As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern Seaboard, many independent news sites are providing on-the-ground coverage of the storm’s impact on their communities. Here are links to several news sites that are members, like GazeboNews, of LION, a trade association we formed last year to support the growing business of local independent online news (aka LION). The sites referenced below are published by professional reporters who are fiercely loyal to their towns and cities. Some are staying in regions that have been evacuated; some are even covering the storm from their local police stations or evacuation centers; and all are utilizing whatever technology they can to keep their readers apprised of the situations at home.
www.SheepsHeadBites.com — Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (be sure to visit editor Ned Berke’s Hurricane Sandy Resource Page, which includes live video feed, chat room, storm tracker, news roundups and bulletins.
www.CliffviewPilot.com – Cliffview, N.J.
www.MyVeronaNJ.com – Verona, N.J.
www.PlanetPrinceton.com –Princeton, N.J.
www.TheBatavian.com — Batavia, N.Y.
www.RedBankGreen.com — Red Bank, N.J.
www.Baristanet.com — Montclair & Maplewood, NJ.
www.RiverheadLocal.com — Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y.
www.RooseveltIslander.com — Roosevelt Island, N.Y.
www.TheLoop.com – Larchmont, Mararoneck and Lower Westchester, N.Y.
www.CTNewsJunkie.com — Connecticut news & politics
www.ManometCurrent.com — Manomet and the Pinehills, MA
The National Weather Service is providing updated information on its National Hurricane Center–click here for the link. As of M0nday morning, Oct. 29, it reported:
...SANDY NOW MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD AND ACCELERATING... ...EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND COASTAL HURRICANE WINDS PLUS HEAVY APPALACHIAN SNOWS...
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...36.8N 71.1W ABOUT 265 MI...425 KM SE OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY ABOUT 310 MI...505 KM SSE OF NEW YORK CITY MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 20 MPH...32 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...946 MB...27.94 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... NONE. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * NORTH OF SURF CITY TO DUCK NORTH CAROLINA * PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS * BERMUDA IN ADDITION...HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST BETWEEN CHINCOTEAGUE VIRGINIA AND CHATHAM MASSACHUSETTS. THIS INCLUDES THE TIDAL POTOMAC FROM COBB ISLAND TO SMITH POINT... THE MIDDLE AND UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY...DELAWARE BAY...AND THE COASTS OF THE NORTHERN DELMARVA PENINSULA...NEW JERSEY...THE NEW YORK CITY AREA...LONG ISLAND...CONNECTICUT...AND RHODE ISLAND. TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED NORTH OF CHATHAM TO MERRIMACK RIVER MASSACHUSETTS...THE LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY...AND SOUTH OF CHINCOTEAGUE TO DUCK NORTH CAROLINA...THE NORTHERN ENDPOINT OF THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING. OTHER COASTAL AND INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THESE AREAS. PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS FROM LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICES. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.