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Forester
Overeducated woods worker.
04:47 PM on 10/28/2012
Do the religious types ignore the lib scientists models that tell them to evacuate?
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xscd
another citizen against Moral Authoritarians 'R US
05:27 PM on 10/28/2012
--Let 'em! :-) Just kidding. You be safe instead of sorry too, religious-conservative Republicans.
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06:28 PM on 10/28/2012
Please don't assume that all of us "religious types" ignore science.
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homer winslow
Truth in Beauty, Beauty in Truth
04:56 PM on 10/29/2012
You don't, you just create a false reality to believe in.
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Joni Geller
"I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
04:17 PM on 10/28/2012
Our family is not staying, and they are not taking the warning with a oh-hum attitude.

Margate, NJ only blocks away from the ocean!

Stay safe everyone ... please do not leave your pets behind!
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Obey The Voices
Been places, done stuff...
04:38 PM on 10/28/2012
Safe travel to you and yours Joni!
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Joni Geller
"I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
05:48 PM on 10/28/2012
TY
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jmbsjy
too old for tea parties
05:38 PM on 10/28/2012
Yay for remembering the pets!
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boberrigan
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
08:19 PM on 10/28/2012
Absolutely!! I left my cats during Gustav and they chewed through the duct tape we put on the cat door. My neighbors stayed and made sure they were fed and watered every day until we got home 4 days later, but the cats didn't speak to us for a week. Take your pets with you! They will be terrified if you leave them!!
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UserNameJane
Does my micro bio make my butt look big
11:31 PM on 10/28/2012
I plan on going over to my sisters in the morning, she only lives about 5 minutes from me, and I will be taking my cat.
04:08 PM on 10/28/2012
Too bad one of the HP "badges" isn't a Credibility badge, for people who turn out to be right in their projections and predictions, because there are going to be a lot of Sandy-deniers eating their words by the end of the week.

This isn't mythology. It's science. (Though modeling is, by nature, theoretical until it pans out one way or another.) The thing to remember is that the models get more accurate as they feed in more current data, and ALL of the current data has been proving the models accurate.

I wonder if the reason for all the Sandy-denying is a belief that, by accepting that these models are accurate, it undermines the argument that climate change modeling can't be accurate.
05:11 PM on 10/28/2012
When reporters interview people who plan to "ride 'r out" in these hurricanes, they should more often do follow-up interviews after the storm. Quite a few of the people who stayed to ride out the worst storms simply don't exist any longer after the storm. There'd be fewer people doing that if a station would run a pre-storm video of someone and then explain they didn't make it.
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05:18 PM on 10/28/2012
This is neither mythology nor science. This is a Hurricane.
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thetaxidermist
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
10:50 PM on 10/28/2012
Oh and how do we track it and get prepared? Science.
03:26 PM on 10/28/2012
A hurricane is serious business. People need to take all the necessary precautions, because it is much better to be safe than sorry.
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jameswallace2634
03:16 PM on 10/28/2012
I was in NYC in 2001 -- Remember "The Storm of the CENTURY?" Turned out to be about 1/3 of an inch and TV cameras struggled to find any accumulated snow to show, mainly on park benches. Cable, 24x7 news and social media all have an insatiable appetite for content, and the more threatening and scary the better. Keep tuned in!
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CarolNC
05:14 PM on 10/28/2012
You shouldn't judge a current storm by a previous one.
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allmywickedsins
Calvin and Hobbes Existentialist
05:29 PM on 10/28/2012
Predicting the damage a hurricane will do is not an exact science. They do the best they can. Better safe than sorry. If they played this down and hundreds of people were hurt or killed, there would be an outcry. People might be inconvenienced, but at least they are alive.
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realitytrumpsbull
Two 'alves of coconut!
10:26 PM on 10/28/2012
If it ends up being a CAT II+, or higher, which is not impossible, it could be a long, long time 'til those subway trains run again.
xerocada1
Up North-Down East
03:05 PM on 10/28/2012
I am very worried about the One Percenters with their waterfront mansions along the Gold Coast of Fairfield County and Long Island. I am just glad that my taxes will be able to help them out when they apply for federal aid to repair their damaged and eroded beaches.
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03:36 PM on 10/28/2012
Are you nasty? Ahome lost is a important matter. I can't believe you would make that remark?
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turboe4truth
Out the GOP in 2014
04:49 PM on 10/28/2012
why not, the 1% ers want to do away with ALL help for the poor, to help them out you know..Why should OUR tax dollars pay to fix THEIR mansions, when it's Obvious they can afford it themselves.... Welfare for the Rich , screw everyone else....
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REMEMBER2050
Socialism for the rich; capitalism for the poor.
05:21 PM on 10/28/2012
If you saw Long Island, you'd get it. That's snide but completely factual.
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02:55 PM on 10/28/2012
What a total over-hype. This is melodramatic TV at its worst. When you scare people with these ridiculous predictions they won't listen to you next time.
Here, in central Maryland, we had the worst flooding since 1971 last year when the remnants of Hurricane Lee came through here. Guess what. It went entirely unpredicted. Nothing.
The meterologists were talking about Irene at first and then they just didn't see the worst flooding
in almost 50 years coming. They're more hype-machines than they are anything else.
It reminds me of the Newsweek cover story when the "Truman Show" movie came out.... it was SO
hyped you were made to feel that something truly epic and never-before-seen was going to
come to the silver screen. What a yawn. The problem is that when a movie is over-hyped, people might lose 9 dollars. But when weathermen get in on the act... they are desensitizing people to genuine weather stories.... genuine weather risks and dangers.
03:58 PM on 10/28/2012
A reminder: It's only massive melodramatic over-hype if it misses. 24 hours out, that possibility is all but nonexistent. Even the outliers have moved in to line up with the ECMWF model, which has been consistent so far.

