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Climate Change And Hurricane Sandy: How Global Warming Might Have Made The Superstorm Worse

10/31/2012 02:50 pm ET | Updated Oct 31, 2012

As officials begin the arduous task of pumping corrosive seawater out of New York City’s subway system and try to restore power to lower Manhattan, and residents of the New Jersey Shore begin to take stock of the destruction, experts and political leaders are asking what Hurricane Sandy had to do with climate change. After all, the storm struck a region that has been hit hard by several rare extreme weather events in recent years, from Hurricane Irene to “Snowtober.”

Scientists cannot yet answer the specific question of whether climate change made Hurricane Sandy more likely to occur, since such studies, known as detection and attribution research, take many months to complete. What is already clear, however, is that climate change very likely made Sandy’s impacts worse than they otherwise would have been.

There are three different ways climate change might have influenced Sandy: through the effects of sea level rise; through abnormally warm sea surface temperatures; and possibly through an unusual weather pattern that some scientists think bore the fingerprint of rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice.

If this were a criminal case, detectives would be treating global warming as a likely accomplice in the crime.

Warmer, Higher Seas

Water temperatures off the East Coast were unusually warm this summer — so much so that New England fisheries officials observed significant shifts northward in cold water fish such as cod. Sea surface temperatures off the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic remained warm into the fall, offering an ideal energy source for Hurricane Sandy as it moved northward from the Caribbean. Typically, hurricanes cannot survive so far north during late October, since they require waters in the mid to upper 80s Fahrenheit to thrive.

Scientists said about 1°F out of the 5°F East Coast water temperature anomaly may have been due to manmade global warming. Warmer seas provide more water vapor for storms to tap into; this water vapor can later be wrung out as heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding.

The most damaging aspect of the storm was the massive storm surge that struck the coastline from Massachusetts to Maryland. Global warming-related sea level rise gave the surge a higher launching pad than it would have had a century ago, making it more damaging than it otherwise would have been. This is only going to get worse as sea level rise continues as a result of warming ocean waters and melting polar ice caps and glaciers.

The storm surge at The Battery in Lower Manhattan was the highest ever recorded at that location. It surpassed even the most pessimistic forecasts, with the maximum water level reaching 13.88 feet above the average of the daily lowest low tide of the month, known as Mean Lower Low Water, including a storm surge component of 9.23 feet. That broke the official record of 10.5 feet above Mean Lower Low Water set in 1960 during Hurricane Donna, as well as a record set during a hurricane in 1821.

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A water vapor satellite image of Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Credit: Stu Ostro/Facebook.

Or, to put it in simpler terms, the water level reached 9.15 feet above the average high tide line.

Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, said manmade climate change likely contributed to the storm surge at The Battery in Lower Manhattan, with 1 foot 3 inches of long-term sea level rise recorded at that location, the result of manmade sea level rise, sinking land, and ocean currents. She said the manmade contribution to the storm surge may have been a small amount.

But to the Metropolitan Transit Authority or Con Ed, the main electric utility in Manhattan, each inch of sea level rise matters a great deal.

If a similar storm were to strike New York in 2050, it would cause even more damage, since sea levels are expected to be considerably higher by midcentury. In fact, a recent study found that sea level rise has taken place at an accelerated rate at locations north of Norfolk, Va., and if this pace continues the Northeast could see much higher sea levels than other parts of the East Coast by midcentury.

A 2012 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that sea level rise has likely increased extreme coastal high water events around the world.

By warming the seas and the atmosphere, global warming is also expected to alter hurricane frequency and strength, making North Atlantic hurricanes slightly more powerful, while reducing the overall number of storms during coming decades. Detecting such changes in the observational record is difficult, considering the varying ways people have kept tabs on hurricanes prior to the era of hurricane hunter aircraft flights and satellite imagery? A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that warmer sea surface temperatures are tied to an increase in stronger Atlantic hurricanes.

“Blocked” Weather Pattern

In addition, an unusual weather pattern in the northern hemisphere steered the storm in an unprecedented direction, as it made a dramatic — and for many East Coast residents, catastrophic — left hook right into coastal New Jersey. The east to west movement, which is exactly the opposite of how weather systems normally move in this area, helped maximize the storm surge, since a strong easterly air flow struck the coast at a right angle.

Satellite loop from the University of Wisconsin, showing Hurricane Sandy as it made landfall in New Jersey.

Original source: http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/archives/11686

The upper air flow over the Atlantic Ocean was jammed by a powerful area of high pressure near Greenland and a storm system in the Central Atlantic, leaving the storm no escape route away from the U.S. Such patterns are known as “blocking” events, and they have occurred with increasing regularity and intensity in recent years. Blocking patterns have been linked to several noteworthy extreme weather events, such as the deadly 2010 Russian heat wave and Pakistan floods, the 2003 European heat wave, and the March heat wave of 2012 in the U.S.

In this case, the blocking pattern occurred at precisely the wrong time -- when a hurricane was moving out of the Caribbean.

Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross wrote about this on Oct. 26. “The freak part is that a hurricane happens to be in the right place in the world to get sucked into this doubled-back channel of air and pulled inland from the coast,” he said. “And the double-freak part is that the upper-level wind, instead of weakening the storm and simply absorbing the moisture — which would be annoying enough — is merging with the tropical system to create a monstrous hybrid vortex. A combination of a hurricane and a nor’easter.”

