October 29: Hurricane Sandy by the NumbersWe look back at the progression of the Frankenstorm that has devastated the East Coast.
“370,000: People ordered to evacuate parts of New York City, from Coney Island to Battery Park City, where experts predicted storm surges might range from six to 13 feet. The city also cancelled school for more than one million students and turned the lights off in 468 subway stations.” Read More
October 30: Kiteboarder Rides Through Sandy“We had a crew of professionals on hand launching and landing Rob Douglas, a two-time world record holder, Outright Worlds Fastest Sailor, and world champion. The safety support team involved myself (World Champion, Kitesurfing Athlete of the Year) and Alex Aguera, a legendary Waterman from the north shore of Hawaii with over 20 years of experience in extreme conditions.” Read More
October 31: Trouble on Coney Island“After sticking out Hurricane Irene, Maksim Charnyy didn't think Sandy would be any different. Ignoring mandatory evacuation orders, he stayed in his building with 70 or 80 percent of the other residents. And then the water came.” Read More
November 2: Drinking Through a Disaster“After wandering to a bar in Sandy's aftermath, Jason Diamond was reminded of the best parts about living in New York.” Read More
November 2: Waiting for Someone to Call“My guide, Chris Padden, a Long Island wilderness search-and-rescue team leader, leaned out of his Ford F-150. ‘You guys need a chainsaw? I got a chainsaw.’ ‘This guy’s got a chainsaw!’” Read More
November 2: Helicopter Rescues During Hurricane Sandy“Two Coast Guard helicopters searched for and saved 14 of 16 people who bailed on the HMS Bounty, a three-masted replica ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. The men had to brave 18-foot waves while hoisting people up from life rafts. Members of the NYPD rescued at least one child and five adults off the roofs of homes in Staten Island.” Read More
November 5: A Walk Through Freeport, Long Island, With a Fisherman“We’ve had patrols here from police and the National Guard. But they can’t be everywhere. Who knows when this is all gonna be put back? It could take months.” Read More
November 5: The Science Behind Sandy“So, as far as this storm went, just because of how huge the wind field was, it ranked number two in all of the known IKE cases that we have of U.S. landfall.” Read More
November 7: Dot Earth’s Andrew Revkin on Lessons Learned From Sandy“The reality when you look at New York’s Hurricane history and the East Coast’s history of hurricanes is that this is a city that despite it’s wealth and sophistication has been complacent to an implicit risk: the risk of inundation from storm surge.” Read More
November 8: Sandy—and Cholera—in Haiti“You’re going to have people suffering from hunger. Mostly, we are witnessing displaced people. People who lost their houses and everything they had. That adds more pressure. You’re going to see the government spending money on relief efforts—money that could have been spent in this situation.” Read More
November 8: Far Rockaway, Global Disaster Zone“The scene in Far Rockaway could certainly have passed for any global disaster zone, so perhaps it shouldn’t seem strange that Doctors Without Borders had arrived to do exactly what it does in crises around the world, from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Banda Aceh, Indonesia. But this was the first time in the organization’s 40-year history that MSF did its work on American ground, on the devastated periphery of the most powerful city in the world.” Read More
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