Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Three million without power, and with thermometers rising into the 90s and 100s, a lack of air conditioning has been a real problem. The cause: Friday's thunderstorms that devastated a large portion of the East Coast. Find out what residents and city officials are doing to cope.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
A spring nor'easter along the East Coast on Sunday is expected to bring rain and heavy winds and even snow in some places as it strengthens into early Monday, a punctuation to a relatively dry stretch of weather for the Northeast.
Monday, March 05, 2012
A powerful storm system stretching across a dozen states in the Midwest and the South brought on between 80 to 100 tornadoes over the weekend, leveling entire towns and killing 39 people. In total, 17 million people were affected by the storms. The town of Henryville, Indiana was among one of the hardest hit when an "EF4" level tornado with windspeeds of over 175 miles-per-hour tore through the town.
Friday, August 26, 2011
As the East Coast waits for Hurricane Irene to make landfall this weekend, folks up and down the eastern seaboard are making preparations for her arrival. The storm could impact as many as 65 million people currently in its path. We want to know: What are you focused on? Are you covering windows with plywood? Stocking up on food and fresh water? Getting that box of candles and board games out? Send us photos of what you are doing to get ready for Irene.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Reports say 194 people across the southern United States are dead after tornadoes and storms ripped across the region—and that number is expected to climb. An estimated mile-wide tornado struck the town of Tuscaloosa, where there's a University of Alabama campus. Katelyn Ingram is a sophomore there; she talks with us about her experience with the storm. Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, also weighs in.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
A 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch of ice fell on the tri-state area Tuesday night, downing power lines and tree limbs, cancelling flights and making for treacherous driving conditions. The brutal wintry mix of ice and sleet has given way to rain as temperatures rise, but power outages are wide-spread in the area.
Monday, January 31, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a hearing on the Bloomberg administration's overhaul of the city's 911 emergency call system. City officials have known the system was inadequate and badly in need of updating since September 11, 2001.
In fact, the 911 Commission flagged the call system as a problem in its comprehensive report.
“The 911 system was not equipped to handle the enormous volume of calls it received. Some callers were unable to connect with 911 operators, receiving an ‘all circuits busy’ message,” the 911 Commission concluded. “Transfers were often plagued by delays and were in some cases unsuccessful. Many calls were also prematurely disconnected.”
Almost a decade after September 11, 2001, callers to 911 in a high volume scenario may still find that the system continues to fail New Yorkers when they need it most.
On an average day, 911 handles 30,000 calls without a problem. But when there are large-scale emergencies that prompt wider calls for help, the system still can’t handle it. Callers are more likely to get a busy signal or a recording.
There have been recent upgrades, but the critics contend that some of the most recent changes to the system for efficiency may actually be a step backward for accuracy, for key information like where exactly to send a fire truck.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
By Beth Fertig
Schools Chancellor Cathie Black kept public schools open Wednesday, but fewer than half of the city's students went to class.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Many domestic flights at New York area airports were canceled Tuesday because of the approaching snowstorm. It is a blow for travelers, especially those who also had to deal with grounded flights during the recent Christmas blizzard.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday ahead of the storm expected to dump eight to 14 inches of snow on the city. The city has declared a weather emergency.
WNYC wants to hear snowstorm reports from your neighborhood. Text SNOW to 30644 to sign up.
Monday, January 10, 2011
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration will be questioned in detail on Monday for the first time about its admittedly poor response to the post-Christmas blizzard.