Sandy Packs Punch Across Northeast [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Associated Press; Eyewitness News Email
By: Associated Press; Eyewitness News Email

Associated Press Release

November 2, 2012 - (AP) --The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 92 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 3.8 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says federal government will offer help. Pelican sighted on beach illustrates how massive storm carried birds from as far away as Europe and the Arctic. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 241,000, down from a peak of 625,000.

DELAWARE

Officials call for volunteers to help clean up damage at state parks. Main coastal highway remains closed. Deaths: none. Power outages: about 400, down from 45,000.

MARYLAND

Residents suffer without power after heavy snow in western mountains. Biologists measure pollution and other effects on Chesapeake Bay. Deaths: 4. Power outages: 28,600, down from 365,700.

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts' federally-owned ship T.S. Kennedy heading to Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Sunday. The 540-foot ship will serve as a "hotel" for emergency workers, power crews and others helping the region get back on its feet. Deaths: none. Power outages: 7,200, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN

Utility crews may work into Saturday to fully restore power. Deaths: none. Power outages: 5,000, down from 154,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Officials estimate it will be the weekend before power is fully restored. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 1,300, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY

Atlantic City's 12 casinos given the OK to reopen. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to meet with officials to discuss recovery efforts. Four days after the storm, motorists face another day of long lines for gas. Along the Jersey Shore, residents were allowed back into many neighborhoods Thursday. Deaths: 14. Power outages: 1.6 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK

Fuel shortages hinder the region's efforts to recover. Motorists fume in long lines at gas stations around New York City. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino plan to tour the hard-hit city borough of Staten Island. Deaths: 46, including 39 in New York City. Power outages: more than 1.3 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA

Coast Guard orders a formal investigation into the sinking of the famous HMS Bounty off Cape Hatteras during the hurricane Monday. One crew member died and the captain is missing. Deaths: 2. Power outages: mostly restored.

OHIO

Dozens of residents are staying in Red Cross shelters and many schools remain closed as power outages linger around Cleveland. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 66,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA

Power crews focus on restoring electricity to polling sites in advance of Tuesday's election. New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, on a stop in State College launches into a heart-wrenching rendition of "My City of Ruins." He plans to join NBC's benefit concert this evening for storm victims. Deaths: 12. Power outages: 372,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND

Residents allowed back into a community of beach cottages for the first time find homes ripped from their foundations, businesses destroyed and roads impassable. Deaths: none. Power outages: 7,800, down from more than 122,000.

VERMONT

Amtrak's Vermonter service remains disrupted because of the storm. Deaths: none. Power outages: mostly restored, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA

Port of Virginia starts receiving cargo diverted from New York. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 6,100, down from more than 180,000.

WEST VIRGINIA

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to ask president for a federal disaster declaration after nearly 3 feet of snow. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 104,000, down from about 271,000.

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Sources: Local and state authorities; AP reporting

AP-WF-11-02-12 1518GMT


Associated Press Release
By: Lolita C. Baldor

November 1, 2012 - Washington, DC (AP) -- The Defense Department says it is flying 17 aircraft from California to New York loaded with power generation equipment and crews to help restore power to the millions of homes and businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Pentagon says the equipment is being provided by southern California power companies, including Con Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The equipment includes 10 double bucket trucks, nearly 20 pick-up trucks, and a number of other trucks and equipment, as well as a mobile command center. It will arrive at the air guard base at Stewart International Airport Thursday afternoon.

Pentagon officials also say that three warships are moving up the coast and will be ready to provide assistance if needed.

AP-WF-11-01-12 1712GMT


Associated Press Release

October 31, 2012 - New York (AP) -- For the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck, there's bright sunshine today over New York City, after days of gray skies, rain and wind.

The stock exchange is up and running -- on generator power -- after being shut down for two days. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo says limited subway service will resume tomorrow -- supplemented by buses between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

He also says limited commuter rail service will resume this afternoon.

Morning rush-hour traffic was heavy today in New York as people started returning to work. Some commuters were seen waiting at bus stops -- for buses running free of charge. Two main tunnels connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn and New Jersey remain closed, but bridges into the city are open.

About 6.5 million homes and businesses are still without power from the storm, which left at least 61 people dead and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. Four million of those outages are in New York and New Jersey.

Outages in New Jersey's two largest cities, Newark and Jersey City, left traffic signals dark, resulting in fender-benders at intersections where police weren't directing traffic. At one supermarket in Jersey City, there were long lines to get bread and use an electrical outlet to charge cellphones.


October 31, 2012 - New York City remains crippled this morning with no subways and major power outages, but there are some signs of recovery. In New Jersey, residents along the shore are faced with a massive cleanup.


October 30, 2012 - Today is all about assessing the devastation from Sandy (now what's left of Sandy).. more rain, wind and even snow in the higher elevations is expected with the slow drifting system that will continue to plague the Northeast.

Sandy made landfall Monday evening as a category one hurricane, but has transitioned to more of a winter type of a storm, a "Post-Tropical Cyclone", and still having a large impact on the already battered mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. Wind, rain and snow are all still occurring as a direct result of Sandy, and will likely continue well into Tuesday.


National Hurricane Center Public Advisory

BULLETIN
POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDY ADVISORY NUMBER 31
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL182012
1100 PM EDT MON OCT 29 2012

...SANDY STILL PACKING HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS...
...NEXT PUBLIC ADVISORY TO BE ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL
PREDICTION CENTER...

