Update for October 2012


Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8am EDT - UPDATE after HURRICANE SANDY

I am safe but everyone around me is in trouble.  MOONACHIE, NJ - Hundreds of people are being evacuated after a levee broke in a northern New Jersey town early Tuesday.  The entire town of Moonachie and parts of Little Ferry and parts of Carlstadt (there is a section of Carlstadt on the east side of Hwy 17) are under water and as many as 1,000 people have to be evacuated.  People in a trailer park there had to climb onto their roofs to await rescue.  Moonachie and Little Ferry are on the east side of the airport.  One report says that the Hackensack River broke its banks.  Governor just was on the TV and said it was not a levee break but a burm? that the water came over.  All access to Manhattan is closed except the Lincoln tunnel which is open.


Monday, October 29, 2012 11pm EDT - UPDATE on HURRICANE SANDY

What a day.  Baltimore lab is without connectivity.  Teterboro lost commercial power so they are on generator.  Oh wait, but one generator failed.  Guess what.  It is the generator that provides power to the network equipment.  So you can not connect to anything from outside or get to anything from inside to outside.  Oh yuck.  

Power Pole confirmed snapped in Cherry Grove.  Bayview walk is under water to the east.  Most bay side homes all have flooding.  Here are some select pictures that I have acquired for you.  NYC - There is reported 4' of water in the tunnels in the east river.  2.5 million without power.  All roads into NYC are closed.



Monday, October 29, 2012 5pm EDT - UPDATE on HURRICANE SANDY

Update on the approach of Hurricane Sandy.  Hurricane is about to make landfall.  Mostly a wind event for me here at my apartment.  Not much rain at all.  Hopefully we will be fine and just get wind.  That will keep flooding down in my area.  Bad, Bad flooding out on Fire Island and along the coast which is not far.  Good thing the trees around here are well trimmed.




Monday, October 29, 2012 2pm EDT - UPDATE on HURRICANE SANDY

Update on the approach of Hurricane Sandy.  It is going to be a historic storm.  Picking up speed, now moving at 28mph.  Parked my car up on the curb so it should be nice and dry for it.  I am on the high side of the parking lot anyway.




Sunday, October 28, 2012 10pm EDT - UPDATE on HURRICANE SANDY

Latest from NOAA on Hurricane Sandy.  She is now moving at 18 mph and packing 90 mph sustained winds.  Here the wind has started to pick up but not bad yet.  Leaving here in another hour or two and headed for home.  Fire Island is getting hit hard.  It is just high tide now and there have water over the bulk heads on the bay side and 2 minor wash overs on the beach side.





Sunday, October 28, 2012 10pm EDT - UPDATE on HURRICANE SANDY

Here is an excellent website from NOAA/NWS which is interactive and fun to look at.  Still dry here but that will be changing soon.  This is really the calm before the storm so it would seem.  Off to bed so that I can get up early and monitor.  Have to head in to work in the morning and then will be out of there by noon headed for home.  Good thing I have a very short commute.


Sunday, October 28, 2012 5pm EDT - UPDATE on SANDY

Here is the 5pm update from NOAA.  They are talking about it on the TV and it's going to be bad.  Still has not started raining here but it's coming.




Sunday, October 28, 2012 2pm EDT - UPDATE on SANDY

Here is the 2pm update from NOAA this is only and intermediate advisory so not much has changed.  PATH trains will shut down at midnight and everything will be generally closed on Monday.  Wind to be up to 50 mph tonight and then getting worst after that.  Worse of it is Monday afternoon.  



Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:30am EDT - UPDATE on SANDY

The latest on SANDY.  They are saying that it could be worse than the 1938 Hurricane.  All MTA buses, subway and trains will start shutting down at 7pm tonight.  NYC schools will be closed on Monday.  HERE COMES SANDY....



Sunday, October 28, 2012 6am EDT

Here she comes.  Its the calm before the storm right now.  I think I am ready.  Since I have Poland Springs water, I have 5 gallon bottles so that was easy.  No lights, I'll just go to bed.  Should be interesting.  All of New Jersey is right in the solid path of Hurricane Sandy.  See the latest here from the national hurricane center.



