Up for Debate: Sandy's impact

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:55am

One of the worst storms in the nation's history has hit the Northeast. Post your reactions to the destruction, the impact (both short-term and long-term) and the response? And while politics seem very trivial at such a time, the country is still in the last week of an election. How might Sandy affect the election?

 

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134 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 10/30/12 at 3:27

Let's see, Willard at one time planned to toss FEMA along with NPR as I recall.

Of course, he has since rethought that ill conceived notion, at least until the election is over according to reports.

Perhaps he will change his mind once again after the emergency passes.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 5:13

Personally, I believe it's in poor taste to politicize this storm, but you know that's exactly what is going to happen. People are dead, millions are without power, millions (perhaps billions) in property damages...there were some that thought this storm was media-overhype...a sad commentary on the state of our society.

So far, I've been able to get in touch with family and friends in the northeast, so that's a big relief, but the storm isn't over, neither are the threats. My thoughts are with all that have been affected.

Here's a novel idea, let's put aside are petty political BS for one day and instead focus on what we all have in common, and how that in the worst of times, we are able to come together as a nation. That's part of the best about the U.S. and I think it would do us all good to see that side again.

What say you?

By: parnell3rd on 10/30/12 at 5:25

The left is politicizing the storm the same way they blamed Pres. Bush for hurricane Katrina. This gives the national liberal media (including local NCP) cover for not covering the Lybia attacks that left 4 American's dead.
Where was the national media and the President when 27 people died in Tennessee 2 years ago? They don't care about us. Where was the national media and the President when Kentucky had a ice storm? Where was President Obama when wildfires were in Texas? He rufused FEMA money to Texas.
How convienent to forget that.
Fema was the idea of President Carter. What did we do before then? We seemed to have made it without gov't assistance.
Yes the weather event on the east coast have already taken lives and this is very sad. I will continue to pray for my fellow American's as they prayed for us 2 years ago.

By: yogiman on 10/30/12 at 5:45

Politics are politics, regardless of the weather situation, and weather situations are situations that changes every day.

I have been accused of being a racist for my accusation of Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama is in our White house illegally. I suggest you read an post by a young black man on 'Barack Obama'.

www.patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%ATopic%A5976463&xgs=1xg_source=msg_share_topic/

Listen to what a true black American has to say about the situation.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 5:51

(flush)

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 5:51

Yeah...so much for that idea...some people are so set in their bias...to hell with 'em.

[click]

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 5:57

GREAT OPTION: Just click or flush stupid comments away!

By: govskeptic on 10/30/12 at 6:09

Since daylight has just begun in the East, isn't it a little premature to be assessing
anything other than this was a huge storm covering a wide area? Being that
it affected the Media center of this country, it will of course, be the biggest ever.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 6:13

gov - Maybe you should check the internet!

By: Kosh III on 10/30/12 at 6:20

We should finally get serious about global climate change and take actions to slow it down and mitigate the many dire consequences which cannot be avoided.
A major push to get away from coal, oil and gas and into solar, wind, geo-thermal and especially fusion.
A long-term plan to move our vulnerable cities onto higher ground. Yes! Move New Orleans, Miami, Manhattan and other areas. No matter how high we build a barrier/levee, it won't be high enough--just ask Opryland Hotel.
Conservation and energy efficiency should also be pushed.

We've only got one world and we should take care of it instead of crapping on it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 6:33

g, I thought that would be a good idea....

(sigh)

Kosh, I agree that we need to get serious about climate change.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 6:34

g, I'm glad your family is accounted for. The cleanup in the aftermath is going to be huge. It's going to be days before the power is back on in some areas.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 6:55

Talked with a friend in Alexandria, Va, they are all safe but have had lots of rain & very high winds. Trees down and damages are wide spread, also in DC.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 7:01

Glad they're ok, bfra.

By: yogiman on 10/30/12 at 7:09

gdiafante,

You can call my arguments about your man Barry s being biased. I call your support of him ignorance.

How can you be considered ignorant? Well, simply because you're so willing to accept someone as your president whom you have no idea who in the hell he is.

And by the way, check out his ancestors, gdiafante. For all of you Obama admirers to look for a racist, look in the mirror.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 7:09

Thanks Blanket! Still checking on others, but so far all are ok.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 7:10

(flush)

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 7:27

My daughter has been put on standby to go into the effected area. I am proud of hat she has chosen as a profession, but I am fearful that she could be going into such a dangerous place.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 7:28

[click]

Thanks guys. Yeah, I thought it was a good idea too, again, sad commentary on the mentality of some. Life is much greater than being on a political side. I find it quite sad for those so completely defined by that criteria.

Anyway, I'm glad that yours are ok, bfra. Blanket, I've read estimates of about $45 billion to rebuild. Some of that is the lost commerce due to transporation, etc. It's still quite incredible.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 7:29

Nemo - If she does go, my prayers go with her.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 7:32

There are plenty of report coming in about the from all news sources.

