Sandy: Down but not fully out
A satellite image shows the remnants of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday.
October 31st, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Sandy: Down but not fully out

Superstorm Sandy will go down in history. But the storm itself isn’t “history” yet.

It may no longer be packing a punch, but it is getting some jabs in.

“The combination of the remnants of Sandy and high pressure to the west are still producing strong winds over the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast,” says CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. “This will cause some coastal flooding along the Great Lakes.”

The Coast Guard in Milwaukee warned people to stay away from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, with 14- to 18-foot waves expected, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ-TV.

"It's a once in a lifetime to see something like this," Chris Barlow in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, told CNN affiliate WLUK-TV while watching the waves of Lake Michigan.

"This is pretty crazy.  Earlier I saw a big wave go over that little red lighthouse," Theresa Kuczynski told the station.

Sandy’s heavy rains are also causing floodwaters to gush through the Potomac.

And 2 to 4 inches of additional snow is expected in West Virginia, Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania - so travel hazards remain.

Much of Maine is under a flood watch until midafternoon today, though the National Weather Service says large rivers and streams are expected to “remain within their banks.”

Meanwhile, parts of Canada are in for a bit of a wallop.

“The remnants of Sandy, especially the upper-level circulation, will move over eastern Canada and will bring a combination of snow, gusty winds and rainfall to portions of eastern Ontario and Quebec,” said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

The Canadian government has issued warnings for heavy rain, wind and even storm surges.

Still, Sandy is now “just a shell of its former self,” Hennen said.

It “will be talked about for generations” - and expect a lot of books about it, he said.

“The sun is even shining this morning in parts of the hardest-hit areas,” Hennen said. “The story now is the devastation left behind.”

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  1. Mitch P.

    FEMA is now asking for people to fill out the required ID10-T form to begin the recovery process. This form is required if you are looking to receive government assistance with any damages/losses beyond those which your insurance (homeowners, auto, etc) are able to provide.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bencoates57

    Nothing here in metro DC Virginia. We may need a few leafblowers but the storm was a real snoozer.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • colloctor

      count yourself BLESSED!!

      October 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George

    Ilive in Phoenix AZ now but I'm from Long Island NY. I feel the media is doing a terrible job reporting the damages on Long Island, I realize NJ Took the direct hit but come on. Unable to reach anyone in Massapequa or Pt Jefferson

    October 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bnakka

      Same thing happened when Katrina was in New Orleans. A whole lot of other places were slammed too like Mississippi but only New Orleans was shown all over the news.

      Media only likes the gory parts because they sell better. What is new? Skewed reporting at its best.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ally

    Acutally, Sandy was very well forecast. The weather community expected this a week beforehand. But when the tv weather people talked about preparing I heard a lot of people laughing about overhype.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. aktap

    Its sad to say, but this would be a good time to rethink how we rebuild our coastal Cities. in the age of global warming, tight begets and cheap skate billionaires its going to be tuff to get ready for what's coming let alone fix this mess. if your shocked about this Storm? most likely you thought Katrina was just a one time fluke blown up by a liberal press so liberals could get elected. I do wonder how many people and politicians will still be openly taking a anite Global warming stand after this Storm! Or will it take wiping Miami off the map with a super storm in a year or two to make people change they're minds?

    October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Dude....big storms happen all the time. How come every time you libs jump up and call global warming.... Katrina, Isabel, Sandy....nothing abnormal about any of these storms. What would make it extremely abnormal is if EVERY hurricane was like this. Obviously not the case....

      October 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Storms are not liberal or conservative.
      Storms do not have a (R) or a (D) behind their names.
      Storms shouldn't be politicized...and yet here you two are.

      Stop making a freaking political statement out of other people's tragedies.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rational

      Hmmm, lets see... Before Katrina there was (only the biggest ones of course there were others): Andrew, Hugo, Iniki. Lets not forget that Camille and Betsy both devastated the same area, Camille was even stronger than Katrina was. I could go on all day about severe storms that happen every ten to fifteen years. This years drought is no worse than the one in the 80's, in fact, our summer was cooler than the summer in the mid 80's that produced a severe drought. Banasy is right, global warming and politics have nothing to do with this storm.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Whether or not there is global warming, let's stop pumping crap into our air and water and have better lives.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HELP

    Personally, I believe global warming is a fact. However climate change has been happening over and over again throughout earth's history. The real question is are human beings on this planet able to accelerate it to what is being called the "point of no return", where we have no chance for the earth to regain composure and stabalize. This question is open for debate, but I do believe changes are neccessary in our behaviors, and actually despite people painting this as a democrat verus republican issue, there have been attempts worldwide to cut unneccessary pollution and waste. Is that enough??? We'll know by the next generation or two.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • colloctor

      well said. Dirty fuel causes dirt weather. Coal miners hating on the current president for converation. their great grandkids will be very greatful!!!

