The Land of Ice & Snow
Bill de Blasio is now visibly annoyed at the constant blizzards bombarding New York.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, the new mayor repeatedly sighed and expressed his exasperation at Mother Nature, which is set to deliver the fourth significant snowstorm of his tenure later today, with yet more bad weather forecast for later week.
When The Levee Breaks
The early effects of Hurricane Sandy led to some flooding along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, one of the most polluted waterways in the country. With the storm at its height, the canal has completely overflowed and is covering many of the streets in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood adjacent to its shores.
With the combined effects of the surge from Hurricane Sandy and high tide, the Gowanus Canal broke its banks this morning in multiple locations and flooded over many of the streets in mandatory evacuation Zone A along its shores. The Observer was on hand to take pictures of the waters. It was far worse than anything we witnessed with the initial Sandy surge at high tide last night.
Heavy weather like tornadoes isn’t as common in New York and points north as it is in the Midwest and the South, but it looks as though this Saturday may be an exception. The National Weather Service has already issued multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings for New York and New England.
If you’re skeptical about the possibility of twisters in New York (all the boroughs have had their share of such severe weather, but they’re not going to give Oklahoma City a run for its money any time soon), Youtube user Roy Currlin’s nearly 6-minute video of an apparent tornado blasting through a neighborhood in Queens late Saturday morning may give you some pause:
Storm’s a’comin! As Hurricane Irene slowly mopes its obese and rainy way up the Eastern Seaboard, beginning to mess things up for people who are not in New York City, everyone on The Internet—especially in New York City, especially People In The Media—feels that now is the time to unload their reservoir of natural disaster preparedness knowledge out onto the public. Who knew these people were such experts on what to do when it hits the fan?