Saturday, October 27, 2012 4pm

As Hurricane Sandy prepares to batter the region beginning this weekend, the Long Island Power Authority is urging Nassau and Suffolk County residents to prepare for power outages that could last seven to 10 days. LIPA officials said that flooding and damaging sustained winds from Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, are expected to impact service beginning Sunday, with the full brunt of the storm hitting the region on Monday and Tuesday. LIPA said its crews will begin performing damage assessments during and after the storm. MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said Saturday afternoon that the agency won't make a decision on shutting down transit until Sunday. ... MTA bridges would close if winds reach 60 mph, he said at a news conference.Across Long Island, county, town and city officials spent Saturday making final preparations for the megastorm, which forecasters said at its peak late Monday night and Tuesday morning could bring hurricane-force wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour and rain falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a State of Emergency for the county Saturday morning, and the Town of Islip ordered a mandatory evacuation for Fire Island to be completed by 2 p.m. Sunday. The barrier island requires early evacuation because of its limited transportation routes, said Joe Williams, commissioner of Suffolk County Fire and Rescue. Suffolk has requested additional state and federal assistance, including the National Guard, as it prepares for a storm that could rival any in recent memory. "The National Weather Service has advised us that this storm will go down as one of the top 10 in Suffolk County history," Williams said. Among the county's biggest concerns, Williams said, are water surges at local bays and rivers that could exceed 10 feet, potentially flooding streets and homes. "People need to take this storm very seriously," he said. ...  The storm is expected to cause major beach erosion and coastal flooding, especially on the western Long Island Sound and for the North Shore, with wash-overs from waves between 20 and 25-feet high, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton. ... "Whether you call it Tropical Storm Sandy or Hurricane Sandy, the impact is not going to change," he said. "This is a very dangerous storm that will rival a powerful nor'easter." Long Island should expect to feel the start of the storm late Sunday night with wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour, Stark said. By Monday evening, sustained wind gusts will reach between 60 and 80 miles per hour, he said. A hurricane is labeled as sustained wind gusts of 74 miles per hour, Stark said. ...

See full article here....... With Candice Ruud and Mackenzie Issler (Long Island Newsday)


Saturday, October 27, 2012 8am EDT

10/27/2012 7:59:59 AM ET - This is Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services with the following MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER. All persons occupying Fire Island must evacuate by 2 pm Sunday October 28th. This mandatory evacuation order is effective 8:00 am Saturday October 27, 2012, by the authority of Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone. For further information or shelter location visit http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-852-4900. 


I am in New Jersey where I will ride out the storm.  Off to breakfast soon.  Have to check a few supplies this afternoon but pretty much ready for the storm.  Have already made arrangements with staff working Monday and Tuesday for them to work from home.  Wish us all luck here on the east coast.


Monday, October 22, 2012 9:30am EDT

Back at work.  Feels like I have worked all weekend being at the retreat.  Smokey was happy to see me and enjoyed following me around the apartment.  Just unpacked and crashed at home.  Went out to dinner with Brandon once he got home from the city.  Had a nice dinner with him.  We talked and caught up on what was going on.  Wednesday we are going to Chorus Line so looking forward to that.


Sunday, October 21, 2012 8:30am EDT - Ossining, NY

Overall a good first day at the retreat.  Lots of good discussion and working with each other on how to further the goals of the organization.  Overnight was fun as many of us stayed up and chatted, played games or worked on the computer (me, me).  David is cooking again breakfast.  Not sure but I think he used to own his own restaurant.  He is really great in the kitchen.  I think I really was looking forward to this retreat because of his cooking.  Anyway, thanks David.  This should be a fun week coming up.  Wednesday we are going to see Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse.  A co-workers eldest daughter Jessica Lee Goldyn is staring in it.  Have already heard that the reviews were really great.  Foods up.  Later.


Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:30pm EDT - Ossining, NY

I am at a NYC PRIDE retreat at the Bailey Farms conference center in Ossining, NY.  Nice place up here.  Lot warmer than last year and not as wet.  Full afternoon of meetings, 1 break out session.  Now the team is getting dinner ready and I am staying out of the way.  We have some fabulous cooks in the group so the best for me is to stay out of the way and compliment them repeatedly.  


Monday, October 8, 2012 11:00 EDT - Leaving Fire Island

I am just about all packed up and ready to leave.  The beds are stripped and most things have been cleaned and put away for the winter.  Have to tackle the refrigerator last I think.  Doing a bit of computer work before I close down and pack this all away for the winter as well.  It has been an interesting summer out here.  Lots of various things going on but generally a good one.  I will be back at the same place in 2013.  Sad to see the place all put away in winter mode.  But all good things must come to an end.  Does not mean I have to be happy about it.  Just sad and reflective I guess.  The weather is sure saying to get out.  It's 50 here this morning and the birds are all headed south as well.  I am headed west.  To New Jersey that is.  Have a safe and fun winter everyone.