East Coast crippled by massive storm, death toll climbs

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t3645 wrote:

Presidential campaign interrupted? Is this a terrorist attack?

“People are definitely not taking this seriously enough,”………..

That may be the whole unfortunate story.

‘I didn’t know it could happen here.’

Oct 29, 2012 11:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
beancube2101 wrote:

Remember Beijing’s flood few month ago. Climate changes are no joking. Countries need to work together to tame our industrial religious stupidities. Don’t be fooled by those ignorant industrial tycoons and Southern religious political preachers. Human industries can surely defy gods that our barbaric ancestors defined and influence weathers.

Scientists must do real jobs; otherwise, those climate activists will lost all serious environmental wars to corporation employees, climate religious preachers, who aim at cheap wages and ads businesses only. We should have pollution maps that are accurate to street number level on facebook, google, yahoo, youtube and …

Oct 29, 2012 12:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
beancube2101 wrote:

Remember Beijing’s flood few month ago. Climate changes are no joking. Countries need to work together to tame our industrial religious stupidities. Don’t be fooled by those ignorant industrial tycoons and Southern religious political preachers. Human industries can surely defy gods that our barbaric ancestors defined and influence weathers.

Scientists must do real jobs; otherwise, those climate activists will lost all serious environmental wars to corporation employees, climate religious preachers, who aim at cheap wages and ads businesses only. We should have pollution maps that are accurate to street number level on facebook, google, yahoo, youtube and …

Oct 29, 2012 12:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Greetings from the Gulf Coast. This “hurricane” is a joke. It’s a larger than average tropical storm, but a wimpy tropical storm all the same. The journalists who have had their hair askewed and suffered a whopping three inches of water around their rubber boots are to be applauded.

Oct 29, 2012 12:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Oh, puhleeeez forgive them TBB……..they forgot Tejas was the center of the universe and nowhere else counts.

When exactly were you guys planning on leaving the Union (again)? We won’t fight this time, been there, you can keep it. We’ll let you.

Oct 29, 2012 12:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
totherepublic wrote:

Texas_BlueBlood
Agreed. I am from ‘Bama. Folks up north do no know what REAL storms are.

Oct 30, 2012 1:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BDStyers wrote:

guillone
We’ll take that bet. We just want our refunds from bailing everyone else out.
I’ve seen folks turn down federal aid because they don’t want the federal government in their business.
Ford Motor Company:
“Ford stands out among the Big Three American auto companies because they refused to accept bailout money. They even made a commercial emphasizing this fact, for crying out loud.”

Mainstream media really hates this fact, but the fact remains, we want federal government out of our business.

Oct 30, 2012 2:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Paxus wrote:

Sandy’s likely path runs over several nuclear power plants. Are we likely to have a meltdown because of the superstorm? Probably not, but there are other dangers Sandy reveals http://funologist.org/2012/10/30/what-hurricane-sandy-really-tells-us/

Oct 30, 2012 3:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

@kommy: She’s against Romney, too. They both cancelled appearances.

Oct 30, 2012 4:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

@Guillione: This isn’t a typical hurricane zone, so the victims of this storm have every right to expect the government to help them with the cleanup. This isn’t like people living in Florida, Louisiana or Texas where hurricanes are common.

And let’s just drop that whole “everyone take care of themselves” attitude. It’s a diseased, anti-American mentality. We should be encouraging people to work together and help those in need. Not one of us makes on our own — even so-called “Self-Made Men” got help from the government in the form of infrastructure, roads, organized populated areas for a customer base, small business loans, etc.

Time to stop “Pulling our own weight” and start “Doing what you can to help your Neighbourhood and Community.” That’s the attitude America was founded on — cooperation, not being a miserly hermit and only caring about yourself.

@Paxus: No. The nuclear power plants are more than prepared for any eventuality. They do not take safety casually.

Oct 30, 2012 4:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BDStyers wrote:

“It’s a diseased, anti-American mentality.”

It is not. We call it independence — hardly a disease, and absolutely American. It doesn’t mean we don’t take care of each other, it means we take care of each other and we want the federal government out of our business.

Oct 30, 2012 6:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chris87654 wrote:

“The federal government in Washington was closed for a second day on T…”

In other words, the storm didn’t affect our do-nothing Congress at all.

Oct 30, 2012 7:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
apk44 wrote:

ok people stop wineing

Oct 30, 2012 7:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
propersyntax wrote:

As someone who lived through Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac and others not worth mentioning, I want the affected people to know that they have my empathy and support through the Red Cross. To those who are mocking them, you really should be ashamed. We along the Gulf Coast may get more frequent and worse hurricanes, but our lives come to a grinding halt when there is two inches of snow on the ground. It’s all a matter of perspective and preparedness.

Oct 30, 2012 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
anarcurt wrote:

Not a real storm? It’s the lowest recorded pressure recorded on the Atlantic. The wind field is utterly insane. The top winds might have topped out at 90 but tens of millions had hurricane winds. This storm easily makes the top 10 destructive and with states still dealing with floods and blizzards. Not a real storm, tell that to the people who lost everything you prick.