Is there excessive media hype? Yes. Of course there is. It's what they do. Does that mean this is not a deadly serious storm? No. Not in the least.

I think the salient phrase here is "Even if you ARE paranoid, that doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."
12:00 PM on 10/29/2012
Or, as I like to say, "it isn't paranoid if it's true"!
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turboe4truth
Out the GOP in 2014
04:50 PM on 10/28/2012
And if they DIDN'T do, this and it TURNED out to be bad, then what would you say?? It's called CYA..
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05:25 PM on 10/28/2012
I'm playing devil's advocate.  Actually, I am thinking that if I dismiss the seriousness of the of the predicted storm.. .that it will be more extreme than predicted... yes, I love storms.  But alas, I don't think my minimizing the storm will have any actual effect on the storm itself.
02:52 PM on 10/28/2012
This seems to be the real thing and if it is not there will be much to explain and excuse.  Those who need to evacuate and don't have only themselves to blame for any suffering which may ensue.  Should this event not come to pass, credibility will be destroyed for a very long time.
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CarolNC
05:06 PM on 10/28/2012
Wouldn't you rather be peeved at storm computer models than lose your life?
08:15 PM on 10/28/2012
Caro;NC obviously HAS NOT READ MY POSTING.
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conchop
logic ethics quality
02:47 PM on 10/28/2012
There's going to be an opportunity arise in the wake of this storm. Obviously, there will be a lot of damage that needs repaired. Every nail thats driven should be going into a LEED Certified and Energy Star Rated repair project.

Everyone has complained about pollution and global warming but little has been done to the degree to which it should be done to correct our National Direction. If you end up having real storm damage and if you are genuinely concerned the environment, it is only logical that you make lemonade out of the lemons that Hurricane Sandy brings you.

