Biggest threat from Frankenstorm: Too much water

Oct 28, 2012 by Seth Borenstein
A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP)—Meteorologists and disaster experts say water is what worries them most with the upcoming monster storm, spawning from Hurricane Sandy.

They said Sunday that water threatens the most lives and is likely to cause substantial property damage. They fear storm surge amped by waves and the . Up to a foot of should trigger inland and flash flooding.

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says the storm's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey can see water rise up to 11 feet above ground from surge and . The rest of the coast north of Virginia can see up to 8 feet of surge. New York will close its subways starting Sunday evening.

He says millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.

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freethinking
1.2 / 5 (17) Oct 28, 2012
Progressives love this storm. Now they don't need to worry about anyone reporting on Obama and Benghazigate. How it looks like Obama gave the order NOT to send in Help, lied blaming a video almost no one saw on the attack.

Remember everyone, in Watergate no one died, yet the media investigated the story. In Benghazigate 4 people died, yet the media is covering for Obama.
MrVibrating
5 / 5 (9) Oct 28, 2012
Yes, i hope everyone gets through this OK too..
Caliban
3.2 / 5 (5) Oct 29, 2012

Progressives love this storm. Now they don't need to worry about anyone reporting on Obama and Benghazigate. How it looks like Obama gave the order NOT to send in Help, lied blaming a video almost no one saw on the attack.

Remember everyone, in Watergate no one died, yet the media investigated the story. In Benghazigate 4 people died, yet the media is covering for Obama.


Nah, freithinking,

This Progressive, at least, really enjoys watching you confirming yourself as a smarmy, lying, how-low-can-you-go jackass.

Not that there has ever been any real doubt.

But --just in case.

CapitalismPrevails
1 / 5 (5) Oct 29, 2012
Regarding the storm, lets just hope it turns out to be a torrential rainstorm like last year instead of a real hurricane.

Whether you left or right, this storm is a very convenient distraction to cover for the Obama regime.

kochevnik
4 / 5 (5) Oct 29, 2012
Progressives love this storm.
Yes the hurricane is a conspiracy to keep the black man in the office and put Dixie in it's place!

Or is your god sending you a message? If so maybe you should trade up.
Deathclock
4 / 5 (5) Oct 29, 2012
Progressives love this storm. Now they don't need to worry about anyone reporting on Obama and Benghazigate. How it looks like Obama gave the order NOT to send in Help, lied blaming a video almost no one saw on the attack.


Rush Limbaugh parrot, just heard this from my coworkers radio... Shut the fuck up no one wants you to post here, ever. I'm sick of the partisan politics on this site and I'm sick of the fucking creationists too. This is a science website, not a debate forum or a place to whore your nonsense.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (6) Oct 29, 2012
This is a science website,

That's news to those who run this site.
rubberman
4 / 5 (3) Oct 29, 2012
Progressives love this storm. Now they don't need to worry about anyone reporting on Obama and Benghazigate. How it looks like Obama gave the order NOT to send in Help, lied blaming a video almost no one saw on the attack.

Remember everyone, in Watergate no one died, yet the media investigated the story. In Benghazigate 4 people died, yet the media is covering for Obama.


Yes, I hear all the progressives in the Northeast US/east coast states are having a massive wet t-shirt contest to celebrate the diversion from "real" issues....

The progressives in the west are banking on the Yellowstone super volcano diversion next month and have a marshmellow toasting planned....

Who celebrated the 9/11 diversionary disaster?