October 27, 2012 – CLIMATE – Tropical cyclone Sandy revved back up to hurricane strength on Saturday as it churned toward the U.S. northeast coast where it threatens to become one of the worst storms in decades. The late-season storm has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” by some weather watchers because it will combine elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm and is forecast to reach the U.S. coast close to Halloween. Forecast models show it will have all the ingredients to morph into a so-called “super storm.” Governors in states along the U.S. East Coast declared emergencies on Friday, with officials urging residents to stock up on food, water and batteries. The U.S. Navy ordered all ships in the Norfolk, Virginia, area, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out to sea to ride out the approaching storm. “We’re expecting a large, large storm,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Environmental Prediction. “The circulation of this storm as it approaches the coast could cover about the eastern third of the United States.” Sandy battered the Bahamas southeast of Florida on Friday after causing widespread destruction in eastern Cuba a day earlier. The storm was expected to crawl northward on Saturday and Sunday and then turn toward the U.S. coast. Sandy’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for 58 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 11 in Cuba. Most were killed by falling trees and building collapses. On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday somewhere between North Carolina and southern New England, forecasters said. The storm has the potential to cause widespread power outages and to unleash flooding and even dump snow as far inland as Ohio. It also threatens to disrupt air travel along the U.S. East Coast. At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), Sandy was about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and packing top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It had earlier dropped just below hurricane strength but little overall change on strength was expected ahead of its anticipated U.S. landfall early next week, the Miami-based Hurricane Center said. The storm picked up a little forward speed overnight but was still moving slowly over the Atlantic at 10 mph. The massive storm has continued to grow in size with tropical force winds extending 450 miles from its center, government forecasters said. In New York City, officials were considering shutting down the country’s largest mass transit system because they were worried the storm’s impact could cause flooding or high winds that might endanger subways and buses. Much of Florida’s northeast coast was under a tropical storm warning and storm warnings and watches extended up the coast through most of South Carolina and North Carolina. Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which jut out into the Atlantic, vacationers in large camper trailers and motor homes streamed off the barrier islands. Many forecasters are warning that Sandy could be more destructive than last year’s Hurricane Irene, which caused billions of dollars in damage across the U.S. Northeast.
Potential for power outages for weeks.
The northeastern U.S. will feel the brunt of Hurricane Sandy as it churns north this weekend, but huge chunks of Canada are expected to take a hit as well.
“As many as 23 million Canadians stand to be affected by this storm,” said meteorologist Mark Robinson at the The Weather Network. “That’s 70% of the country.
Tropical cyclone Sandy revved back up to hurricane strength on Saturday as it churned toward the U.S. northeast coast where it threatens to become one of the worst storms in decades.
The late-season storm has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” by some weather watchers because it will combine elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm and is expected to reach the U.S. coast close to Halloween.
On Saturday , Environment Canada said southern and eastern Ontario and western Quebec will be hit by the heaviest rainfall, possibly reaching between 50 to 100 mm by Tuesday.
The agency said heavy rain could also affect parts of the Maritimes and possibly turn into snow over parts of south-central Ontario and western Quebec as temperatures near the freezing mark north and west of the storm.
Normally, large hurricanes like Sandy hit Canada’s east coast the hardest, clipping the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
But meteorologists say a high-pressure system over the Maritimes will likely block Sandy’s advance and push it into the mid-Atlantic states on late Monday or Tuesday.
“One of the reasons Sandy is making news is because it could be hitting some of the most heavily populated areas in Canada and the U.S.,” said Robinson.
South of the border, the storm threatens torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before U.S. presidential and congressional elections.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cancelled a rally scheduled for Sunday evening in Virginia Beach, Virginia, while Barack Obama’s re-election campaign announced that Vice-President Joe Biden had also cancelled a Saturday trip to that city.
“Sandy has the potential to bring significant storm surge into major cities, like Manhattan. In a worst case scenario, New York City could be inundated with up to three metres of storm surge water. That would put some of the most valuable real estate on the planet under water.”
