For those of you in the path of Hurricane Sandy, knowing certain information about the storm can be vital to those stuck at home preparing for the storm. Google, The New York Times, and some others are providing different maps to help you prepare for the impact.
Google Crisis Map
Google has developed a map which provides separate layers for the most important information, ranging from the storm’s current position and three-day forecast to a river flood outlook, storm surge probabilities, public alerts, and the locations of evacuation routes and emergency shelters.They have an additional more detalied map for New York City displaying such info as evacuation zones, evacuation centers, Red Cross emergency shelters, and even links to webcams displaying affected areas.
As mentioned at Engadget, this is not the first time the company from Mountain View provides their resources to help in this kind of situations. – Survivors of Hurricane Issac used a similar Crisis Map to track the storm, follow public alerts, and find shelters .
The New York Times
The New York Times is also helping during the crisis and has developed a map to track the hurricane’s path. In addition, The New York Times has mounted a webcam at the top of its building in New York’s Times Square, which posts a new photo every minute. Click here to see the latest photo.
The Wind Map
Designed by data-visualization artists Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, this U.S. wind map wasn’t created specifically for hurricane Sandy; however, it conveys the storm’s effects on the East Coast’s wind patterns clearly and beautifully. Its creators are careful to note that this is a piece of art, not science, so viewers should look elsewhere for precise data on local wind speeds.
Wind Power Capacity
Will wind farms be affected by hurricane Sandy? According to CleanEnergy Footprints, “Sandy is expected to rake across Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and Ohio. Collectively those states have more than 3,500 megawatts of wind energy capacity that may be in hurricane Sandy’s path. However, hurricane Sandy is unlikely to do any major damage to wind turbines. Currently, Sandy is expected to hit the coast as a low-level Category 1 storm with winds around 80 miles per hour. Modern wind turbines are designed to protect themselves in extreme weather – including shutting down when winds get too high, even up to a Category 3 hurricane. The turbines in Delaware and New Jersey did just fine with hurricane Irene last year.”
Social networks have become one of the most used communication platforms globally, especially during disasters and critical situations. TrendsMap is tracking Twitter trends in a map at a global, national or local level. Hurricane related hashtags are trending topics these days. People are sharing pictures, testimonials, useful information and experiences about Sandy’s trajectory. Take a look at the map and find the hot spots regarding the hurricane.