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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Gains Power And Aims For Northeast

Waves wash over the seawall near high tide at Battery Park in New York on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast. (AP/Craig Ruttle)

Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it “the worst-case scenario.”

The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500 miles from its center, is expected to blow ashore along the New Jersey coast tonight or early tomorrow. Combined with high tides and a full moon, it brings the fear of a huge surge of seawater.

The combined storm is expected to affect everyone from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, with up to 3 feet of snow forecast for the West Virginia mountains.

Airlines have canceled thousands of flights in the Northeast and air travel could come to a halt for at least two days. That has caused a ripple effect across the globe.

Get the latest on the track of Hurricane Sandy:

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  • Ed Kieser, Here & Now’s meteorologist at-large.

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    The rescue personnel will be kept busy enough dealing with people in
    areas that were not told to evacuate. Things happen, tree branches fall,
    people have medical emergencies, floods occur where they were not expected.

    Time for a new plan. Instead of telling people they will endanger rescue personnel if they don’t follow instructions to evacuate, tell them that the rescue personnel will not risk their lives trying to rescue people who did not follow directions. If you choose to take your chances, they should be YOUR chances.

  • Alfred

    Weather warfare is the use of weather modification techniques such as cloud seeding for military purposes.

    The Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques (Geneva: 18 May 1977, Entered into force: 5 October 1978) prohibits “widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage or injury”.[1] However it has been argued that this permits “local, non-permanent changes”.

    Someone ask the US military and DARPA as to what they are doing concerning the use of weather modification. Also is HAARP, their toy in Alaska part of this activity.

    .The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA)

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