Some, though not all, scientists think the more frequent blocking events be related to the loss of Arctic sea ice, which is one of the most visible consequences of manmade global warming. The 2012 sea ice melt season, which ended just one month ago, was extreme, with sea ice extent, volume, and other measures all hitting record lows. The loss of sea ice opens large expanses of open water, which then absorbs more of the incoming solar energy and adds heat and moisture to the atmosphere, thereby helping to alter weather patterns. Exactly how sub-Arctic weather patterns are changing as a result, however, is a subject of active research.

Some researchers who warn that climate change is already being felt in extreme weather events, such as Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., are not yet convinced of the Arctic connection. Others, such as Hayhoe, think it is a “plausible theory” that is worth investigating, although she noted there is evidence that Arctic warming may cause more blocking during the winter rather than during the fall.

James Overland, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who recently published a study on how Arctic sea ice loss is altering the weather in the Far North, said it’s not clear whether Hurricane Sandy was just a freak event or a sign of things to come. “What was highly unusual to me was the slowing down of the jet stream that normally turns hurricanes out to sea, allowing Sandy to directly [make] landfall,” he said in an email conversation. Yet, he said it’s important to recognize that there is still a huge role played by randomness, or chaos, in global weather patterns. “Having looked at a lot of weather maps, I don’t think it’s entirely legitimate to make a big possibility for an Arctic connection with Sandy rather than the chaos default,” he said.

And while climate change has undoubtedly altered the background conditions in which all weather systems are born, scientists said that natural variability still plays a very large role, and may have been the dominant factor with Hurricane Sandy.

Martin Hoerling, a researcher at the Earth Systems Research Laboratory, also in Boulder, is a proponent of this view. “Great events, like this meteorological one, can happen with little cause(s). Individually, neither the tropical storm nor the extratropical storm that embraced it, were unusual,” he said via email. “What makes this a rare, perhaps once in a lifetime event, is the fortuity of their timely (“untimely” as far as most are concerned who sit in harms way) intersection.” Randall M. Dole, who is a colleague of Hoerling's at ESRL, noted that the blocking pattern that helped steer Sandy was "highly transient," which suggests to him that it was just "random bad luck" that it coincided with a hurricane along the East Coast.

Regardless of the chain of events that led to this disaster, Hurricane Sandy is almost certain to wind up being one of the top 10 costliest hurricanes on record, and it comes soon after Munich Re, a global insurance giant, warned of increasing natural disaster losses in the U.S., a trend the company said is related to global climate change.

And regardless of unequivocal linkages between this particular storm and manmade climate change, questions related to future human-caused changes — how they will make this type of event more likely and destructive, through a combination of sea level rise, extreme weather trends, and vulnerability of coastal populations and infrastructure, deserve to be asked and may be much easier to answer.

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11/04/2012 12:26 AM EDT

PHOTO: A Marathon Wedding Proposal, Minus The Marathon

HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

Like all the competitors who trained for the 2012 NYC Marathon, Hannah Vahaba will not be running the race this year. But she also will never forget her moment at the finish line. After traveling in from Atlanta, Vahaba picked up a marriage proposal in Central Park on Saturday without having to traverse the 26.2-mile course.

"This is my fiance," said Vahaba, 31, who had tears running down her face as she stood in Central Park where the race would have ended, just moments after Martin O'Donoghue had proposed.

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Photo by Damon Scheleur

Read the full story here.

11/04/2012 12:25 AM EDT

Check Donation Lists

Be sure to check donation lists to see what items are needed. For example, at one Staten Island donation center, there is a critical need for batteries batteries batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Clothing isn't needed as much at that center.

-Catharine Smith, HuffPost

11/03/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Brooklyn Regions Still Lack Electricity, Heat and Water Days After Storm

HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 48 people in New York when it battered the Northeast last week, frustrated residents in this corner of South Brooklyn are coping without electricity, heat and running water.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 10:18 PM EDT

On Long Island, Cuomo demands Accountability from Utilities

Huntington Patch reports:

At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.

LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.

"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."

"The customers are not happy. The bill payers are not happy and the people without power are not happy," Cuomo said. "People are suffering. It is an issue of safety and if the utilities were not prepared we will hold them accountable."

Read the full story on Huntington Patch.

11/03/2012 9:38 PM EDT

Gasoline Shortage Likely To Last For Several More Days

Even as power returns to parts of the region assailed by Hurricane Sandy, millions of drivers seeking gasoline appear likely to face at least several more days of persistent shortages.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 8:50 PM EDT

Behind @ConEdison: The 27 Year-Old Preventing Panic, One Tweet At A Time

HuffPost's Bianca Bosker:

On Saturday, 27-year-old Kate Frasca was manning Con Edison’s Twitter account, @ConEdison, responding to customers’ frustrations, questions, praise and criticism at an average clip of one tweet every six minutes.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 8:35 PM EDT

Estimate Says 600 Million Gallons Of Water Hit Mass Transit System

@ USACE_HQ :

Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system... http://t.co/5jMXDhRc

11/03/2012 8:15 PM EDT

$12 Million Donated So Far To NYC Mayor's Fund For Recovery

@ MikeBloomberg :

If you would like to donate: visit http://t.co/9w8egqxD So far $12 million has been contributed. 100% of funds go to #Recovery efforts.

