Hurricane Sandy approaches New York and all the authorities and media agencies are trying to keep everybody calm and inform them about what is happening next. Google launched its project called ‘Crisis Response Team’ created to track hurricane Sandy and to post updates and emergency information about the risks.
You can check the Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map here.
The Crisis Response Team also created a Map for New York City- go here.
According to the National Weather Service we will expect damaging winds today, especially this afternoon and evening.
High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 pm EDT Tuesday.
Locations: New York City and immediate suburbs, including urban Northeast New Jersey, Southern Westchester, and western Long Island.
Hazards: damaging winds of long duration.
Winds: east 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 75 mph, becoming southeast this evening.
Timing: through Tuesday afternoon. Strongest winds are expected this afternoon and evening.
Impacts: a significant threat to life and property exists. Damaging winds are expected. Winds will be capable of Downing trees and snapping off large tree branches. Power outages could be widespread and last at least several days. Debris will block some roads. Most poorly anchored mobile homes will be damaged. Other homes may have damage to shingles, siding, gutters and windows, especially if these items are not properly secured. Loose outdoor items will become airborne, causing additional damage and possible injury. Windows in High rise buildings could be broken by flying debris.
Dangerous conditions will occur today and tonight. Everyone should be moving to a place of safety. Once inside, ensure all windows and doors are secured before dangerous winds arrive.
During the Storm, stay inside and away from windows. Do not venture outside when high winds are occurring or during temporary lulls as flying debris can easily, and suddenly, cause serious injury.
Have a well charged cell phone nearby. Keep cell phone and internet communications as open as possible for emergencies. Be aware that the loss of commercial power can happen quickly. Keep emergency Gear handy.
Closely monitor NOAA weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast.