‘Ice, slush and all kinds of Yuck’: Residents’ Stories from The Storm

‘Ice, Slush and all kinds of Yuck’: Residents’ Stories from the Storm

By Tim Skillern |  The Lookout

Snow covered Norwich, Conn., streets early Saturday morning. (Christa Leigh/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

As snow blankets the northeastern United States, snarls traffic and shoves residents indoors, Yahoo News readers are sharing their storm experiences. Here are dispatches, photos and videos they shared.  (All times on posts are ET.)


10:15 a.m.

Some homes without power on Long Island

YAPHANK, N.Y.—It’s Saturday on Long Island, and no business is open while city employees are busy clearing snow off the roads. Although I was surprised how quickly snow covered my car on Friday, it is unbelievable today. My car is completely covered in snow. In front of my house, there is nowhere to pass.

Worst of all, I lost power last night. The snowstorm has caused many of my neighbors to stay home. My neighbors usually wake up early in the morning. As I’m writing, it is 9:43 a.m., but I can’t see anyone outside. The temperature is going down, and it is very windy.

— Ismail Kakembo

9:43 a.m.

Blizzard of ’13 lives up to hype

NORWICH, Conn.—This morning we are still experiencing heavy snowfall, though forecasters expect that to taper off around 10 a.m. Norwich has about 23 inches of snow at the moment. Snow banks in our front yard have easily reached waist-high. We had to shovel the snow outside our front door twice in the middle of the night just to prevent us from becoming trapped inside.

A blanket of about three inches of snow covers all the roads to our neighborhood; it’s clear that the plows have not come through for some time. The storm became so bad last night that state and city plow trucks were pulled off the roads; they are now back in action. Not only is traveling impractical, but it’s also impossible. Even so, Gov. Dan Malloy ordered that all roads be closed until further notice to prevent optimistic drivers from getting stuck in the snow.

Though Connecticut Light & Power reports about 36,000 of its customers without power, here in Norwich, the Norwich Public Utilities is only reporting sporadic outages, with about 160 customers out of power. We thankfully experienced no power outages during the storm.

— Christa Leigh

8:19 a.m.

Snow buried a car overnight in Portland, Maine. (Sheryl Westleigh/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

In Portland, Maine, snowed in on Saturday

PORTLAND, Maine—It’s 8 a.m. Saturday, and we’re going absolutely nowhere. Snow is still falling and the plows have yet to be seen on my little street. The snow from Nemo has buried the entire street, and cars are barely visible under the snow drifts. There may be a small car or two that have completely disappeared.

I’ve lived in Maine my whole life, and we’re used to heavy snow; this, however, is one of those storms we will remember digging out from. Light fluffy snow is pretty, but it drifts a lot and with the wind from this storm, it has piled up in front of doors and cars. As soon as you dig out, it starts filling back in. No one here is going anywhere for a while.

— Sheryl Westleigh


12:06 a.m.

Ten inches, and still falling, near Boston

CHELSEA, Mass.—Snow covers all of my windows. The only sounds my companion and I hear are the wind whipping outside and the occasional rumble of a plow or wail of a fire engine siren. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the road after 4 p.m., the first time that’s happened since the infamous Blizzard of ’78, so the roads are virtually empty. We spotted a swerving SUV attempting to brave the storm this evening, but the storm was clearly winning.

Late Friday snowfall outside Boston. (L. Carter/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

Everything is closed, even the 24-hour McDonald’s just down the street that never closes. There’s nowhere to go, and no logical way to get there, so there’s nothing much to do but wait out the storm. My companion and I — along with most of Chelsea and the surrounding towns, apparently — did all of our grocery shopping Thursday night, so we’re well-stocked with food and making the best of a nice, (mostly) quiet Friday at home.

We’ve been going outside every hour to take pictures and measure accumulation; the snow is falling at about two and a half inches an hour now. The conditions are ghastly, but in a sense they’re also magical. My mother was pregnant with me during the Blizzard of ’78, so this is the first storm of this magnitude I’ve experienced firsthand, and it brings with it a sense of childlike excitement. Even my cat has been peering out the window in wonder, trying to figure out what’s going on.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t lose power, and that when we wake up Saturday, my car won’t be completely buried beneath the snow. But whatever the outcome, this blizzard a great excuse to spend a cozy evening with a loved one and appreciate the shelter from the storm.

— L. Carter

11:58 p.m.

Taking the storm seriously in Sandy-weary NYC

BRONX, N.Y.—As winter storm Nemo approached my Bronx home, memories of Sandy were still fresh in New Yorkers’ minds.

We’ve learned to take the weather seriously. After monitoring the weather reports, I made the decision to handle all my business, including grocery shopping, one day before the storm. Snow in NYC not only screws up the roads, it also disrupts train service. And sure enough, service has been disrupted. Commuter rail service on certain MTA lines has been suspended. A video of one metro north train station shows the snow already covering the rails. With snow still falling and predicted to fall Saturday as well, train service near me has been suspended.

— Justin Samuels

9:02 p.m.

Power outages strike Rhode Island

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—This winter storm system is currently hitting the northeast hard. In Rhode Island, we are experiencing wind gusts up to 50 mph. The visibility is very poor and all people have been ordered off the roads. The major highways have been closed to commuters in an effort to keep all non-essential workers off the road. This storm has developed rapidly over the day, starting with a light dusting and light winds to a full-on blizzard. With snow falling at such a fast rate, our area is bracing for more than two feet of accumulation.

The snow is wet and heavy, weighing down the trees in my backyard. Shoveling is difficult due to the strong winds and cold chill. With the accumulations, it seems that shoveling needs to be done every hour or so just to keep up. As of 5 p.m., more than 1,000 people were without power. Within the last couple of hours, this number has jumped to tens of thousands. Although we currently are still with power in Pawtucket, the lights continue to dim on and off and we are prepared in the event we do lose electricity.

— Meagan Coelho

Friday afternoon in West Nyack, N.Y.(SA_Steve /Flickr)

8:45 p.m.

In Stamford, Nemo whimpers on first day

STAMFORD, Conn.—In truth, the snow is indeed still falling and the occasional snowman can be seen (and is being buried ever-deeper), but Winter Storm Nemo, snowpocalypse, Nemogeddon, or whatever it’s being called, has ended its first day with a whimper.

Six inches, no match for my Toro Power Max snow-blower, once sat in my driveway, but now grace my lawn in piles; another layer of snow softens their edges. There’s probably an inch or so that has since fallen, which will be handled in the morning.

The day was largely uneventful. Nothing distinguishes Nemo from a typical heavy snowstorm. The temperature has been a moderately cold 30 degrees, the wind has not been a significant player, and the snow itself has accumulated, but not greatly and only over 12 hours.

— David J. Kozlowski

6:58 p.m.

Visibility lower, snow heavier in southeast Connecticut

NORWICH, Conn.—Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy issued a travel ban for state highways, but local roads are still accessible. Norwich City Manager Alan Bergren issued a state of emergency for the town as of 4 p.m.

An afternoon trip to our local Stop & Shop found shelves still full with no long lines. The store’s cashiers said they will still be open until midnight tonight. Stop & Shop’s gas station was closed, however, and it was unclear whether it was due to an outage of gas or the snow. Three other gas stations in the Norwich area were still open for business. Roads are still moderately clear with a few snow plows on the road, but it’s become apparent that soon they won’t be able to keep up with the heavy snowfall that we’re currently experiencing. Visibility conditions have also decreased considerably from this morning’s work commute.

— Christa Leigh


5:32 p.m.

Blizzard knocking at the door

BUCKSPORT, Maine—Snow began falling early morning in mid-coastal Maine. The temperatures were frigid outside and down to around 5 degrees. Winds were whipping, and the roads had just started to disappear with a blanket of about two inches of snow on the ground. Our town’s road crew had its plows on and was already out clearing the roads locally. I am sure these few inches that had begun to fall were an instant reminder that the blizzard was just knocking at our door.

We left our house early, so we fared well at the gas pumps with only a few others taking their turn getting gas. We took our gas cans as we would need the gas for the generator if we have power outages. We got enough extra for our snow blower that undoubtedly will get a good workout. We stopped at the grocery store on the way home, so that I could get all the essentials we need, e.g., batteries, water, milk, eggs, coffee, oh—and chocolate! The parking lot was full, and we barely had a place to park—but I got in and out with no major issues with everything I needed to weather the storm.

— Virginia Wright

Long Island resident Eric Holden shot this video on Friday afternoon.

4:53 p.m.

Fun, not fretting, in Maine’s blizzard

READFIELD, Maine—The day before a storm of any size, our area grocery stores and gas stations get overrun with customers. Everyone is trying to not only stock up on food and necessities for the possible three days of not wanting to be on the roads, but also collecting water, batteries and something for heat just in case we spend a week or so without power.

It is like a game to most of us. We all sit around trying to guess as to how many inches of snow we will end up getting and how many days we will go without power if at all. I personally love the feeling of being surrounded by snow and to be able to sit in my living room and just watch the beauty happen around me.

Oh, the work? You want to know about the work side of it? Well, with each storm, there does come a lot of responsibility, but, hey, we are Mainers. We can handle it. Have your shovels handy and your plow on and you will be fine. Make it fun. There is no need to be stressed out.

— Angela Godbout

Roads in upstate New York on Friday. (Ismail Kakembo/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

4:40 p.m.

Bitten by Sandy, taking this storm seriously

STAMFORD, Conn.—Storm-weary residents here, once bitten by Sandy, are preparing for the worst. Store shelves were empty and lines at gas stations resulted in wait times of as long as 30 minutes Thursday night, as residents prepared to be trapped inside their homes. Water, road salt, and shovels were in short supply. Optimistically, plastic sleds were also sold out.

The snow fall is alternating between heavy and light. It seems to fall at inches per hour, only to change to very light flakes. It’s a heavy, wet, sticky snow on the ground, making shoveling a back-breaker. There’s no significant wind to speak of and, thus far, no significant damage, injuries, or power outages reported.

The blizzard will continue throughout the day and into Saturday, with the heaviest snowfall expect in the evening. Connecticut’s Gov. Dan Malloy is declaring a state of emergency with road closures to begin at noon.

We have adequate supplies of staple foods, gas for the snow-blower, and flashlights and batteries. We checked our property for potential problems and found none (fortunately, no trees are within striking distance of our house). The storm is finding us well-prepared, well-stocked, and ready to spend a weekend indoors.

— David J. Kozlowski

3:24 p.m.

Tempers flare, shelves stripped in central Jersey as storm arrives

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J.—Starting Thursday, residents here began stocking up on food, batteries, snow shovels, and gasoline. Those lucky enough to have generators don’t want to risk running out of gas, which may be as hard to find after this storm as it was after “Superstorm” Sandy.

Thousands of flights have been canceled at Newark and other New York-area airports. The parking lot at the local Stop & Shop was jammed, as people stripped shelves of milk, bread, and bottled water. Tempers frayed and a horn-blowing contest erupted over a parking space– if the participants had not been senior citizens, fisticuffs would probably have taken place instead.

As of noon, the temperature is hovering around 30 degrees with a steady rain. The rain is expected to change to snow later this afternoon, with an accumulation of six to 12 inches forecast for central Jersey by the time the storm moves out.

— E. Burgin

Temperatures have plummeted in Freedom, Maine, on Friday. (Raiscara Avalon/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

2:19 p.m.

Near whiteout conditions in central New Hampshire

TILTON, N.H.—Weather conditions are worsening rapidly in central New Hampshire, with highway visibility and road navigation a major problem even in the early a.m. commute. Thick cloud cover at this time just added to the low visibility.

The right lane on RT 93 in New Hampshire is relatively clear, as you can see in this video,but passing cars in the left lane make visibility close to zero.

I commuted from Tilton to Plymouth, N.H., at 8 a.m., about 30 miles and although the RT 93 was not slick or slippery, drivers who chose to drive below 50 MPH seemed to compound the problem as other vehicles stacked up behind them, and ultimately passed them, creating a potential sliding and collision hazard.

The snow spray from the passing vehicles produced complete whiteout conditions for the remaining vehicles when cars and trucks passed us.

Franconia Notch is a total whiteout driving situation, as one Thornton driver reported after he turned back from his commute and returned home.

Expect back roads to be even worse than RT 93. Though the plows are out in full force, they cannot keep up with the high rate of snow falling at this time. State troopers can be seen parked along RT 93 and are closely monitoring the situation.

Main streets are already sloppy, and I was sliding down hilly side roads, or unable to drive up steep roads. I saw no accidents during this early morning commute, but I am sure that has changed by the time this is published. It was a very tense drive.

Staying at home is strongly suggested if at all possible.

— J.D. Harvey

Emptying shelves in a supermarket. (AndrewDallos/Flickr)

2:04 p.m.

The Blizzard of 2013, aka the Great Raid on Dunkin Donuts

TORRINGTON, Conn.—I took the day off, as the predicted historic snowstorm approached in Connecticut. I decided to venture out this morning for some breakfast while the roads were still passable. My wife asked me to pick up some donuts while I was out, so I proceeded to the local grocery store where there is a Dunkin’ Donuts.

To my dismay there wasn’t a donut left on the shelf.

I figured I had to go to the main store where I was sure there would be some since it was only 10 a.m.

As I pulled up to the main Dunkin’ Donuts store, I could see through the window that it was going to be slim pickings.

Nothing. Dunkin’ Donuts does not have donuts!

I asked the girl behind the counter why a donut shop doesn’t have donuts at 10 a.m. She told me that people were coming in and buying dozens of donuts at a time. Dozens of donuts? Is this some kind of an emergency staple I don’t know about?

— Richard Farr

Snow dusts the streets in Bucksport, Maine, early Friday morning. (Matthew Johnson/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

1:18 p.m.

Already drawing comparisons to 1978

NEWPORT, R.I.—Here on the coast, we’re preparing for what has the potential to be a storm as severe of the great blizzard of 1978. Almost 35 years ago to the day, that storm left massive amounts of snow on the entire northeastern United States.

Grocery stores and supermarkets were bombarded overnight with people preparing for a long freeze-out this weekend. Lines are winding around gas stations here as the storm approaches. A state of emergency was put in to place at noon, so it would be best to stay off the roads unless there is an emergency.

The state was prepared for this since last night. Classes were canceled at high schools across the state. All RIPTA buses, including the non-medical ride program, were canceled at noon on Friday in anticipation of the coming storm. People who require public transportation can follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @RIPTA_RI to stay up-to-date with when service will be restored. Residents can sign up for news updates, which will update them of service changes.

