posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 06:47 PM
The concern in the Metro areas is manyfold...yes buildings are not all built to codes for hurricane resistance...but the building issue becomes
projectiles. Think loosened street signs; garbage cans; terrace flower pots; glass from blown out windows. Add in the storm surge (possibly at high
tide) on already saturated grounds and THAT is where the flooding concerns come in.
Last week, in Pittsburgh, there were two back to back heavy thunderstorms (typical heavy summer storms mind you NOT hurricane level rain production).
The ground was already saturated from storms earlier in the week...and coupled with aging infrastructure (sounds like NYC, Boston, Philly) four inches
of rain turned intop a raging current, in moments of nine foot deep water. In a matter of minutes...a major highway, Washington Boulevard in
Pittsburgh's Highland Park neighborhood became a river nine feet deep. Four people died (a mom and her two little girls in their submerged minivan)
and a woman literally swept from her vehicle in the torrent.
What sewer system could handle a storm surge on already soddened ground.
Floods and flying debris will be the killers I fear. Seriously, if you are of faith send prayers (or good thoughts) to those in harms way.