Sandy: A Storm to Reckon With, But No Irene
by Mary Thill
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Lisa Bramen as the author.
The checkout lines at Price Chopper in Lake Placid were slow Sunday. Shopping carts were topped off with bottled water, batteries, canned foods. Along streams and the East Branch of the Ausable River in the town of Jay, people stacked sand bags.
The scars of 2011’s Tropical Cyclone Irene are still fresh. Hurricane Sandy is being taken seriously here.
After watching the hurricane’s path for days, the North Country gained some confidence Sunday that Sandy will probably not become another Irene, though the size and slow pace of the storm are worrisome. It was Irene’s lack of momentum that caused the most damage; that storm seemed to stall in the Champlain Valley, deluging it.
With Sandy, forecasters are predicting a possibility of minor flooding in spots that get the heaviest rains, but wind is the widespread danger. A high-wind warning takes effect at 2 p.m. today and lasts until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Schools are closing early today as tree-throw and power outages are expected.
Here is a link to NOAA’s Burlington weather station, for unfiltered local and national updates on the storm.
Here is a link to the USGS stream gage on the East Branch of the Ausable River, the most flood-prone major river in the Adirondacks and the one most overwhelmed by Irene.
Here is a link to all of the stream gages in New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the Town of Jay firehouse Sunday, and he has been wearing Twitter out with updates on storm-surge-vulnerable coastal lowlands as well as wind-threatened highlands.
[UPDATE]: North Country Public Radio’s website is aggregating the latest news on closures and weather from around the region. If you’ve lost power and are trying to conserve batteries, NCPR will also provide key information on air at 5 minutes before each hour.
Hikers and campers were leaving the woods over the weekend. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Sandy site can be found here.
Here is a map of wind patterns.
In the calm before the storm Saturday Frankenpine happened to be on the banks of the Ausable River. The band, which features former Adirondack Life assistant editor Ned P. Rauch on guitar, was filming a video of the song “Flood Line,” inspired by Irene. In honor of this Frankenstorm, Frankenpine has made the song available for free download on its website.