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...39.8N 75.4W
ABOUT 10 MI...15 KM SW OF PHILADELPHIA PENSYLVANIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 18 MPH...30 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...952 MB...28.11 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

THERE ARE NO COASTAL TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

HOWEVER...THERE ARE NON-TROPICAL HIGH-WIND WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR
PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND STATES. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS FROM LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICES.

HURRICANE-FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST
BETWEEN CHINCOTEAGUE VIRGINIA AND CHATHAM MASSACHUSETTS DURING THE
NEXT FEW HOURS. THIS INCLUDES THE TIDAL POTOMAC FROM COBB ISLAND
TO SMITH POINT...THE MIDDLE AND UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY...DELAWARE
BAY...AND THE COASTS OF THE NORTHERN DELMARVA PENINSULA...NEW
JERSEY...THE NEW YORK CITY AREA...LONG ISLAND...CONNECTICUT...AND
RHODE ISLAND.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE NORTH OF CHATHAM
THROUGH MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND...AND OVER THE LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY...
AND SOUTH OF CHINCOTEAGUE TO EXTREME NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...THE CENTER OF POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE
SANDY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 39.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 75.4 WEST.
THE POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST AT 18
MPH...30 KM/H. A WEST-NORTHWEST TO NORTHWEST MOTION WITH SOME
REDUCTION IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY. A TURN
TOWARD THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST IS FORECAST TUESDAY NIGHT. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF SANDY IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS
PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO...THEN MOVE INTO WESTERN NEW
YORK TUESDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH...120 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE OCCURRING OVER WATER TO THE EAST OF
THE CENTER. STEADY WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES...150 KM...TO
THE EAST OF THE CENTER. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD
UP TO 485 MILES...780 KM FROM THE CENTER. A SUSTAINED WIND OF 56
MPH...WITH A GUST TO 71 MPH WAS RECENTLY REPORTED AT LAGUARDIA
AIRPORT IN NEW YORK. A TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY AUTOMATED OBSERVING
SITE HAS REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 50 MPH...WITH A GUST TO 67
MPH...ALONG THE COAST OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY WITHIN THE PAST HOUR.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON SURFACE DATA IS 952
MB...28.11 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC STATES FROM VIRGINIA NORTHWARD THROUGH NEW ENGLAND.
HURRICANE-FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST OF NEW
JERSEY...NEW YORK...SOUTHERN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND DURING
THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WINDS AFFECTING THE UPPER FLOORS OF
HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY STRONGER THAN THOSE NEAR
GROUND LEVEL.

STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM SURGE
AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE
FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING
DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH
TIDE...

NC NORTH OF SURF CITY INCLUDING PAMLICO/ALBEMARLE SOUNDS...2 TO 4 FT
SE VA AND DELMARVA INCLUDING LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY...2 TO 4 FT
UPPER AND MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY...1 TO 3 FT
LONG ISLAND SOUND...RARITAN BAY...AND NEW YORK HARBOR...6 TO 11 FT
ELSEWHERE FROM OCEAN CITY MD TO THE CT/RI BORDER...4 TO 8 FT
CT/RI BORDER TO THE SOUTH SHORE OF CAPE COD INCLUDING BUZZARDS
BAY AND NARRAGANSETT BAY...3 TO 6 FT
CAPE COD TO THE MA/NH BORDER INCLUDING CAPE COD BAY...2 TO 4 FT
MA/NH BORDER TO THE U.S./CANADA BORDER...1 TO 3 FT

SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE
AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES.
GIVEN THE LARGE WIND FIELD ASSOCIATED WITH SANDY...ELEVATED WATER
LEVELS COULD SPAN MULTIPLE TIDE CYCLES RESULTING IN REPEATED AND
EXTENDED PERIODS OF COASTAL AND BAYSIDE FLOODING. IN ADDITION...
ELEVATED WATERS COULD OCCUR FAR REMOVED FROM THE CENTER OF SANDY.
FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL...RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER FAR
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM TOTALS OF 8
INCHES POSSIBLE. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
OVER PORTIONS OF THE MID ATLANTIC STATES...INCLUDING THE DELMARVA
PENINSULA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES POSSIBLE.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF
5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW YORK STATE
NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH NEW ENGLAND.

SNOWFALL..SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 3 FEET ARE EXPECTED IN THE
MOUNTAINS OF WEST VIRGINIA WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS TODAY THROUGH
WEDNESDAY. SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 FEET IS EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF
SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA TO THE KENTUCKY BORDER...WITH 12 TO 18 INCHES
OF SNOW EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE
BORDER AND IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN MARYLAND.

SURF...DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE FROM FLORIDA THROUGH
NEW ENGLAND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

NEXT ADVISORY
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THIS IS THE LAST PUBLIC ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER ON SANDY. FUTURE INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN
PUBLIC ADVISORIES ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION
CENTER...UNDER AWIPS HEADER TCPAT3 AND WMO HEADER WTNT33
KWNH...BEGINNING AT 500 AM EDT. THESE PUBLIC ADVISORIES WILL ALSO
BE AVAILABLE ON THE NHC WEBSITE.

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FORECASTER BROWN/ROBERTS

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