Monday, October 29, 2012

Watching the Hurricane News - some links, and some surprising facts

Hurricane Sandy is giving the U.S. coastline a beating. 

There are stories and photos already coming out of the storm. Some people wish they had evacuated, and plan to get out of the area after the storm has passed. NPR has had great coverage today on the local radio station.

I think I will try to watch the news coverage on TV too. I hope everyone there will be safe. Lots of people on Facebook are starting to put prayers on and urge others to share their information and well wishes to anyone in the path of the storm.

President Obama has spoken to the nation again today, and told about all the good preparations the country is making. The National Guard (photo below) and FEMA is ready and prepared too.
Army Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, consults at the Pentagon on Oct. 29, 2012, with senior leaders guiding the National Guard's response to Hurricane Sandy as part of the federal, state and local team. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) (Released) Via The National Guard on Flickr.


I like it that the National Guard is posting photos on Flickr. It makes me feel better about the situation, knowing that trained people are prepared to help.

I listened to some news on NPR in the car today, on the way home from picking up some medicine at WalMart today. The wind here in Kentucky was gusty, but nothing like a hurricane.

NPR said on their program that some people were very nervous. They had not evacuated, and were all packed and ready to get out of their areas after the storm.They said that some people are very used to being in storms, but this time they didn't know what to expect.

The political news is going to take a back seat to news of this storm, NPR mentioned. Both campaigns are winding to an almost-stop, though Governor Romney still was doing a speech today. So, both sides will lose some media attention because everyone will be wanting to hear about Hurrican Sandy.

I was surprised to see that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington is still going to have soldiers guarding it even during the storm. I hope they will be OK.
Tomb Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - by DVIDSHUB on Flickr.
















Some flooding has gone into houses already, and some piers have been damaged. This reminds me of a pier I used to see every summer up in Wisconsin. One year it just vanished. Of course, it could have taken awhile. But water can surely wreak havoc with them.

Here are some articles I found this morning while checking on Facebook and Yahoo. I have a link her also to NPR, which also has up to the minute coverage.

Guards at Tomb of the Unknown to remain on-site during hurricane (via Yahoo News)

Sandy Wrecks large ocean pier at boardwalk of Maryland beach resort Ocean City (Yahoo News)

Via NPR: Tracking Hurricane Sandy: Handy Maps and Apps

I know many others will be watching Sandy very closely today and also tomorrow!

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And wouldn't you know it? Some people are having Storm Parties too. This party poster is from the Washington, D.C. area.
Photo from Glyn Lowe's Photoworks' Photostream on Flickr

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