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Týr;1409479 wrote: This'll take a bit of repairing before the blank patches get filled back in.

Around a quarter of mobile phone towers in the ten East-coast states hit by Hurricane Sandy have been damaged or destroyed, the Federal Communications Commission has said. The FCC is anticipating continued communication problems as other towers are running on backup power.

Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC • The Register




Ouch - more than a short while
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all we can do and hope for is the best....it could take days into weeks for communications to be back.

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Chonsi, Aussie Pam & Oscar and whoever else..so far in Kathy Ellen's town, there is no electric and no way to get onto the island unless you stayed there to ride it out. The governor issued a mandatory evacuation for all shore points up & down the Atlantic coast. Almost half the shore towns are still under water but I'm sure we will all hear from KE soon.
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Erica Kane;1409519 wrote: Chonsi, Aussie Pam & Oscar and whoever else..so far in Kathy Ellen's town, there is no electric and no way to get onto the island unless you stayed there to ride it out. The governor issued a mandatory evacuation for all shore points up & down the Atlantic coast. Almost half the shore towns are still under water but I'm sure we will all hear from KE soon.


Thanks Ducks... I was guessing It was a case of lack of power. If she contacts any of us, she'll contact you first so I'll wait until you get some news.
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Erica! How is it down in Pine Valley? I sure miss you guys! Regards to Kendall, Bianca, etc.
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Erica Kane;1409519 wrote: Chonsi, Aussie Pam & Oscar and whoever else..so far in Kathy Ellen's town, there is no electric and no way to get onto the island unless you stayed there to ride it out. The governor issued a mandatory evacuation for all shore points up & down the Atlantic coast. Almost half the shore towns are still under water but I'm sure we will all hear from KE soon.


thanks for the update. it sucks not being able to do anything for folks.
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Bianca & Kendall? As far as I know they are now unemployed:wah:..on another note, yeah, cell towers are really screwed up onthe east coast..my tmobile connection is a bit funky..works/doesn't work. Well KE has my phone number I think, def. has my cell but not the house. I'll inbox that to you oscar.
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Erica Kane;1409524 wrote: Bianca & Kendall? As far as I know they are now unemployed:wah:..on another note, yeah, cell towers are really screwed up onthe east coast..my tmobile connection is a bit funky..works/doesn't work. Well KE has my phone number I think, def. has my cell but not the house. I'll inbox that to you oscar.


Thanks Jeanne... got It... I'm suffering with full blown flu right now so will give you a ring tomorrow night when I'm hoping I will feel a bit better.... I think I've got one of Kathy's relatives on my facebook so I'll message him also.... It'll be good to talk to you again :-4

And Quin of course.... bless him.
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There seems to be concern about water pollution, along with extensive toxic holding pond breaches. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/82 ... EY=1260075 discusses them. Environmental concerns don't seem to have as much profile as they might in other countries.
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Týr;1409530 wrote: There seems to be concern about water pollution, along with extensive toxic holding pond breaches. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/82 ... EY=1260075 discusses them. Environmental concerns don't seem to have as much profile as they might in other countries.


I'm sure they will be addressed as soon as possible.

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YZGI;1409531 wrote: I'm sure they will be addressed as soon as possible. Do you really think so? There's no benefit to a capitalist state in improving environmental health. Keeping a country clean is a socialist approach to governance and the USA doesn't do socialism. If only the country understood the concept of jurisdiction I'd leave you all to it. It's important that somehow, eventually, you get taught.

Anyway. On topic: the recent storm has spread a lot of toxic waste water into places it ought not to have got.
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Týr;1409532 wrote: Do you really think so? There's no benefit to a capitalist state in improving environmental health. Keeping a country clean is a socialist approach to governance and the USA doesn't do socialism. If only the country understood the concept of jurisdiction I'd leave you all to it. It's important that somehow, eventually, you get taught.

Anyway. On topic: the recent storm has spread a lot of toxic waste water into places it ought not to have got.


Are you implying, that if a similar hurricane, storm, act of mother nature etc. etc. were to occur in the UK that no toxic waste would get where it wasn't supposed too?
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YZGI;1409533 wrote: Are you implying, that if a similar hurricane, storm, act of mother nature etc. etc. were to occur in the UK that no toxic waste would get where it wasn't supposed too?In essence, yes. It's the difference between one sewage plant overspilling in Gloucester and ten eastern states with no effective storm-water drainage. The UK has comparatively effective storm protection because we choose to fund it adequately out of national taxation.
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Týr;1409534 wrote: In essence, yes. It's the difference between one sewage plant overspilling in Gloucester and ten eastern states with no effective storm-water drainage. The UK has comparatively effective storm protection because we choose to fund it adequately out of national taxation.