11/03/2012 7:52 PM EDT

Don't Touch Downed Power Lines

@ usNWSgov :

Post #Sandy reminders: never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Washing your hands prevents illness. #NWS #CDC

11/03/2012 7:17 PM EDT

Volunteers Arrive In Staten Island

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From The Associated Press:

Motorists in 12 northern New Jersey counties will be allowed to buy gasoline just every other day under an order by Gov. Chris Christie that takes effect at noon Saturday.

Christie says he wants to ease long lines and extended wait times at gas stations and prevent a fuel shortage in the state hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy.

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HuffPost blogger Rep. Ed Markey writes:

Information, in advance of storms and to aid relief after, plays a critical role. That is why both NOAA and FEMA must have the resources they need to protect families.

As Gov. Chris Christie mentioned in remarks this week, the loss of life could have been much worse. No one took Sandy lightly, as early warning and real time information derived from NOAA's satellites and forecasts saved lives.

This is a perfect example of the dangers of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal. That short-sighted scheme would cut $250 million from the NOAA's satellite program, crippling our weather prediction capability. NOAA ran an analysis in 2011 that found without data from the satellite closest to the end of its shelf life, the accuracy of its forecasts for major storms like blizzards and hurricanes would decrease by approximately 50 percent.

That's the difference between knowing the storm will bring heavy rain or cause a flash flood and would place lives at risk.

Read the full blog post here.

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HuffPost blogger Rep. Ed Markey writes:

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HuffPost's Alice Hines and Mark Gongloff report:

At 3 p.m. on the Friday after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, the St. Jacobi church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was overflowing with boxes of water bottles, piles of clothes and volunteers baking bread pudding. The mood was busy and hopeful as 350 people helped sort donations from across Brooklyn to be sent out to neighborhoods like Staten Island and Far Rockaway that were devastated by the storm.

But one key element was missing: gasoline.

\"We have a lot of everything right now,\" said Diana Aguinaga, a dental hygienist who was volunteering at the donation hub, a joint effort of 350.org and Occupy Wall Street. \"What we really need is a car with gas.\" Outside the church, there were about 15 parked drivers loading and unloading supplies, though not all of them had enough gas in their tank to go as far as was needed.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Alice Hines and Mark Gongloff report:

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HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports:

On Thursday afternoon, firemen set up a few grills near an intersection here and cooked burgers for hungry residents in this beach community devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

On Friday afternoon, the grills were gone. The firemen were now training a hose on a row of businesses and homes around the corner that had burned down at the height of the storm. The only lunch option for those in need was a small pile of packaged goods dumped in a unappetizing heap on the dirty ground near a crowded mobile phone charging station set up by police. The nearest hot meal was more than a mile away, past the smoldering ruins, at an intersection where Ajay Singh and three other Sikh men from Queens had come of their own initiative to dole out steaming bowls of rice and beans and toasted bread made in their church kitchen.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports:

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HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem and Lucas Kavner report:

Waiting in a 45-minute line Friday morning at a Hess gas station in Center Moriches, Long Island, to fill up a portable fuel tank, Chip Daniel noticed sudden a flurry of police cars surrounding the station. He heard shouts and stomping, and the groaning of drivers in the packed crowd of cars in what is becoming an increasingly familiar scene at New York and New Jersey gas stations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

\"There was some jackass trying to cut the line and they called the cops. Four police cars came up to him and he began arguing with the police,\" said Daniels, 44. \"It took them some time, but finally he went back to his own spot.\"

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem and Lucas Kavner report:

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HuffPost's Katie Bindley and Bonnie Kavoussi

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The show was supposed to go on. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a midday press conference Friday that the ING New York City Marathon would lift New Yorkers' spirits following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, much like it did after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

But the anti-marathon backlash rose Friday as the death toll in New York reached 41, the city's the transit system remained crippled and the storm's economic damage was estimated at $50 billion. The marathon's starting line was to have been on hard-hit Staten Island, where homes and lives were lost this week.

Read more here

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HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

In Coffey Park, just steps from where the National Guard was helping distribute food and water to residents, a large AT&T truck sat, two orange generators resting silently on the sidewalk next to it.

Despite the company's intention for the vehicle to serve as a mobile power station, the truck was waiting on equipment necessary to charge phones, and had been turning people away all day.

Full story here.

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HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

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To close tonight's benefit concert, Brian Williams spoke of himself and Jon Stewart as \"two Jersey boys,\" and yet \"it doesn't look like our Jersey shore anymore.\" Jon Stewart added, \"Resilience is going to get everyone through this.\"

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The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports:

Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order today instituting gas rationing for the purchase of fuel by motorists in 12 counties.

Calling the fuel supply a \"shortage\" that could endanger public health, safety and welfare, the rationing will take place in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

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Jon Stewart at telethon: \"You never think it's going to be your home or where you grew up... but you swallow your pride... and ask for help.\"

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HuffPost's Lila Shapiro reports:

At a time when public approval of labor unions is near an all-time low, union workers are charged with much of the dirty and dangerous work of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy. Here, along one the hardest-hit stretches of New York waterfront, union workers fixed Internet connections, disconnected gas pipes to prevent explosions and patrolled the streets in cop cars and ambulances.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Lila Shapiro reports:

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I’ve declared a limited state of energy emergency regarding the supply of motor fuel in 12 counties. #Sandy

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There are no HOV restrictions this weekend. Follow @MTAInsider for latest public transit news.

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Marathon runners who aren't coming to NYC are being urged to donate their hotel rooms. Read the story here.

