HIGHLIGHTS OF NOTABLE DISASTERS OF 2012 PART 1: 2012 ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANE SEASON(In Reverse Chronological Order) Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA
2012’S ATLANTIC BASIN TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES 316 DEATHS $68.5 BILLION LOSSES
NAMED STORMS IN 2012 • ALBERTO - Tropical storm; May 19 • BERYL - Tropical storm; May 27 • CHRIS – Hurricane; June 21 • DEBBY – Tropical storm; June 23 • ERNESTO –Hurricane; Aug 3 • FLORENCE –Tropical storm: Aug 5 • GORDON –Hurricane, August 16
NAMED STORMS FOR 2012 • HELENE –Tropical Storm, Aug. 19 • ISAAC – Hurricane, August 21 • JOYCE –Tropical Storm, Aug. 25 • KIRK –Tropical Storm. Aug. 27 • LESLIE –Hurricane, Sept. 5 • MICHAEL –Hurricane, Sept. 5 • NADINE – Hurricane, Sept. 12
NAMED STORMS IN 2012 • OSCAR – Tropical Storm, Oct. 4 • PATTY – Tropical Storm, Oct. 11 • RAFAEL – Hurricane, Oct. 12 • SANDY – Super Storm, Oct. 22 • TONY – Tropical Storm, Oct. 24 • VALERIE– Did not happen • WILLIAM– Did not happen
TWO STORMS WERE ESPECIALLY NOTABLE ISAAC -- A RAINMAKER FOR THE ENTIRE GULF COAST SANDY – A SUPER STORM
HIGHLIGHTS OF SANDY October 22- November 1, 2012
SANDYFROM AN ORDINARY TROPICAL STORM TO A HURRICANE TO A ONCE- IN- A- CENTURY- HISTORIC “SUPER STORM” IN EIGHT DAYS
AT 8:00 PM ON OCTOBER 29, SANDYBECAME THE MOST DEVASTATING SUPER STORM TO HIT THE EASTERN USA IN RECORDED HISTORY(PRESSURE– 940 Mb)October 22– November 1, 2012
CAT 1 HURRICANE SANDY MADE LANDFALL AT 8:00 PM ON MONDAY NIGHT, OCT. 29TH Sandy made landfall south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, merging with a winter storm system to become a unique, once-in-a-century, “Super Storm” caused by nature’s natural cycles, NOT global warming
FIFTY DEATHS ALONG EASTERN SEABOARD (as of Oct. 30) Preliminary Loss Estimate: $50 Billion
SANDY CAUSED 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO BE PLACED ON HOLD FOR THREE DAYS Election took place on November 6th
NY HOSPITALS IMPACTED FLOODING, POWER OUTAGES, AND AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION LIMITED SERVICES
NEW YORK CITY ON LOCK DOWN ROADS CLOSED TUNNELS CLOSED SUBWAY, TRAINS, AND AIRPORTS CLOSED WIDE-SPREAD POWER OUTAGES HIGH VOLUME OF 911 CALLS THAT CAN’T BE ANSWERED EFFICIENTLY STOCK EXCHANGES CLOSED SCHOOLS CLOSED
WATER AND FIRE SIMULTANEOUSLY IN QUEENS, NY Fire fighters unable to cope with flooding and fire as 80 houses burn to ground
HIGHLIGHTS OF ISAAC August 21-31, 2012
TROPICAL STORM ISAAC: AUGUST 23 • The storm brought rain and gusty winds to Haiti, Puerto Rico, the eastern Caribbean Islands, and Cuba on Thursday (Aug. 23), leading to 22 deaths.
ISAAC, MISSED TAMPA BAY, FL, BUT ITS RAIN AND WIND CAUSED A 1-DAY DELAY OF THE 5-DAY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
At landfall, Isaac had winds of 133 kph (80 mph) and rain bands affecting a circular area 330 km (200 miles) wide.
NEW ORLEANS IN 2012 • When Isaac arrived in Tuesday, New Orleans was a “ghost town” as the result of evacuations, and houses and businesses being boarded up.