Skip to comments.Hurricane Sandy Is Being Compared To The Worst Hurricane Ever To Hit New England
Posted on 10/28/2012 6:10:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In an effort to get residents to wake up and pay attention to Hurricane Sandy, the governor of Connecticut just said that Sandy might be as bad was the worst hurricane ever to hit New England--the hurricane of 1938.
The 1938 hurricane hit Long Island and then moved on to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, killing 600-800 people along the way.
The hurricane was so devastating that several shore communities simply disappeared, along with the people who lived in them. Providence, Newport, Hartford, and other cities were hit with severe flooding (see below). And the death toll was made worse because no hurricane warnings were issued: Forecasters expected the hurricane to turn east and proceed out to sea.
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The ‘38 storm was a Category 5, as opposed to this Category 1 storm. How did they ever survive without the TV weathermen standing on every beach hyperventilating about the storm?
They have done this hyping of minor storms so often along the Gulf Coast that people take their warnings with a large grain of salt....making it more dangerous when there really is a significant storm.
The winds of Sandy are just strong enough to keep Benghazi off the front page. That’s how strong Sandy is!
The more they hype this, the less attention people are going to pay. They’ve been at this for over a week now, first it was the “storm of the century” then the “perfect storm” then “frankenstorm” with big wind, massive flooding, extended power outages, end of the world, bla bla bla - every day the information changes and for some the storm will be nothing but a little rain and wind event. For my part of the world it started out with 110 mph winds - now we’re down to 40 - 70 mph. Forecasters should be ashamed of themselves for constantly over hyping weather events. Even the slightest rain storms have now become Noah get the Ark ready events, it’s absurd.
I usually don’t buy into this kind of thinking but with SO much at stake in this election...
Not sure about that having been a cat 5 storm, Cat 3 probably but the fact remains it was a doozy according to my father in law who lived in Providence at the time. They had zero warning BTW.
My guess is the airways will be filled with this storm info over the next week in an effort to push any reference to Bengazi off the news.
Sandy is not the 1938 Long Island Express...it’s much closer to the Halloween 1991 “perfect storm” when Hurricane Grace was absorbed into a Canadian low-pressure system. The difference is, Sandy is several hundred miles further southwest and about to hang a hard left into the New Jersey coast and then slow down, whereas the ‘91 storm beat the hell out of Nova Scotia and gave George Clooney a chance to make a movie.
It’s not Andrew or Katrina but it’s going to be a major flooding event both seaside and inland, made worse on the coast by full-moon tides. And then throw in that it’s probably going to unload two feet of snow in the Appalachians in southwestern PA down through the high country of NC. And, tropical storm winds 300+ miles out from the center of the storm. I don’t know how bad the loss of life or property damage will be, but there’s going to be a lot of flooding and a lot of power outages at least.
This is different from a mere hurricane. This is a hurricane with a ‘nor-easter inside it. That is what the fuss is about. Either type storm is dangerous alone, but together it spells disaster.
I’m right on wrong side the Long Island Sound. I hope they’re wrong.
My father in Mass. remembers being hunkered down in the house while it went over the farm, battering the buildings and destroying huge trees. To this day the sound of wind whistling around the house makes him nervous.
nobama, his feckless minions and “progressives” have already done more damage to Free America than any storm. Why no headlines about that this week?
Are they going to cancel any democrat related events because of it? There is already talk of canceling the election NINE F-ING DAYS AWAY. (Happy, Guvnuh PURRRRR-due?)
I am still suspicious of how the NOAA was HUNDREDS of miles off with that hurricane that canceled one day of the Republican National Convention. Seriously, have they EVER acted so stupidly, been so incredibly off?
They have to hype every windy rainstorm to keep the viewers wiewing and the ad buyers buying. Is Jim Cantore still going out and standing in front of swaying traffic lights? I recall too that Gunga Dan Rather got his start by standing out in the rain somewhere in Texas many years ago. The more things change...
Agreed. That is what happened with Hurricane Hugo, the one that swept inland NC/SC hundreds of miles when it combined with a very large inland storm (’mid-latitude cyclone’ according to my astronomy professor) that reenergized it.
