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East Coast Braces for "Frankenstorm"

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  1. countingcrow

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    http://news.yahoo.com/east-coast-braces-monster-frankenstorm-115029932.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

    Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.

    With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.

    The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north. A wintry storm is chugging across the country from the west. And frigid air is streaming south from Canada.

    And if they meet Tuesday morning around New York or New Jersey, as forecasters predict, they could create a big, wet mess that settles over the nation's most heavily populated corridor and reaches as far west as Ohio.

    Utilities are lining up out-of-state work crews and canceling employees' days off to deal with expected power outages. From county disaster chiefs to the federal government, emergency officials are warning the public to be prepared. And President Barack Obama was briefed aboard Air Force One.

    "It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground. "Mother Nature is not saying, 'Trick or treat.' It's just going to give tricks."

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco, who coined the nickname Frankenstorm, said: "We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting."


    Government forecasters said there is a 90 percent chance — up from 60 percent two days earlier — that the East will get pounded.

    Coastal areas from Florida to Maine will feel some effects, but the storm is expected to vent the worst of its fury on New Jersey and the New York City area, which could see around 5 inches of rain and gale-force winds close to 40 mph. Eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and western Virginia could get snow.

    And the storm will take its time leaving. The weather may not start clearing in the mid-Atlantic until the day after Halloween and Nov. 2 in the upper Northeast, Cisco said.

    "It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event," he said from a NOAA forecast center in College Park, Md. "It's going to be a widespread, serious storm."

    It is likely to hit during a full moon, when tides are near their highest, increasing the risk of coastal flooding. And because many trees still have their leaves, they are more likely to topple in the event of wind and snow, meaning there could be widespread power outages lasting to Election Day.

    Eastern states that saw outages that lasted for days after last year's freak Halloween snowstorm and Hurricane Irene in late August 2011 are already pressuring power companies to be more ready this time.

    Asked if he expected utilities to be more prepared, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick responded: "They'd better be."

    Jersey Central Power & Light, which was criticized for its response to Irene, notified employees to be ready for extended shifts. In Pennsylvania, PPL Corp. spokesman Michael Wood said, "We're in a much better place this year."
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city was striking a tone of calm preparedness.

    "What we are doing is we are taking the kind of precautions you should expect us to do, and I don't think anyone should panic," Bloomberg said. The city has opened an emergency situation room and activated its coastal storm plan.

    Some have compared the tempest to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but that one hit a less populated area. Nor is this one like last year's Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowfall.

    "The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion" this time, Masters said. "Yeah, it will be worse."

    As it made its way across the Caribbean, Sandy was blamed for more than 20 deaths. The 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season hit the Bahamas after cutting across Cuba, where it tore roofs off homes and damaged fragile coffee and tomato crops.

    Norje Pupo, a 66-year-old retiree in Holguin, was helping his son clean up early Thursday after an enormous tree toppled in his garden.

    "The hurricane really hit us hard," he said. "As you can see, we were very affected. The houses are not poorly made here, but some may have been damaged."
     
  2. leroy

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    Those of you in the Katy area, please take care. Evacuate now!
     
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    its going to be a full moon too right?
     
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    any of you live in NJ/NY? How's the mood?

    http://science.time.com/2012/10/26/frankenstorm-why-sandy-could-be-the-perfect-storm-part-ii/

     
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    Thank you, sir. You're a scholar and a gentleman. :eek:

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    This will likely be stronger than the BooBerry Storm of 71, and some think not as milky as the Count Chocula Storm of 68. Probably somewhere in between. But we are all bracing for the worst.
     
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    Naturally, a storm that will actually nail Delaware will have 95% of news coverage focus on NYC.
     
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    Damn you! Now I'm craving BooBerry.

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    Somebody radio Clooney and Marky Mark to warn 'em.
     
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    Tropical Storm Allison did $5b in damages. This a combo snowstorm-hurricane in the most populated and developed area in the country and last the better part of a week, and it'll only do $1b?
     
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    OMG NEW YEORORKRKRKKRKKRKK
     
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    Flooding is a b****. Ask New Orleans.
     
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    Allison was an outlier event. The flooding was well beyond what anyone could have anticipated for a TS.

    The Hurricane should hit Deleware as a Cat 1 and be a TS by the time it's past Maryland into PA. Every thing I've seen has pointed to tree falls as the top concern.

    The NY area isn't going to see winds above 40 or 50.
     
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    As someone living in New York, I'm confused as to whether it is coming here or not.

    Most people are talking about in a joking matter, but I guess we'll see what happens when we get close to Monday/Tuesday which is when it's supposed to hit.

    The way the news is making it sound, however, is crazy. A hurricane and snow storm in one. That's some apocalyptic stuff right there.
     
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    I live in Western Pa. Should I evacuate?
     

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