Oct 30, 2012 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JimONeill wrote:

Here is a storm that has hit most of the Eastern United States and each state has asked for federal help. The president has declared much of this area a disaster area and federal help will be sent and some of it was prepositioned before the storm.

I find it interesting that Romney has called for ending FEMA, the agency that heads up these rescue missions on behalf of the federal government. If there is any evidence that Washington has a role to play when things like this happen, Sandy is it.

A smaller federal government is not always a good thing.

Oct 30, 2012 9:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuietThinker wrote:

Remember Michael D. Brown, Bush’s FEMA, appointee and former Arabian horse judge, and his response to Hurricane Katrina? Can we expect another Republican party loyalist hack if Romney is elected? Well, maybe not, Romney said during the GOP primary debates that he favored shutting down FEMA. Ryan will certainly try to cut the funding.

Do we want a federal agency helping with disaster response for major events like this? Or do we want to tell victims to “take responsibility for their own lives?” There is a choice to make here.

Oct 30, 2012 9:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

I’ve read 5 articles about the storm and your’s is the most terrible Reuters. Just though I would let you know. You guys need to pick up some better staff.

Oct 30, 2012 9:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse

@propersyntax

“We along the Gulf Coast may get more frequent and worse hurricanes, but our lives come to a grinding halt when there is two inches of snow on the ground. It’s all a matter of perspective and preparedness.”

Best comment of the day…loved it, change your tag to ‘propercontext? :P

Being a past resident of Biloxi and Pensacloa during my NAVY days I have seen some serious weather as well. Now living in the Mid-South where you are exactly right, 1″ of snow and we lose our minds and whole cities shut down. In NYC 20″ of snow is just a reason to be 5 minutes late to work.

Supporting fellow Americans no matter where they are IS what this country is founded on as stated by McBob08, time to put aside petty arguments and start rebuilding and repairing thios country as a whole.

Light a candle for the dead, say a mantra or prayer for the living, lend a helping hand and have a positive attitude.

Oct 30, 2012 10:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pjstx wrote:

I was living upstate on 9.11. New Yorkers first responders know how to take care of New York. They’ve had time to prepare and put a plan into motion for this storm. A huge storm in the gulf is not the same as a storm this size in a city built like NYC, of 9 million or so, in such densely populated place with high rises and subways.
In a physical emergency like this, my money’s on the PEOPLE of New York City’s abilities every time. To date, they don’t sit on their cans and wait for rescue. Guess there’s a first time for everything, but I’d bet this isn’t it. Our prayers are with them. Please be safe.

They may decide to fix Yankee stadium last, though . . .

Oct 30, 2012 10:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lawgone wrote:

To all who have been affected by this devastating storm…Know that here in FL we know all to well what you are going through and will go through. Get to know your neighbors and friends as you are going to need to work together to get through this and large amount of patience. Its time to set politics and hate aside and work together. Most importantly, learn from this experience.

Oct 30, 2012 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chris87654 wrote:

” “The federal government response has been great,” Christie, a staunch Romney supporter, told NBC’s “Today” show. “I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally … and the president has been outstanding in this.” ”

This is good to hear after Mitt said the fed shouldn’t have to deal with it – leave it up to states or private industry (everyone needs insurance) to deal with it. If he was in office, Romney would have sent Christie a token voucher to deal with this – got to fund those high-end tax cuts…

Oct 30, 2012 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chris87654 wrote:

Unbelievable storm – maybe 4 days to pump out the subways, and then deal with resulting damage.

Oct 30, 2012 11:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
scrumble wrote:

Twenty billion is about how many minutes of the War Department budget? About twenty?

Oct 30, 2012 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

“Sandy kills 17 people.”

That’s sad but let’s be honest. Had there been no hurricane at all on the East Coast, there would have probably been 500 people killed from just a regular night of car wrecks and shootings.

The hurricane’s effect of keeping people indoors in DC, Baltimore, the Bronx….. actually saved lives. We might be the only country on earth that has NEGATIVE death tolls from Hurricanes hitting 60 million people. Hurricanes save lives!

Oct 30, 2012 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
seferon wrote:

This is The Day After Tomorrow. Exactly like in movie. I thing its just a begining.

Oct 30, 2012 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
1234meme wrote:

Funny how he shows an interest when he allowed Stevens and 3 others to be slaughtered when they were asking for help when they were under attack.

Oct 30, 2012 2:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
akmk wrote:

“…giving the President an opportunity to act Presidential”

What a shallow pathetic comment that has no place in journalism.

The President is doing what he always does. Puts first things first. In the face of many, huge crises and demands, he’s there for us.

Oct 30, 2012 2:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bellatexas wrote:

I am from Texas too, boys, and you should’ent be so hard on our New York friends. Any hurricane is a terrible experience to encounter. We are all Americans, and should only hope the people of New York and the surrounding areas are able to recover soon. It is hard to live without electricity or water. I’ve been through some terrible hurricanes, and I would’ent want to wish them on my worse enemy.

