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Hurricane/cyclones : history, effects

Historically, in tropical areas, did cyclones/hurricanes wipe villages/huts/people off the face of the earth ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?

I want to donate more in support of Hurricane Sandy, but I'm concerned that while the Red Cross and the NYC Mayor's Fund are probably getting a ton of love, there are other charities in the city that are in dire straights as a result of the hurricane. (Or just in general.) What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most?
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 6, 2012 - 12 answers

how to help?

Aside from donating money, is there anything that I can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Landlord Not Providing Habitable Apartment Due To Hurricane -- Still Responsible For Rent?

I’m currently in NY in an apartment without water, sewage, heat or electricity. I’m living elsewhere until my area gets these services back. As I understood it, an apartment without these sorts of things (not to mention the stench of sewage and sea water eating away at the belongings in the floor below and the mold that must be growing there – I think the tenants down there are simply walking away and not cleaning up) is considered uninhabitable. Aren’t renters, by law, not obligated to pay rent until these issues are fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 16 answers

How will they fix New York?

How long will it take NYC to fully recover from Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
posted by ben242 on Oct 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Given the Hurrican, should I drive from Toronto to New York?

Is it totally crazy to drive to NY tomorrow, Wed, Oct 31st? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Brooklyn flooding/storm surge question

flooding / storm surge question: Flood waters in fiance's Brooklyn/Greenpoint location are about 2' away by depth, half a block by walking. Is water likely to rise more? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Emergency Kindle rations needed, stat!

Need sub $15 Kindle book recommendation to weather the Big Storm. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Stormy Tuesday?

What if there's a natural disaster on election day? Are there state and/or federal contingencies?
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

What should I expect if I'm scheduled to fly into the heart of the Frankenstorm?

I'm scheduled to fly (home) from San Francisco to Washington, DC (Dulles) on Monday night. How screwed am I, what should I expect, and what plans should I be making right now? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 26, 2012 - 20 answers

It's raining, it's pouring, the drip drip is boring

How do subsequent insurance claims work in conjunction with previous claims? Isaacy Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood?

What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my!

Anyone have good post-disaster projects to do with kids at camp tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Octopus's Garden

What kind of structure could be built to permit up-close observation of a hurricane? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Aug 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Hurricane advice for a friend in Staten Island

With Hurricane Irene approaching, what's the best course of action for someone still on the Staten Island shore? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 27, 2011 - 23 answers

How concerned should I be for my family in New York City?

How concerned should I be for my family in New York City? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

How should I reschedule my flight around Hurricane Irene?

IreneFilter: help me reschedule my air travel plans from DC to Reno on Sunday morning. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Aug 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Flying Through a Hurricane

We're supposed to fly from JFK to MCO on Sunday evening. Except now there is a hurricane. What's our best course of action? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Aug 23, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I buy a generator for my house?

Help me buy a generator! Degree of difficulty: 5-ton AC. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Construction Strategies

What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Actually I hope there is not much devastation left to see...

I'm going to New Orleans for 4 days this spring and I am fascinated by Hurricane Katrina. What should I read before I go and what should I do while in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 22, 2010 - 20 answers

Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January?

Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 10, 2009 - 3 answers

shutter up already

How do I cheaply hurricane-proof 15 large windows without paying through the nose? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Jun 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Where do birds go in a hurricane?

Where do city birds go when a hurricane hits? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 6, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I find out if a certain address has power yet?

Does zip code 77006 (in Houston) have power? How could I find out if a certain address has power yet? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Sep 24, 2008 - 13 answers

What was Michael Chertoff talking about when he said 1.5 people died?

What was Michael Chertoff talking about when he said 1.5 people died? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Sep 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Flying into Texas on Saturday, during a hurricane - is this sheer folly?

Flying into Texas on Saturday, during a hurricane - is this sheer folly? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Sep 11, 2008 - 17 answers

hurricane food

What food should I buy in preparation for Hurricane Ike, and how should I eat it? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Sep 10, 2008 - 23 answers

Weather in Miami In September

I'll have some free time (a week) after Labor Day (Sept. 1). I really really like Miami Beach; I have been there several times in the winter and once in early July. Will hurricane season make a short trip right after Labor Day this year a nightmare? I don't mind really hot/humid weather I do mind hurricanes... Even if the weather is O.K., will South Beach be dead anyway? I can't go earlier than that, and I can't go later. Personal experiences of Miami Beach in September and good weather resources welcome. Thanks!!!
posted by PenguinBukkake on May 20, 2008 - 2 answers

Hurricane tracking reliability.