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HuffPost's Bianca Bosker reports:

Blackouts in lower Manhattan have revived an ancient practice: talking to other people without repeatedly looking at your smartphone.

When her dorm in Union Square lost power on Monday night, Elise Michael, a first-year student at the Cardozo School of Law, joined more than a dozen others in the cramped, candle-lit quarters of her friend’s room. There, they practiced the analog art of telling stories and paying attention.

“It was really nice to walk in and see a big group of people in a small space not looking at phones, not watching things,” said Michael. “I was close to most of the people there, but it was different. We shared more stories and more intimate stories than we would have otherwise.”

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HuffPost's Bianca Bosker reports:

Blackouts in lower Manhattan have revived an ancient practice: talking to other peop...Read More"},{"id":"1278","created":"11/02/2012 7:21 PM EDT","title":"Over 100,000 Manhattan Customers Have Power Restored","tweet_link":"1278_over-100000-manhattan-customers-have-power-restored","entry_text":"

\"ConEdison\"

@ ConEdison :

#ConEdison has restored over 100,000 customers in #Manhattan. Crews will continue to work 24/7 until all are restored.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ ConEdison :\r\n#ConEdison has restored over 100,000 customers in #Manhattan. Crews will continue to work 24/7 until all are resto...Read More"},{"id":"1277","created":"11/02/2012 7:19 PM EDT","title":"NY Crews Still Working To Restore Gas To Brooklyn And Staten Island","tweet_link":"1277_ny-crews-still-working-to-restore-gas-to-brooklyn-and-staten-island","entry_text":"

\"nationalgridus\"

@ nationalgridus :

Our #NY crews are working hard to bring back gas service to #Brooklyn & #StatenIsland customers with outages. #NYSandy

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ nationalgridus :\r\nOur #NY crews are working hard to bring back gas service to #Brooklyn & #StatenIsland customers...Read More"},{"id":"1276","created":"11/02/2012 7:16 PM EDT","title":"30,000 Madison Square Customers In NY Get Power","tweet_link":"1276_30000-madison-square-customers-in-ny-get-power","entry_text":"

\"ConEdison\"

@ ConEdison :

#ConEdison just restored power to the #MadisonSquare Network. Home to 30,000 customers.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ ConEdison :\r\n#ConEdison just restored power to the #MadisonSquare Network. Home to 30,000 customers.\r\n"},{"id":"1275","created":"11/02/2012 7:06 PM EDT","title":"Heat Star Donates Knicks Paycheck To Sandy Relief ","tweet_link":"1275_heat-star-donates-knicks-paycheck-to-sandy-relief-","entry_text":"

The NBA's decision not to cancel tonight's Heat-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden didn't sit well with Miami's Dwyane Wade, who plans to donate his game paycheck -- $209,536.59, before taxes –- to Sandy relief efforts, reports the Associated Press.

\"If we're in a car and we're in traffic for three hours, what are other people who are really affected by this, what are they doing? How are they getting around, how are they moving, et cetera?\" Wade said after the Heat's morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden.

\"So it was just like, come on man, we shouldn't be here to play a basketball game. If anything, we should be here to do something to help the city.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

The NBA's decision not to cancel tonight's Heat-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden didn't sit well with Miami's Dwyane Wade, who plans to donate his game paycheck -- $209,536.59, before taxes –- to Sandy relief efforts, reports the Associated Press...Read More"},{"id":"1274","created":"11/02/2012 6:54 PM EDT","title":"Sandy Boosts Business For Zipcar, Bike Shops","tweet_link":"1274_sandy-boosts-business-for-zipcar-bike-shops","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Janean Chun reports:

Zipcar rentals have been flying out of the company's lots in New York in recent days, thanks to a company policy that allows customers to rent vehicles with full tanks but return them with only a little gas left. Rentals spiked on Thursday and Friday, said Dan Curtin, Zipcar's vice president of operations and service quality.

For a commuting alternative completely free of dependence on public transportation and gas, many New Yorkers have also turned to bicycles in Sandy's aftermath. Toga Bikes, located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, has seen its business and foot traffic double since the hurricane, according to manager Eddie Meek.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Janean Chun reports:

Zipcar rentals have been flying out of the company's lots in New York in recent d...Read More"},{"id":"1273","created":"11/02/2012 6:47 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Lower Manhattan Power Outage Leads To Car Crash","tweet_link":"1273_photo-lower-manhattan-power-outage-leads-to-car-crash","entry_text":"

\"sandy

The power outage in Lower Manhattan has created a gauntlet of dangerous street intersections, as can be seen in this car accident at the Houston and Varick Street crossing on Friday Nov. 2, 2012. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)

","short_text":"

The power outage in Lower Manhattan has created a gauntlet of dangerous street intersections, as can be seen in this car accident at the Houston and Varick Street crossing on Friday Nov. 2, 2012. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)

"},{"id":"1272","created":"11/02/2012 6:43 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Huge Line For Gas In Brooklyn","tweet_link":"1272_photo-huge-line-for-gas-in-brooklyn","entry_text":"

Brooklyn drivers are backed up nearly a mile on 3rd avenue, waiting to refill their gas tanks.

\"car

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Brooklyn drivers are backed up nearly a mile on 3rd avenue, waiting to refill their gas tanks.

