Hurricane Sandy continues its path toward New Jersey and could potentially affect up to 60 million people. Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel is stationed in New York City and is posting regular updates on Twitter. At 9 a.m. ET on October 29, Cantore tweeted, “Sadly we may see parts of LaGuardia Airport runways and parts of the NYC subway system underwater with tonight’s high tide.”
One of New York City’s biggest concerns during Hurricane Sandy is water entering the subway system. Jim Cantore stated on TWC on Monday morning that the combination of today’s high tide, water rise and wave action could result in too much water for the pump system. NYC experienced a 4.4 surge during Irene, but Sandy’s surge will be at least two times higher, if not more. “This is the kind of storm that puts water underground,” Cantore stated on air on Monday.
Jim Cantore is The Weather Channel’s most popular meteorologist and a seasoned hurricane expert. On Sunday, he was forced off-air when his hotel was evacuated. He’s once again reporting on TWC and is back on Twitter. Below are a few of his most recent posts.
- “Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has a current surge almost 4 feet.”
- “Waves will exceed 45 feet offshore of Montauk Pt tonight.”
- “Never seen a hurricane force wind warning and shelter in place warning.”
- “Look for massive power outages from late today into tomorrow morning in the Tri-state area from Sandy’s relentless wind.”
- “Expect winds to gust in excess of 90 mph with historic storm surge for NYC by this evening.”
- “Sandy is on final approach into the Jersey Shore. Now at a record-tying all-time low pressure (946 mb). The worst is yet to come for NYC.”
- “We are underway with this historic storm. Water is rising quickly and will only come up more. Wind becomes a factor tomorrow. Be safe all.”
Jim Cantore reported live from Hurricanes Andrew, Bonnie, Fran, Georges, Gustav, Floyd, Katrina, Mitch and Rita. In 2011, he reported live from Battery Park as Hurricane Irene made landfall in NYC and flooded parts of Lower Manhattan. He later moved to Vermont to cover Irene’s after effects in New England. Jim is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, as reported at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, October 29, shows that Hurricane Sandy is accelerating and expected to produce a life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds, plus heavy Appalachian snows. Sandy is located at 37.5 N/71.5 W. Its maximum winds increased to 90 mph and its pressure dropped to 943 mb. The storm is currently traveling NNW at a speed of 18 mph.
On October 27, The Weather Channel announced that it would keep residents informed of the latest hurricane news through a variety of methods including TV, online, mobile, tablet and radio resources. TWC promises the most comprehensive coverage than any other news organization before, during and after Hurricane Sandy makes landfall. Because millions could lose power, The Weather Channel will also be available on radio.
The Weather Channel Online
Hurricane Central on weather.com is an online resource and one-stop shop for the most up-to-date news and information on Hurricane Sandy. In addition to the latest advisories, watches and warnings, Hurricane Central includes hurricane preparedness tips and historical data on past storms. The following tools can be found at Hurricane Central on weather.com.
Weather Channel Live stream: Complete TV coverage will stream live on TWC website 24/7.
- Hurricane Tracker Map: Track Sandy with the interactive hurricane tracker. The hurricane tracker includes storm details such as strength, location, wind speed, movement and pressure. Users can choose to view the storm in different layers, including previous, current and forecast paths.
- WeatherREADY: Users can find valuable WeatherREADY information and links to help prepare and keep informed before, during and after the storm, with a checklist of items to have on hand, tips for protecting your property, and more.
- Notify!: Subscribers to The Weather Channel Notify! service (www.weather.com/notify) will receive alerts by email, phone or SMS when severe weather warnings are issued in their area.
- Cover It Live: Hosted online live chats allow users to ask questions and get real-time severe weather updates and information directly from TWC experts, meteorologists, and local affiliates.
- Weather Underground: Watch Sandy live via the WunderMap, which features storm track and live video of Hurricane Sandy from local webcams.
The Weather Channel for Mobile Devices
Access the latest updates and severe weather alerts on The Weather Channel apps across smartphone and tablet devices. All mobile users will have access to severe coverage, Hurricane Central, The Weather Channel Social and more via weather.com on mobile browsers.
The Weather Channel Social Media
The Weather Channel has a special section on its website devoted to the latest hurricane chatter on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. The network also posts tons of updates on Sandy on Twitter at TWC_hurricane.
The Weather Channel on Radio
Because widespread power outages are expected from Hurricane Sandy, The Weather Channel is broadcasting live on radio. The Weather Channel Network can be heard on over 700 AM and FM radio stations across the nation. In New York City, WABC-AM News Talk 770 is a Weather Channel partner.
Sirius XM announced on October 26 that is airing The Weather Channel 24/7 on Sirius channel 184 and XM channel 1 through the course of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio (channel 106) will keep the nation’s truckers updated with information on highway closures and weather.
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