Environment Canada saod powerful winds will also affect central and western Quebec and gusty winds can also be expected in the Maritimes.
On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday somewhere between North Carolina and southern New England, forecasters said.
The storm has the potential to cause widespread power outages and to unleash flooding and even dump snow as far inland as Ohio. It also threatens to disrupt air travel along the U.S. east coast.
Sandy has been blamed for 41 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 11 in Cuba. Most were killed by falling trees and building collapses.
— with files from Reuters
By Agence France-Presse
Friday, October 26, 2012 18:27 EDT
Forecasters warned Friday that the impact of a so-called “Frankenstorm” generated by Hurricane Sandy could exceed that of Irene, which killed 47 people on the US eastern seaboard in 2011.
Sandy is moving northwards from the Bahamas parallel to the US coast, but weather models predict that on Tuesday it will collide with cold fronts from the north, super-charging the weakening storm while drawing it west onto land.
“Compared to Irene, we expect much broader surge impacts. Same thing with the wind,” said James Franklin, branch chief of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center during a telephone news conference.
In August 2011, Irene battered the US mid-Atlantic states with heavy rains and winds, leaving entire towns underwater and claiming dozens of lives.
Areas in North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Vermont were particularly hard hit. The cost of the damage was estimated at more than $10 billion.
Franklin said the difference between a typical tropical cyclone and what Sandy is likely to become once it merges with the wintry storm is that there will be “a very, very large area with a more uniform wind field.”
“In Irene, large portions didn’t have thunderstorms, so winds didn’t come down. That’s not going to happen here.”
Louis Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, warned Sandy could also be more powerful than the so-called “Perfect Storm” in October 1991 that killed 13 people.
“To some extent this has some similarities surrounding the ‘Perfect Storm,’” he said, adding that Sandy involves “a stronger tropical system up front.”
And he added, “in the ‘Perfect Storm,’ the snow event stayed separate,” while Sandy is predicted to merge with the cold weather systems.
Postponement would work in Obama’s favor
Paul Joseph Watson
October 26, 2012
The huge ‘Frankenstorm’ set to hit the northeast coast before Halloween threatens to cause widespread disruption – but could it serve to delay the election and stall Mitt Romney’s momentum going into the final days of the presidential campaign?
Hurricane Sandy was recently downgraded to a category one, however, as IB Times reports, “Computer models are predicting that Hurricane Sandy will meet up with another storm system, which could produce the grave “perfect storm” that could potentially devastate the North East Coast.”
Experts are predicting that the “Frankenstorm” could “become the worst to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years if current forecasts are correct.”
On the face of it, Hurricane Sandy is likely to be more of a concern amongst the Obama camp. For a start, if it does make landfall it’s almost guaranteed to hit areas on the coast where Obama is dominant.
Furthermore, a recent poll conducted by Ipsos for The Weather Channel found that Mitt Romney supporters are more likely to vote in bad weather.
“Among registered voters, those who plan to vote for Obama are more likely than Romney voters to say that bad weather conditions would have a significant or moderate impact on their getting to the polls (28 percent vs. 19 percent),” the survey found.
However, the hurricane is also set to impact key swing states where Romney is seen as having momentum.
Due to Obama’s greater focus on having his supporters vote early, others have pointed out that bad weather on election day could be disastrous for Romney.
“Obama has been effective at getting voters to vote early, so anything affecting turnout on Election Day is likely to be bad news for Romney,” John Hudak, a governance studies fellow at Brookings, told U.S. News & World Report. “It would certainly set up a benefit to the president if a natural disaster did interrupt voting.”
If the storm is anywhere near the scale of Hurricane Katrina, the presidential election would almost certainly have to be postponed, which would only work in Obama’s favor given that Romney is currently riding high in the polls.