"},{"id":"1271","created":"11/02/2012 6:19 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Lights Return To Lower Manhattan","tweet_link":"1271_photo-lights-return-to-lower-manhattan","entry_text":"

Lights return to lower Manhattan, as seen across the river in Williamsburg.

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Lights return to lower Manhattan, as seen across the river in Williamsburg.

"},{"id":"1270","created":"11/02/2012 6:06 PM EDT","title":"Hurricane Sandy: Elderly See Devastation From The Superstorm For The First Time ","tweet_link":"1270_hurricane-sandy-elderly-see-devastation-from-the-superstorm-for-the-first-time-","entry_text":"

With cable TV power finally restored, 86-year-old Gloria Connolly and her 200 neighbors, all holed up for four days in dark unheated Leisure Park retirement apartments in Lakewood N.J., got their first glimpse of the devastation that the rest of the world has been watching for days.

\"Their jaws dropped and there were tears,\" said Gloria's daughter, Jan Connolly, 53, who is special events director at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. Jan left her own home in Neptune City, N.J., on Monday morning, evacuating to her mother's independent living unit to be with her. Yesterday, she said, the reality of the storm's destruction hit home for the elderly residents who have been living without power or TV since Sandy struck. For the first time, they saw images of what Sandy had done to their former homes, their children's homes and the neighborhoods they raised their families in.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

With cable TV power finally restored, 86-year-old Gloria Connolly and her 200 neighbors, all holed up for four days in dark unheated Leisure Park retirement apartments in Lakewood N.J., got their first glimpse of the devastation that the rest of the wo...Read More"},{"id":"1269","created":"11/02/2012 5:37 PM EDT","title":"Amazon's Sales Of Gas Cans, Generators Soar After Hurricane Sandy","tweet_link":"1269_amazons-sales-of-gas-cans-generators-soar-after-hurricane-sandy","entry_text":"

It should come as no surprise that supplies for storm “survival kits” were among some of the most purchased goods last week, as stores sold out of bread, batteries, bottled water and (of course) alcohol. But it appears that Amazon, too, was affected by the frantic hurricane economy.

Read the full story here.

(Britney Fitzgerald)

","short_text":"

It should come as no surprise that supplies for storm “survival kits” were among some of the most purchased goods last week, as stores sold out of bread, batteries, bottled water and (of course) alcohol. But it appears that Amazon, too, was affecte...Read More"},{"id":"1268","created":"11/02/2012 5:36 PM EDT","title":"Hurricane Sandy Horror Stories: Power Plant Explosion, Mass Blackouts, Internet Outages, More","tweet_link":"1268_hurricane-sandy-horror-stories-power-plant-explosion-mass-blackouts-internet-outages-more","entry_text":"

On Oct. 29, 2012, skies darkened as Hurricane Sandy pushed against the vulnerable East Coast, bringing powerful winds and a record storm surge to New York City. Within a matter of hours, hundreds of thousands in Manhattan were without electricity, while the boroughs faced treacherous flooding and fires. The horror stories began early in the evening, as the weather worsened.

Read the full story here.

(Britney Fitzgerald, HuffPost)

","short_text":"

On Oct. 29, 2012, skies darkened as Hurricane Sandy pushed against the vulnerable East Coast, bringing powerful winds and a record storm surge to New York City. With...Read More"},{"id":"1267","created":"11/02/2012 5:35 PM EDT","title":"New York City Marathon CANCELED ","tweet_link":"1267_new-york-city-marathon-canceled-","entry_text":"

Following the outrage incited by the decision to move forward with the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, organizers announced the 2012 race has been canceled.

Read more here

","short_text":"

Following the outrage incited by the decision to move forward with the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, organizers announced the 2012 race has been canceled.

Read More"},{"id":"1266","created":"11/02/2012 5:09 PM EDT","title":"Celebrations In The East Village And The LES!","tweet_link":"1266_celebrations-in-the-east-village-and-the-les","entry_text":"

RT @timeoutnewyork: Wahoo!!!! MT @caitlin_thomps Power just came back in the #EastVillage. Honking and cheering. People are going bonkers.

— 14thStreetY (@14thStreetY) November 2, 2012

People are cheering out on the streets as power comes on along Madison Street on #LES. #sandy

— Daniel Squadron (@DanielSquadron) November 2, 2012

","short_text":"

RT @timeoutnewyork: Wahoo!!!! MT @caitlin_thomps Power just came back in the Read More"},{"id":"1265","created":"11/02/2012 5:05 PM EDT","title":"Tweet: Power Back On In East Village","tweet_link":"1265_tweet-power-back-on-in-east-village","entry_text":"

\"DailyIntel\"

@ DailyIntel :

RT @AntDeRosa: RT @jimhabig: POWER BACK ON IN EAST VILLAGE

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DailyIntel :\r\nRT @AntDeRosa: RT @jimhabig: POWER BACK ON IN EAST VILLAGE\r\nRead More"},{"id":"1264","created":"11/02/2012 4:54 PM EDT","title":"Power Outage May Last Through the Weekend in Hoboken ","tweet_link":"1264_power-outage-may-last-through-the-weekend-in-hoboken-","entry_text":"

From Hoboken Patch

Though pockets of the city have had power restored, including the local hospital, the outage may not be over until Monday. Some businesses have reopened, but Hoboken schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday

Read the full story here

","short_text":"

From Hoboken Patch

Though pockets of the city have had power restored, including the local hospital, the outage may not be over until Monday. ...Read More"},{"id":"1263","created":"11/02/2012 4:52 PM EDT","title":"Staggering 20 Million Tweets About Hurricane Sandy This Week ","tweet_link":"1263_staggering-20-million-tweets-about-hurricane-sandy-this-week-","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Twitter users flocked to the micro-messaging network this week as Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern U.S. seaboard, sending more than 20 million tweets about the storm between Saturday and Thursday, the company said.

