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Google’s ‘Crisis Map’ Merges Hurricane Sandy Info Into One Place

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” Google is once again being proactive when a natural disaster strikes: Its crisis map is pooling Hurricane Sandy data to inform visitors about the hurricane’s path, emergency shelters and crowdsourced YouTube videos. If you want to track where Sandy is heading in the next 48 hours, Google’s new layered map is a good place to start. It collects info from the National Hurricane Center, the American Red Cross and its own YouTube videos to let us know the latest details on this powerful storm. For instance, you can see where Sandy currently is swirling and where it will be traveling in the next two days. A button called Forecast Track overlays a path of Sandy’s projected landfall. “

SANDY AND STORM SURGE POSE
‘WORST CASE SCENARIO’

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  ” The projected storm surge from
Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case
scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly
populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday. The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water -which usually kills and does moredamage than winds in hurricanes.

  In this case, seas will be amped up
by giant waves and full-moon-
powered high tides. That will
combine with drenching rains,
triggering inland flooding as the
hurricane merges with a winter
storm system that will worsen it and
hold it in place for days. “

The Board Is Set; The Pieces Are Moving

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” Hurricane Sandy’s barometric pressure dropped from 960 millibars at 5am EDT to 951mb at 8am, and new convection is appearing around the center. The lessening of wind shear, and the influence of the warm Gulf Stream waters underneath Sandy, are having the expected effect: deepening of the low pressure at the storm’s core. Meanwhile, the wind field continues to expand, to historic proportions. Sandy is now the largest hurricane in Atlantic history, with its tropical storm-force winds having a diameter of more than 1,000 miles! “

Today is the Day to Prepare

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” Hurricane Sandy was briefly downgraded overnight to a tropical storm, then was re-classified as a hurricane this morning when a reconnaissance airplane found hurricane-force winds. It continues to look ugly on satellite, and might be re-downgraded to a tropical storm later today. Again, none of this matters. This temporary weakening trend was and is expected. It doesn’t (yet) suggest that the models are wrong, or that Sandy will underperform its forecasts (as Irene and Isaac did). That might happen — there’s always the possibility that models are wrong — but we have NO EVIDENCE to suggest that yet. As Bryan Norcross wrote yesterday, “Either every model is wrong or this is serious as a heart attack.”

Please read Norcross’s whole excellent post from last night, and understand that — distracting noise about downgrades and “hybridization” aside —Sandy remains a deadly serious threat, including to hyper-vulnerable New York City. “