Monday, May 22, 2006

New York City overdue for a hurricane?

CNN has a video entitled "How New York tunnels could become canals". I watched it, including the animation that shows the potential for damage. You don't normally think of that area as being a hurricane area, but according to this it's probably a good thing people are starting to take the idea seriously.

The highest storm surges (Category 4) would occur in the following regions:

Amityville Harbor - 29 feet
Atlantic Beach & Long Beach areas - 24 to 28 feet
South Oyster Bay, Middle Bay, & East Bay areas - 24 to 28 feet
Montauk Point is completely cut off from rest of south fork during a category 1 storm.
Much of the north and south forks are entirely under water during a category 3 hurricane.

A category 4 hurricane inundates the entire towns of: Amityville, Lindenhurst, Babylon, West Islip, East Islip, Bayshore, Gilgo Beach, Cedar Beach, Great South Beach, Fair Harbor, Cherry Grove, Cupsogue, Westhampton Beach, Watermill Beach, Wainscott Beach, Plum Island, Gardiner's Island, Orient, Shelter Island (except for a few high points), Greenport, North Haven, Amagansett Beach, Napeague Beach, Montauk, Woodmere, Valley Stream, Linbrook, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Freeport, Merrick, Wantagh, Lido Beach, Jones Beach, and Tobay Beach.

I guess that is one thing about Ohio, our chances of getting hit by a hurricane are pretty slim.