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Sandy... The Legacy

Hurricane Sandy – The Aftermath

Now the work begins. News from late October/into November 2012:  “A swirl of thunderstorms in the Caribbean, which is a notorious breeding ground for October hurricanes, is expected to coalesce into Tropical Storm Sandy and possibly intensify to hurricane strength as it moves toward Jamaica, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas by Wednesday and Thursday. But it's what could happen after that that has some weather forecasters pondering some rather bizarre scenarios — think if a hurricane and nor'easter mated, possibly spawning a very rare and powerful hybrid storm, slamming into the Boston-to-Washington corridor early next week, with rain, snow, damaging winds, and potential storm surge flooding. Several computer model runs have shown a slingshot scenario, in which Tropical Storm (or hurricane) Sandy initially moves out to sea east of North Carolina, but is captured by the jet stream and flung northwestward into the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast." (Source: Huffington Post)

Hurricane Sandy was all of this and much, much more.  The storm grew to be one of the top five most destructive storms to strike the United States in the past 100 years, with sustained winds of 60 plus MPH, gusts to over 90 and a storm surge of more than 12 feet in some coastal areas. 

The storm moved so slowly that it battered some of the most populated areas in the country through three high tide cycles and flooded areas that had never before flooded in anyone’s living memory.  Lives were lost and tens of billions of dollars in property and infrastructure resulted, with many buildings totally destroyed.   Weeks after the storm more than 40,000 homes and businesses were still without power and many were uninhabitable. 

More than any natural disaster event in the past four decades, Sandy has opened the eyes of the American public and their elected officials to the possible impact of climate change -- and the power of nature’s brute force when aimed at the nation’s most populated cities.

What does it all mean and where will the experience take us?   This Hot Topic section will present the facts, air the debate and post the reports sure to come -- on such things as the  lack of preparedness of public and private sector entities, suggested remedies, preventive steps, and the strong  leadership examples of  very competent public officials.  And now, the work of rebuilding begins.

Should structures and infrastructure be rebuilt "where it was," or, should the region's leaders take this moment as a window of opportunity to harden coastlines and better protect vulnerable parts of the land areas to better withstand the powerful storms of the future?  Who will pay for the rebuilding?  What are the impacts going to be on business owners and residents?  Stay Tuned -- we will bring you  information you need to know  in this Hot Topic.

Latest on Sandy... The Legacy

November 15, 2017 Hurricane-ravaged dioceses still suffering, US bishops say

Source: National Catholic Reporter

BALTIMORE — The people of Puerto Rico are still in "a state of emergency" after Hurricane Maria, while some residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are showing signs of post-traumatic stress after living through two storms this late...

November 13, 2017 Nearly 7 weeks after hurricane, more than 50% of Puerto Rico power generation offline

Source: Ars Technica

With more than 50 percent of the grid offline, previously-connected Puerto Ricans have been living off generators or solar panels for nearly 7 weeks, or they live without power.

November 10, 2017 Millions Of Puerto Ricans Just Lost Power Again After A Line Repaired By Whitefish Energy Failed

Source: BuzzFeed

A major Puerto Rican power line repaired by the tiny Montana company Whitefish Energy failed Thursday morning, plunging almost all of the island, including parts of San Juan and other major cities, back into darkness.

October 31, 2017 Puerto Rico Cancels Whitefish Energy Contract, FBI Reportedly Investigating

Source: Fortune

Ricardo Ramos, CEO of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), announced Sunday the agency will cancel its contract with Whitefish Energy after the company “finish(es) what they started.” The announcement comes a day...

October 30, 2017 The Rebuilding Years, Post-Sandy

Source: NY Times

Five years after New York City’s deadliest hurricane in modern history, rebuilding continues — one stick, one brick, one life at a time. We spoke with residents in New York and New Jersey whose lives were upended by Hurricane...

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