This far exceeds the 13.7 million tweets sent during the Super Bowl in February, typically the largest media event of the year.

","short_text":"

From Reuters:

Twitter users flocked to the micro-messaging network this week as Hurricane Sandy swept through the...Read More"},{"id":"1262","created":"11/02/2012 4:51 PM EDT","title":"Canada's Forestry Business To Make Bank Off Hurricane Sandy: CEO","tweet_link":"1262_canadas-forestry-business-to-make-bank-off-hurricane-sandy-ceo","entry_text":"

Amid the debate over the appropriateness of making a profit from tragedy, there's one business sector that's unequivocally happy about its prospects post-Sandy: Canada's lumber industry. Struggling with low prices ever since the U.S. housing meltdown, Canada's forestry products industry is finally seeing an opportunity in the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

Amid the debate over the appropriateness of making a profit from tragedy, there's one business sector that's unequivocally happy about its prospects post-Sandy: Canada's lumber industry. Struggling with low prices ever since the U.S. housing meltdown, ...Read More"},{"id":"1261","created":"11/02/2012 4:42 PM EDT","title":"New York Subways Hide Depth Of Sandy's Destruction As Recovery Progresses","tweet_link":"1261_new-york-subways-hide-depth-of-sandys-destruction-as-recovery-progresses","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Katherine Bindley and Janell Ross report:

NEW YORK -- Underground, portions of New York look like the partially-submerged remains of a lost city where just a few rats survive. Seven of the 14 tunnels that allow subways to move between Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey flooded during the storm.

Now, hundreds of city, state and federal workers, like New York City Transit’s chief infrastructure officer with the Department of Subways Frank Jezycki, have been working 16-hour shifts to pump all the water out, and assess and repair the damage. Some areas will take longer than others.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Katherine Bindley and Janell Ross report:

NEW YORK -- Underground, portions of New York look ...Read More"},{"id":"1260","created":"11/02/2012 4:29 PM EDT","title":"NYC To Lift Carpool Restrictions At 5 p.m. Today","tweet_link":"1260_nyc-to-lift-carpool-restrictions-at-5-pm-today","entry_text":"

\"NewJerseyNewser\"

@ NewJerseyNewser :

Carpool restrictions to NYC to be lifted at 5 p.m. today http://t.co/MUBJF9dN

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ NewJerseyNewser :\r\nCarpool restrictions to NYC to be lifted at 5 p.m. today http://t...Read More"},{"id":"1259","created":"11/02/2012 4:29 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: TLC's Cake Boss Brings Cookies to National Guard in Hoboken ","tweet_link":"1259_photo-tlcs-cake-boss-brings-cookies-to-national-guard-in-hoboken-","entry_text":"

\"tlcs

TLC Reality Star and Hoboken \"Cake Boss\" Buddy Valasatro pays a visit to National Guardsmen helping with the city's relief efforts. Valastro brought cookies, but no cannolis since his bakery is still without power.

","short_text":"

TLC Reality Star and Hoboken \"Cake Boss\" Buddy Valasatro pays a visit to National Guardsmen helping with the city's relief efforts. Valastro brought cookies, but no cannolis since his bakery is still without power.

"},{"id":"1258","created":"11/02/2012 4:28 PM EDT","title":"Officials: Tap Water Not Safe to Drink in Breezy Point, Queens","tweet_link":"1258_officials-tap-water-not-safe-to-drink-in-breezy-point-queens","entry_text":"

\"BilldeBlasio\"

@ BilldeBlasio :

Tap water is not safe to drink in Breezy Point, #Queens, officials say. (via @NBCNewYork) #NYC #Sandy

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BilldeBlasio :\r\nTap water is not safe to drink in Breezy Point, #Queens, officials say. (via Read More"},{"id":"1257","created":"11/02/2012 4:05 PM EDT","title":"WATCH: Alec Baldwin Cheers Up NYU Students Displaced By Hurricane Sandy","tweet_link":"1257_watch-alec-baldwin-cheers-up-nyu-students-displaced-by-hurricane-sandy","entry_text":"

Thousands of New York University students stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were cheered by the arrival of \"30 Rock\" star (and HuffPost blogger) Alec Baldwin on Thursday, the Local reports. The actor, an alumnus of the school, visited the Kimmel Center, where students who had been evacuated from their dorms were staying on cots.

\"In my lifetime, this is like, unprecedented,\" Baldwin told students.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

Thousands of New York University students stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were cheere...Read More"},{"id":"1256","created":"11/02/2012 4:03 PM EDT","title":"NJ Town to Have Mobile Polling Stations on Election Day","tweet_link":"1256_nj-town-to-have-mobile-polling-stations-on-election-day","entry_text":"

\"BWaterPatch\"

@ BWaterPatch :

#BreakingNews | Township to Have Mobile Polling Stations on Election Day | http://t.co/Yacsol54

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BWaterPatch :\r\n#BreakingNews | Township to Have Mobile Polling Stations on Election Day | ht...Read More"},{"id":"1255","created":"11/02/2012 4:02 PM EDT","title":"Hurricane Sandy Victims Working From Home Are 'Slowly Losing It'","tweet_link":"1255_hurricane-sandy-victims-working-from-home-are-slowly-losing-it","entry_text":"

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (AP) - Nearly every office dweller fantasizes about the joys of working from home: Dressing in PJs instead of suits, eating from the fridge and not the vending machine, listening to birds chirp instead of the boss bark.

