Massive Flooding Is the 'Worst Case Scenario'
Rain, high tides, giant waves could drench eastern seaboard
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 28, 2012 3:38 PM CDT
Jenny Lind and her dog Greta run away from a wave that comes up the beach as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md.    (Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said today. The more they look, the more the experts worry about the water—which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes. In this case, seas will be amped up by giant waves and full-moon-powered high tides. That will combine with drenching rains, triggering inland flooding as the hurricane merges with a winter storm system that will worsen it and hold it in place for days.

Given Sandy's due east-to-west track into New Jersey, that puts the worst of the storm surge just north in New York City, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey, said one expert. Another said Hurricane Sandy's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey may see water rise from 6 to 11 feet above ground from surge and waves, while the rest of the coast north of Virginia can expect 4 to 8 feet of surge. One federal agency issued flood watches as far inland as most of Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.

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Oct 29, 2012 2:48 AM CDT
Is there any plan in place if thousands of people cannot vote on the coast?
Oct 28, 2012 7:14 PM CDT
Of course hurricane Sandy is a real threat, and we should be concerned about all those in its path. But why add to the worry by bringing the full moon into it? Since when does the brightness of the moon have anything to do with the tides? Tides are affected by mass and gravity, certainly not by how much sunlight is reflecting off the moon's surface. So let's not add to the drama if we don't have to.
Oct 28, 2012 7:03 PM CDT
Remember when Mitt Romney called disaster relief immoral and wanted to privatize it?