Well, hopefully we will never find out.
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AnneBoleyn;1409521 wrote: Erica! How is it down in Pine Valley? I sure miss you guys! Regards to Kendall, Bianca, etc.


Glad to see that you're OK. How did your neighborhood do?
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Erica Kane;1409519 wrote: Chonsi, Aussie Pam & Oscar and whoever else..so far in Kathy Ellen's town, there is no electric and no way to get onto the island unless you stayed there to ride it out. The governor issued a mandatory evacuation for all shore points up & down the Atlantic coast. Almost half the shore towns are still under water but I'm sure we will all hear from KE soon.


Thanks Erica - I'm glad you're okay. Ditto the poster from Brooklyn. As Erica says, I'm sure Kathy Ellen will get word to her friends one way or another as soon as she can. In the meantime, let's keep her and all those others who've had their lives turned upside down by this disaster in our thoughts and prayers.
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Our local power services fellas are headed east this afternoon. I don't know how you head into a mess like that has to be and make any sense of it.:thinking:
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LarsMac;1409538 wrote: Glad to see that you're OK. How did your neighborhood do?


A literal washout. Lost power from Monday through to last night. I am on the 4th floor & couldn't tell the height of the water rushing below, but found out it was four feet high! All basements flooded, windows of businesses blown out, many places facing the Bay will be out for a long time--floor to ceiling flooding. The following photos are from my neighborhood blog (award winning!) SheepsheadBites.

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Glad to see you're okay, Anne! I saw a photo of the Statue of Liberty swamped in giant waves and thought of that stupid movie "The Day After Tomorrow".
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tabby;1409299 wrote: An Interactive Map of Sandy ~~~~~> Google Crisis Map




I missed this the first read through. Scary to think if all the folks in the dark and going without.



An interesting thing though... gas is down to 3.29 here. It's been dropping since sunday.:thinking:
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SnoozeAgain;1409549 wrote: Glad to see you're okay, Anne! I saw a photo of the Statue of Liberty swamped in giant waves and thought of that stupid movie "The Day After Tomorrow".


Thanks Snooze!

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AnneBoleyn;1409547 wrote: A literal washout. Lost power from Monday through to last night. I am on the 4th floor & couldn't tell the height of the water rushing below, but found out it was four feet high! All basements flooded, windows of businesses blown out, many places facing the Bay will be out for a long time--floor to ceiling flooding. The following photos are from my neighborhood blog (award winning!) SheepsheadBites.



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Thanks, LM.



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Glad you are safe. If you wander out there, be careful of downed powerlines.:thinking:
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btw, when all the transformers were exploding Monday night, I thought we were under attack! Sure sounded like it: BOOM BOOM BOOM & the fires briefly sparking up like bombs!
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AnneBoleyn;1409553 wrote: btw, when all the transformers were exploding Monday night, I thought we were under attack! Sure sounded like it: BOOM BOOM BOOM & the fires briefly sparking up like bombs!


Is that what caused that horrendous fire? It's weird how flooding seems to cause huge fires like that.
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flopstock;1409552 wrote: Glad you are safe. If you wander out there, be careful of downed powerlines.:thinking:


Thanks flop. You'll be proud to know I behaved like an adult & was calm & mature. Luckily, I have a transistor radio. I spent my teen years with one glued to my ear, so it was not only informative, but a great friend! Don't forget to own one, just in case. Whew! I'm so glad electricity is back on. No heat though, & the temps are........too cold! I have no idea when we will get heat back.
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SnoozeAgain;1409554 wrote: Is that what caused that horrendous fire? It's weird how flooding seems to cause huge fires like that.


The one in Breezy Point, the Rockaways. That is so unbelievable horrible, only the foundations are left. I don't know what caused that fire. I'm amazed I heard of no deaths in that. The beach I go to in summer is across from Breezy Point. Beautiful view. All summer their beach was being dredged, new sand brought it, I watched the whole project. Now it's gone, of course. The majority of the residents are cops, firepeople, emt's. While their own homes burnt most of them were fighting fires elsewhere. Devastating.
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AnneBoleyn;1409553 wrote: btw, when all the transformers were exploding Monday night, I thought we were under attack! Sure sounded like it: BOOM BOOM BOOM & the fires briefly sparking up like bombs!


Glad to see you're safe Anne.

