10/29/2012 02:28 pm ET

Hurricane Sandy: Great Lakes Will Feel Impact Of Huge Storm

Meteorologists are expecting the impact from the storms caused by Hurricane Sandy to be felt all the way to Metro Detroit and along the coastlines of the Great Lakes. The monster hurricane, which extends nearly 500 miles from its center, threatens to affect as many as 50 million people in the Northeast United States.


The National Weather Service is predicting rain in Metro Detroit through Thursday and has issued gale warnings in anticipation of high storm-related winds. Officials are recommending that vessels seek safe harbor for the duration of the storm. Weather officials predict that Sandy will combine with other storms as it moves into the Great Lakes.

Lake Huron's gale warning will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and waves are expected to range between a maximum of 17 and 24 feet, reports the Detroit News.

“Hurricane Sandy is going to merge with a strong upper low over the Eastern U.S., and this is going to make this a very intense storm system,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Considine told the Detroit Free Press. "We’re not going to get the heavy rains they’re going to get farther to the east. It’s going to be cold, wind-driven, light rain.”

The weather service has issued a Gale Warning for parts of southern Lake Michigan from 1 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, with a storm warning in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Waves along Lake Michigan are expected to average between 22 to 25 feet high on Tuesday, with a few isolated waves anticipated to tower as high as 33 feet, the Free Press reports.

A Gale Warning for Southeast Michigan's Lake St. Clair will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Wind gusts could reach up to 50 knots. The largest expected significant waves are predicted to reach 8 feet, although a few could reach a height of 11 feet.

The National Weather Service has also issued a lakeshore flood warning for the eastern Great Lakes from Monday night through Wednesday. WLS-TV reports that a similar flood warning has been issued for Lake Michigan in Chicago from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane Sandy

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.

marriage proposal cancelled nyc marathon

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


Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system...

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 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

@ NYCMayorsOffice :

Volunteers Descend on Staten Island Neighborhood