Posts Tagged ‘Frankenstorm’

Hurricane Sandy Goes to Washington

October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Goes to Washington

Hurricane Sandy is storming her way into the Nation’s Capital. Emergency shelters are open, the subway is closed, and taxicab fares have an extra $15 storm surcharge.

The Federal and DC governments, Metro, and area schools were closed Monday and will remain closed Tuesday, but at least some folks in this town have a work ethic and sense of duty. There are still sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and the Annual High Heel Drag Race will clatter down 17th Street on Tuesday as scheduled. Is this a great country, or what?

Update:

“It’s Final: High Heel Race Pushed Off Until Thursday,” Martin Austermuhle, DCist

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Image (“Hurricane Sandy, after Gustave Courbet”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Sandy: What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

October 29, 2012

In 1938 a surprise category 3 hurricane killed 600 people in New England and 60 more in New York City. It looked a lot like Hurricane Sandy.

“The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 [aka the Yankee Clipper and Long Island Express] was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century.”
— “Sep 21, 1938:The Great New England Hurricane,” History.com

“Where will Hurricane Sandy rank in the history of New York storms?” Oren Yaniv, New York Daily News

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Washington Prepares for Frankenstorm

October 28, 2012

Washington Prepares for Frankenstorm

DC households were alerted to the impending danger of Hurricane Sandy’s imminent arrival by robocalls from Pepco, telling us to buy our own generators, stockpile batteries, and to pray. The District Government had already declared a State of Emergency, so Washingtonians reacted with their customary calm, racing to stores to buy out stocks of toilet paper, batteries, canned goods, flashlights and bottled water before their neighbors could. Here on Capitol Hill, of course, emergency rations must meet more exacting standards (see photo, above).

But what else should we do before the Frankenstorm? Florida is constantly storm-pummeled, so we consulted the Miami Herald‘s hurricane preparedness checklist:

• Remove coconuts and other yard debris.
• Make arrangements to move your boat to safe harbor or secure it.

Um, okay … got it.

Other checklists (from the Red Cross, the Weather ChannelNOAA, The Washington Post, SBADC Homeland Security, PEPCO, National Geographic, FEMA) omit these vital pointers:

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