October 30, 2012

"Power remained out for roughly six million people, including a large swath of Manhattan."

"Early risers stepped out into debris-littered streets that remained mostly deserted as residents awaited dawn to shed light on the extent of the damage. Bridges remained closed, and seven subway tunnels under the East River remained flooded."

How did Sandy treat you?

78 comments:

Mogget said...

Wind out of the north this morning when I hit the gym in Fitchburg.

Clyde said...

I watched last night with trepidation from Florida. I've been through hurricanes and a six-day power outage, so I know what some folks ar looking at. My brother lives in the Inwood neighborhood in northern Manhattan, and he and his family were hunkering down.

I was really worried about what we might see at daylight, especially in places like Atlantic City and along the low-lying barrier islands that got a lot of storm surge. I hope that it doesn't end up looking like like the Mississippi coast after Katrina or the Texas coast east of Galveston after Ike.

Alan Adamson said...

One four-hour overnight power outage, which I might have slept through, and none of the anticipated water in the basement! I am astonished to see the Google crisis map no longer seems even to have a track for the storm. NYC must be a powerfully resistant force.

Curious George said...

Very windy here in the Milwaukee area, but nothing like the east coast. 25-30 mph sustained winds. Supposed to create some big waves on Lake Michigan, so certain areas are being warned, but again, nothing like the east.

rhhardin said...

Snow traces amidst the 4th day of rain in Central Ohio.

Power stayed on, thanks to a very aggressive tree trimming program a year ago. Before that any wind took out the power.

Marshal said...

We lost power for 5 hours, but my sister in law has a tree in her dining room.

Joaquin said...

I live in the South. Wind and a lot of rain is nothing new.

Pogo said...

Too bad we didn't spend any stimulus money strengthening the power grid.

We got a new and unnecessary bridge outta the deal a coupla years ago, though, so, sweet. It also funded bike lane paint all across the city. Didn't fund any bicycles, however, so they're empty. But it was free, so there.

My prayers go out to Palladian and Trooper York.

At least NYC is protected from the ravages of 32 oz Cokes. I mean, the last time this happened there was in the 1960s, so no one expected it would ever happen again, right?

At least Krugman's happy, a fan of the broken windows economic theory.

Christopher said...

Got some wind and rain, although not as much as i expected, here in Philly.

Didn't lose power in my building at all.

bandmeeting said...

Power never went off in my neck of the Upper West Side. I've got a pretty good view of the blown over crane on 57th and it should be interesting to see how they get it down. There is a crane a block from me that was not locked into place so it was able to swivel as the wind direction changed. I wouldn't have any idea if the crane on 57th was locked for a reason but it sure seems as if it never would have blown over if it hadn't been.

ganderson said...

Not much here in Western Mass- high winds and some rain- lots of power out in Central MA- my school's closed for the second day in a row.

Patrick said...

How did Sandy treat you?

Caused only concern for a friend in south Jersey who was not able to evacuate. No word yet, but as of last night, she and her family were safe.

I really like the midwest.

MadisonMan said...

That wind here is cold for my bike ride in before dawn.

My nephews have no power in NJ. My niece is 9 months pregnant. Anxious!

The Drill SGT said...

Alexandria VA.

Had a power flicker last night. At this point, no rain and winds 10-20 mph.

We were lucky. Now I have the awful task of working my way through our power-outage "honey-baked" ham. a cooked ham along with extra charcoal for the grill are our standard power outage plan. That and a couple of classic oil lamps which can look good for years till you need them :)

We're having "breakfast for dinner" tonight. Ham, Rosti, and mushroom/cheese/herb omlettes tonight.


garage mahal said...

Too bad we didn't spend any stimulus money strengthening the power grid.

We did.

LarsPorsena said...

Anybody see 30 ft. waves on the Great Lakes?

Roger J. said...

I do hope all the commenters in the metro area are doing OK--best wishes for your safety.

The Drill SGT said...

so your gay hate crime was fake?

http://www.cityofmadison.com/incidentReports/incidentDetail.cfm?id=13821

Michael McNeil said...

All quiet on the Western front (central California coast).

The Drill SGT said...

garage mahal said...
Too bad we didn't spend any stimulus money strengthening the power grid.

We did.


running termination lines to wind turbines out on the plains was not what he meant.

And we spent 10 times as much on solar than on those dull power grid towers.

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Too bad we didn't spend any stimulus money strengthening the power grid.

We did."

Not really. Most of the money, and it wasn't very much, went to things like "smart" meters in the home.

garage mahal said...

running termination lines to wind turbines out on the plains was not what he meant.