— Eric Jonathan Martin


1:02 p.m.

Storm increasing pace in southern Maine

BUCKSPORT, Maine—Somewhere around 7 a.m., it started to flurry fairly hard, and the storm steadily increased its pace. There is already a few inches of snow as of now (1 p.m.), and this is not even the actual storm. That is supposed to hit sometime early this evening and continue into tomorrow.

There’s a 19-car pile-up on I-295 in southern Maine, and there have been a number of sirens heard locally in town. If you don’t need to go out, I would suggest not, and if you must, please take it slow and do it soon. From what we are being told, the worst is yet to come.

— Matthew Johnson

10:58 a.m.

The flakes are starting to to appear in Rhode Island

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—The sky looks grey and menacing. I went to the supermarket Thursday morning (along with at least 100 other people who seemed to have the same idea) and made sure I had enough food. The woman in the checkout line before me said the parking lot was in chaos and everybody was acting like the end of the world was coming. I thought it was very funny, and also very accurate. Now I am warm and safe indoors, and there is nothing to do except wait.

There is a feeling of impending doom and my joints ache. I’m not looking forward to this, but I’m as prepared as I can get. I don’t drive due to a medical condition, and ironically I have often found that it is actually faster for me to walk right after a snowstorm, since I can be downtown in 15 minutes.

That advantage goes away after the first day or so because they don’t pay much attention to the pedestrians and the priority, understandably, goes to the motorists. People like me are having to deal with ice, slush, and all kinds of yuck. The plows have to dump the snow somewhere, though, and it is usually right where I need to walk. So I have to either find a way around it, or climb over a slippery hill and hope that I don’t fall on my behind, or worse, fall and land in the road in front of a car.

I’m also hoping the power won’t go off. Or if it does, that it will only be off for a little while. The heat in this apartment is electric, and it will get really cold in here really fast.

— Melanie Gibson

The first of the snowfall in central Connecticut (Christa Leigh/Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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Sandy Leaves Death, Damp and Darkness in Wake

Associated Press/ John Minchillo – Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, …more  schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees.

The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane force, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds.

“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”

At least 7.4 million people across the East were without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights.

Lower Manhattan, which includes Wall Street, was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over its seawalls and highways and into low-lying streets.

Water cascaded into the gaping, unfinished construction pit at the World Trade Center, and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day, the first time that has happened because of weather in more than a century.

A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens on Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues. Three people were injured.

A downtown hospital, New York University’s Tisch, evacuated 200 patients after its backup generator failed. About 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were carried down staircases and on battery-powered respirators.

And a construction crane that collapsed in the high winds on Monday still dangled precariously 74 floors above the streets of midtown Manhattan. And on Staten Island, a tanker ship wound up beached on the shore.

With water standing in two major commuter tunnels and seven subway tunnels under the East River, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was unclear when the nation’s largest transit system would be rolling again. It shut down Sunday night ahead of the storm.

Superstorm Sandy Wreaks Havoc

 Men survey a large tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a ‘major disaster’ for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Joseph Lhota, chairman of the regional Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the damage was the worst in the 108-year history of the New York subway.

 The saltwater surge inundated subway signals, switches and electrified third rails and covered tracks with sludge. Workers began pumping the water out and will ultimately have to walk all of the hundreds of miles of track to inspect it.

Millions of more fortunate New Yorkers surveyed damage as dawn broke, their city brought to an extraordinary standstill.

“Oh, Jesus. Oh, no,” Faye Schwartz said she looked over damage in neighborhood in Brooklyn, where cars were scattered like leaves.

Reggie Thomas, a maintenance supervisor at a prison near the overflowing Hudson River, emerged from an overnight shift there, a toothbrush in his front pocket, to find his Honda with its windows down and a foot of water inside. The windows automatically go down when the car is submerged to free drivers.

“It’s totaled,” Thomas said with a shrug. “You would have needed a boat last night.”

Besides the subway and the stock exchange, most major tunnels and bridges in New York were closed, as were schools, Broadway theaters and the metropolitan area’s three main airports, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark.

“This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.

The death toll climbed rapidly, and included 17 victims in New York State — 10 of them in New York City — along with four dead in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey. Sandy also killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard.

In New Jersey, a huge swell of water swept over the small town of Moonachie, near the Hackensack River, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people, some of them living in a trailer park.

And in neighboring Little Ferry, water suddenly started gushing out of storm drains overnight, submerging a road under 4 feet of water and swamping houses.

Police and fire officials used boats and trucks to reach the stranded.

“I looked out and the next thing you know, the water just came up through the grates. It came up so quickly you couldn’t do anything about it. If you wanted to move your car to higher ground you didn’t have enough time,” said Little Ferry resident Leo Quigley, who with his wife was taken to higher ground by boat.

