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NJ Transit Still Not Answering Why They Stored Trains in Meadowlands During Sandy

Thursday, September 12, 2013

At its first public board meeting since word broke last month NJ Transit disregarded its own hurricane plan during Sandy, executives were sticking to their story.

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WNYC News

Do You Live in the City's New Evacuation Zones?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nearly 3 million New Yorkers' homes are now in evacuation zones that cover more than a third of the city's population, under new maps released Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Tropical Storm Andrea to Bring Heavy Rain, Wind to Tri-State

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea is making its way toward the East Coast and is expected to drop heavy rain and bring strong, gusty winds to the tri-state area Friday and Saturday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hurricane Forecasting; Storm Surges; Sports + Politics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hurricane season kicks off June 1 and forecasters predict a big storm season. James Franklin, chief forecaster at the National Hurricane Center, explains how meteorologists forecast hurricanes and what was learned during Sandy. Plus: a look at past and possible future plans to protect the city from storm surges; how to prolong life in an era of limited resources; and the common ground between sports and politics.

Transportation Nation

Port Authority Installing Flood Barriers at PATH Stations

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In an attempt to ward off flood damage for the upcoming hurricane season, the Port Authority is installing stackable metal flood barriers at PATH stations, stockpiling spare parts, pre-positioning pumps and generators, and getting thousands of sandbags in place.

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The Takeaway

How Haitians Deal With a Constant Stream of Disaster

Monday, November 26, 2012

Haitians are somewhat more practiced in dealing with the calamity of natural disaster. At the Miami Book Fair International, writer Edwidge Danticat, whose work most recently appears in a trilingual (English, French, Creole) anthology, “So Spoke the Earth,” sat down to explain how Haitians approach natural disaster.

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Soundcheck

Tonight: After The Storm: Your Requests

Friday, November 02, 2012

Superstorm Sandy affected each of us in very different ways. Tell us what music you want to hear in the wake of the disaster. What music do you want other WNYC listeners to hear right now, and why? Give us suggestions and join us for our special broadcast Thursday evening from 9-11 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM and WNYC.org.

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Soundcheck

After The Storm: Part Two

Friday, November 02, 2012

Join us again Friday night for a live broadcast from 9-11p.m. ET to help create a post-storm playlist.

Soundcheck

After The Storm: Musicians Pick

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It practically goes without saying that music provides the soundtrack to our lives, be it in happy moments or in times of struggle and pain. Such is the case this week following Hurricane Sandy which has seen much of the Eastern Seaboard still without power, with major flooding, and experiencing tragedy of all kinds. In the wake of the storm, we asked our listeners and a variety of musicians what music helps them get through such events and what they would play for people still facing hardships. Here's what we received from artists such as Regina Spektor, filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Jonathan Demme, Laurie Anderson, Passion Pit, and many more.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Hurricane Damage Devastates NJ Transit

Thursday, November 01, 2012


The totality of the damage done to New Jersey Transit by Hurricane Sandy can't be fully ascertained at this point, but the list on the agency's website is daunting.

Rail lines have suffered catastrophically: washouts, downed trees, waterlogged equipment, and track damage. The iconic Hoboken Ferry Terminal is flooded. The agency reports that even the Rail Operations Center--"the central nervous system of the railroad"--is engulfed in water. Although most bus service returned Thursday, nine of its bus garages continue to operate on back-up generator power. And in a letter requesting federal aid, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez write: "the only passenger rail tunnel into New York City—which connects thousands of people to the city each day—is shut down."

Earlier this week, Governor Christie said it could take seven to 10 days to resume PATH train service.

There is no timeline for resumption of rail service. The agency says it is continuing to inspect the system and that "the blow delivered by Hurricane Sandy will continue to impact customers for days to come."

 

 

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Soundcheck

After The Storm: You Pick The Music

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Join Soundcheck host John Schaefer this Thursday from 9-11 p.m. ET for our special broadcast, "After The Storm: You Pick The Music."

Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Frankenfest Edition

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Jody Rosen and David Haglund discuss Twitter's role in Hurricane Sandy, the new ABC drama "Nashville," and Haglund's piece on Mormon intellectuals.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We’ll be updating this throughout the day. Send your photos to transponation@gmail.com or @transportnation.  ‘Cause we’d like to share them.

1:3opm: broken traffic light at King Street and Varick Street in lower Manhattan (photo by Kate Hinds)

10:27: from Jim O'Grady: "World Trade Center. Cop said PATH station flooded, didn't know how badly. My guess: badly."

10:11am: A beheaded subway entrance. (photo by Jim O'Grady)

10:11am: Staten Island Railway's Clifton Shop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by MTA via flickr)

9:55am: flooding at the entrance to the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel, via @NYGovCuomo

9:49am: Downed tree in Tribeca park (photo by Jim O'Grady)

8:14am: Rainbows over Brooklyn (photo by Andrea Bernstein)

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Schoolbook

Schools to Stay Closed Tuesday Due To Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Schools will be closed for a second day on Tuesday as the city weathers the storm of Hurricane Sandy. For the latest news, check out the city's website nyc.gov as well as wnyc.org. Stay in touch @SchoolBook.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Sandy Halts Transportation, Floods Roads

Monday, October 29, 2012

We'll be updating this throughout the storm. Send your photos to transponation@gmail.com or @transportnation.  'Cause we'd like to share them.

The entrance to the downtown 1 train at Broadway and 79th Street (photo by Kate Hinds)

Bike delivery workers still on the job as of 3:30 pm on Amsterdam Avenue (photo by Kate Hinds)

Bicycling in a hurricane on Columbus Avenue (photo by Kate Hinds)

from @DriversWantedNY: "NYC: subway is closed,airport is closed,but TAXIS r open.Raza working since 4am & now taking a $1bus home."

