The exerts below speaks loudly as to what the impact of this storm could be. Please if you have the moment read the entire post, http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2278
the destructive potential of the storm surge was exceptionally high: 5.7 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed between 1969 – 2005, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew.
That is pretty impressive! But what doe this mean to property in NYC?
Sandy’s storm surge will be capable of overtopping the flood walls in Manhattan, which are only five feet above mean sea level. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought a storm surge of 4.13′ to Battery Park on the south side of Manhattan. The waters poured over the flood walls into Lower Manhattan, but came 8 – 12″ shy of being able to flood the New York City subway system. According to the latest storm surge forecast for NYC from NHC, Sandy’s storm surge is expected to be several feet higher than Irene’s.
Several FEET higher, not inches. This would be catastrophic to the NYC subway system. Definitely something worth keeping an eye on as we head into this week. I do hope that the water does not make it to the subway system, but it can not be ignored.