A Sandy Perspective

Not too long ago meteorologists said Sandy would be the largest storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland, and cost more damage than Hurricane Katrina. This massive, what seemed to be “perfect storm,” impacted up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. Bill McKibben of 350.org said that, “it’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the kind of path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history, … in a year when we saw, essentially, summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms of this unprecedented magnitude.” I thought I would give you a timeline of how I followed the news via Twitter, and a first hand perspective of my brother living in downtown Manhattan.

To start off…my first retweet was of an amazing vantage point overlooking downtown and the Empire State Building with two cameras set up, probably ready to catch incredible time lapse footage.

10:40 PM – 28 Oct 12 – “@huang_apiaries: On 51. Our hurricane #Sandy cameras.http://instagr.am/p/RWcBF4i1vM/ ” Stay safe @basuhar!

2:28 PM – 29 Oct 12 – On Hurricane #Sandy and climate change: “If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It” http://bit.ly/S96vL9

I then wondered how this hurricane would affect the presidential election, since surprisingly enough there were no debates on climate change and environmentalism, other than hitting a little bit on energy.

2:40 PM – 29 Oct 12 - What if NYC invested in climate adaptation like it has on terrorism? Wonder how #Sandy will affect #Election2012http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/what-if-new-york-city-invested-climate-adaptation-like-combating-terrorism.html …

Just before 3 p.m. I had been following Wisconsin Surfrider and caught some awesome shots of wave forecasts and overheard there were up to 30-foot waves in the Great Lakes!

2:51 PM – 29 Oct 12 - RT [Watch] Animation of #GreatLakes wave height during Hurricane #Sandy, thanks to NOAA Forecasting System. A must see! http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/anim.php?lake=l&param=wv&type=f …

8:19 PM – 29 Oct 12 – RT @WISurfrider: Great Lakes getting HUGE swells from #HurricaneSandy! surfrider #SandyPics #GreatLakesSurfer http://instagr.am/p/RYyCL6h5tL/

Now, Sandy gets worse. People are without power. I hear news of the NYU Hospital’s backup generator failing, and staff needing to rush tons of patients down the staircases, into emergency vehicle fleets, and back to safety and care at another hospital. Scary. I saw more images of my friends beach house in Bethany, Delaware and other east coast boardwalks completely destroyed.

8:50 PM – 29 Oct 12 – “RT @pourmecoffee: Empire State Building shines in the dark like a boss. http://instagram.com/p/RYxLr7uhF4/ “ #Epic.

9:14 AM – 30 Oct 12 - RT The earth recycles as our body, its waters are our circulation, its air our breath, its trees our lungs. What we do to it,we do to ourselves

My weather forecast in Alliance, said 45 degrees and rain all week…

3:15 PM – 30 Oct 12 – Drowning leaves from #Sandy at @mountunion http://instagr.am/p/Ra2PUgxh7c/

I check back the tweet of the cameras set up with the vantage point, and sure enough there was a must watch time lapse video of Hurricane Sandy taking over New York City.

10:10 AM – 31 Oct 12 – Amazing time lapse of Hurricane #Sandy…thanks @huang_apiaries and @nytimes. Watch: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html …

The aftermath…crazy.

2:53 PM – 31 Oct 12 - 1 billion + gallons of water may need pumped from NYC’s underwater subways – A look inside their transit here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680828/a-look-inside-new-yorks-underwater-subways?utm_source=facebook#1 …

Lastly, my brother Blake recently moved out to Manhattan with his girlfriend, and it was reassuring to know that he was in Zone C of flooding, his lights only flickered, and he was luckily able to avoid much of the chaos of Hurricane Sandy…

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM - Sara and I are safe in our apartment. The weather is not so bad around us right now, just light rain and winds picking up, but we are prepared for power outages if they indeed happen. I’ve attached a picture of our evacuation zones if we need to, and as you can see we are in Zone C, which is least likely to have to evacuate in the case of flooding. If we need to, the high school 2 blocks away is a hurricane shelter, and we would head there.

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM - Hey everyone! Sara and I are safe and sound inside our apartment. That crane is still hanging in the sky, and the rain has died down but the winds have picked up. Right now the big worry is the surge and flooding from all bodies of water surrounding Manhattan. Luckily, looking out our front windows, our street is protected from high winds and there is no flooding. We still have power and i will keep you posted if anything changes.

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