Oct 30, 2012 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oneStarman wrote:

LAST YEAR Hurricane Irene was described as that Once in a Lifetime freak of Nature because it hit New York City and nearly swamped the subway system. This Year Hurricane Sandy was Worse. Is THIS the New Normal? Every Year now we have Weather Disasters the like of which we have NEVER seen before. Wildfire and Drought and Flood and Tornadoes…. Is it just we didn’t NOTICE before – No because Disasters of Other Kinds like Earthquake and Volcanoes are happening at about the same rate as throughout history. Only the CLIMATE has changed for the so much WORSE. There is No Longer a Debate. Humans are Destroying the Earth we depend upon to Live by Burning Fossil Fuels.

Oct 30, 2012 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
halloween wrote:

Mother Nature doing what she does. Makes humans realize that they are not as in control as they think they are.Help each other do what you can and enjoy each day.

Oct 30, 2012 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jdoonan wrote:

Maybe the President looks presidential because he IS President? He is doing his job. Rather well I think. Sad that partisan politics enters into everything even when discussing disasters that affect millions.

Oct 30, 2012 3:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chyron wrote:

Prayers for unfortunate souls caught by disaster.

One practical question – any opinions on capabilities of insurance companies? I’ve heard there were troubles after Katrina…

“The End is nigh” doomsayers is yet again talk ’bout global warming, forgetting that we just reached warmness level of (rather cold) Richard Lionheart era , much less than of times when most famous ancient civilizations flourished. And for “never seen before”…last time Earth warmed like this, America was inhabited by Indians only.
As for hurricanes…Sandy is not on the scale of Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635.

Oct 30, 2012 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Hey Bloomberg, Mr. Wonderful, the experts have been warning for 15 years that New York would get hit, due to statistics. And what did you do about it Mr. Bloomberg? You spent your time worrying about legal gun ownership (and violent crime went UP) people smoking, eating soft drinks, milk shakes, and hamburgers. Great job Bloomie.
Sorry the people of New York have to suffer, since many did not vote for Bloomberg.

Oct 30, 2012 3:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RichardEHung wrote:

Wow. And I know people who refuse to move to California because we have occasional earthquakes. This looks pretty awful to me. At least when the freeway collapses the weather is nice so rescuers can work in the sunshine.

Oct 30, 2012 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
apk44 wrote:

the main thing is gas price’s are up .
what a greedy country we live in …

Oct 30, 2012 5:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

1234meme – You’re pathetic…

Oct 30, 2012 5:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jcountrygirl wrote:

Have you spoken with the President personally. Why would you assume that he wants to get the power back on just to make sure the people in this area vote for him? Elevate your mind.

Oct 30, 2012 6:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vuenbelvue wrote:

Romney could go to Congress and maybe get $1.5 billion dollars for the area like he did the 2003 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and then could gush and tell everyone who will listen that he saved the Northeast. Boy, did the New Jersey governor change his attitude to get federal help.

Oct 30, 2012 6:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Maybe we should open a new debate here too – you know, it’s said that “smoking” and other unhealthy lifestyle choices shouldn’t be subsidized via public funds, like health care.

I’m wondering – should the same be said about housing of those who choose to live in a ‘higher risk’ area?

So consider this when you knee-jerk and think “more government is good” – because now we have “more government” in health care, and it’s obvious they’ll be pushing against those they determine are ‘higher risk’ – therefore; expect the same from government and FEMA – they’ll have to control costs at some point, and those that live in a higher risk area…. well, are kind of like people with higher risk health habits, correct? They are both ‘optional’ things that people do.

So sure, more government… if you like being told what you can and cannot do – vote for more. In the end; however, you’ll get less.

Oct 30, 2012 6:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vuenbelvue wrote:

If they are in Congress today vote anyone else in, Regardless.

Oct 30, 2012 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

I think a meteor the size of Jupiter could be hurling toward earth, and the AM radio crowd would still be talking about…..Benghazi.
“WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI!”

Well here is a hint. When Reagan dropped the ball in 1983 and 299 people were killed at the Marine Barracks in Beirut (because Reagain admitted later he would not allow them to have ammunition in their guns)….. he got re-elected anyway. Accidents happen and you guys need some fresh air. Obama = 2-term President.

Oct 30, 2012 7:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cageeda wrote:

Hey what about other parts of this country that have been devastated by mother nature so we lose some boardwalk and a roller coaster and the show jersey shore…

Oct 30, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Barbarian7 wrote:

Now is the time to show the world the solidarity of Americans, we can all go back to infighting later. The South may want to show a little compassion for what them Yankees up North just went through, come up with some ideas to get their lives back in order after this devastating storm.
Make no mistake, the dynamics of a storm in the north can be just as deadly as those in the south, even if they are different. Take a look at two or three hundred photos now available and see if its possible to show some empathy for fellow Americans in distress.

Oct 30, 2012 8:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
propersyntax wrote:

@ Barbarian7

Please see my comment above. We are not all heartless. What’s more is that I remember reading a number of comments condemning the people of La. after Katrina (and most other large disasters we’ve faced). So, yes, some of us are compassionate in spite of the stereotype.

Oct 31, 2012 9:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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