Not what I meant either. Google is your friend.

Big Mike said...

The derecho last June may have knocked down the most vulnerable trees four months ago, and it embarrassed the Virginia and Maryland power companies to engage in an aggressive tree trimming program afterwards. Consequently we never lost power, but I did lose a large tree branch which missed the side of the house by inches.

I'll be working from home, not only so I can take time to cut up the branch (which is the size of a medium tree by itself) but also because there's flooding reported between my house and the office.

John said...

Inland in Cleveland we have had cold wind and rain for two days. Power went out for a few hours so I fired up the generator that provoked so much humor from my neighbors when I bought it a couple years ago. He who laughs last still has frozen ice cream.

Ann Althouse said...

"so your gay hate crime was fake?"

There's already a post about this (and the other post on the subject is updated), so there are 2 other places for this discussion.

I and nearly all of my commenters were skeptical of this report from the very beginning. No one was roped in, I'm pleased to say.

John said...

"Anybody see 30 ft. waves on the Great Lakes?"

Not on Lake Erie - unexplainably calm, erie in fact.

dreams said...

We got some wind here in Ky.

Old RPM Daddy said...

Drill Sgt: We're a little south of you, at the south end of PW County. School was canceled yesterday and today (my kids spent yesterday studying and practicing music. What's wrong with them?). Regular work site closed yesterday and today, so I'm working from another office in Stafford County. When I got home yesterday, I saw a utility company guy on TV making excuses in advance, but we never lost power. We were awfully lucky. Maryland, Delaware, and points north had it much worse than we did.

sydney said...

Here in Akron, just some high winds and minor flooding in low areas. News reports say Cleveland has a lot of power outages and trees down. I also heard they were reporting 20 foot waves in some areas of Cleveland near Lake Erie.

garage mahal said...

No one was roped in, I'm pleased to say.

You may want to read that thread again.

PaulV said...

Lost power for 12 days after Isabel in Richmond, VA. All is fine with a few sticks in yard. After Isabel weather was clear with highs in 70s, lows in 60s. Those in NE were much harder hit. I found out that 10 hours of sleep time was fine.

The Drill SGT said...

GM, 1/2 of 1% of the stimulus was likely not the scale he was hoping for.
And yes, I understand google.

Paul Zrimsek said...

If Obama gets re-elected, here's plenty of bucket-ready projects for Stimulus II.

Scott said...

"If Obama gets re-elected, here's plenty of bucket-ready projects for Stimulus II."

Bastiat be damned.

I'm still working from my motel room in Norwich, NY. When I go back to my house in Rahway, if the basement isn't flooded and the power is on, I will have been blessed.

Fritz said...

Here on the Western shore of Chesapeake Bay we fared pretty well, a mere 7 inches of rain so far, and winds peaked early yesterday with gusts to 45 knots. A few power blips, but never, a long outage, and cable was out until this morning. No appreciable house or yard damage, and the the boat rode it it out fine in the slip.

Life is good.

dbp said...

Lost power in our suburb NW of Boston last night around 9:30. Still out.

Mitchell the Bat said...

How did Sandy treat you?

A more important question is why did an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient God allow Sandy to topple my prized arborvitae?


TWM said...

"We did."

You're Google must be mightier than my Google cause all I'm finding grants handed out. I'm not seeing any actual, you know, improvements.

TWM said...

Having lived in the Gulf Coast for many years, including New Orleans, and working in New Orleans after Katrina and now living in tornado country, I'm used to these storms.

It's going to be a miserable few weeks to months for NYC and NJ and so forth.

I wish them well.

Surfed said...

AWESOME waves here in North Florida. Beyond the ablities of this 60 year old surfer. It was life threatening just paddling out into the giant surf. One wave and straight back to beach. You know it's scary when you have trouble just getting back to the beach to kiss the sand and thank God for sparing you so that you can see your (grand)children again. The youngsters were getting shacked and barreled everywhere, bodies being hammered by huge wave wipeouts and washed ashore. Absolutely scary and thrilling. After 50 years in the line up I'm faced with the wall all athletes come to. Stick a fork in me, I'm done. No more big waves for me. From now on it's 4' and under.

Phil 3:14 said...

We survived here in Phoenix.

Pogo said...

"We did."

Really?
Shitty job of it then.



Oh yeah. Union.

Icepick said...

NYC must be a powerfully resistant force.

The storm came ashore about 150 miles SOUTH of NYC.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Obviously, on the west coast in the mountains, we were not affected. But, we are used to power outages that can last for days.

