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Forgotten by FEMA: Volunteers step up in storm-ravaged NYC borough

Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York’s storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough’s South Shore braved a nor’easter Wednesday night, many — perhaps hundreds —… Read more →

Cold, wet storm hits Sandy survivors hard: Record snow

Residents across the Northeast woke up Thursday to more than 100,000 new power outages and record early snow from a nor’easter that struck just 10 days after Superstorm Sandy battered the region. “We’re right back to the same situation,” Kirk Walker of Hackensack, N.J., told NBCNewYork.comafter power went out for the third time at his home since Sandy struck. “They said it… Read more →

Magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes off coast of Guatemala

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, the USGS reports, shaking buildings in nearby cities including Mexico City, Guatemala City and San Salvador. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possibility of a local tsunami, but issued no warning for a larger region. The earthquake was about 20 miles deep and was centered… Read more →

Nor’easter has Sandy-ravaged region in its crosshairs

Just as the beleaguered Northeast struggles to get off the canvas after superstorm Sandy, a nor’easter is brewing that will sweep through the region beginning Wednesday, bringing freezing temperatures, high winds, more flooding and possibly snow. As the nation prepared to choose a president, many flood-ravaged residents of the New Jersey and New York coasts are still without power and… Read more →

Price gouging, looting and rage: Superstorm Sandy brings out the worst in some

Superstorm Sandy exposed the true nature of the people in its path, bringing out tales of hope and heroism — as well as stories of callous cruelty. Looting, price gouging and misguided rage all compounded the unprecedented storm, and left many folks shaking their heads and wondering just how low people could sink. Gas was siphoned from cars, criminals posed… Read more →

Will Election Day be a ‘perfect storm?’

With more than 90 million Americans expected to cast their ballots on Tuesday, election officials across the country are bracing for what some  fear will be a “perfect storm” of Election Day problems that could result in tense confrontations at polling stations and a rush to the courthouse to file legal challenges. The list of actual and potential problems is unusually… Read more →

Nor’easter on track to hit weather-beaten New York, New Jersey

NEW YORK –  Just what New York and New Jersey need after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy: more high winds. The National Weather Service predicted Sunday that a Nor’easter that could include gusts of up to 55 mph is likely to reach the area by Wednesday and could compound the havoc brought by last week’s violent weather. “Prepare for more outages,” advised… Read more →

What records did Sandy break?

New York City had not been hit with the kind of flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy in more than half a century. Scott Pelley spoke with CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard to see what records Sandy broke.   According to Wikipedia: Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in… Read more →