Jersey City was closed to cars because traffic lights were out, and Hoboken, just over the Hudson River from Manhattan, dealt with major flooding. In Atlantic City, most of the world-famous boardwalk was intact, but pieces washed away Monday night.

Remnants of the hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain, high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.

In a measure of how big the storm was, high winds spinning off the edge of Sandy clobbered the Cleveland area early Tuesday, uprooting trees, cutting power to hundreds of thousands, closing schools and flooding major roads along Lake Erie.

Hundreds of miles from the storm’s center, gusts topping 60 mph prompted officials to close the port of Portland, Maine, and scared away several cruise ships.

Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, N.J., forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature.

While the hurricane’s 80 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed the lowest barometric pressure on record in the Northeast, giving it terrific energy to push water inland.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island. The storm brought the presidential campaign to a halt with a week to go before Election Day.

In New York, the construction crane atop a 1,000-foot, $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan dangled for a second day while authorities tried to figure out how to secure it. Thousands were ordered to leave nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.

Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel — whose slogan is “Uptown, Not Uptight” — when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.

“They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we’ll come back in two or three days,” she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. “I hope so.”

An explosion Monday night at a substation for Consolidated Edison, the main utility service New York City, knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” Stephen Weisbrot said from his 10th-floor apartment.

In Baltimore, fire officials said four unoccupied rowhouses collapsed in the storm, sending debris into the street but causing no injuries. A blizzard in western Maryland caused a pileup of tractor-trailers that blocked part of Interstate 68 on slippery Big Savage Mountain.

“It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here,” said Bill Wiltson, a Maryland State Police dispatcher.


Hays reported from New York and Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Delaware City, Del., Katie Zezima in Atlantic City, Emery P. Dalesio in Elizabeth City, N.C., and Erika Niedowski in Cranston, R.I., also contributed.

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Hurricane Sandy Barrels Toward US

Hurricane Sandy Barrels Toward US

By KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America


East Coast residents are preparing for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival as forecasters expect a “perfect storm” of three different systems that will slam the region early next week.

New York City and northern regions in the eastern corridor are likely to be hit hard and forecasters are warning that the storm may linger for days as it covers a massive area. There is a 90 percent chance that on Monday the East Coast will take a direct hit, forecasters say.

“We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco told The Associated Press. “It’s almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event. It’s going to be a widespread, serious storm.”

Sandy, currently a category 1 storm, will cross the Bahamas today as its western fringe scrapes eastern Florida, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to slow and turn northwest overnight and during the day

As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Sandy was approximately 300 miles east of Miami and moving northwest at 13 mph. Florida is expected to see stormy conditions today, with 1-4 inches of rain in some areas. Waves up to 15 feet along the coast are expected, as is a storm surge 1-2 feet along the Florida eastern coat.

Warnings are in effect along Florida’s east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach. Storm watches are in effect on Florida’s east coast from Flagler to Fernandina Beach and from the Savannah River north to Oregon Inlet, N.C., including Pamlico Sound.

By Saturday afternoon, Sandy is expected to increase its forward speed and become a hybrid storm, pushing a lot of rain into the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic region, with some areas getting more than a half a foot of rain through Sunday.

Sandy’s landfall is predicted to be somewhere in southern New Jersey on Tuesday around 8 a.m.

“I think it’s fair to say we don’t know when or if or where the storm’s going to hit,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference Thursday. “The forecasters say it could be dangerous, but I think a word that they’ve been using most is it’s unpredictable.”

Forecasters told The Associated Press that the storm could linger in the atmosphere over the same locations for five or six days, and that is could bring six inches of rain, 80 mph wind gusts, 20- to 30-foot-high seas and extreme coastal flooding.

The entire system will weaken by the end of next week as is sits over the northeast, but strong winds and rain will remain across the region through next Friday.

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120830 Xiah Junsu – New York World Tour Concert Footage

Hi Junsu. You did so well. Such beautiful vocals and sweet moments–of course, you being you, there is always some naughtiness too. 🙂 Thank You for all of the effort you put out for us all. <3  Momma Cha

AUDIO/FANCAM Xia Junsu talking+I Hate Love 120830 NYC

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[Pic] 120829 POWERHOUSE Facebook Update

[Pic] 120829 POWERHOUSE Facebook Update

Junsu currently having press conference.
He wants kfc for lunch! Lol

 Junsu is currently filming an interview for all his fans!

He made about three NGs haha

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[Trans] 120730 Kim Junsu, Standing On New York’s Stage‏

[Trans] 120730 Kim Junsu, Standing On New York’s Stage‏


The minute news of singer Kim Junsu’s world tour stop in New York at Hammerstein ballroom on the 30th of August was announced, fans all over the world were no longer able to hide their anticipation for it.

Challenging for the success of a first world tour as a Korean solo singer, plans for North and South America stops such as Mexico, Brazil and Chile were carried out. The first world tour stop in New York will be held at Hammerstein ballroom, where many artistes have performed before.

