Truth or Fiction… New York Flood Risks Rise

Monday September 10, 2012

“New York is moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

… the city is second only to New Orleans in the number of people living less than four feet above high tide — nearly 200,000 New Yorkers, according to the research group Climate Central.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/nyregion/new-york-faces-rising-seas-and-slow-city-action.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120911

Thursday September 10th, 2015

“It started the previous Thursday when a powerful but unremarkable storm brewed off the west coast of Africa. By Saturday the U.S. Weather Bureau had issued a hurricane warning for Orlando and Daytona Beach, expecting a category two or possibly three storm to hit on Wednesday.

“But on Tuesday afternoon the storm turned north east toward Bermuda and abnormally warm water fed the damned thing,” Reyes said. “Winds increased to a category five 170 miles per hour, then around midnight it changed direction again. Contradicting all the modeling, it turned due north and picked up forward speed. By 1:00 a.m., the hurricane warning was changed to cover Delaware, New Jersey, and possibly New York, but that didn’t give them much time to wake people up and evacuate.

“The eye of the hurricane passed a few miles west of Manhattan at around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Wind speeds had abated somewhat as the storm passed over cooler waters, downgrading it to a category 4 but speeds of 150 miles per hour were recorded as it made landfall. Of course, damage from the wind itself was nothing compared to the storm surge.”

George Reyes stopped pacing. He paused, shaking his head slightly at the memory.

“Please go on,” Ayden said.

“Well… the surge coincided with a high tide, reached a height of twenty feet. A mountain of water flooded into New York.

“The financial district in lower Manhattan was submerged, as was Brooklyn, Long Island City, Queens, and JFK Airport. Manhattan’s subway system flooded, as did the Lincoln tunnel.”

George stopped again. He looked through Ayden.

“I lost two friends. And a second cousin. The death toll was eventually tallied at 14,841. And it wasn’t New Orleans this time, it was the Big Apple. In a way, it was like 2001 all over again.”

…read more in INTERVENTION by WRR Munro

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