Ummm... It’s a frikkin’ Category 1. It’s barely worth noting ‘til it’s a 3.
Weather folks are PROMOTING it to be the “Worst Ever”. Can only compare after “results” are seen.
Early in the Summer there was some report that Weather Channel and others needed to regain their stature by promoting storms into EPIC storms and even going so far a naming Winter storms.
Yes, its only a Cat 1 but its very slow moving and hundreds of miles wide. The winds and rain hit here in Newport News this morning and the worst isnt expected to hit until Tuesday. We already have flooding in some areas.
Theres more to a hurricane than wind.
So - a Cat 1 is worse than a cat 5?
or it this a convenient WAg-the-Dog provided by nature - push the Traitorous/CRIMINAL Benghazi action off the radar?
A lot has come out - thanks to FOX - but I suspicion we haven't even seen the tip of the ice burg. Why the refusal for a rescue? WAs the attack a planned/coordinated ‘attack’ to take ‘a prisoner’ that could then be heroically ‘rescued” - and the POS CIC touted a hero? Only the Amb’dor got trapped and asphyxiated. WAs a dead Amb’dor not calculated on, leaving a last minute panic/scramble - not able to pin it on their collusionists who might squeal - so a panic straw man scenario of “VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO” -
‘bozo's momma should read him some proverbs rather then sending him off to 4 am Koran lessons.
First Proverb: “Oh what tangled webs we weave when...”
correction “bozo’s momma should HAVE read him...”
That's why some of us are referring to this storm as 'Hurricane Benghazi'... :-)
You said it, Moose. What makes this storm particularly troublesome is the storm surge and higher than usual high tide during the full moon. Here in New Jersey they’re evacuating the barrier islands along the entire length of the state — mainly because the 5-10 foot storm surge (and that doesn’t include the waves themselves) may be a record storm surge and will likely cover much of the Jersey Shore with several feet of water.
Some of you don’t get it. The major problem here isn’t the wind, it’s the flooding. I am in danger of losing my house.
The three houses next to me have no chance of surviving without at least very major damages. Depending on which end of the tide ranges being predicted I will have either no damage or major damage.
And then we have one idiot talking about the wrath of God. Unbelievable.
“I am in danger of losing my house.”
Same here. We live directly on a creek. Our deck is actually built over the creek. Our old house was built in 1813 and was a grist-mill so it has been time-tested.
I’m extra worried about this storm and have spent the last week prepping. We’re still repairing damage from last year’s battle with Irene & Lee! Still have many bridges and roads out in our area (upstate NY) from last year.
It’s gonna be an interesting few days. Stay safe.
There is a lot of problems with this storms. There will be thousands of trees down. With them the power will go down. People will be without power for a few days to over a week. It gets cold at night, and there is a potential to have a cold front come through in that time.
There is the ability to flood as you said.
Many people don’t understand that not ever storm needs to be as powerful as Hurricane Katrina to create a lot of destruction. Thankfully it won’t be that powerful. Hurricane Irene created a ton of flooding in Vermont, and even in Ct it took over 2 weeks to restore power in many areas. It was a massive “cluster”. Luckily for New England that was when it was still warm. They are not so lucky this time.
I know that. I lived in Va Beach for near 10 years. I also know the hurricanes over ocean don’t get much more powerful when the water is colder than over a warm source.
I’ll wait and see. Sandy passed by our coastal area in SC where we were warned to tie everything down, “be prepared for high winds”, heavy rains, local flooding, yada, yada. We saw some gray clouds pass over. Experienced dangerous wind gusts of 16 mph, and the birds still came to the bird feeder. And not ONE DROP of rain. Yeah, it was really epic here. My point is, there’s a storm and we know where it’s headed (for days now). But let’s pronounce it an epic storm of the millennium AFTER it happens. Give out real info not media hype. Nobody is believing this stuff anymore...and that could be the most dangerous part of this storm that is YET to happen.
Then you know wind isnt the only danger.
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