By: bfra on 10/30/12 at 7:36

Nemo - Gov. must not be able to read!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 7:42

We are feeling just the edge of Sandy and we are being disrupted by the wind. West Virginia and Virginia are facing blizzard condition. Up state NY and Pennsylvania are receiving the weaker Sandy, but never the less damage. Just considering the size of the area, I wonder if the 45 billion will be enough.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 7:44

Thank bfra. I pray that she and other First Responders every day.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 7:45

It's preliminary, nemo, I'm sure that once the storm plays out it will be revised.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 7:51

I wonder if that cost includes the lost of money from people stranded from home and work? The ripple effect to me is just outstanding.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 7:53

From what I read, it was divided between property damage, cleanup and commerce lost. I'll try and find the link for you.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 7:54

Here it is...

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-losses-estimated-at-45-billion/

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 7:58

The lost commerce on Wall Street alone is enormous.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 7:59

Nemo, I hope your daughter stays safe and good for her for going.

By: gdiafante on 10/30/12 at 7:59

Yeah, both DC and NYC were shut down completely, not to mention air traffic for the entire NE. That alone would be devastating...

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:00

As I drove through the mountains yesterday, I was thinking how difficult it would be if there was two feet of snow fell hard it would be to get east to west. The cost of transportation would rise. The after effect is staggering.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:05

Thanks gdia, I will read it ina little bit.

Blanket , she is only on stand by. I hope they won't send her because she being so new.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:07

I see that Loner has not check in yet. I hope things are good for him and his family.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 8:19

I'll keep my fingers crossed, Nemo.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 8:20

Hurricane Sandy has brought chaos and destruction to the US with gale-force winds, flooding and power outages. In West Virginia and Tennessee rain fell as snow over the mountains.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9642614/Hurricane-Sandy-blankets-West-Virginia-and-Tennessee-in-snow.html

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:21

After I had left for the N C Sunday, there was another contractor I know, who was sent to Rode Island. They have not heard from him.

By: Kosh III on 10/30/12 at 8:24

"The lost commerce on Wall Street alone is enormous."

You mean the crooks won't have another chance to wreck the economy like they did with the Bush Recession in 2008?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 8:25

Yikes, Nemo. :(

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:30

I just hope it is because of the lack of communications Blanket. I hope they offer him a lot more to go than it was worth.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:34

They are reporting that 80 to 100 homes burnt in Queens, during the storm.

By: yogiman on 10/30/12 at 8:48

Everything else aside, Nemo, your daughter can get some fast "educational experience" on her new job. Good luck to her and I hope everything goes well for her.

Now, back to the old routine.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 8:50

(FLUSH)

By: yogiman on 10/30/12 at 8:52

Well, it's been 5 years now; has any of you figured out what Obama meant in 2007 when he made the remark, "The day I'm inaugurated the Muslim world will look a America differently."

Are they? In what manner?

By: Loner on 10/30/12 at 8:54

Good morning, Nashville.

We weathered the storm quite well. It was not too bad in my area....we lost power for a couple of hours...just as I was about to plug into the generator, the power came back on...perfect timing. It did rain like hell.

Lots of leaves on the ground, but all the nearby trees look upright.

Gotta go and wash my hound dog...the dog wash was closed last week, so "BuddY is going for another ride to where he hates to go....it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.....later!

By: budlight on 10/30/12 at 8:56

: Kosh III on 10/30/12 at 7:20
We should finally get serious about global climate change and take actions to slow it down and mitigate the many dire consequences which cannot be avoided.
A major push to get away from coal, oil and gas and into solar, wind, geo-thermal and especially fusion.

Kosh, have you actually stood in a field next to a wind farm when those windmills are turning. The noise will drive you nuts.

And here's my question: If there are hundreds of thousands of these windmills all over the land, what do you think that wind stirring up will do the the atmosphere?

Now you all are saying "global climate change". What happened to "global warming". Tell West VA about that joke.

We need to use oil that we get from the U.S. - not the middle east. And yes, do some moderate alternative fuels, but when that whole things kicks in with full force, the cost will be terrific to the consumer. They won't be able to fuel their homes or cars. But who cares? These politicians and posters will probably be dead from old age.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 9:15

bud says, "Kosh, have you actually stood in a field next to a wind farm when those windmills are turning. The noise will drive you nuts."

Can't be any worst that budlight flapping her jaws and speaking of nuts...she is.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 9:18

bud say, "Now you all are saying "global climate change". What happened to "global warming". Tell West VA about that joke."

West Virginia says, “We never had a blizzard like this, at this time of year and budlight is a drunk.”

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/12 at 9:21

The sign to your new business blew down, bud, You know the one that points to The Hoe Down.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/12 at 9:22

LOL