When you rebuild, do it right, do it GREEN.
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06:32 PM on 10/28/2012
I hope I don't have to rebuild anything!!
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J Rupel
"Let the lamp affix its beam..."
07:01 PM on 10/28/2012
Agreed. When I'm out looting tomorrow night, I'm going to be double-sure to only steal EnergyStar rated flat-screen televisions.
Nangael
Don't read my bio over my shoulder!
02:15 PM on 10/28/2012
Mitt will tie the dog to the roof during evacuation.
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CarolNC
05:10 PM on 10/28/2012
Yeah, and he won't have much time to flip-flop on this one. Or, maybe he won't be able to make a decision at all!!!
02:09 PM on 10/28/2012
There is so much stressed on evacuation of lower lying areas. Despite the extremely high wind expectation, there is nothing about evacuation of higher floors in the multitudes of high rises in NYC. I see the computer model that shows the higher wind zones in general. Is it possible to show computer models that reflect the higher wind potential for higher floors in buildings? For example, a 2nd story apartment in a high wind zone is much less of a threat than a 6th story, then 10th, 20th etc. Also, threats from different angles.
To give an example, we live in a six story apartment building in Bay Ridge right by the Verrazano Bridge at a high ground level. This building tends to get 10-20% higher winds during storms of any kind, usually from the fron of the building facing south. During Hurricane Irene, we had a pummeling of high winds, first from the north and east during the hurricane, which caused major water damage to 20 of 60 apartments. We are still repairing this. The back of the storm caused sustained high winds for another 12 hours in the front of the building, but not causing as much damage. The entire storm was frightening, to say the least.
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
02:52 PM on 10/28/2012
Keep listening to local announcements, they should be able to update regularly, and if in doubt, get out early.
Hop-e you are safe.
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03:40 PM on 10/28/2012
I agree with you. Be safe to you and your family. If you need help let Indiana no.
02:08 PM on 10/28/2012
I'm not meteorologist. All the maps and graphs and charts mean nothing to me. I have other things to do, so can we PLEASE just break it down into what each major city should expect from this storm? Thanks.
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03:41 PM on 10/28/2012
Be safe and don't wait get to high ground.
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CarolNC
05:08 PM on 10/28/2012
they have already done that as best they can. Storm can change track,you know.
01:37 PM on 10/28/2012
Bet there's not a congress person or a lobbyist in D.C. today. Imagine that.
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wheresthepositivity
There's a bit of magic in everything‚Ä®.
02:46 PM on 10/28/2012
Well, that could be most any day.
04:12 PM on 10/28/2012
Except for the lobbyists.
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03:43 PM on 10/28/2012
I know You be safe and we will take care of them went this over.
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01:32 PM on 10/28/2012
I posted this supply list earlier.

Do Not Underestimate The Damage A Storm Like This Can Cause

1 Gallon Drinking, Coffee, Cooking Water Per Person Per Day
5 Gallons Utility Water Per Day
Gas in Safe Approved Containers.
Camp Stove Or Outdoor Grill & Propane Canisters
Paper Plates & Plastic Utensils & Trash Bags
Pet Needs & Shelter
Non-Perishable Foods Enough for At Least 7 days
LED flashlights & lamps & batteries
Candles, Hurricane Lamp, Lighters & Matches
Generator & UPS & Extension Cables
LED TV, Digital Antenna, 4G Mifi
Duct Tape, twine, rope.
Prescriptions re-filled & stored in plastic bags.

Secure lawn furniture, toys & Yard Signs outside
Empty gutters of leaves
Clear drainage ditches of leaves
Move vehicles to an open clearing if possible & high ground where warranted.
Get laundry, dishes and baths done.

In flood prone regions,
Get your valuables to a safe location
Electronics sealed tight in plastic bags
Emergency Clothing In Plastic Bags
Verify Your Insurance Coverages

This Storm Does Not Care If You Are Rich Or Poor
But it will hurt the poor, elderly & disabled the most

First Responders will be Very Busy with accidents, traffic and priority emergencies,
so keep that in mind. Check your first aid kits.
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hambrock7
02:07 PM on 10/28/2012
Good check list, and then some. Look's like you think ahead. Hope my family see's this.
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02:20 PM on 10/28/2012
STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS! (You don't want to be cut by flying glass when/if they blow in.)

Great list, BTW.
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bluefl
Nothing good follows "it is what it is
01:22 PM on 10/28/2012
Those MB of 951 don't look great. Weather Channel said about the same as Hurricane Ike which wasn't small potatoes! Hope everyone does really pay attention. As many who have gone through various hurricanes those sustained winds and rain for hours and hours are nerve racking and dangerous.