3D artist Andy Gilbert created this neat webpage that sheds a new light on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City's Manhattan skyline. Click through and check it out!
Roll call is falling short over at the New York Aquarium. According to a statement released yesterday by the Wildlife Conservation Society, some of the aquarium's fish collection were lost as a result of flooding and power outage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Death by flood in an aquarium. ... huh. On the upside, it reported that "walruses, sea lions, seals, sea otters, sea turtles and sharks are all fine."
In an appearance on this morning's Fox and Friends, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was asked about a potential visit to the state by Mitt Romney. Christie was pissed:
"I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. ... I've got a job to do here in New Jersey that's much bigger than presidential politics. ... If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."
Governor, you're doing it right.
(Skip to 2:15 for the good part.)
Remember Michael Brown, the former head of FEMA who pretty much failed at everything possible during Hurricane Katrina? Here's what the local radio host had to say about President Obama's handling of Sandy, in particular his decision to hold a press conference Sunday, before the storm made landfall:
Here's my concern: People in the northeast are already beginning to blow it off. ... [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg has shut down the subway... [launched] evacuations. ... I don't object... they should be doing all of that. But in the meantime, various news commentators... [and others] in New York are shrugging their shoulders, saying, "What's this all about?" It's premature [when] the brunt of the storm won't happen until later this afternoon.
My guess is, he wants to get ahead of it -- he doesn't want anybody to accuse him of not being on top of it or not paying attention or playing politics in the middle of it. ... He probably could've had a little more impact doing it [Monday].
Be sure to note the music. From The Week:
In 1938, for instance, a category 3 hurricane left 600 people dead in New England. During that ferocious hurricane, also known as the Yankee Clipper and the Long Island Express, the Empire State Building reportedly swayed with wind gusts, and 60 people in New York City alone were killed, says Oren Yaniv at the New York Daily News. Unlike Sandy, 1938′s powerful storm came "without warning," says History.com, and "was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic."
In this strangely compelling historic video of the storm, winds whip New York City residents braving the streets, power lines throughout New England lean and dangle precariously, and flood waters crash into seaside homes, engulfing what looks like a trolley in one of the region's cities.