      October 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Coal miners should know better due to all the black lung that wonderful coal has caused. As I said in my earlier post we need to quit pumping crap into the air and water.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead

      What's truly interesting about this entire debate, to me, is that those who want to bury their heads in the sand and do nothing to reduce our carbon footprint, those who would rather risk it than play it safe, are referred to as "conservatives." That's truly a head-scratcher.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    NYC is historically vulnerable to this scenaro. Especially now, since its so densely populated.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bnakka

    More than globabl warming being a threat it is health hazards that are more common these days. There is so much chemical waste out there and so much stuff they put in food today.

    No one should be concerned about the natural disasters, for these you have time to prepare and live on with the chemicals they pump out regularly the deaths are slow and the affects are almost irreversible.

    Instead of blabbering about global warming everyone should be concerned about why they are creating new toxic compositions that cause cancer.

    Not having a house or food for a few weeks is no where worse than contracting cancer and dieing from it.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marc

    I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, and although I sympathies with those 50 or so that died (have not seen a stoy saying how they died) itwas a CAT 1, not a 4 or 5, but a 1with. 80mph winds. We have 80mphs winds in the spring on "windy" days. Everyone should be prepared for nature. I would be asking the power company what would have happened if it had been a 4 or 5.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gold Dragon

    Hello to everyone.

    Hurricanes happen. Yes places got severe damage and I feel for all who are suffering. But this has been happening for centuries. When mother nature strikes these things happen. Those that choose to live on the coastal regions should expect damages. So rebuild wisely if you choose to live there.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Knucklehead

    It will be talked about until the next year or two, when a Category 3 or 4 hits, and does even more damage. Conservatives will continue to blame it on "cyclical weather changes" and/or "global cooling," with no data to back any of it up, of course. It's called "Neo-con Science."

    October 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doabitofhomework

    MitchP doesn't seem to think people should have to fill out a form to get assistance. I guess he thinks all he should need to do is walk into a FEMA office, ask for aid, and it'll be handed over. He ought to be at least glad that our country's infrastructure (incuding FEMA) is doing the people right this time. Just viewing the vastness of the destruction, it's astonishing that there weren't many more deaths. For which you'd think MitchP would be grateful – at least for that much.

    The thought that storms like this could become the new "normal" makes me shudder. It's like all the rainfall which our Midwest would normally receive was withheld in order to make one gargantuan storm for the eastern seaboard. So instead of a good corn crop, as usual, we got a drought and dead corn, and our most populated areas devastated by too much violent wind and rain.

    I wish good fortune for those who have suffered losses of any kind, and hope their recovery will be swift, though it's hard to imagine how it can be so, considering the devastation.

    I want to also thank our president for his conscientious supervision of, and attention to, this national disaster. We've already learned, the hard way, just how important the president IS at times like this.

    You did good, Obama.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    They deleted my comment because I said the phrase "pizzing contest".
    Delete this again, CNN, and then bite me.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Headphones

    This is a catastrophe? Man a Single US Drone strike kills more people daily than a "SuperStorm" Hurricane like Sandy does once in a blue moon. Just putting things into perspective here. 29 Americans perish at the hands of mother nature its a Catastrophe. 29 Pakistanis perish at the hands of US forces – its collateral damage. Move along. 😛

    October 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yeah, it's a catastrophe.
      It's a catastrophe because, not only the loss of life, but the wide-spread damage that was done...sorry you don't consider it a tragedy, but maybe YOU should move along to Pakistan where your "help" is urgently needed...where the HELL is your common sense??
      Don't minimize this tragedy for your rhetorical disingenuous talking points.
      Eye on the ball here, sparky.

      October 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. carrie ann

    no one can feel or understand what them people felt untill it happens to u or i.its gona b a hard n long road for them.Everybody needs to just wish n pray for thos u lost someone n thos that r goin threw it alone.U will b in my thoughts n my prays from here on out.:'(

    November 1, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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