America continues to feel the effects of wild weather. Across the Caribbean around 60 people lost there lives as a result of Hurricane Sandy.but now it is the USA that will feel its force.
New York so often referred to as a city that never sleeps will be having a forced shut down. Its Public Transport system is being suspended as Hurricane Sandy approaches. It is expected to arrive Monday but the authorities are taking no chances.
At 23.00 GMT or 1900 local time today, October 28. public transport services will be suspended in New York. There will be no subway, train or bus links operating in the city. Schools will not be open tomorrow and many New Yorkers have been advised to leave the city. Evacuation orders shows the potential scale of the problem. It could so easily be a huge disaster. It may not be as bad as expected but who would want to chance that?
Across eastern States of the US various measures are being taken. For some authorities it has meant declaring a State of Emergency even ahead of the worst problems. A wintry storm damaging western States of the US will intermingle with Sandy creating what many have said will be a "Frankenstorm".
The Caribbean death toll has risen to 65. Sadly for Haiti 51 of the deaths occurred there. No stranger to disasters Haiti has once again been hit hard. Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba have suffered damaged crops, buildings, roads and bridges which will add further burdens on these already poor countries. People already had so little now many will have nothing. The death tolls in the Caribbean are expected to rise further.
The Pope has spoken on the Vatican radio saying, "In recent days, a devastating hurricane struck Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas with particular violence, causing several deaths and enormous damage, and forcing many people to leave their homes. I wish to assure you of my closeness and my recollection of those who have been affected by this natural disaster, while I invite everyone to prayer and solidarity, in order to alleviate the pain of the families of the victims and offer support to the thousands of people who have been hurt in various ways by the storm."
In the next few days there are liable to be many appeals for financial help for the victims of Sandy. Please give generously or whatever you can afford.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 6am
North Carolina was one place that was battered by Super-storm Sandy. There were others though. West Virginia and New York were battered by Sandy. All in all it is estimated that a fifth of all Americans have been affected. The storm's path was through the most densely populated areas of the USA. 13 people have been killed and there is a great deal of structural damage. One of the deaths is a woman in Toronto who was hit by flying debris. An alert at a nuclear power plant was a stark reminder of the dangerous game we play by using nuclear energy.
New York is blacked out now as it suffers the after affects of Sandy. Cold temperatures and no heating and lighting is a recipe for more problems. A New York hospitals has had to evacuate more than 200 patients. Subway tunnels are now under water. The latest from the BBC is, "An estimated 50 million people could be affected, with up to one million ordered to evacuate homes. At least five million people are without electricity."
A badly damaged crane in New York looks a potential killer. The 2012 Election presidential hopefuls have temporarily suspended their campaigns. Many flights to America from the UK are suspended. On a mercenary level Sandy will ht the American economy negatively in so many ways.
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The death toll has risen. It now stands at 17 although there could be more deaths. Sandy is now moving upwards towards Canada and further inland. This is having the effect of decreasing its power although North America is not out of the woods just yet.
A huge clean up operation will be underway during the following days and weeks. As citizens try to pick up the pieces many will be counting a huge cost. Loss of income will also hit many hard. Schools remain closed and for the second day the Wall Street stock exchange has not operated. This is an unprecedented closure. Those killed are from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, West Virginia, North Carolina,and Toronto, in Canada.
New York and Long Island have been declared a "major disaster" by President Obama.
19.00 GMT - According to the Independent the death toll is now at least 35. More Here