Plausible scenario: 3 million evacuees and $100 billion in destruction
This is heavy. Michael Chertoff was in Brooklyn on Monday to tour the Office of Emergency Management's new command facility. He urged residents in the area to be as prepared for a hurricane as those of us citizens living in Louisiana or North Carolina. According to the Associated Press article that reported his visit, "Weather experts have said the nation's largest city is about due for a major hurricane with 130 mph winds and a 30-foot storm surge that could cause the Hudson and East Rivers to overflow.The storm threatens to inflict more than $100 billion in economic losses while forcing the evacuation of 3 million people — more than six times the population of pre-Katrina New Orleans. Historically, the city endures a hurricane roughly once every 90 years." And the last hurricane to hit the area was in 1938. So it does sound like the city is overdue---Additionally the warnings are reminiscent of the dire pre-katrina warnings issued for NOLA. Read the AP article, here.