This time it was no hype. Sandy rampaged through New York, New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast. The damage has been enormous: more than a hundred dead, massive flooding everywhere, collapsed buildings, generator malfunctions in hospitals, multiple fires, city-wide blackouts and explosions in power plants.
This is the complete story of Sandy, one week later—a chronological timeline.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday is approaching. Not many people are taking it seriously, thinking it's going to be another false alarm like Irene. But NOAA and NASA have published this global view, taken by NOAA's GOES-13 satellite this morning, October 28 at 9:02AM EDT. It looks much larger.
Here's a close up on the northern hemisphere
Close up on North America
Update 1: Latest images of Sandy in action from 7:15am to 2:15pm EDT
Update 2: NASA just issued this photo showing Sandy hitting Cape Hatteras, Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay.
Update 3: Latest video from NASA/NOAA's GOES-13 weather satellite, showing hurricane Sandy's progression from October 16 to October 28 at 5:00pm EDT.
Update 4: Latest progress of hurricane Sandy taken by NASA/NOAA's GOES-13 weather satellite from 5:10pm EDT to 9:10pm EDT.
Latest image from NASA/NOAA's GOES-13 weather satellite, taken today at 9:10pm EDT.
Update 5: Last image taken at 10:25PM EDT
Update 6: Latest NOAA warning as of 11:25PM
THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A LARGE AND RECORD SETTING STORM, WITH WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE, INLAND AND COASTAL FLOODING, AND BEACH EROSION. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN AND WIND WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. AT THIS TIME, THE MOST LIKELY TIME FRAME FOR THE WORST OF THE RAIN AND WIND LOOKS TO BE MONDAY AND TUESDAY. THIS MEANS THERE IS STILL TIME TO PREPARE.
Update 7: A full day of Sandy. Time-lapse video from 22,300 miles, from 7:15am to 6:30pm EDT.
NASA animation by Kevin Ward, using images from NOAA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.
Update 8: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division is
taking action in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy"
Monday, October 29, 2012
Update 9: Full path of the storm till Monday, October 29, 12:40am
NOAA advisory at 2:00am EDT:
THE CENTER OF HURRICANE SANDY WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 35.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 70.5 WEST. SANDY IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 14 MPH...22 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE
NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TODAY...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE
WEST-NORTHWEST TONIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF
SANDY WILL MOVE OVER THE COAST OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES THIS
EVENING OR TONIGHT.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH...120 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SANDY IS EXPECTED TO TRANSITION INTO A FRONTAL OR WINTERTIME
LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM PRIOR TO LANDFALL. HOWEVER...THIS TRANSITION
WILL NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY A WEAKENING OF THE SYSTEM...AND IN
FACT...A LITTLE STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THIS PROCESS.
SANDY IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN AFTER MOVING INLAND.
Update 10: Latest NOAA warning as of 5:00am EDT:
AT 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE SANDY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 35.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 70.5 WEST. SANDY IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 15 MPH...24 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TODAY...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST TONIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF SANDY WILL MOVE OVER THE COAST OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES THIS EVENING OR TONIGHT.
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 85 MPH...140 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
Last image taken at 5:30AM EDT
Update 11: Latest NOAA warning as of 8:00am EDT
SANDY NOW MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD AND ACCELERATING... AT 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE SANDY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 36.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 71.1 WEST. SANDY IS NOW MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH...32 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER THIS MORNING...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST TONIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF SANDY WILL MOVE OVER THE COAST OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES THIS EVENING OR TONIGHT.