If the hurricane brings destruction and devastation, Obama will undoubtedly seek to exploit the opportunity to grandstand as a leader and protector, affording him the at least a taste of the kind of revered status enjoyed by President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bernie Rayno is predicting ”power outages and flooding” as a worst case scenario that could disrupt early voting in some states.
“That could have an impact even a week later depending on how bad the storm is,” Rayno added.
Yahoo News is speculating that the hurricane could be the “October surprise” many have been waiting for – an unforeseen event could provide an election twist because “some power outages could last into Election Day.”
“The storm is so wide that it will likely bring severe conditions to an area inhabited by 66 million people, including parts of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, and Connecticut,” writes Scott Bomboy.
Some are even speculating that the hurricane could be artificially steered in order to impact the election.
The fact that weather weapons are used to manipulate meteorological conditions for public events is now common knowledge.
As far back as the 1960′s, the U.S. government had the technology to steer hurricanes, according to weather modification expert Ben Livingston, who briefed President Lyndon B. Johnson on the effectiveness of weather control activities and helped oversee their use during the Vietnam war.
“In the 1960s, a national priority of our government was hurricane control,” Livingston told the Midland Reporter Telegram. “Silver iodide is used as a nuclei that causes raindrops to form. The original hypothesis is that if you get enough rain or cool air into a hurricane you can diminish its velocity and strength. When I left the military in the 1960s, we had the ability to do that, and reduce wind velocity in hurricanes by 25 percent and damage caused by a hurricane by 63 percent.”
Watch a documentary below in which Ben Livingston talks about his top secret work to weaponize the weather.
By Shepard Ambellas
October 26, 2012
VIRGINIA — Mitt Romney cancelled one of three campaign stops this Sunday in reaction to the recent weather threat presented by hurricane “Sandy” which is predicted to affect parts of the eastern seaboard, thus stopping Romney from appearing at the Virginia Beach rally he had previously scheduled.
President Barack Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy during a conference call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center, and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, are seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Meanwhile, President Obama has already been briefed on the storm as of late Wednesday and east coast residents are urged to monitor local weather reports for what is being called a “super storm”.
With Sandy’s wide wind field of 550 plus miles merging with a polar air mass over the eastern US, things could get pretty rough.
The storm also has the potential to bring massive amounts of rain and snow.
An excerpt from the New York Times reads, “The storm is also expected to dump as much as 10 inches of rain in the area where it makes landfall and to create a significant storm surge that will lead to flooding throughout a large coastal area, perhaps most seriously in Delaware, forecasters said.
“We expect a long-lasting event — two to three days for most people,” said James Franklin, branch chief of the National Hurricane Center in a conference call on Friday. It is, Mr. Franklin said, “a very large system.”
On Friday morning, the hurricane tore through the Bahamas with 100-m.p.h. winds, after killing at least 28 people in the Caribbean. By noon, the system was moving north out of the Bahamas, as a Category 1 storm, with wind speeds of 80 m.p.h., Mr. Franklin said.
The hurricane is likely to turn northeast late Friday or Saturday, roughly parallel to the Carolina coast, forecasters said.”
This storm looks like it has the potential to knock power out in regions of the eastern US as most American’s are unprepared and will be blindsided by such an event.
Not to mention how a possible transportation shutdown could affect the economy.
Reuters reads (regarding the storm), “Its structure is evolving as we speak because it’s interacting with this weather feature at higher levels of the atmosphere,” said Todd Kimberlain, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
“The models are suggesting that the storm could actually become better organized or intensify a little bit, not due to the normal processes than we would expect for a tropical cyclone but more related to this weather feature,” Kimberlain said.
On its current projected track, government forecasters said Sandy could make landfall early next week anywhere between Virginia, Maryland or Delaware up through New York or southern New England.
In New York City, the global financial hub, officials were considering closing down mass transit before the storm hits.”
If mass transit shuts down in New York and other areas because of a “super storm” things could get hairy as people are already on the edge in many ways.
The US government has forecast warnings that hurricane Sandy will be more violent in nature then last years Irene.
