New York/New Jersey & Super-storm Sandy – Disaster from the Sea & Relief from the Sea

USS Wasp

The super-storm Sandy swept in from the Atlantic on Monday night, leaving millions without power, destroying thousands of homes, killing scores and dramatically rearranging the landscape of the Jersey shore. Many New York subways went underwater. Fuel supplies are extremely low as gas stations initially lacked power to pump fuel and now lack supplies. Two of the three local refineries are shut-down due to the storm.

While relief is being sent from all over the country, much is coming by sea.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a flotilla of ships and barges began unloading gasoline in New York to help ease the shortages. The U.S. government also issued a Jones Act waiver on Friday allowing foreign tankers in the Gulf of Mexico to supply the Northeast with fuel after Hurricane Sandy.

The US Navy is also sending ships. The first to arrive is the helicopter carrier USS Wasp (LHD-1) which was originally sent out to sea to escape Hurricane Sandy and how has been sent to the New Jersey coast to help survivors. Also on their way are the amphibious transport dock ships, USS San Antonio (LPD-17) and USS Carter Hall (LSD-50).  Massachusetts Maritime Academy is also dispatching the 576 foot training ship, T.S. Kennedy, to serve as temporary housing for relief workers.

Navy Sends Warships to Hardhit New York, New Jersey Area

Mass. Maritime Academy Sending Ship To Help Sandy Relief Effort

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2 Responses to New York/New Jersey & Super-storm Sandy – Disaster from the Sea & Relief from the Sea

  1. Phil says:

    Unfortunately there is a cold front in the Carolina’s that is moving up the coast and is expected to merge with another front and turn into a tropical storm. In other words, they are going to get hit again.
    Nov 04, 2012; 5:27 AM ET High winds, with gusts past 40 mph, from Wednesday morning into Thursday afternoon–high-winds/1668543277

  2. Phil says:

    Here is the ABC weather report on the Nor’easter, but you’ll have se either read it or sit through the ad.

    Nor’easter Storm Following in Sandy’s Path, 2 Million Without Power as Temperatures Drop
    A ferocious nor’easter storm could wreak more havoc on areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, as plunging temperatures threaten the nearly two million homes and businesses that remain without power in the Northeast.