posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 11:34 AM
While I'm not trying to hype fear in any kind of way, I've gone through 9 hurricanes in my life, all living in South Florida. I can assure you,
there is plenty for people to worry about with this storm.
Here are some things to consider about Sandy...
1) Winds grow exponentially more powerful the higher up in elevation you go during a hurricane. Last I checked, NY and Jersey were full of buildings
that are absolutely going to experience what the effects of this are like, especially with floors above 10 stories. There's also a good chance that
debris will be carried high enough to smash a lot of windows.
2) The streets of NY and Jersey are going to act like wind tunnels, funneling very strong winds into the area. If you've ever stood on the side of a
building and then the back of a building on a windy day, you'll know that the vortex of wind created on the backsides of the buildings is going to be
3) The structures in NY and Jersey are in some cases, hundreds of years old with only minor renovations to keep them standing. When water is driven by
wind, it is going to find its way into every crevice in places where people did not think water would find. Mold and rot are quickly going to find
their ways into homes everywhere.
4) The housing all throughout the cities in that region are not built for hurricane "code" like they are down south. In Florida, after hurricane
Andrew, regulations were passed that forced builders to build to "hurricane spec", which means that glass (at a minimum) has to be able to withstand
sustained winds of over 100mph. This is not the case in much of the Northeast.
5) Nobody has ever experienced a hurricane with a storm that is cold enough to require heat after the storm has passed. With no power in the region
(guaranteed this will happen), that will mean no heat for a lot of people about to get hit by a mild winter blast. This will wreak havoc on the
No matter how you cut it, it's bad, but please don't down play wind speed as a reason to think this is being overly-hyped. There are millions of
people at risk, more so than any other hurricane in existence, so there is a lot of potential for lost life and suffering of many people, and we
should all be as compassionate and helpful as we can.