I know exactly how you feel.... the night of the hurricane on the South Coast of England was frightening for me. The noise of the roof tiles smashing to the ground and the darkness made me feel we were under attack.
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oscar;1409562 wrote: Glad to see you're safe Anne.

I know exactly how you feel.... the night of the hurricane on the South Coast of England was frightening for me. The noise of the roof tiles smashing to the ground and the darkness made me feel we were under attack.
thanx oscar. During the blackout I decided being without my computer was even worse than being without television.
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SnoozeAgain;1409549 wrote: Glad to see you're okay, Anne! I saw a photo of the Statue of Liberty swamped in giant waves and thought of that stupid movie "The Day After Tomorrow".


Funny you should mention that, Actually. That photo was a still from "Day After Tomorrow"
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Still no word from Kathy Ellen....
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Oscar, yup no word yet from KE. I think for now she might not be able to get on her island yet, they are only letting peeps onto certain islands...hopefully she'll be online soon to update us all. In the meantime, a Nor'easter is heading our way & thats 3 days of rain & wind and not wanted at all:-1:-1
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Erica Kane;1409628 wrote: Oscar, yup no word yet from KE. I think for now she might not be able to get on her island yet, they are only letting peeps onto certain islands...hopefully she'll be online soon to update us all. In the meantime, a Nor'easter is heading our way & thats 3 days of rain & wind and not wanted at all:-1:-1


Even If she's safe, she will be devastated If her house and beach hut Is In ruins.

What a devastating event for anyone to go through?
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The photos I've seen of collapsed buildings all seem to indicate a wooden construction. Is that accurate? Does it sound flimsier than their location might warrant?
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Týr;1409632 wrote: The photos I've seen of collapsed buildings all seem to indicate a wooden construction. Is that accurate? Does it sound flimsier than their location might warrant?


A lot of the destruction is in older areas where the buildings we never designed to deal such weather.

And yes, mostly wood frame housing built in the mid 20th century.
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What does It matter If they are brick, wood or cement ? They are people's homes.
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oscar;1409634 wrote: What does It matter If they are brick, wood or cement ? They are people's homes.


All the more reason to have adequate building regulations then, I'd have thought.
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Týr;1409635 wrote: All the more reason to have adequate building regulations then, I'd have thought.


So are you saying rather condescendingly that those who have lost their homes got all they deserved because they dwelt In houses made of timber?
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oscar;1409637 wrote: So are you saying rather condescendingly that those who have lost their homes got all they deserved because they dwelt In houses made of timber?


The photos gave no indication that for the area concerned there was much of a choice in the matter. I'm always prepared to be corrected, mind.

A lot of it looked quite unlike timber, more like ply or chipboard. Again, I'm prepared to be corrected. The posts left standing were quite likely timber.
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Týr;1409639 wrote: The photos gave no indication that for the area concerned there was much of a choice in the matter. I'm always prepared to be corrected, mind.

A lot of it looked quite unlike timber, more like ply or chipboard. Again, I'm prepared to be corrected. The posts left standing were quite likely timber.


And your point of victims having homes built from timber Is ?
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oscar;1409640 wrote: And your point of victims having homes built from timber Is ?


Victims?

That's not a word I use outside the context of victimization.

Clapboard, that's what I was fishing for earlier.

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Chances are that most of those homes were built long before the current residents began occupying them.

As the homes are rebuilt they will hopefully be constructed by more adequate standards and materials. It only makes sense given their placement.
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Ahso!;1409643 wrote: As the homes are rebuilt they will hopefully be constructed by more adequate standards and materials. It only makes sense given their placement.


Had the photos accompanied an account of storm damage to the coast of Cameroon I'd not have been surprised. The idea that they represented the US Eastern seaboard is tragic.
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They kill a hell of a lot less people than concrete structures. Swings and roundabouts.
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oscar;1409645 wrote: They kill a hell of a lot less people than concrete structures. Swings and roundabouts.


I thought we were discussing "Hurricane Sandy" and its effects. If you want to discuss comparative building techniques I suggest you start a relevant thread.
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Týr;1409647 wrote: I thought we were discussing "Hurricane Sandy" and its effects. If you want to discuss comparative building techniques I suggest you start a relevant thread.


No, don't try that old one on me. YOU diverted the subject of the Storm to the buildings materials used In residents homes.

I suggest If you don't like It, YOU go post a new thread.
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along-for-the-ride;1409650 wrote: Bloomberg New York Marathon controversy - chicagotribune.com


Yeah, they didn't think that through very clearly.
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Oh my f**ing god, are you trying to say that the people deserve what they got because of their building material? It's a storm of the century.

You sicken me.

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