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Hurricane Sandy (18L) Damage Report; Remnants Still Visible Over Eastern USA – November 1st, 2012

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November 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 31st, 2012

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy (18L) can be observed over the USA in this image, stretching from the south to the northeast to the midwest. Many states were impacted by the storms.

High winds and waves washed sand onto coastal roads in southeastern Florida. The storm left power outages across the region. North Carolina was spared from major damage through the late evening hours of October 28, though winds, rain, and inland snow could affect the state through October 30. Several highways were flooded, and a state of emergency was declared in 24 western counties due to snow and strong winds.

On October 29, snow was falling in parts of the state of Virginia. Virginia was awarded a federal disaster declaration. At Sandy’s peak, 200,000 customers were without power, and in Northern Virginia where most of the outages occurred 92,000 customers were still without power on 30 October; the local utility intended to restore full service by 1 November.

West Virginia was also declared a federal disaster area, due to abnormally heavy snowfall. In Kentucky, the most impacted area was the Eastern region of the state where as much as eight inches of snow fell as Sandy merged with a cold front.

In Maryland, at least 100 feet of a fishing pier at the beach resort of Ocean City was destroyed. Several bridges were closed, and I-68 in far western Maryland and northern West Virginia closed due to impassable roads from heavy snow. Multiple vehicles are stranded on the interstate and the National Guard was sent out to help. Workers in Howard County, Maryland tried to stop a sewage overflow caused by a power outage October 30. Raw sewage spilled at a rate of 2 million gallons per hour. It was unclear how much sewage had flowed into the Little Patuxent River.

In Delaware, which was also declared a federal disaster area, rainfall at Rehoboth Beach totaled 6.53 inches inches by early afternoon, with nearly 7 inches at Indian River Inlet and more than 4 inches in Dover and Bear. At 4 p.m., Delmarva Power reported on its website that more than 13,900 customers in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore had lost electric service as high winds brought down trees and power lines. Delaware Route 1 is now closed by flooding from Dewey Beach to Fenwick Island.

In New Jersey, a 50-foot piece of the Atlantic City Boardwalk washed away. Half the city of Hoboken is flooded. In the early morning of October 30, authorities in Bergen County, New Jersey, are evacuating residents after a berm overflowed and flooded several communities. Police Chief of Staff Jeanne Baratta says there are up to 5 feet of water in the streets of Moonachie and Little Ferry.

In Pennsylvania, several bridges and highways were closed, and more than 1.2 million were left without power as a result of the storm. Storm impacts in Upstate New York were much more limited than in New York City; there was some flooding and a few downed trees. Large portions of the Manhattan borough of New York City were without electricity. The East River over flowed its banks, flooding large sections of Lower Manhattan. Battery Park had a water surge of 13.88 ft. Seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded as of October 30. Sea water flooded the Ground Zero construction site.

Over 385,000 customers in Massachusetts were without power as of the afternoon of October 29, and flooding of roadways and buildings was reported. In New Hampshire, over 200,000 customers were without power as of late Monday, October 29. In Rhode Island, over 100,000 customers lost power during the storm. In Ohio, on October 30, at least 247,000 in northeast Ohio were without power, mostly in the Cleveland area. In Michigan, more than 120,000 customers were without power at one point, but as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, only 45,000 are still without power. The National Weather Service said that waves up to 23 feet high were reported on southern Lake Huron.

Boston and Coastline of Massachusetts, USA

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February 29th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

USA - December 23rd, 2011

 This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows part of northeastern USA, including the state of Massachusetts. Boston, the state capital, appears as a white area on the right towards the center of the coastline. Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state in the United States, with an area of 10,555 square miles (27,340 km2). It is bordered on the north by New Hampshire and Vermont, on the west by New York, on the south by Connecticut and Rhode Island, and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most populous New England state.

Massachusetts is called “the Bay State” because of several large bays, which distinctly shape its coast: Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, to the east, and Buzzards Bay, to the south. A few cities and towns on the Massachusetts–Rhode Island border are adjacent to Narragansett Bay. At the southeastern corner of the state is a large, sandy, arm-shaped peninsula, Cape Cod. The islands Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket lie south of Cape Cod, across Nantucket Sound.

Boston is the largest city, at the inmost point of Massachusetts Bay, the mouth of the Charles River, the longest river entirely within Massachusetts. Most Bay Staters live in the Boston area, which cover most of eastern Massachusetts. Eastern Massachusetts is fairly densely populated and mostly suburban. Western Massachusetts is more rural and sparsely populated, especially in the Berkshires, the branch of the Appalachian Mountains that dominates the western quarter of the state. The most populous part of western Massachusetts is the Pioneer Valley, straddling the Connecticut River, which flows across Western Massachusetts from north to south.

Sediments in Bay of Fundy and Snow Across Parts of Canada and the USA

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April 1st, 2011 Category: Sediments

Canada - March 30th, 2011

Parts of the northeastern USA, including states such as Maine, New Hamshire and Vermont, and parts of the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, are dusted with snow in this early spring image.

Other areas, such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and most of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, are snow-free. Sediments can be seen along the coastline between Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, although most are concentrated in the Bay of Fundy to the north.

Shoreline of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic USA – September 16th, 2009

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September 16th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Northeastern USA - August 16th, 2009

Northeastern USA - August 16th, 2009

The coastline of the northeastern and mid-atlantic United States of America appears mostly clear to the north, around Massachusetts, with more sediments present to the south in the Delaware Bay.

Of note along the coastline is Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula belonging to Massachusetts. South of this land formation are the islands of Martha’s Vineyard (left) and Nantucket (right).

Moving down the coast, Long Island can be seen, with the city of New York on its western extremity appearing as a tan area. Inland, above the island, is the state of Connecticut, with the state of New Jersey to the east and the state of New York to the northeast.

Further south, the Delaware Bay, separating the states of New Jersey and Delaware displays some brown sediments. Another bay, the Cheasapeake, in Maryland and Virginia, is also visible in the bottom left corner.

Snowfall over New England, USA

March 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

A huge snowstorm that hit the east coast of the USA a few days ago, covering states from Arkansas to Georgia and all the way up the coast to Maine.

A previous article examined the white swath coating the southeastern and mid-atlantic states. This image, on the other hand, focuses on the New England area, including the states of (from South to North) Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Continuing northward, parts of Nova Scotia (center), New Brunswick (peninsula) and Quebec are also  snowcovered. Parts of the Saint Lawrence River (top left) are iced over.

Offshore, from the hook of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Bay to Halifax in Nova Scotia, clouds form streaked patterns in the atmosphere.

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