It is going to be a shock for many in the dense urban areas who are not used to being without all the conveniences provided by the luxury of unlimited power. They are not prepared. Not only are they going to be uncomfortable, they are going to be cheek to jowl with others who are also not prepared.

When we are "down" it is no big deal. We just hunker down in the house, light the kerosene lanterns and battery powered lights, play cards, read books and actually enjoy the coziness that we know/hope will eventually be ended by the return of power. We don't have to worry about close neighbors burning down the apartment building because we don't have close neighbors or worry about people looting.

So, while we pray that everything is going to be restored for those who are affected and that there is no loss of life......

Perhaps now might be a good time to consider what your lives will be like if the Green Agenda actually comes to fruition. No power, intermittent power, and to consider the reduced circumstances that they want you to live in. Is that the life you want?

Portia said...

Nice sunny day here (Central CA)

RonF said...

My daughter lives a few miles NW of Boston. Some rain, some wind, no huge deal, no power problems.

edutcher said...

Some wind, some rain in NE OH. No big whoop.

Lower Manhattan being what it is, they'll make a big drama out of getting the power on.

But Barry's big chance to look Presidential has come and went very quickly.

Christopher said...

Got some wind and rain, although not as much as i expected, here in Philly.

Didn't lose power in my building at all.


Toldja.

EDH said...

How did Sandy treat you?

It left me in a twisted heap on the ground.

"Good-bye sweet Sandy, I shan't forget you."

garage mahal said...

Oh yeah. Union.

great argument.

bagoh20 said...

Perfect day in L.A. - 70 degrees and clear.

Don't be hating though, we are flooded with debt, and a perfect storm of fiscal disaster is on the way.

Icepick said...

At some point hardening the power grid will become prohibitively expensive. Mother Nature can always provided a bigger crisis than can be reasonably prepared for.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Perfect day in L.A. - 70 degrees and clear.

Don't be hating though, we are flooded with debt, and a perfect storm of fiscal disaster is on the way.


I know. Incredibly beautiful weather here too. Mid 70's yesterday. We sat on the deck, in the sun and enjoyed the fall colors on the trees lining the river below.

But...at any moment it can change and we will be in the snow and sub zero weather. Or we could have an earthquake or a nearby volcano could erupt. In the words of Rosanne Rosanna Dana..... "It's always something."

If we could move our business out of the state, we would. But..being property centered and being old farts.... I guess we will weather the fiscal storm.

bagoh20 said...

What would happen if the power grid was dependent on wind and solar?

Rich B said...

Here in northern NJ many trees down in our town, neighbors without power (but we lucked out again). Workplace in lower Manhattan shut down, trains not running and may be next week before we can return.

The Jersey shore is a real mess.

Robert Cook said...

I'm here in Manhattan...no power loss or damages here! (Not so for other parts of the this and the other four boroughs.)

Calypso Facto said...

Good luck, Scott, and all the rest of you east coasters.

Dale Light said...

We were very lucky here in Baltimore. Sandy passed north and east of us. Winds were from the north and west. Pushed water down the bay and prevented flooding. Never lost power, or ran short of supplies. Biggest annoyance, having to reschedule things because businesses are closed.

Relatives in Manhattan lost power and went offline. No word from them yet. Praying that all is well.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

I'm on the other coast, but my parents are out in the middle of nowhere on MD Eastern Shore, and I was seriously worried for them. In the event, they came through fine. Power was out for about eight hours, but there are no downed trees and no smashed windows, and the storm surge seems to have been less than Isabel (which was really nasty). They did have some flooding in the basement, via a couple leaks that seem to be new. But nothing serious.

Methadras said...

I got a text from a buddy of mine in Manhattan before the power went out and he said, and I quote "This will be the first time in my memory that NYC will be cleaned from the inside out. Even the subways are getting a thorough washing. It's about time. Everyone is safe. Thank God we live on the 33rd floor. :D"

ken in sc said...

Cold wind and some rain here in upcountry South Carolina. We got stimulus money to make bike lanes all over our small town. It did away with on-street parking in front of our church and caused some people to get tickets. I have never seen a bike in the bike lanes. In fact I was behind a bike in the regular traffic lane and had to slow down to bike speed even though there was a bike lane right there. We have professional bike racers who use our roads and streets for practice.

raf said...

bagoh20 said...
What would happen if the power grid was dependent on wind and solar?


Everybody would be so used to intermittent power outages that a storm like this would be no big deal.

Methadras said...

bagoh20 said...

