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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us again Friday night for a live broadcast from 9-11p.m. ET to help create a post-storm playlist.
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.
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."
Join Soundcheck host John Schaefer this Thursday from 9-11 p.m. ET for our special broadcast, "After The Storm: You Pick The Music."
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.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the state's emergency crews to monitor Hurricane Sandy as it works its way north.
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.
(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.