Hurricane Sandy – Wild is the wind

DRIFTERS  I GOT  SAND IN MY SHOES

Hurricane Sandy – Wild is the wind

This week’s storm showed American crisis management at its best, yet raised questions about long-term planning

Nov 3rd 2012 | NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, DC

THE southern tip of Queens was the worst hit part of New York. Waves tore apart boardwalks, and swept through streets, causing floods more than five feet (1.6 metres) deep. Cars floated onto lawns. As the waters retreated, they left behind urban sand-dunes. A fire, started by the storm, destroyed more than 110 homes in Breezy Point. Across the city, at least 22 people lost their lives during the night of October 29th-30th, out of at least 50 Americans known to have been killed by the storm. At least 70 people were killed by it in the Caribbean.

Hurricane Sandy, at 900 miles across the largest tropical storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, hit New York and New Jersey especially hard, though damage was done in much of America’s north-east. That the loss of life was not far greater (a hurricane that hit New England in 1938 killed up to 800 people) owed much to the emergency response of the authorities, with Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg to the fore. They were ably supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), partially offsetting its ignominy in New Orleans in 2005. Yet the storm exposed vulnerabilities in the infrastructure of the self-styled capital of the world, which will need to be addressed before an even stronger hurricane blows its way, as sooner or later it will.  [ read more]

DEAN FRASER…IN CHINATOWN

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