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After the Storm – Monitoring Hurricane Sandy Damage Reports and Relief Efforts

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Sandy lived up to the hype and extensive rescue and recovery operations are underway this morning. We have updated the Hurricane Sandy Monitor to reflect this and to better track the relief effort. The monitor now tracks:

  • Hurricane Sandy – Any mention of the storm.
  • Power Issues – Around 7 million people are without electricity this morning and may be so for many days.
  • Disaster Relief – Discussions about the relief effort.
  • Donations Needed – Calls for assistance and support.
  • Casualties – Deaths and injuries related to the storm.
  • Damage – Any discussions about flooded areas, fires, etc.
  • Videos/Photos – Media related to the storm.

Subscribers will find the updated monitor on the main menu. Demo users can launch the monitor by clicking on the big green button below:

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Hurricane Sandy Live Streams – Widescreen Monitor

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Sandy is shaping up to become a truly dangerous storm:

“It’s going to affect millions and cost billions,” he said. The storm will cause flooding and power outages that could last for days or weeks.

The storm is an unusual combination of a tropical weather system with a cold air mass that Moss called a “truly historic” event and said would act more like a nor’easter than a hurricane.

Most jurisdictions in the area – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – declared states of emergency and set up shelters in anticipation of the storm.

The potential for deadly storm surge is of particular concern:

This afternoon’s 3:30 pm EDT H*Wind analysis from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division put the destructive potential of Sandy’s winds at a modest 2.8 on a scale of 0 to 6. However, the destructive potential of the storm surge was record high: 5.8 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed since 1969, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew. The previous highest destructive potential for storm surge was 5.6 on a scale of 0 to 6, set during Hurricane Isabel of 2003. Sandy is now forecast to bring a near-record storm surge of 6 – 11 feet to Northern New Jersey and Long Island Sound, including the New York City Harbor. This storm surge has the potential to cause many billions of dollars in damage if it hits near high tide at 9 pm EDT on Monday. The full moon is on Monday, which means astronomical high tide will be about 5% higher than the average high tide for the month. This will add another 2 – 3″ to water levels. Fortunately, Sandy is now predicted to make a fairly rapid approach to the coast, meaning that the peak storm surge will not affect the coast for multiple high tide cycles. Sandy’s storm surge will be capable of overtopping the flood walls in Manhattan, which are only five feet above mean sea level. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought a storm surge of 4.13′ and a storm tide of 9.5′ above MLLW to Battery Park on the south side of Manhattan. The waters poured over the flood walls into Lower Manhattan, but came 8 – 12″ shy of being able to flood the New York City subway system. According to the latest storm surge forecast for NYC from NHC, Sandy’s storm surge is expected to be at least a foot higher than Irene’s. If the peak surge arrives near Monday evening’s high tide at 9 pm EDT, a portion of New York City’s subway system could flood, resulting in billions of dollars in damage. I give a 50% chance that Sandy’s storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system.

We are rolling out a widescreen Hurricane Sandy Monitor to both subscribers and demo users as a public service. This monitor looks at mentions of the storm, discussions about storm surge, wind damage, flooding, causalities, warnings, and links to related videos and photos. Subscribers can access the monitor via the main menu now. If you are not a subscriber just hit the big green button below to launch the demo and access the monitor.

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Hurricane Issac – New Orleans Live Streams

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Covert Contact already has well over a dozen live streams dedicated to tracking Hurricane Issac and it’s impact but we’ve just rolled out a New Orleans Monitor to give subsribers even more insight into this storm’s impact.

This monitor can be found under the “Events” section and will track any mentions of New Orleans, discussions about flooding in New Orleans (the primary threat posed by Issac) and any discussions about injuries or deaths. Subscribers should have no problem staying dialed in on this storm with a 7 Column Hurricane Issac Monitor, 3 Column Hurricane Issac Monitor, and general Hurricane and Tropical Storm monitor all available this evening.

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7 Column Live Stream Monitor Launched for Hurricane Issac

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We could be looking at a pretty significant hurricane once Issac gets into the Gulf of Mexico. This has been a difficult storm for forecasters to pin down and that unpredictability continues this morning with some of the models shifting further west. Here’s the latest discussion from the National Hurricane Center:

THE TRACK FORECAST BEYOND DAY 2 HAS BECOME PROBLEMATIC. DYNAMICAL MODELS DEPICT THE CYCLONE MOVING INTO A BREAK IN THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE NORTH OF THE GULF COAST IN ABOUT 72 HOURS. HOWEVER THERE IS A LARGE SPREAD AMONG THE MORE RELIABLE TRACK MODELS. FOR EXAMPLE… THE ECMWF FORECAST IS ABOUT 300 N MI EAST OF THE GFS SOLUTION AT DAY 3. SINCE THE DYNAMICAL MODEL CONSENSUS HAS SHIFTED WESTWARD…THE OFFICIAL TRACK FORECAST IS MOVED A BIT TO THE WEST OF THE PREVIOUS ONE. THIS REQUIRES AN EXTENSION OF THE HURRICANE WATCH WESTWARD ALONG THE LOUISIANA COAST. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THERE IS GREATER THAN USUAL UNCERTAINTY IN THE TRACK FORECAST.

In short, nobody knows where Issac is headed. Everyone on the Gulf Coast should be paying attention to this storm. Luckily, we have just launched a new 7 column Hurricane Issac Monitor to help you do just that. This monitor features live streams tracking:

  • Any mentions of Hurricane Issac
  • Hurricane Warnings
  • Discussions about Hurricane Issac’s storm surge
  • Discussions about Hurricane Issac’s winds
  • Hurricane Issac damage discussions
  • Mentions of deaths or injuries related to Hurricane Issac
  • Mentions of the National Hurricane Center

If you want to know what’s happening – up to the second – with Hurricane Issac this monitor will do it for you.

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Tracking Issac as it Threatens the GOP Convention in Tampa Florida

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It’s to early to predict the path of what will likely become Hurricane Issac but the models are worrying. We have rolled out a monitor to track mentions of the storm, the national hurricane center, and its potential impact on the GOP’s convention plans. Subscribers will find it on their “Events” menu.

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Hurricane Ernesto Live Streams

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Ernesto is still a tropical storm but it is expected to be a hurricane, and in the Gulf of Mexico, in just a few days.

Covert Contact features a persistent global hurricane and tropical storm monitor in the “Weather/Environmental” section but we’ve added a dedicated Ernesto Monitor under “Events” since this one may impact the Gulf Coast.

This monitor tracks mentions of Ernesto, reports of damage, and updates from the National Hurricane Center – and includea a pretty cool interactive live weather map.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 100 topic monitors and 350 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.