But Superstorm Sandy has created legions of people who can't wait to get back to the office.

They include parents who have struggled to juggle conference calls while their kids scream in the background. Also families who have fought for days over the use of a single home computer. And even execs who conducted business with the only device they had with reliable Internet access: their smartphone.

For the rest of the story click here.

","short_text":"

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (AP) - Nearly every office dweller fantasizes about the joys of working from home: Dressing in PJs instead of suits, eating from the fridge and not the vending machine, listening to birds chirp instead of the boss bark.

<...Read More"},{"id":"1254","created":"11/02/2012 4:01 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Exceedingly Long Gas Lines In Brooklyn","tweet_link":"1254_photo-exceedingly-long-gas-lines-in-brooklyn","entry_text":"

Cars lined up for gas on Atlantic Avenue at the Cobble Hill Shell Station, starting at Henry Street, going all the way down Atlantic Avenue, then snaking for blocks on Columbia Street. One driver said he had waited for 3.5 hours. \"I remember the gas-shortage lines of 1977,\" said the driver of the white van, who would not identify himself. A heavy police presence oversaw traffic, stopping drivers trying to cut in line. Pedestrians queued up in a separate line, almost 50 deep, each armed with red gas tanks. (Photo below.)

-Lance Gould, HuffPost

\"cobble

","short_text":"

Cars lined up for gas on Atlantic Avenue at the Cobble Hill Shell Station, starting at Henry Street, going all the way down Atlantic Avenue, then snaking for blocks on Columbia Street. One driver said he had waited for 3.5 hours. \"I remember the gas-sh...Read More"},{"id":"1253","created":"11/02/2012 3:56 PM EDT","title":"Potential For Hurricane Sandy Charity Scams Prompts Warnings ","tweet_link":"1253_potential-for-hurricane-sandy-charity-scams-prompts-warnings-","entry_text":"

Authorities warn of the likelihood of Sandy-related fraud reaching far beyond the storm zone – from bogus charities seeking donations, to home repair scams and sales of flood-damaged vehicles, the AP reports.

","short_text":"

Authorities warn of the likelihood of Sandy-related fraud reaching far beyond the storm zone – from bogus charities ...Read More"},{"id":"1252","created":"11/02/2012 3:55 PM EDT","title":"Rural Town Mourns Boy, 8, Who Died In Hurricane Sandy While Checking On Family's Cows ","tweet_link":"1252_rural-town-mourns-boy-8-who-died-in-hurricane-sandy-while-checking-on-familys-cows-","entry_text":"

Matthew Stahl's father had gone to retrieve groceries from a neighbor, and Matthew had run to check on the calves at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday when he was fatally struck by a tree felled by Sandy's strong winds.

","short_text":"

Matthew Stahl's father had gone to retrieve groceries from a neighbor, and Matthew had run to check on the calves at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday when he was Read More"},{"id":"1251","created":"11/02/2012 3:54 PM EDT","title":"Fuming Staten Island Official: Don't Donate To The Red Cross","tweet_link":"1251_fuming-staten-island-official-dont-donate-to-the-red-cross","entry_text":"

Staten Island officials are infuriated with what they see as a measly relief response after their borough was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and some are going so far as to call on residents to hold back donations to the American Red Cross.

","short_text":"

Staten Island officials are infuriated with what they see as a measly relief response after their borough w...Read More"},{"id":"1250","created":"11/02/2012 3:40 PM EDT","title":"Man Charged With Assaulting Police Officer At Gas Station","tweet_link":"1250_man-charged-with-assaulting-police-officer-at-gas-station","entry_text":"

From Fort Lee Patch:

A New York man allegedly assaulted a Fort Lee police officer at a gas station on early Friday morning, becoming \"enraged\" after learning the station might be out of gas by the time he made it to the front of the line.

Read the full story here

","short_text":"

From Fort Lee Patch:

A New York man allegedly assaulted a Fort Lee police officer at a gas station on early Friday mor...Read More"},{"id":"1249","created":"11/02/2012 3:35 PM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: Mount Loretto Donation Station In Staten Island","tweet_link":"1249_photos-mount-loretto-donation-station-in-staten-island","entry_text":"

People of all ages help sort donations at a church center on the South Sore of Staten Island:

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People of all ages help sort donations at a church center on the South Sore of Staten Island:

"},{"id":"1248","created":"11/02/2012 3:03 PM EDT","title":"Fearing Fuel Shortage, Airlines Add Extra To NYC-Bound Flights","tweet_link":"1248_fearing-fuel-shortage-airlines-add-extra-to-nycbound-flights","entry_text":"

NEW YORK -- Fears of a jet fuel shortage at New York's airports have led some airlines to take the unusual – and costly – step of putting extra fuel on inbound planes.

Read the full story here .

","short_text":"

NEW YORK -- Fears of a jet fuel shortage at New York's airports have led some airlines to take the unusual – and costly – step of putting extra fuel on inbound planes.

