Eastern US braces for "Frankenstorm" Sandy's strike


45 Responses to “Eastern US braces for "Frankenstorm" Sandy's strike”

  1. Chip says:

    Great article, thanks for posting it.  As a NJ resident with a leaky basement and a history of prolonged power outages during inclement weather conditions, FML.

  2. freshyill says:

    The only tree worth worrying about already fell on my house during Irene.

    I put away the umbrella on my picnic table, but beyond that, there’s not a whole lot I can do other than charge my gadgets and wait for this whole thing to be over with.

  3. As a human who watched the eye of Katrina pass overhead, I can offer the following protips: 1. Don’t buy bread. It spoils quickly or it goes quickly, either way it is a waste. 2. Don’t buy candles and lanterns; buy LED lanterns and flashlights. It is 2012, and if the power is out longer than the lifetime of a LED lantern or your supply of batteries, you are in the apocalypse. 3. Fill bathtubs with water, for flushing, not for drinking. 4. Buy water for drinking. Three gallons per person. 5. Charge everything and don’t use it until you must. 6. If you use gasoline, get it now. Gas lines suck. 7. If you live outside of the city, buy a chainsaw and a generator, gas powered.

    • tomrigid says:

      If you’ve watched The Walking Dead this whole thing can be shortened into: don’t do what they did.

    • sam1148 says:

      So you’re saying “Put Zee Candle Back”.

      It’s pronounced frokenstorm btw.

    • mappo says:

      I bought a motorcycle yesterday at a Honda dealer (DC area), and they could barely pay attention to me due to the overwhelming demand for generators.

    • EvilSpirit says:

      1. Flour, on the other hand, (or, say, biscuit or pancake mix) keeps a good long time. The latter can be turned into food with pretty rudimentary equipment if you have any cooking skill at all.
      2. The LED flashlight should include a hand crank and a solar panel. Those models are cheap enough these days to have at least one of.

      Other than that, yeah.

    • Great comment. I’m saving it in a Word file for future reference. Something tells me such advice will become increasingly useful in this century.

  4. Daemonworks says:

    Frankenstorm?! What, did it raise the dead?

    • Ray Radlein says:

      Depending on the relative levels of the water table and local cemeteries, it just might.

    • allium says:

      It’s likely to merge with both a cold front from the west and a mass of arctic air from the north as it hits land; hence, the nickname evokes a powerful entity cobbled together from separate, unrelated parts.

      Three storms later and they could have named it “Hurricane Voltron”.

  5. pgarin says:

    Let me guess, this was all planned by the people who brought you Home Depot…

  6. BarBarSeven says:

    I’m in Brooklyn, NY right now & we are—as always—being entertained by “Miguel Bloombito”:

    Todos los escuelas esta closedo. Pero yo soy will givero un lesson de españish for todos los estudentos.


  7. BonzoDog1 says:

    When a storm’s pressure is below the range on most barometers (as Sandy is predicted to be) it tells you that people who make barometers for a living never expected to see a storm like this.

    • BarBarSeven says:

      Can a weather nerd please elaborate on this? What is considered a normal level of barometric pressure during a storm?  Or even normally?

      Yes I can Google this, but BoingBoing seems like a decent hub of info right now.

    • roboton says:

      At 950 millibars, this is hardly the lowest ever. The lowest I’ve ever seen was Charley, which hit 890. Anything under 915-910 will be generally speaking, be a cat 4-5 hurricane, anything over 950 will be in the cat1-almost 2 range.

      Here’s a direct link to the storm log:

      • Jim Saul says:

        We may be comparing oranges to walnuts here… for extra-tropical storms in New England, this may break the current record:

        *LOWER 48 STATES: 952 mb (28.10”) Bridgehampton, New York on 3/3/1914″

        Still at sea, it seems to have broken the low of 952 during the 1893 NY Hurricane:


        Here are the records for individual cities, but I don’t know the conversion factor to millibars.


        Assuming it’s just classic inches of mercury here, and not some weather-specific unit I don’t know, the 28.38 for NY City would be 961 millibars of mercury, but that doesn’t seem right considering the 1893 and 1914 numbers above.

        I hope people are getting to safety, and that in the aftermath we take long-neglected infrastructure repairs and reinforcements more seriously than we have for the past 30 years of lost time.

        • BarBarSeven says:

          NYC’s sewage & drainage systems are pretty much mixed together. Any infrastructure repairs here will most likely be mired in red-tape & corruption for decades. We can’t even get the 2nd Avenue subway built.  Wish us luck!

    • acerplatanoides says:

      It’s a predictive instrument, mostly. If it gets that low and you’re not sure a store is coming, you look outside.

  8. thatbob says:

    I’m still waiting for somebody to ‘shoop a smiling Senator Al Franken face onto the eye of the hurricane.  Or at least a Frankenberry cereal monster.  Don’t make me have to learn ‘Shoop just for this, Internet!