The White House released the following statement on the 26th of October entitled, Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy reading:
“This morning, President Obama convened a call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on Hurricane Sandy and ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continues to move toward the United States mainland.
The President directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that all available federal resources are being brought to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the eastern seaboard as they prepare for the severe weather.
Impacts from the storm could be felt as early as this weekend, and FEMA is in close contact with state and local partners as the storm approaches.
At the request of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to assist efforts as state and local partners prepare for the storm.
Because of the potential for significant power outages, FEMA is encouraging state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President asked his team to continue to ensure there were no unmet needs and to keep him regularly updated on weather forecasts and hurricane preparations.”
FEMA has also made the following announcement:
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, continues to closely monitor Hurricane Sandy located in the eastern Caribbean Sea about 85 miles south-southeast of the central Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and remains in close coordination with state emergency management partners in Florida and the potentially affected southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states.
With hurricane season lasting through November 30, FEMA stands prepared and ready to support state, local, tribal and territorial partners in responding to storms. The agency has a federal coordinating officer and staff that are currently in Florida working previously declared disasters. They continue to work closely with the state on recovery operations.
Regional Administrators and other senior officials in FEMA’s regional offices along the East Coast have been in contact with their state counterparts in order to ensure coordination for any emergency response. FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are on alert for potential deployment to states in order to help with coordination, should emergency response assistance be needed or requested. At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories, including Atlanta, Ga. and Frederick, Md., if needed and requested.
“As Hurricane Sandy proceeds closer toward southeast Florida, residents should listen to local officials for updates and follow their instructions,” urged FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As the storm moves northward, it serves as a reminder that we all need to be prepared for severe weather. Now is the time to update your family communication plans, check your supplies, and stay informed. A hurricane isn’t a point on a map – it’s a big storm and its impact will be felt far from the center. FEMA is in contact with states and tribal governments and stands ready to support their preparedness efforts.”
According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, Sandy is now a Category 2 hurricane expected to produce storm conditions along the east coast of Florida tonight and Friday. Also, rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are possible across the Florida Keys into southeast and east-central Florida. Tropical Storm watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service remain in effect in southeast Florida. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for Florida east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach and Lake Okeechobee. A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for the Florida east coast from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach; for the Florida Upper Keys from Ocean Reef southward to Craig Key; and Florida Bay.
FEMA urges residents in potentially impacted areas, including the Florida Keys, southern Florida peninsula to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news, monitor for severe weather updates and warnings, and follow instructions of local officials. State and local officials make determinations and announcement about evacuations, and if local officials give the order to evacuate, leave immediately. While the exact track of the storm is uncertain, according to the National Weather Service, storm conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy may impact additional states throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast early next week.
While tropical storms are unpredictable, those in the possible path of the storm should be preparing. If you haven’t done so already, take the time now to put together a family emergency plan and emergency kit. Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio; flashlight and extra batteries; and First Aid kit. Having a kit can help you weather the storm.
Everyone should familiarize themselves with the terms that are used to identify a severe weather hazard. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
We urge coastal and inland residents to be familiar with flood and flash flood terminology and safety tips:
Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous. Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Remember – turn around, don’t drown.
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if local officials give notice to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Watch: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Flash Flood Warning: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
More information about what to do before, during and after a disaster can also be found visiting ready.gov and listo.gov. FEMA Applications for mobile devices are also available visitinghttp://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app. Sharing information using social media tools is also a good way for residents to stay informed. Follow FEMA online at http://blog.fema.gov,www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”
America, already in turmoil, does not need the added problems of a “super storm” to weigh in on an already dire situation.
Shepard Ambellas is the founder & director of theintelhub.com (a popular alternative news website), researcher, investigative journalist, radio talk show host, and filmmaker. Follow Shepard on Twitter/NotForSale2NWO and on Youtube.com/user/NotForSale2NWO, please feel free to checkout SHADEtheMotionPicture.com (An Ambellas & Bermas Film).
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