I feel you... thankfully here in Northern Queens, whatever trees survived the Tornado we had 2 years ago, aren't going anywhere now I'm nervous about all the temporary scaffolding the brick masons use when refacing a building - like every other block around here has one, and they can easily blow loose and go right through a window. i'm less concerned with this storms intensity as i am of it's duration - we could see a long 36 hours of heavy rain and wind considering all the warm vs cold air energy and humidity factors the convergence of these 3 storms may bring with them as they collide.
I lived on the south shore of LI one home off the water during Hurricane Gloria and we lost all our trees.
THey were weeping willows which are known for shallow roots though.
9 days no electric and seaweed on the lawn.
The lawns all died from the saltwater but no one was hurt.
The National Guard came with bull horns and we had to evacuate which we had already planned to do.
Not a drop of water in the house. That was the days of LILCo. I remember crews came up from Georgia to help restore electric to some places.
I lived in Stamford when Gloria came through. About 1/2 mile in from the Sound but there was hill between me and there. Everyone kept calling me to get out because it was a low-lying area and they were evacuating that part of town. I stayed put because I doubted that a storm of Gloria's strength could force the Sound up and over a hill. 3 hours or so of strong wind and rain was pretty much all that happened south of the Merritt Parkway from the NY line to just west of Norwalk. Remarkably, the power which was notorious for going out on beautiful, sunny days, stayed on. My friends north of there, though, got clobbered with gazillions of trees and power lines down. A bunch of them emptied their refrigerators and came down to my place that afternoon and we had the mac daddy of all cookouts. Some of them didn't get their power back for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't thin the ranks of the trillion or so geese that owned Cummings Park. -- "Dance like the photo isn't being tagged; love like you've never been unfriended; and tweet like nobody is following."
The MTA has announced they will be considering another full shut down of service starting 7PM Sunday. They will make a final decision tomorrow but it seems more than likely based on the track of the storm and the long duration nature of it. -- Please use all available doors...you have 33 to choose from.
What I find odd is the Mayor is not calling for any evacuation but is shutting mass transit.
And on the other end - I hope Dune Road survives. I love Dune Road. And Robert Moses.
There was a time that I would have been stupid enough to head to the beach and watch the waves when I lived near the bridge. Pretty cool actually. Or so it felt back when I was a teen. -- Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
am i the only one who thinks closing the subways is idiotic.
the worst of the storm is monday night into tuesday, and
this storm has not yet turned back inland. damn lawyers.
I actually agree with him shutting it down today. It gave time for people to get home tonight and then it won't catch people AT work tomorrow. -- My horse fights with me and fasts with me because if he is to carry me into battle, he must know my heart and I must know his or we shall never become brothers. -Plenty Coups, Chief of the Crow
polo, you forget about all the people with plans tonight - sunday night full of shows and dinners and Halloween parties etc - on a perfectly clear calm evening. if people are so stupid to leave work monday in a drizzle not to know they will come home that evening in a hurricane, then let them suffer for their stupidity - why should the rest of us have to. 8 to 12 hours later should have been the shutdown, not now... damn fools. besides these shutdowns should be to learn how to get the system down and back up as quickly as possible, not keep doing the same lame ass dance to the mayor's tune.
If they made the curfew later, you'd have people ending up stranded or scrambling for ways to get home. If you postponed it until tomorrow, you'd have people who will be stuck because they can't get to work / call out / take care of kids / etc.
Sandy's storm surge is expected to be at least a foot higher than Irene's. If the peak surge arrives near Monday evening's high tide at 9 pm EDT, a portion of New York City's subway system could flood, resulting in billions of dollars in damage. I give a 50% chance that Sandy's storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system.