Hurricane Survival Thread 2012

Malor wrote:

Explosion at the ConEd building (17 seconds in, and then again at about 2:58, not sure if it's the same video twice or not):

Tanhausered

World Trade Center area is flooded (confirmed by various news outlets).

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93_confirmed wrote:

Reports are saying over 4 million without power for the entire East Coast (800K+ in NJ). So far so good for our place but it looks like a light show/4th of July celebration outside with the transformers, powerlines, and/or lighting. Not sure WTF is going on out there but I've never seen those colors before.

I've seen my share of exploding transformers and lines (including just a few days ago when someone slammed into a telephone pole while I was looking outside) and they are pretty surreal. That video is terrifying.

I also like extreme weather when I can get out of it when I want to, but not that extreme. Good luck to everyone.

McFinn wrote:

I also like extreme weather when I can get out of it when I want to, but not that extreme. Good luck to everyone.

Yeah, this kind of weather comes in after you.

Oof.. looks pretty bad. Stay safe all of you caught in it.

The Coney Island thing was a lie:

#FDNY units are on scene at Coney Island Hospital. No confirmed fire or reports of injuries at this time.

Wind has subsided noticeably here. Never would think silence could be this eerie. Luckily we didn't lose power or Internet the entire day, aside from the lights flickering a few times.

Hope everyone else is safe.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

Man, been watching the CNN coverage. I actually didn't realise how bad this was. I can't stop watching.

Yeah, CNN's pretty terrible.

Heh, yeah. Well played. Normally watch Al Jazeera, but the coverage isn't as comprehensive.

Michael Zenke wrote:

I think we rode out the worst in MD. I can see a number of outtages nearby but my building is still up. High winds,saw a couple of smaller trees go down, but overall north of Baltimore we're okay.

Yeah, looks like I'll have to go to work (and stay there until quitting time) Tuesday. What was really weird was that whoever shares our building also closed down today so when I went into the parking lot, absolutely no one was there.
edit: nope, scratch that off tomorrow too. Woo hoo! Although I forgot to buy hot cocoa at the grocery store today, drats.
I plan on making a double pot of spaghetti. I've got 3 pounds of beef, two boxes of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, and two jars of Classico. I mention these by name because they are damn good. Seriously, you don't expect the spaghetti brand to change anything, but the RHH does taste better.

I was just thinking, the fake stories aren't really a surprise. The news hyped up this storm like nobody's business. So much so that when some people discovered that it's just a storm and not a SyFy movie of the week, they released that tension thusly.

Also, the google crisis map is wicked cool. I think we're finally getting close to realizing the potential of this massive information network called the Internet
(not that it hasn't been used for good and noble purposes before now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-TA5... )

Holy crap, we actually have a skyscraper crane breaking and ready to fall any minute now. Sandy has now created a situation previously only found in comic books (and related properties).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...

The Bear Clan is well and no trees fell on the house.

Clan Rallick is likewise safe. Nothing quite like using a chainsaw at 6 am to clear the driveway of downed trees to make you feel manly. My wife is a pharmacist at Hartford Hospital, so she had to go to work today. I hope everyone else is safe, too.

Edit: still without power, but that's not terribly surprising.

Never lost power here at Camp Paleocon, so the perishables are safe for now.

Looks like The Battery is down. Storm surge of 13.88' against expected of about 10.6'. 7 auto tunnels are flooded. The NYC Subway system has been badly flooded and is entirely shut down. It will take up to four days just to pump out the water, and then the entire system of rails, railbeds, electrical components and control systems has to be closely inspected. NYC mass transit is screwed for a while, and that means the city is screwed.

Safe here in south east MA. Never lost power surprised because last year we did not have power for 3 days after the storm.

Back to work today.

Up here in Western MA we got VERY lucky. Lost some tree limbs, but never lost power. Everywhere around us is basically without power, trees down everywhere, etc. Feeling seriously blessed right now.

Safe up in the Bronx; no power loss through the night, but also no internet for about 8 hours, other than spotty 3g.

My boss emailed to say that road closures are in effect until about noon so the office will be open starting at 1pm. Yay.

Despite some flickering at night, we never lost power here slightly north of DC. Which is very surprising given previous experience. Hope you all stay safe and off the roads, it's mighty slippery out there right now.

Looks like we lucked out and got power back while most people who are out of power still are. Still, only about half as many people lost power around here as compared to the late June storm.

Didn't lose power overnight, although we're still slated to get some gusts up to 40 MPH today so not totally feeling like this is completely over. Unfortunately, back in the office today

Paleocon wrote:

My boss emailed to say that road closures are in effect until about noon so the office will be open starting at 1pm. Yay.

Be careful out there.

Nothing is like the emotional roller coaster as losing all power for a few hours, then gaining it back.

Never lost power, working from home again since the office is still closed to all but essential personnel. Unfortunately, two of my co-workers with the biggest work loads are without power, which means the rest of us have to pick up the slack.

But as that is my only complaint, I'm pretty blessed.

Not sure if anyone else from Philly posted, but it looked the storm was going to run right into us, but in my neck of the woods all we got was some shaking trees and a whole lot of falling leaves. Not even much rain. Never lost power.

I had a tree fall on my car, but the extent of the damage is a dent.

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We had about 1.5" of rain and a peak wind gust of about 30mph at our house. (We live in a valley). There are many downed trees and power outages.

My thoughts are with everyone in the NYC/NJ coastline area who were much harder hit.

Power was on the whole time except for a short 1 min outage at one point.

I think we lost a chimney cap as there was some stone on the ground near my car (thankfully, not on it) and a little water in the fireplace.

We also lost a tree from the front yard, but thankfully that fell into the street and away from house/cars/people. https://plus.google.com/u/0/104838295683276358117/posts/3X2eP2J5bBc

It seems the tree was the worst my neighborhood dealt with, so I hope everyone else is doing ok too.

Warriorpoet897 wrote:

Not sure if anyone else from Philly posted, but it looked the storm was going to run right into us, but in my neck of the woods all we got was some shaking trees and a whole lot of falling leaves. Not even much rain. Never lost power.

Evidently this happened in Philly.

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Taken from a friend of mine that lives in the city.

Didn't get it to bad in central mass, lost power for ~6 hours. Played Cards Against Humanity by candlelight with the people I know in my apartment complex.

Hope everyone closer to the coast is safe. Feel like we got pretty lucky. The snow storm on Halloween last year was much worse for my area.