Read the full story Read More"},{"id":"1247","created":"11/02/2012 2:58 PM EDT","title":"Headline: How To Find Gas In New York, New Jersey After Sandy","tweet_link":"1247_headline-how-to-find-gas-in-new-york-new-jersey-after-sandy","entry_text":"

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Looking for gas in places that have been hit hard by Sandy? Instead of waiting in line, go online.

Crowd sourcing is the best way for drivers who are looking to fill up their tanks or get fuel for generators to find the most up-to-the-minute information.

For the rest of the story click here.

","short_text":"

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Looking for gas in places that have been hit hard by Sandy? Instead of waiting in line, go online.

Crowd sourcing is the best way for drivers who are looking to fill up their tanks or get fuel for generator...Read More"},{"id":"1246","created":"11/02/2012 2:57 PM EDT","title":"JFK, Newark Operating At Full Service","tweet_link":"1246_jfk-newark-operating-at-full-service","entry_text":"

NEW YORK -- John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports are now operating at full service.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says airlines are continuing to restore full flight schedules.

LaGuardia Airport, which reopened Thursday on a limited schedule, will continue to increase service throughout the day.

Read the full story here .

","short_text":"

NEW YORK -- John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports are now operating at full service.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says airlines are continuing to restore full flight schedules.

LaGuardia Airport, which r...Read More"},{"id":"1245","created":"11/02/2012 2:56 PM EDT","title":"Amtrak Restoring Northbound Service Friday","tweet_link":"1245_amtrak-restoring-northbound-service-friday","entry_text":"

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak will resume service between New York City and Boston on Friday following the repair of commuter rail tracks damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the railroad said late Thursday.

Earlier, Joseph Boardman, the Amtrak's president, said he was still waiting for confirmation from officials for Metro North, the commuter railroad that owns the damaged tracks Amtrak uses in Connecticut, that the tracks would be ready. But he added: \"Right now we're anticipating we'll have access to it.\"

Read the full story here .

","short_text":"

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak will resume service between New York City and Boston on Friday following the repair of commuter rail tracks damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the railroad said late Thursday.

Earlier, Joseph Boardman, the Amtrak's president, said ...Read More"},{"id":"1244","created":"11/02/2012 2:56 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: U.S. Navy Drops Off Gas in Hoboken","tweet_link":"1244_photo-us-navy-drops-off-gas-in-hoboken","entry_text":"

\"aftermath

A U.S. Navy helicopter landed on Pier A Park on Friday afternoon in Hoboken to deliver gas and supplies to Hoboken, where representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard are still present.

Read the full story here

","short_text":"

A U.S. Navy helicopter landed on Pier A Park on Friday afternoon in Hoboken to deliver gas and supplies to Hoboken, where representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard are still present.

Read More"},{"id":"1243","created":"11/02/2012 2:54 PM EDT","title":"Demand for Absentee Ballots in CT Town Rise Tenfold","tweet_link":"1243_demand-for-absentee-ballots-in-ct-town-rise-tenfold","entry_text":"

From New Canaan Patch:

With more than two-thirds of New Canaan, CT still powerless, town officials say they’ve received more than 10 times the typical number of absentee ballot applications since Hurricane Sandy leveled trees and power lines Monday night.

Read the full story here

","short_text":"

From New Canaan Patch:

With more than two-thirds of New Canaan, CT still powerless, town officials say they’ve received more than...Read More"},{"id":"1242","created":"11/02/2012 1:49 PM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Blackout Photos From Space","tweet_link":"1242_photos-hurricane-sandy-blackout-photos-from-space","entry_text":"

The Suomi NPP satellite captured views of the blackouts caused by superstorm Sandy at around 2 a.m. Nov. 1. NASA's Earth Observatory website has a comparison of before and after photos. The reference image was taken on Aug. 31. (See below.)

In these photos, illuminated swaths of uptown Manhattan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia stand in stark contrast to the darkened areas of the Jersey Shore, lower Manhattan, Coney Island, the Rockaways and outlying suburbs of New York City.

An estimated 8 million people lost power because of the storm, according to Our Amazing Planet.

(--Andres Jauregui, HuffPost)

\"sandy

","short_text":"

The Suomi NPP satellite captured views of the blackouts caused by superstorm Sandy at around 2 a.m. Nov. 1. NASA's Earth Observatory website has a comparison of before a...Read More"},{"id":"1241","created":"11/02/2012 1:38 PM EDT","title":"Headline: Man Hired to Perform Storm Clean-Up Accused of Theft","tweet_link":"1241_headline-man-hired-to-perform-storm-cleanup-accused-of-theft","entry_text":"

From Norwalk Patch:

A Bronx man hired to provide storm clean-up and restoration services at a Norwalk home was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing cash and jewelry, and attempting to steal other property.

Read the full story here

","short_text":"

From Norwalk Patch:

A Bronx man hired to provide storm clean-up and restoration services at a Norwalk home was arrested Thursday for...Read More"},{"id":"1240","created":"11/02/2012 1:31 PM EDT","title":"NYC Power Update","tweet_link":"1240_nyc-power-update","entry_text":"

\"nytimes\"

@ nytimes :

Mayor Bloomberg: Con Ed hopes to restore power to most of Manhattan by midnight tonight.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ nytimes :\r\nMayor Bloomberg: Con Ed hopes to restore power to most of Manhattan by midnight tonight.\r\n"}]
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