Has anyone tracked the historical accuracy of different types of hurricane trajectory prediction models? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Aug 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Facts and Statistics about Hurricane Katrina

I am in need of current and historical facts and numbers regarding Hurricane Katrina. For example, how many people are still living in FEMA trailers? How many people have left New Orleans for good? Also, historical numbers, how many homes were destroyed? How many people were left homeless? etc. Thanks
posted by captainscared on Jul 14, 2007 - 10 answers

This Old House Needs Shutters

What type of wood should we use for historically-appropriate exterior window shutters? Details inside, special interest for those in hurricane-prone coastal areas. [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Jun 6, 2006 - 9 answers

Shouldn't I be going in the other direction?

What should you take into a tropical post-hurricane situation? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo on May 18, 2006 - 13 answers

What are the current challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

What are the current challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Apr 9, 2006 - 3 answers

Staying safe while doing good

TravelFilter: Any advice for traveling to New Orleans over spring break with college students for a service project? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Feb 20, 2006 - 16 answers

Willy-Wally?

Was wondering if anyone knew the Australian name for a hurricane/tropical storm/typhoon/cyclone. I have tried google-ing this but can't seem to find anything but lists of hurricane names... it came up over dinner last week and has been driving me mad!
posted by dazedandconfused on Jan 17, 2006 - 13 answers

I need a bigger version of this amazing photo.

Can anyone find a larger version of this photo?
posted by gummo on Oct 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Need to send supplies to Wilma-affected father

My Dad got spanked by Wilma pretty hard. I rounded up some supplies and want to send them to him. Do any of the major shippers offer help/discounts for p2p hurricane aid? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Oct 26, 2005 - 3 answers

What do I need to know as Red Cross volunteer?

I've just been asked to deploy to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer (mi). [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 22, 2005 - 9 answers

Stay or go? Facts and reality, please.

What was the Katrina damage 50 miles inland? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Sep 22, 2005 - 10 answers

Do they always go east?

Shouldn't hurricane track predictions have a skewed distribution due to the nature/direction of steering winds? [more inside]
posted by Chuckles on Sep 22, 2005 - 5 answers

How do I volunteer for Katrina recovery efforts?

The Red Cross requires a three-week hitch, getting me back two days too late for my calendar. FEMA doesn't want help. I'm told that there are organizations across the country who are looking for volunteers to help with all manner of aid for Katrina victims. I just need a floor to sleep on and three squares, and I'll work 18 hours days feeding dogs or helping people fill out paperwork or cook food or whatever. Can anybody point me to some such organizations?
posted by waldo on Sep 13, 2005 - 21 answers

Donating with Paypal

I'd like to donate to the Katrina relief effort. I don't have a credit card, but am set up with Paypal. Paypal seems to want me to donate to the United Way. [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten on Sep 7, 2005 - 13 answers

Why does FEMA hate communication?

Why would FEMA cut the emergency communication lines in Jefferson Parish? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Sep 6, 2005 - 18 answers

What is Brit Hume thinking at this very moment?

Heartless Bastard filter: Who stands to make beaucoup cash money from the New Orleans disaster? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Sep 6, 2005 - 25 answers

How did the New Orleans cemeteries fare through Hurricane Katrina?

Amid the original concerns about a Cat 3 or higher hurricane hitting New Orleans was the above-ground cemetery circumstances in the city. I'm not sure this thread could be any more ghoulish than what the status quo is but, has anyone heard anything about the status of the cemeteries in New Orleans?
posted by Jazznoisehere on Sep 3, 2005 - 10 answers

amazing interview with Ray Nagin - where is it?

I am looking for a recording of a recent radio interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on radio with WWL's Garland Robinette. The interview took place sometime around 6 or 6:30 am UTC (- or roughly a half hour to an hour ago as I am posting this), and is the most amazing thing I've ever heard from a politician. Some quick-on-the-draw person must have recorded it. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 2, 2005 - 41 answers

'Powerful Katrina' indeed...

The hurricane has my mother remembering a saying from back in the 1930s or 1940s. She says men who were trying to show off their muscles (flexing, striking a pose) would commonly say "Powerful Katrina!" Somewhat in the way I guess we might make a Popeye joke. Try Googling "Powerful Katrina" today of course and I get only hurricane news. Does anyone know: Is the phrase from an old comic strip, radio show, an opera, or did my mom dream the whole thing?
posted by GaelFC on Sep 1, 2005 - 8 answers

NO $

How much economic activity did New Orleans generate? [more inside]
posted by raaka on Aug 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Evacuate or else?

Are there any penalties for those ignoring a mandatory evacuation? [more inside]
posted by tuxster on Aug 30, 2005 - 17 answers

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