Maybe you’ve noticed, but it’s hot as hell outside. It feels like the heat will never abate, nor will the endless coverage of the heat, which only makes it worse. In just a few short hours, you’ll have to leave your place of business, and you need to be prepared. Will the temps require you to bounce from Duane Reade to movie theater to bar to bodega until 2 a.m., roaming the city in search of adequate A.C.? Or is it safe to descend into the subway?
Well, let’s see what the various popular weather apps have to say. Just how concerned should you be about venturing out into the heat sink that is Manhattan?
This morning Poncho plaintively warned us about the hell to come then disappeared, presumably to go cry inside of an air conditioner:
New York isn’t freaking out like Massachusetts, where Governor Deval Patrick signed an executive order banning cars from the roads after 4 p.m. ahead of a wicked winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, but there are a few service alterations for commuters around the region.
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.
When The Levee Breaks
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.
Rock You Like a Hurricane
Many of the blocks along the shores of the toxic Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn are designated as part of the mandatory Hurricane Sandy evacuation Zone A. Though the city gave orders for residents of this area to leave their homes starting at 7 p.m., we spotted quite a few people out on the streets when we walked into the zone earlier this evening, including curious gawkers, emergency workers and neighbors who are becoming increasingly fearful that the notoriously polluted canal could overflow.
TIMES OF THE TIMES
Yesterday, The New York Times Co. named the BBC’s outgoing Director General Mark Thompson to the post of CEO. The company had been without a new chief executive since Janet Robinson was tossed from the coop with a golden parachute at her back in December; Times Co. chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. served in the position as an interim chief executive up until yesterday, when Thompson was named.
A few minutes ago, the building was struck by lightning…
Today was in fact the hottest day of the year for New York City, with tempatures rising to 107 degrees Fahrenheit before a storm slammed down upon the city, lowering it by 20 degrees and bringing some hail and lightening strikes along for the ride. Meanwhile, New York City power provider ConEd—which is in the middle of a particularly nasty labor dispute—pulled the trigger on a Brown-Out power management strategy for parts of Manhattan.
There were heat advisories or warnings in 20 states on Sunday, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees across most of the South. Adding to the misery were power outages caused by the huge storm that rampaged from Ohio through parts of the Northeast on Friday, killing 12 and leaving some metropolitan areas with long-standing power outages caused by high wind and lightning.
GO AWAY SNOW!
New Yorkers have more than heard about the snow that may fall this weekend, but that’s for commuters, upstate, and All Those Other Places That Sometimes See Snow Early, right? As of the last few hours, no. Wrong. New York City might could see up to six inches of snow this weekend in what’s being deemed a “historical event.”
Yes, another one.
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?