What would happen if the power grid was dependent on wind and solar?


even though I live in san diego, I have 3kwh solar panels on my roof. I also have a diesel/natural gas back-up generator as well. When all of san diego county got nailed with the big blackout earlier this year, I said enough and bit the bullet and did it.

Methadras said...

raf said...

bagoh20 said...
What would happen if the power grid was dependent on wind and solar?

Everybody would be so used to intermittent power outages that a storm like this would be no big deal.


That assumes that the substations don't go out. Many of them have. Go look at how electricity is delivered and transformed down to usable voltages for commercial and residential use. It's fascinating stuff.

raf said...

Methadras said: That assumes that the substations don't go out...

If you are accustomed enought to being without power, why you are without or how long you are without are relatively minor annoyances. Green power is just a way of acclimatizing you to disasters.

cokaygne said...

Not much here in downeast Maine. Windy, but not excessively so. Rainy, a total of about 2", but that's normal for a rain storm in the autumn and winter around here.

A lot of people in southern Maine (aka North Boston) lost electric power, but they still have their political power.

Nothing wrong with NOAA overstating the potential of a storm like this. What I positively cannot stand, and we can all blame Dan Rather for this, is the TV people standing on the beach and telling people that it is dangerous to be on the beach during a hurricane and they are getting in the way of first responders. HELLO???

cokaygne said...

Money spent on alternative energy went to hustlers and hucksters. Our beautiful mountains here in Maine are being covered with abominable windmills that will ship their power, if any, south to illuminate the Citgo sign.

cokaygne said...

Really worried about people who live on upper floors in Manhattan. How will the elderly get up and down the many flights of stairs to get the essentials of life?

Funny thing, after 9/11 I thought Manhattan was finished and it came back stronger than ever. Will Sandy be the coup de grace? Probably not! Say what you will about those impossibly liberal New Yorkers, they are tough.

cokaygne said...

Love to see how all those governors and mayors get out their in office casual dress and act like they are in charge.

It will be interesting to see the coverage that Bloomberg and Christie get. I think Bloomberg sees himself as America's Lee Kuan Yew, if only that pesky Constitution did not get in the way. Christie is America's answer, tellin' it like it us, Bro!

Sabinal said...

I stayed in (Hpt Roads, VA) live close to water but high enough to go out and have lunch and go shopping. But many main roads were closed due to flooding.

jr565 said...

Never lost power, and it didn't seem like it was that bad in my neighborhood. A tree in the garden out front did get knocked off and didn't fall into our window, so we got lucky there.
This morning we lost internet/cable service for about 5 hours. But other than that, not too bad.

Sabinal said...

John said..

Inland in Cleveland we have had cold wind and rain for two days. Power went out for a few hours so I fired up the generator that provoked so much humor from my neighbors when I bought it a couple years ago. He who laughs last still has frozen ice cream.

who laughs at people who get generators? Even with a simple storm power can be out for days, winter or summer. I need to save up for one.

Methadras said...

raf said...

Methadras said: That assumes that the substations don't go out...

If you are accustomed enought to being without power, why you are without or how long you are without are relatively minor annoyances. Green power is just a way of acclimatizing you to disasters.


If the green power is used to produce electricity on a regional level like our current infrastructure of gas/coal/nuclear power plants are, then they too have to pump that electricity through the current grid. If you are talking about individual home use green like solar and wind, then they are fairly immune to the intermittent of electrical grid fluctuations. Regional provided electricity vs. site point generated electricity. There is a huge difference.

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Crunchy Frog said...

A more important question is why did an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient God allow Sandy to topple my prized arborvitae?

Perhaps He doesn't prize it quite as much as you do?

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

William said...

I live in Manhattan. The upper east side did not lose power, but the post office has been closed now for two straight days. This will wreak havoc with my Netflix queue. I suppose there are others with worse problems, and I will face down this crisis with the quiet stoicism and courage that New Yorkers are famous for....Nearly all the Chinese restaurants are open so there is very little chance of widespread cannibalism. We're not in a Katrina situation, but half the island lost power and the subways will be closed for at least a week. Perhaps this will be a slow motion catastrophe.

chickelit said...

...the subways will be closed for at least a week.

Where will people eat instead?

Methadras said...

William said...

Nearly all the Chinese restaurants are open so there is very little chance of widespread cannibalism.


I hear that sharks have been swimming in the deluged streets of lower Manhattan. The Chinese could go fishing and you can get yourself some shark fin soup fairly cheap. :D

You are in the upper east side. You live anywhere near 2nd ave. and 72nd thereabouts? I used to live on the upper west side on 80th and columbus.

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