After news of the world tour was released, it caused craze from fans all over the world. South America’s representative said, “After the news of Kim Junsu’s tour was announced, it was immediately surrounded by South American fans and news of Kim Junsu’s tour have been going on for days. It is predicted that Korea would have an impact on South America after this tour.”

To this, Kim Junsu expressed, “I was recently in America for the production of my MV and single, and ticketing (matters). Regarding the product of the album this time, I am very satisfied from what I had expected.” He is also anticipating the meeting with his overseas fans.

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[News] 120228 JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong receives ‘Shorty Award’ 2 years in a row

[News] 120228 JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong Receives ‘Shorty Award’ 2 Years In A Row

JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong has ranked first in the celebrity category at ‘The 4th Shorty Awards’ for 2 years in a row.

‘Shorty Awards’ chooses the best celebrities and organizations on Twitter. They have 26 categories, including, government, politic, music, and celebrity. Kim won first place in the celebrity category.

Kim beat Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez to take first place for the second year in a row and proved that he is a popular star on Twitter.

 Winners in each category will be invited to the ‘Shorty Awards Ceremony,’ which will be held in New York in March. They will make an acceptance speech using only 140 words, just like the letter minimum on Twitter.

Winners are chosen by nomination, then voted for on the Shorty Awards website and Twitter. Members of The Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences evaluate the final winners.

Kim and his group JYJ members are currently preparing for their concert in Chile and Peru.

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Translation 111108 TVXQ, SNSD Etc.– Movie To Be Made?…

TRANS] 111108 TVXQ, SNSD Etc. Idol Movie To Be Made? SMTOWN

New York Concert To Appear On The Big Screen

Posted on November 9th, 2011

A luxurious stage featuring Kang Ta, BoA, TVXQ. Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, F(x) and other idols, as well as previously unreleased off-stage clips will be shown in the form of a movie.

On 23 October, at Madison Square Garden, the “SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in New York” was successfully held. A leader in K-pop, SM Entertainment’s artists were the first Asian musicians to hold a concert in the center of American pop culture, Madison Square Garden.

At the press conference for the above event, aside from the NY Times, Billboard, Village Voice and MTV and other local media being present, Japan’s Sankei News, Nikkan Sports, China’s Mingbao and other foreign media were also present in this press conference battle.

Titled “I am: SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in Madison Square Garden (tentative title)” (Produced by CJ Entertainment in collaboration with SM Entertainment, distributed by CJ Entertainment,) (this movie is) centered around the SM Entertainment artists performing in this historic event , and their intensive training process in preparation for a emotionally charged stage, as well as their real, everyday lives, honest feelings and others will all be shown on camera.

Also, videos of the SMTOWN artists and their journey from their trainee days to their current position, how they are now, as well as their hopes for the future will all be revealed via interviews. This movie will be aired in the first half of 2012.

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Translation: Tweets About Yunho and TVXQ Lacoste Photoshoot

[Trans] Tweets About Yunho and TVXQ Lacoste Photoshoot

 love all of them *^^* http://bit.ly/ujNQJo


@LACOSTE_KOREA Most of the people asked what movie we were in the midst of shooting! The atmosphere makes that possible isn’t it?

 @LACOSTE_KOREA Looking so cool like this, how can one not look at him ㅋㅋ

@LACOSTE_KOREA The cute high school students I knew from 10 years back is now nowhere to be seen and they’ve grown into handsome/cool men. Even New Yorkers who passed by stopped in their tracks and stared at them.

 @LACOSTE_KOREA Changmin-ee is always careful in every situation… he was absolutely a model. It’s the same when he’s walking down the street.

@LACOSTE_KOREA Is there a studio as large as this? This is the Brooklyn studio, where there is no disturbance whatsoever no matter where the photos are to be taken.

@LACOSTE_KOREA Yunho said that Brooklyn on a tranquil Sunday really makes his heart feel at ease.

@LACOSTE_KOREA This is a sketch of TVXQ’s photoshoot, which was carried on like a guerilla date.

 *Note: The tweets and translations are read from top to bottom.
The images are in the order of the tweets.

 Source: @kangchan2, @editorjinu
Translated by: CTVXQstaff_mug_ping @ ContinueTVXQ.com
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Translation 111027 ‘SMTown Live’ is Written About in American, Japanese, and Chinese Papers

[TRANS] 111027 ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ Is Written About In American, Japanese And Chinese Newspapers

The Japanese and Chinese media have followed the American press and have published an array of articles on the ’2011 SMTOWN LIVE in New York’ concert that was held in New York’s Madison Square Garden on the 23rd.

In an article on the 26th, the major Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports introduced the New York performance and described the highlight of each SM artiste’s performance, saying that, “K-pop has taken over the birthplace of entertainment.”

The article described the ending stage as “The moment New Yorkers acknowledged the SM family,” when TVXQ’s Yunho said, “Thank you New York!” and was met by everyone in the audience standing up and cheering.

