How to Follow Hurricane Sandy Online
As Hurricane Sandy continues to whip across the Eastern Seaboard, there are many ways to stay up to date with the latest news online, from watching dozens of webcams of the storm from landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge to interactive hurricane tracking maps and following key accounts on Twitter.
“Staying connected to family, friends, community members, local and federal authorities, as well as organizations such as the Red Cross via social tools during Hurricane Sandy is encouraged,” Wendy Harman of The American Red Cross told Mashable. “These tools can be a lifeline to valuable information, comfort and resources.”
Although the storm isn’t expected to hit New York City until Monday afternoon, webcams are already capturing the high winds across Manhattan and its outer boroughs, as well as the Jersey Shore (Atlantic City) and Long Island, N.Y. In addition, the National Weather Service has a livestream set up, and BreakingLive has launched a “Sandycam.” For a full list of feeds, including those set up in Virginia Beach and Maryland, click here.
The Weather Channel has an interactive map, which highlights Hurricane Sandy’s path, speed and movement with data in real-time. Meanwhile, the Wunderground map lets you type in your zip code for data specific to your location and reveals relevant pictures of the storm in your region.
For a look at wind across various regions, this Wind Map — developed by two Google computer scientists — is updated each hour from the National Weather Service’s forecast database. Wind movement is shown in white and grey strands.
The Weather Channel is making it easy to watch live coverage with its streaming YouTube channel. Meanwhile, the New York Times City Center is posting videos from Mayor Bloomberg, tweets about flooding and other updates in one centralized hub.
Hurricane Tracker app for iOS: Stay on top of forecasts, tweets from storm centers and meteorologist and data from the National Hurricane Center.
iMap Weather Radio for iOS and Android: Track storm activity in your location and keep tabs of other regions with this app. iMap Weather Radio also issues alerts to keep you updated as they happen, and even connects you to local weather television broadcasts.
Red Cross for iOS and Android: The app includes a wealth of information about what to do in case of an emergency, how to find the closest Red Cross shelter and let friends and family know you’re safe in a click of a button.
Twitter and Facebook
Whether you’re tracking the hurricane in the at-risk regions or elsewhere, here’s a list of key Twitter accounts to keep you updated — as long as you have Internet connectivity:
National Weather Service: @usNWSgo
The Weather Channel: @twc_hurricane
National Hurricane Center: @NHC_Atlantic
The Red Cross: @RedCross
Federal Emergency Management Agency: @FEMA