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Superstorm Sandy: Unprecedented Impacts, Early Estimated Losses Near $45 BILLION

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This has been an unreal storm so far and it continues to batter the Northeast today. Weather conditions won’t be as bad as they were yesterday across the East Coast, but heavy rain, wind and snow will continue for many spots as the storms nearly stalls inland.

Size of Sandy – IMMENSE!

Take a look at these screen captures that we made at the office on Tuesday. We tried to put into perspective the overall immensity of the storm as it sat on the eastern half of the country on Tuesday.

Satellite of Sandy on Tuesday

WOW… what a storm, eh? This reminds me a lot of the satellite picture of the storm in the movie “Day After Tomorrow”. We don’t have the satellite data of the northern side of the storm here, but let’s just say that the cloud shield from the Superstorm stretched from the Hudson Bay to the Gulf Coast States. The comparison to that is in the following images below.

Size Marker #1

Size Marker #2

Size Marker #3

In this image, we can really see how large this system really is. That’s approximately the distance from just north of International Falls, MN to just north of Brownsville, TX… A quick Google mapping driving distance to those places showed an approximate distance of 1,800 miles.

Superstorm Sandy’s Significant Impacts

Here are just a few of the major headlines that we were able to pick up… there are many more and likely many to come.

*The Landfall occurred near Atlantic City, NJ aroun 8pm Monday with 80mph. This was the worst case scenario for New York as it was on the “Right Front Quadrant” of the storm. This allowed hurricane for winds to pile up water in those areas. The storm surge growing to over 10ft. in many locations, worse than previously thought.

*The central pressure of the storm was that of 944mb as it made landfall, which makes it the strongest storm of an Atlantic Basin storm north of Cape Hatteras, NC! The information below was from our very own Bryan Karrick.

The Great Hurricane of Sept. 1938, also known as the “Long Island Express,” had the lowest pressure of an Atlantic Basin storm north of Cape Hatteras, NC at 946 mb. Hurricane Sandy broke a record Monday, the central pressure dropped to 940 mb! She made landfall with a pressure at 944mb, with a tropical storm wind field close to 1000 miles across. As our own Addison Green says, “It’s like flying from NYC to Tampa, FL!”

*There was a record crest at the Battery in New York. Water levels rose to 13.88ft. overnight, which broke the previous record of 11.2ft. set in 1821.

*The estimates of power outages in the graphic below were from earlier Tuesday. That number will certainly fluctuate significantly over time… There were reports by midday Tuesday of nearly 7 million without power.

Fatalities Associated With Sandy

We continue to hear about additional deaths with the Superstorm, most by falling trees. Unfortunately, I think there will be more…

Read more from KnoxNews.com HERE:

NEW YORK — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 35, many of the victims killed by falling trees.”

Other Significant Impacts

Massive flooding has over taken parts of the city, especially in Lower Manhattan around Ground Zero. There were also reports of subway stations filling up with water!

(Photo Courtesy: New Jersey PATH Subway System)

(Photo Below Courtesy: National Hurricane Updates)

New York AP photo, tons of yellow taxis submerged in Hoboken


Photo of the Plaza Shops in NYC

Flooding in Linden, NJ

Massive Power Outages

Take a look at this video out of New York City. That’s an explosion at a Con Ed plant! Con Edison is the power company out there.

See full video HERE:

Power Failure Map

This is a interesting map (check the loop here) – it shows the number of power failures throughout the evening.

More than six million customers lost power Monday as Hurricane Sandy felled trees, downed power lines and flooded substations. The storm led to power failures in at least 17 states, including more than a million customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and about 660,000 in New York City. Roughly a quarter million customers lost power in Manhattan alone after a fiery explosion at a substation on East 14th Street, leaving nearly the entire island eerily dark south of 34th Street. Con Edison officials called the power failures “the largest storm related outage in our history.” Officials said they expected to be able to restore electricity to much of Manhattan before the night was over but that it could be a week before all service was restored.”

New York Faces Big Problems!

Here are two quotes that really put into perspective the size and magnitude of the situation.

Early Estimated Losses From Sandy…

Some of the early estimates suggests that the estimated losses from the storm (this number is frightening) could total $45 BILLION dollars!

More from ABCNews.com HERE:

Late Night in New York

I thought this was interesting… Jimmy Fallon, late night talk show host sent his audience home before the show started/the storm hit and for good reason. However, Jimmy still did the show! Watch his opening monologue, audience free HERE:

Major Wind Gusts

Take a look a few of the higher wind gusts reported across the area yesterday. The highest on the list compiled by the NWS was a 94mph report Eatons Neck, NY. There was another notable report from the Islip Airport at 90mph

Mount Washington Observatory

There were even stronger wind gust reports coming from Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire (elevation 6,288ft.). There were several gusts over 100mph, but the strongest report was 140mph!

See more HERE:

The official wind chart for October 29, 2012 – peak gust of 140 mph (139.7 mph to be specific)! This is the 24 hour Hays (wind speed recording device) chart with average wind direction and speeds recorded around the edge of the chart. Midnight is at the top then it goes hourly counterclockwise. The peak is marked by the triangle. Time, speed in KTS, and gust direction are in the center. FYI – this is the strongest recorded gust since March 21, 2008 when 145 mph was measured. Additional Max, Min, Avg weather data for yesterday (and all of October) can be viewed here: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/f6/2012/10.pdf”

Massive Snows in the Appalachians!

Thanks to Beau Dodson for this picture out of Davis, WV! That’s insane and one massive dumping of snow in the Appalachians. The snow will be measured in feet!

See more of Beau’s pictures HERE:

“There is a car under the snow – this is a side street. This is about 2 blocks east of the main street here in Davis, West Virginia – the downtown street.”

I could honestly keep going with information… there is SO much! Thanks for checking in on this Tuesday, have a great rest of your week. We’ll have more tomorrow!

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