'Frankenstorm' could wreak $1bn in damage on US east coast
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Friday 26 October 2012
Federal and local authorities, along with utilities across the north-eastern United States, are gearing up for a visit from a Halloween weather monster dubbed the ‘Frankenstorm’ that could inflict $1bn worth of damage as it brings gale-force winds, heavy rain, costal flooding and possibly snow next week.
Forecasters predict that a confluence of weather events could blast the area as early as Sunday, with the densely populated New York and New Jersey region currently projected to be hit the hardest. The coming together of Hurricane Sandy, which caused at least 21 deaths as it swept over the Caribbean, and an early winter storm from the west, buffeted by a blast of cold arctic air from the north, could leave the coastal region wreathed in rain and snow all the way up to Halloween on Wednesday.
The bad weather could travel as far inland as Ohio. The New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, said residents should keep a close eye on TV and radio for warnings about the storm. “I have directed state agencies and New York’s emergency operations personnel to begin preparations,” he said.
Upstate, officials in Greene County were reported to be deploying generators as they prepared for power outages. In Connecticut, parts of which were devastated by Hurricane Irene earlier this year, Governor Dannel Malloy said: “Although we are not certain the storm will impact the state, we need to be prepared.”
Meanwhile, power companies were making sure they had enough staff on hand to deal with the likely fallout. The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co put its workers on standby as it made plans to bring in additional out-of-state crews, according to The Associated Press, while the Potomac Edison pore firm in Maryland has begun denying holiday requests. Similar moves are afoot at other utilities across the region. Storm-preparations were also reported to be underway at oil refineries along the Atlantic seaboard.
National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Kocin said the storm could be a record breaker. “[It] has the potential to have about as large an impact as anything we’ve ever seen,” he told the Los Angeles Times, adding that the coming storm “definitely has the potential for at least $1bn” in damage.
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks, Raisa and a new twist in the saga of a horse fit for a Prime Minister
Israel-Gaza conflict: Palestinian death toll now exceeds 500 – but Israel fights on
Income tax league: Revealed - the UK towns where people pay the most and least tax
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Blogger captures footage ‘showing BUK missile launcher that shot down jet’ now back in Russia
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...
Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...
£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...
£100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire