Sandy brings blizzard conditions to West Virginia:
I know NYC got hit hard but for the most part this storm was over hyped as "death storm 2012" and there would be massive power outages in the NE for the next year or so etc.
NYT called out city’s flood-protection problems in September
Someone's drinking a 17 ounce soda? Where? Call the cops.In a prescient New York Times article in September, scientists warned that New York City could become paralyzed for a month or more if a storm...caused significant flooding.
This passage, flagged by Reuters' Felix Salmon, stands out in particular:
Consolidated Edison, the utility that supplies electricity to most of the city, estimates that adaptations like installing submersible switches and moving high-voltage transformers above ground level would cost at least $250 million. Lacking the means, it is making gradual adjustments, with about $24 million spent in flood zones since 2007.
What's the difference? The people stacked on top of one another 40 stories high in an unsustainable environment and one dedicated to loses far beyond any other occurrence. Were they normally distributed across the geography there would be less dead, less damage and less havoc in general.
All-in-all humanity just needs to learn the lessons ol' Ma Nature is trying to teach. Don't live on an ocean coast, don't live below sea level where there is a channel to the ocean, don't try to stack them selves higher than the average human is willing to walk stairs daily.
As the population grows so does the stupid and the results will continue to be higher and higher costs.
I was just talking to my sis up in Central Jersey and they were told not to expect power back on till the middle of next week.
She said it's nuts trying to go anywhere with all the traffic lights out, people are acting like dicks.
I told her, "hey, it's Jersey!" It's a good thing they can't get guns easy there or it would be a blood bath by now.
Or New York...
Latest report I heard on New York is the 11th or so when they expect to get the majority of the power turned back on.
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