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

39.2N 80.2W

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.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, USA and Canada

45.0N 82.4W

September 6th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA and Canada - August 15th, 2011

This image focuses on Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and Georgian Bay (the large bay connected to the lake in the upper part of the image). Sediments can be observed along the southern shores of the lake, although most of the rest of the shoreline of the lake and bay is clear.

Lake Huron is bounded on the east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the west by the state of Michigan in the United States. It is the second largest of the Great Lakes, with a surface area of 59,596 km2 (23,010 sq mi) making it the third largest fresh water lake on earth. It contains a volume of 3,540 km3 (850 cubic miles), and a shoreline length of 3,827 mi (6,157 km).

Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron, located in Ontario, Canada. The main body of the bay lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. The Main Channel separates the Bruce Peninsula from Manitoulin Island and connects Georgian Bay to the rest of Lake Huron.

Lake Michigan’s Green Bay, USA

44.5N 88W

May 6th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - May 1st, 2011

This thumbnail image focuses on the northern part of Lake Michigan, although the lake is visible in its entirety in the full image and part of Lake Superior can be seen above.

Visible on the left side of the image is Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan, located along the south coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the east coast of Wisconsin. Green Bay is some 120 mi long, with a width ranging from about 10 mi to 20 mi. It is 1626 sqmi in area.

It is separated from the rest of the lake by the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin, the Garden Peninsula in Michigan, and the chain of islands between them, all formed by the Niagara Escarpment.

At the southern end of the bay is the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Fox River enters the bay. Some greenish sediments can be seen where the river enters the bay, although their influx does not appear to be particularly dense.

 

Mississippi River and Lake Superior, USA and Canada

45.9N 89.4W

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA and Canada - March 30th, 2011

Lake Superior (above), the largest of the five Great Lakes of North America, is bounded to the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota, and to the south by the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Part of Lake Michigan can also be observed at the lower right, and the Mississippi River can be seen crossing the lower part of the image.

 

Sediments at Southern Tip of Lake Michigan, USA

43.8N 85W

November 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - November 9th, 2010

The southern shores of Lake Michigan are lined by teal sediments, while the rest of the lake, particularly the eastern shoreline, appears navy blue and mostly sediment free. The southern tip of the lake is heavily industrialized.

The only North American Great Lake located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan is bounded, from west to east, by the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

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