at noon. I took down Old Glory so she doesn't get beat up.

My little weenie girls Dixie & Delta are real troopers - wind, rain, snow. Nothing bothers them when they have to ''go.''

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bobgray2, 10/29/2012 9:58:22 AM     (No. 8971232)

#7 I've been within 35 miles of the landfall of three cat 3 or higher hurricanes. Forgive me for being unimpressed with this one so far.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/29/2012 11:08:10 AM     (No. 8971468)

New Yorkers, those who scoffed at Katrina victims...it's pay back time!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: AppleAnnie, 10/29/2012 11:30:02 AM     (No. 8971548)

No heavy rain yet in New York City but we already have closures and flooding on the Major Deegan, FDR Drive and Hutch. Tunnels are closed. No ferries, buses or trains running. Bridges will close at 60 mph winds.

#8 Just heard on local radio that the south shore is being hit. Roads are flooding. People are being rescued from homes including many in Freeport, Long Island. Hope you and family are okay. Lots of resuers, no one is in immediate dangers. They are just moving them back.

Wow, #11, get a grip. New Yorkers who didn't send cash, piled water, canned goods and clothes into U-hauls and headed for the Gulf. Skilled contractor did the same, hoping to help people rebuild rebuild.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bullhead, 10/29/2012 11:54:28 AM     (No. 8971644)

The geography (Ldotters still know what this is) of the NJ, NYC, and Long Island shorelines show that a prolonged storm surge, high tide, and storm water runoff will combine to produce flooding. This is similar to what happen to New Orleans when Katrina, combined with the coastal geography, caused flooding.

Best wishes from this Gulf Coaster to all those subject to the storm.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/29/2012 2:36:48 PM     (No. 8972302)

Better to be a sissy and evacute than be a dead hero. Don't take chances.

Prayers to everyone in the storm's path.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: Optimist123, 10/29/2012 2:49:35 PM     (No. 8972366)

OK, Just lost power, after about 7 short bursts long enought to trip the UPS outages.

OK, it was about 30 seconds.

Biggest problem is waiting for the cable box to reboot.

Winds directly from the North at the moment here at land fall.


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