Posts Tagged ‘Hurricanes’

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Worse

November 22, 2018

Climate change is making hurricanes worse. New York Times climate team reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis explains.

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Romney to the Rescue!

November 3, 2012

Romney to the Rescue!

At a campaign stop storm relief event last Tuesday in Kettering, Ohio, ex-financier Mitt Romney rolled up his sleeves, hitched up his blue jeans, and accepted donated cans of soup and bottles of Gatorade on behalf of Hurricane Sandy victims on the East Coast. Of course, Mr. Romney’s campaign really bought $5,000 worth of those groceries at Walmart, and the Red Cross and other aid agencies discourage such well-intentioned but unhelpful in-kind donations.

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DC Emerges from Frankenstorm

October 30, 2012

DC Emerges from Frankenstorm

In Washington, it’s time to mop up after Hurricane Sandy with some local links:

“Spared brunt of the storm, D.C. region starts to return to normal,” Debbi Wilgoren, Fredrick Kunkle and Jeremy Borden, Washington Post

“DC Misses the Worst of Sandy,” Tom Bridge, WeLoveDC.com

“Area begins cleanup after Sandy,” WTOP News

“Metro announces limited restoration of rail, bus service,” WMATA press release

The storm did not pass without important  civic consequences, however:

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

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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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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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DC: Souvenir of Hurricane Irene

August 28, 2011

DC: Souvenir of Hurricane Irene

On Capitol Hill, damage from Hurricane Irene is due to rain, not wind. Mature older trees shade the streets, but many have rotted root systems, so the storm’s two days of heavy rain loosened their foundations, causing the trunks to come crashing down, either in the street or on nearby houses. The photo above shows the results on the 1200 block of C Street SE. Here’s what the roots look like:

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Storm Surge in New York

August 28, 2011

Storm Surge in New York

Hurricane Irene is now a tropical storm, but the surge caused by its huge vortex of winds has reinforced the incoming tide and caused flooding of the southern tip of Manhattan Island, including Battery Park, the ferry terminal, and the edge of the Financial District. At this time we do not know if Con Edison intends to cut off the area’s electrical power or if the Stuyvesant High School swim team is doing laps outside, on Chambers Street.

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All Hurricane, All the Time

August 27, 2011

All Hurricane, All the Time

The Eastern Seaboard of the United States is currently experiencing the ravages of Hurricane Irene, and local television stations are desperately trying to justify their 21st-century existence by keeping staff meteorologists up ’round the clock and sending hapless reporters to the beach. As far as we’re concerned, reporters assigned to the Delaware Shore when steamed crabs and frozen custard are unavailable deserve hardship pay.

Local TV news coverage of hurricanes chiefly consists of shaky, intermittent video, and lots of wind noise. Live remote broadcasts show reporters invading evacuated coastal resort towns, driving through standing water, walking on the beach, and doing all the things citizens are cautioned against by emergency officials.

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