  9. BonzoDog1 says:

    One of those “floating hotel” cruise ships just sailed out of New York harbor.
    That’s probably the last anyone will see of that “Love Boat.”

  10. euansmith says:

    Sandy? Isn’t it a bit late in the year for some summer lovin’?

  11. vance_tam says:

    All major issues from this storm will be caused by the high winds and the combination of a Spring tide and storm surge hitting simultaneously. The wind is driving the water into the NY harbor from the south/east as well as from the north east (from the LI sound). The Spring tide is running on average 4 feet or so. The combined tide is what’s going to bring the NY waterfront to a street near you. You can count on most of Manhattan’s edges being under a few feet of water. The subways are going to be flooded. Probably a big chunk of Hoboken, the NJT terminal, and the PATH, too.

  12. Andrew Reid says:

    I’m in Washington, DC. It’s a bit tricky to know what to expect, they seem to be anticipating bad things on all fronts. Flooding like Isabel, winds like the Derecho, only more widespread, and power outages complicated by downed trees blocking roads all over the place.

    As I write this (7:45pm local time), Metro has announced that bus and rail service are suspended tomorrow, and the Federal government, DC public schools, and nearby county school systems, are all closed both Monday and Tuesday.

    So, officialdom is taking it pretty seriously around here.

  13. Artor says:

    I’m ecstatically glad all my family has moved away from the East Coast, although I still have one sister in Hurricane Alley. At least she’s not in the path of this particular monster.

  14. I spent nearly twenty years living at the mouth of the Cape Fear, where I became very adept at hosting hurricane parties. So for everybody to be freaking out about a big storm but our area not having to pay attention to it is rather strange.

    • Clifton says:

      All the years my daughter was growing up in Honolulu, a hurricane never hit us (though we had a very near miss.)  Last year she moved to Brooklyn before Irene, and now Sandy.  At least she has the hurricane preparedness drill down as second nature.

      • I grew up in Kaneohe, where I experienced Ewa and a few other less dramatic storms. Moving to Wilmington NC, I thought I was an old hand at hurricanes. Then I went through Bonnie, Fran, Bertha, and Floyd within a five year period.

  15. Avram Grumer says:

    It’s true about the bagels! I bought some yesterday. 

  16. Robert says:

    Weather Underground? Yeah, like I’m gonna believe a bunch of radicalized hippies.

    • trackofalljades says:

      You can be certain that somewhere in Virginia Beach right now, in seedy room inside Regent University, Pat Robertson is conjuring the ghost of Jerry Falwell to ask him exactly what combination of gay people and Obama can be blamed for all this…I’m sure Bill Ayers will at least make honorable mention. ;)

      • niktemadur says:

        Pat Robertson in a seedy room inside Regent University

        In the basement.  Suit, tie and socks, no shoes.  Rolling on the floor, which is smeared in his own bodily excretions, all of ‘em, the whole ball of earwax.  Well at least that what his mind looks like from here.

      • Well clearly…it grazed Eastern Florida, and that den of sin Miami before skipping NC, SC, and VA, except for the Outer Banks where “the gays vacation,” before hooking left to slam into NJ, MD, DC, and PA, all while slapping NY.  It’s like gay central in that corridor, plus Democrats, since Northern VA, et al are trending blue in this election.  Clearly God’s backing the Mormon.  ;-D

        – if you take the above as my serious opinion, relax and take a deep breath.  It’s not.

    • niktemadur says:

      Like I’m gonna believe a bunch of radicalized hippie meteorologists.
      FTFY, covering all bases.

  17. Nash Rambler says:

    We’re getting mildly clobbered here in Baltimore, with the forecast calling for increased clobbering as the day continues.  I’m not worried.
    Bread.  Check.
    Books.  Check.
    Beer.  Check.
    Water.  Check.
    Whiskey.  Check.

  18. Here in Central PA, near Harrisburg we’re facing a double-whammy.  First off, we have the actual storm coming through, and dropping as much as ten inches of rain while blowing at 50+mph (and the chance of tornadoes on the right side of the storm), but then as the storm treks North dropping more rain on northern PA and Central NY, all of the water will flow back down the Susquehanna causing flooding for long after.  When Tropical Storm Lee came through yesterday it dropped that much and was…well, a disaster.

  19. wrecksdart says:

    I lived for a spell in Delaware, and I recall a hurricane making its way up there during the late 90s, early 00s (such a crappy mem…uh, what was I saying?).  60+ mph winds knocked over scads of trees and the deluge of rain kept the area waterlogged for quite some time afterwards.  I’m hoping people prepared as best they could by filling their tubs with water, having rechargeable or hand cranked lights and radios, etc. etc.  Here’s to hoping all that preparation is for naught and that the storm dissipates into double rainbows and sparkly unicorns…
    On the flip side of things, some friends and I scored epic surf over at Cocoa Beach yesterday, so at least Sandy isn’t all evil destruction.

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