Photo from @DavidKesting

A tree fell on NYC Council member Brad Lander's Brooklyn home. (via @BradLander at 5:43pm)

From the NY MTA: Metro-North Railroad runs patrol trains to survey its tracks during and after storms. As Hurricane Sandy approached, this train struck a tree across the tracks and was briefly halted. (photo courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad)

Hatches are battened down at the South Street Seaport. Monday afternoon. (Photo by Alex Goldmark)

from NY Governor Cuomo's twitter account at 4:46pm: severe conditions at Rockaway, waves slamming into the bay wall.

 

Large floating debris and white caps under the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Monday afternoon. (Photo by Alex Goldmark)

 

Rising water at Harlem River Park (photo by @HessMatthias)

Clinton Hill Rooftop overlooking The Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Photo by Jamie Boud)

 

The Hudson River at 3:30pm Monday (photo by Kate Hinds)

Entrance to the Holland Tunnel, 2:30 pm (photo by Richard Yeh)

The Croton River Bridge at about 1:15pm. It carries Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line over the Croton River. Water has risen up to the level of the bridge. (Photo courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad / Robert Stinson)

The Island Park LIRR station tracks already largely under water as of 1pm Monday (photo by Alfonso Castillo via flickr)

Battery Park, 12:22pm Monday (photo by Jim O'Grady)

The flooded FDR Drive at noon Monday (photo by Caitlyn Kim)

Another view of flooding on the FDR Drive (photo by Caitlyn Kim)

Wait -- is that an MTA bus?? Never mind, it's for the police. (Photo by Caitlyn Kim)

Atlantic City (photo via @Mouselink)

A runway at JFK Airport in Queens, with water encroaching (photo courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

The view from Battery Park at 11:40am Monday: Statue of Liberty, rising waters (photo by Jim O'Grady)

The Broad Street subway station in lower Manhattan, sealed up (photo by Jim O'Grady)

Transit officers Romaniello and Wright in front of a sandbagged subway station (photo by Jim O'Grady)

The PATH station at the World Trade Center. The whole system is shut down. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

(photo by Jim O'Grady)

An inflatable 'bladder" at the entrance to an office building (photo by Jim O'Grady)

Sandbags in front of the New York Stock Exchange (photo by Jim O'Grady)

More sandbags outside the Stock Exchange (photo by Jim O'Grady)

The Williamsburg Bridge on Monday morning -- light traffic, some bikes (photo by Jim O'Grady)

Sign taped to an M79 bus on Sunday (photo by Kate Hinds)

The Bronx Bees hives were getting ready for the storm on Sunday (photo via @BronxBees)

Manhattan's 79th Street Boat Basin, Sunday afternoon (photo by Kate Hinds)

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The Takeaway

What Makes Hurricane Sandy a 'Perfect Storm'?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Some meteorologists are calling Hurricane Sandy a "the perfect storm." But what, exactly, is a perfect storm? And is Sandy fitting of the moniker? Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorology director and co-founder of the forecasting service Weather Underground, weighs in.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hurricane Sandy Alert

Friday, October 26, 2012

Adam Sobel, professor of Climate and Atmospheric Science at Columbia University, talks about the approaching storm.

 

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WNYC News

Cuomo Directs Monitoring of Hurricane Sandy, 'Super Storm'

Friday, October 26, 2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the state's emergency crews to monitor Hurricane Sandy as it works its way north.

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The Takeaway

The Catskills Work Towards Recovery One Year After Hurricane Irene

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, the storm that swept its way into the Catskills and devastated the region and its residents. Despite significant efforts to provide state aid, communities across upstate New York continue the struggle to reclaim the vibrancy of the towns they call home.

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Transportation Nation

State Money Will Widen, Improve One Of Houston's Most Crowded Freeways

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

U.S. Highway 290 in Houston near the I-610 loop (photo courtesy Houston-Galveston Area Council)

(Houston, TX — Gail Delaughter, KUHF)  As more people move to the suburbs northwest of Houston, officials hope extra money from the state will help speed up improvement projects on U.S. Highway 290, one of the most congested roadways in Texas.  Highway 290 begins in the scenic Hill Country west of Austin, but once it approaches its eastern terminus at Houston's I-610 Loop, the drive is anything but peaceful as commuters face hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Alan Clark heads up transportation and air quality programs for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, an association that helps local governments with planning issues in a 13-county region along the Texas Gulf Coast. Clark says the population of Houston's northwestern suburbs is expected to grow to close to a million people over the next couple of decades, but the congestion problems on 290 are already there.  Another reason for the urgency is that 290 is also a major hurricane evacuation route,  as it hooks up with State Highway 6 from the coastal city of Galveston.

So what needs to be done? Clark says along with widening the roadway, they also need to  improve the ramps at  Beltway 8, one of the two loops that currently encircle the city. Another trouble spot is near the 610 Loop, where frontage roads don't go all the way through.

"We don't want all the traffic to have to be on the freeway to get anywhere in the corridor," Clark says. "So being able to go along those frontage roads keeps some of that traffic off the freeway itself."

Texas recently identified $2 billion in transportation funds to be used for improvements to congested corridors around the state. Clark says the 290 project will now get an extra $350 million, and that means work that was supposed to be done over 15 to 20 years can now be compressed into five or six years.  One of the projects they're looking at is managed lanes.

"We're going to develop three managed lanes that can be reversed. So it's like getting six lanes for the price of three. They'll operate a bit like we see some of the HOV lanes operate. Only these will be tolled."

But as the population grows, Clark says they'll eventually have to look at ways to help people get to work without getting on the freeway. He says officials are also looking at the possibility of commuter rail along a nearby railroad right-of-way, but that project is still a few years away.

You can hear the KUHF story  here.

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