Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg and National Weather Service dithers?

Bryan Norcross at Weather Underground says New York City is in danger of severe flooding and wonders why Mayor Bloomberg inexplicably downplayed the dangers of Hurricane Sandy at a news conference, made worse by the National Weather Service decision not to issue a hurricane watch for the East Coast “because it would be confusing to switch from that to a Coastal Flood Watch and a High Wind Watch after the storm.”
It looks bad for New York City. People should be amply warned. It’s better to order a mandatory evacuation and have no damage that to wish you had ordered one after massive destruction and death.

That NJ/NYC/Long Island elbow is like a catchers mitt for storm surge, on the rare occasion that a big storm comes at it from the southeast or east… just like Sandy’s forecast. The only thing that can stop extremely high water with battering waves from affecting the region is for the forecast to be wrong.

If the forecast is even mostly right, the ocean water will come in higher than during Hurricane Irene, which came within a foot of doing serious damage to NYC infrastructure. And that brings up the incomprehensibly inexplicable news conference by Mayor Bloomberg.

His inexplicable new conference is further demonstration of what John Robb is saying, that government entities are increasingly not up to the task of dealing with extreme weather (or extreme politics, for that matter) and that resilient communitiesare part of the solution.

From my sister, who lives in semi-rural Connecticut

Going to get more gas for [backup power] generator. Heavens knows what we are in for. Last year we were nearly two weeks without power. [Husband] changing oil in generator and cleaning gutters, again, so that the rain doesn’t leak (as much) through the windows.

Last year, they ran out of gas for the generator and there were fights at gas stations for gas… Connecticut Light and Power distinguished themselves with their epic incompetence and slow response, which was made worse by previous staff cutbacks so profit margins and executive bonuses would be bigger.