Nikkan Sports had the headline “SM TOWN Appears in New York City, Finishes Off With The Crowd Going Wild” and talked about the passionate response the concert received from its American fans. The article talked about a flashmob that was done in Central Park in July to call for a SM concert in New York, and introduced the immense popularity of the SM TOWN LIVE concert.

The Chinese portal site Huanqui wrote, “The SM concert in New York was a sensation in New York’s Madison Square Garden and showed the world the charm of K-Pop.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times article described the singers as acts “any American reality-TV talent show or major-label A&R department worth its salt would be thrilled to have discovered.” Billboard posted a review of the concert with the headline, “K-Pop Hits Madison Square Garden at SMTown Live” while the New York Daily News released a special article on the concert, highlighting the interview with Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany.

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Translation 111021 TVXQ, Girl’s Generation..SM Lands in New York’s Madison Square Garden

[Trans] TVXQ, Girl’s Generation…SM Lands in New York’s Madison Square Garden

The singers of SM Entertainment, such as Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x), have become the first Asian artistes to enter Madison Square Garden, New york, the Mecca of pop culture.

The SM TOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR, which captivated fans all over the world through stages in Seoul, LA, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, will be held in Madison Square Garden’s main arena of 15,000 seats on the 23rd at 7p.m. (New York time) and is expected to charm American music lovers.

According to a representative of Madison Square Garden, this will be the first time that an Asian singer holds a concert in the main arena and with top stars representing not only Korea, but Asia as a whole, set to appear in the concert, the entire affair is expected to become a hot topic as these singers stand on the stage of dreams in the Mecca of American pop culture.

With support from LG Electronics, a promotional video of ‘SM TOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in New York’, which shows highlights from the participants’ music videos, has been airing on an electronic display in Times Square from the 17th and has been garnering much attention from New Yorkers passing by.

As this will also be the first time that Girls’ Generation perform their new song ‘The Boys’ in English, the concert is expected to receive an explosive response from American music lovers.

The SM TOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in New York concert plans to release videos of the performance’s highlights and backstage photos through SM Town’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/smtown), SM Town’s Youtube account(www.youtube.com/smtown) and Kakaotalk. Photos of the singers leaving and entering the two countries will be posted from the 22nd.

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The Korean Invasion — 5 Must Hear Groups New York Daily News

The Korean Invasion


Ready to dip your toe into the Korean Wave? Here are the top five South Korean acts that will help immerse you in the world of K-Pop:

Unlike other Korean girl groups who capitalize on sex appeal or being saccharine and cutesy, this group rose to the top of the charts for their anthems on girl power and boy bashing. When they aren’t dominating the charts in Korea and Japan, the group — Dara, Bom, Minzy and leader CL — are making a statement in the fashion world. Often described as “fierce,” this fearless foursome express their style through fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Proenza Schouler, Balmain and Jeremy Scott, who has become one of the band’s biggest supporters. Catch them repping South Korea as one of the Best Bands of the World nominated by MTV Iggy.
Download this: “I Am the Best,” a catchy electronic beat with a bass-friendly undertone.

Big Bang
After debuting their signature hip-pop sound in 2006, the five-member team dominated the South Korean charts and later did the same in Japan. First topping the charts with the upbeat single “Lies,” the band has since become one of Asia’s most recognizable acts. And with a collaboration with Major Lazer’s Diplo on one song by members G-Dragon and T.O.P. called “Knockout,” it seems like Asia’s not the only place they’re receiving attention.
Download this: “Tonight,” a perfect mélange of rock and electronica
with a bumping beat.

Two members remain from the quintet TVXQ. Concert fans. (SM Entertainment)

Super Junior
How do you get attention from tween girls everywhere? Stick as many good-looking guys as possible on a stage. The 12-member Super Junior has already been deemed one of South Korea’s biggest “hallyu” groups by the BBC and they have a far reach of fans from Slovenia to Peru, where they were named one of the 30 “Sexiest Men in the World.” Their heavy pop tracks and slick dance moves have already made them nationwide sensations with an international presence.
Download this: “Sorry, Sorry,” a heavy pop track that comes with entertaining choreography that was once a South Korean craze.

While other boy bands captured attention through their pretty-boy images, this group capitalizes on their masculine look. Each member sports six-pack abs, regularly revealed onstage to the delight of thousands of screaming fans. The six-member group focuses on heavy acrobatics and intricate dance moves and has become almost Chippendale-like — without the cheesy bow ties.
Download this: “Heartbeat,” a dramatic track that starts out with a melancholy piano riff.

The Backstreet Boys in their heyday have nothing on this band. After some member drama last year, where three performers decided to leave, the two survivors, Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho, carried on. With tight choreography and impressive pipes, this dynamic duo has become the epitome of K-Pop: slick dance moves, stellar musical productions and big voices to boot.
Download this: “Before You Go,” a soft ballad that showcases just how refined and beautiful voices in Korean pop music can be.

