President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in New Hampshire following Superstorm Sandy.
On Wednesday, the president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the storm from October 26 to November 8. The declaration covers the counties of Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan.
Gov. John Lynch submitted the request for a disaster declaration on Nov. 15.
The cover of the November 12th issue of The New Yorker effectively summed up the two big stories coming out of New York City this past month: Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012. In the picture, a backpacked shaggy-haired man, chest-high in water, searches for his polling place among the pitch-black flooded streets of the Big Apple. It’s a drawing that someone makes a city of over eight million people seem like a very lonely place to be.
It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey. Still, thousands remain displaced or without power. Touring damaged areas of New York City last week, President Obama said one thing of the ongoing recovery that’s hard to dispute: “It’s not going to be easy.”
Despite arguments over effectiveness and cost, New Jersey has long practiced what is called “artificial beach nourishment”—importing and pumping tons of sand to build up its shore. Much of that sand was swept away by super storm Sandy’s massive surge and the one that followed from the recent nor’easter.
Super-storm Sandy once again has journalists talking about social media’s evolving role in breaking news coverage. Using laptops and smartphones, many Americans on the eastern seaboard contributed to national coverage of the storm via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.
Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.
Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.
New Hampshire continues to clean up from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, with coordination centered in the state's Emergency Operations Center.
All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with the EOC's Jim Van Dongen for the latest on cleanup efforts, the state of power outages and what President Obama's disaster declaration will do to aid those efforts.
Governor John Lynch toured the damage to New Hampshire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the governor arrived at the Bedford Operations Center late Tuesday afternoon, he learned that most of the damage in the area had already been cleaned up.
Bedford's municipal buildings and traffic lights were spared any serious damage, though around 2,000 PSNH customers are still without power. Crews from as far as Texas are helping restore service there.
Lynch praised the efforts of the emergency responders and cited the use of new media in getting the word out about the storm:
The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome. So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.
We bring you an update on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the Granite State and the region. The Northeast is expecting major damage from a confluence of enormous weather events. We’ll hear from emergency officials, power companies, reporters in bordering states and your stories as well.
Sam Evans Brown - Reporter for NHPR who is covering Hurricane Sandy's progress.
It’s looking pretty good, New Hampshire DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says, despite the many roads still closed because of fallen trees. At least as far as infrastructure goes, there are no reports of major damage. Boynton says he was worried that sustained heavy rain would turn little brooks into raging torrents.
It’s that kind of speed along with gravity that can take its toll on culverts and roats and if it gets over the road it can compromise the road quickly and you can get severe washouts.
Hurricane Sandy brought commerce to a halt across the state today. Some economists will say hurricanes like Sandy produce enough economic activity to create a net gain. But they may not be taking into consideration what is known as The Broken Window Fallacy.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 7:27 pm
Doug Smith and his girlfriend Trenor Bender thought the worst of Hurricane Sandy had passed them by when they looked out the windows in the wee hours today. At their rental home, three rows back from the beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, there was no water in the yard at all at 3:30 this morning. But that didn't last.
"When I woke up, I couldn't believe it," says Smith of the view just a few hours later, "I saw this sheet of water on the ground."
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has prepared for Hurricane Sandy. There are three ships on the premises now. The Shipyard’s commander, Captain Bryant Fuller, says two of them are safe from Sandy in their dry dock. Bryant says one ship -- the ex-USS Memphis -- is tied to the pier, and exposed to the elements: