Hurricane Sandy is headed for the east coast, and it is estimated her wrath will be felt over an area more than 800 miles wide. Fifty million people, mostly along some of the most populated real estate in America, are being threatened by the superstorm that meteorologists and the press have already dubbed “Frankenstorm”.
FEMA Administrator Graig Fugate warned:
“The time for preparing and talking is about over. People need to be acting now.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already called for low lying areas of Manhattan to be evacuated, and, as of this evening, all subways, buses and trains in the city would stop running. The entire New York school system would be canceled for Monday.
“If you don’t evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you. This is a serious and dangerous storm.”
Millions of people from Delaware to Massachusetts are under emergency orders with several Governors declaring a state of emergency. Sandy is expected to merge with a major storm coming in from the west and a cold front moving in from the North. Added to the high tide along the shore that will be present when the storm arrives, Sandy can create some of the worst conditions the east coast has seen in recorded history.
Power companies are expecting that millions will be left without power in the storm’s wake. Federal officials are not just worried about the damage to coastal areas as inland all the way to Ohio may experience torrential rains and flooding.
Sandy was at Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds, about 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 575 miles south of New York City.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie returned from campaigning for Mitt Romney to lead disaster relief efforts in his State. New Jersey is expected to be ground zero for the advancing storms. New Jersey’s casinos will be shit down for just the fourth time in State history.
“I can be as cynical as anyone. But when the storm comes, if it’s as bad as they’re predicting, you’re going to wish you weren’t as cynical as you otherwise might have been.”
Stay tuned to The Inquisitr for continuing coverage of the “Storm of the Century.”