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Make That 6 Must Hear Groups. Let’s Include JYJ (Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu, and Park Yoochun)

Comments on the Article The Korean Invasion in The New York Daily News.

Chaelwest 4:30 pm. Oct 23, 2011

We all know who performed last year in New York–only our own JYJ and they performed in Canada, and L.A, and New Jersey, and .. The difference here is that SME isn’t being ignored or prevented from getting the word out. I love HoMin and I am happy over their successes–I just don’t want any illusions out there as to who the trailblazers really are.

1:45:38 PM
Oct 23, 2011

It’s true that K-Pop has a different sensibility that is often fun to watch and listen to; but…. it IS often very formulaic. Much of it can be considered a manufactured industry with limited artistic freedom for the performers; and it has a dark underbelly that includes serious exploitation of the artists and payoffs to improve popularity chart rankings. For example, the article mentions “some member drama” with TVXQ when 3 members decided to leave. In fact the 3 members – now a popular trio known as JYJ – sued SM Entertainment. The Korean Courts ruled in JYJ’s favor saying their contract with SM Entertainment was invalid because it amounted to a “Slave Contract”. The only thing left to settle with regard to the lawsuit are the damages owed to JYJ from SM Entertainment. In the meantime the Court ordered SM Entertainment to stop interfering with the activities of JYJ. Despite the ruling SM Entertainment continues to use their influence to prevent JYJ from renting venues for l

1:47:48 PM
Oct 23, 2011

(continued from above) Despite the ruling SM Entertainment continues to use their influence to prevent JYJ from renting venues for live performances and appearing on Korean music programs – even the state-owned KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) network still refuses to honor the Court’s decision. SM Entertainment has had similar issues with other popular groups in the past. The Korean courts, Korea Fair Trade Commission, and even members of the Korean Parliament are involved in efforts to break the seeming monopoly that a few K-Pop industry giants have over the popular music sector in South Korea.

shiroyamacah:37:20 PM
Oct 23, 2011

wildmuffins is right. sadly, in korean music, the big one, sme, just because bring the best they find and do TONS of promotions, became the most feared one to by radios and tv channels. if these companies don’t do like sme want, they will not receive their idols. KBS did the most of the bad stuffs to YG Ent. and JYJ just because they wanted the exclusivity and the idols of sme. and sme take all the liberty during the first year of their rookies, own ALL songs and do the best to own the groups name. plus to be out of sme is terrible! the person don’t receive much and hav to pay more than 30 times what will receive during all their contract.

2:40:28 PM
Oct 23, 2011

not just sme, but others are known for stuffs like that. KARA needed to do something just to have DSP Media making a better deal. and bekah, that decided to graduate from her group After School showed that they asked too much for their idols, making them have a lot of stress. korean idols, sadly, most of the time work. 3 hours sleep is pretty much common there. it without counting that at least in sme, the vacation times was just a week per year. beeing a korean idols is, sadly, hard and very tiring. most of the times too they have to take medicine and such just to perform.

2:47:09 PM
Oct 23, 2011

even if sme method is good, sme do it just to appears that they creat the idols, when they already have the talent and the will to become even better. plus, sme isn’t this good in using the idols talent right. snsd have at least 4 wonderful dancers, but rarely they have a song that these 4 can really show their talent. plus sme have a really bad thing about just doing stuffs that are “trending” inspide of doing what the group like more, as 2NE1 and BigBang do. sme have a very bad tendency of bringing the best groups and ending them. H.O.T, Shinhwa,TVXQ…. sme just can’t keep the best together, and they always complain about sme because the exactly same thing. however, sme always put their rights as being selfish and traitors, not humans.

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NEWS Shindong — Yunho, Proof Shot of Them as New Yorkers “Just Amazing”

[News] Shindong – Yunho, Proof Shot of Them as New Yorkers “Just Amazing”

A proof shot of Super Junior’s Shindong and TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho in New York has been revealed.

On October 23, Shindong published a photo on his personal twitter together with the following words, “I’m New York! It’s amazing that I’ve come to New York. It’s worthwhile to have taken a 14-hour flight to come here. And one shot with Yunho!”

In the photo which was revealed, Shindong and U-Know Yunho were standing at a height where one would just get dizzy merely by looking down, and took a picture with a bright smile together with New York’s panoramic view. Both of them wore unique sunglasses and spectacles respectively, catching attention for their fashionable appearances which rivals that of New Yorkers.

Netizens who had seen the photos showed off a variety of responses, “They look like they’re really thrilled”, “I’m envious”, “Just by looking at the photo I feel nauseous”, “Yunho’s sunglasses are pretty”, “Just for today, they’re New Yorkers”.

Meanwhile, on October 22, TVXQ has shown off their cool stages at the New Jersey “New York-Korea Festival” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s entry into the United Nations.

Source: TV Report
Translated by: CTVXQstaff_mug_ping @ ContinueTVXQ.com
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