“A drone strike couldn’t be better targeted to cause maximum damage than this storm,” according to time.com. The largest storm ever to hit the east coast is set to strike the most populated area of the U.S., with 50 to 60 million people expected to be impacted by the incredibly strong storm.
And it’s not even the 85 mph winds that are the biggest problem, the real danger comes from the huge storm surges the hurricane will most likely cause along coastal areas. Time.com reports that “NOAA put the storm surge threat from Sandy at 5.7 on [a] 6 point scale—greater than any hurricane observed between 1969 and 2005, including Category 5 storms like Katrina and Andrew.”
In New York City, where the MTA has shut down subway and bus service, if flooding is severe the mass transit system could be severely impacted.
Time reports “Klaus Jacob, a research scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, noted last year that if the [Irene] storm surge had been just 1 ft. higher, subway tunnels under the Harlem and East River would have been unusable for a month, at an economic cost of $55 billion.” Read more.