After The Flood Comes The Freeze: "Tens Of Thousands Need Housing" Says Cuomo, As Nor'Easter Approaches

Tyler Durden's picture

First the flood, now the freeze (and the lack of fuel and gas and heating just making it much worse). And for tens of thousands of residents of New York and New Jersey this means that as many as 40,000 will need to find alternative housing, especially ahead of Wednesday when a Nor'easter formation is expected to hit the Tristate area and bring even more freezing rain and cold to the region. From Reuters: "Tens of thousands of people affected by superstorm Sandy could soon need housing as cold weather descends on the state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday. Cuomo, in a televised press conference nearly a week after the storm hit the U.S. East Coast, said the fuel shortages are improving but problems will persist for "a number of days."" Elsewhere, and also from Reuters: "Victims of superstorm Sandy on the U.S. East Coast struggled against the cold early on Sunday amid fuel shortages and power outages even as officials fretted about getting voters displaced by the storm to polling stations for Tuesday's presidential election. Overnight, near-freezing temperatures gripped the U.S. northeast. At least two more victims were found in New Jersey, one dead of hypothermia, as the overall death toll from one of worst storms in U.S. history climbed to at least 112. Fuel supplies continued to rumble toward disaster zones and electricity was slowly returning to darkened neighborhoods after a storm that hit the coast last Monday. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be days before power is fully restored and fuel shortages end."

All of this will be exacerbated as a Nor'easter moves along the Eastern Seaboard and is expected to hit New Jersey and New York in several days:

A "significant" nor'easter is likely to hit Sandy-battered areas of the Northeast by Thursday, the National Weather Service said in an update Sunday.


FEMA and Red Cross officials have ordered more resources ahead of the storm, while New York City is dealing with a shortage of fuel oil and steam to heat buildings as temperatures began dipping into the 20s and power remained out for hundreds of thousands.


At the very least, the service's prediction center stated, there is "a very real possibility of heavy rain and strong winds along the coast from Virginia to Maine."


Snow is likely in the interior and some models "do bring some snow all the way to the coast as far south as Virginia," it warned.

That all of this is happening two days ahead of the presidential election is merely adding to the chaos:

President Barack Obama, neck-and-neck in opinion polls with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, ordered emergency response officials to cut through government "red tape" and work without delay to help affected areas return to normal.


Officials have expressed concern about getting voters displaced by Sandy to polling stations for Tuesday's election. Scores of voting centers were rendered useless by the record surge of seawater in New York and New Jersey.


New Jersey is allowing voters displaced by Sandy to vote by email. Some voters in New York could be casting their ballots in tents.


An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday found that 68 percent of those surveyed approved of how Obama handled Sandy and just 15 percent disapproved.


"I'm not thinking about the election too much right now," said Frank Carrol, 59, a retired New York City transit worker who lives in Staten Island. He planned to vote, but did not know if his local polling station would even be open. "We'll stop by and see what happens," Carrol said.


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered county clerks to open on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate early voters and ensure a "full, fair and transparent open voting process."

And while most appear content with the crisis response to date, with the apex being Mayor Bloomberg's cancellation of the marathon due to massive popular outcry (we are confident all those who spoke up are now taking part in the recovery efforts), the DOE just announced that 25% of New Jersey is still without power. This led to Martial Law being declared in the town of Seaside Heights which has been totally destroyed, as we showed in the Hurricane Sandy before and after satellite pics.

We expect more regions of NJ to be declared uninhabitable in the coming days as the situation continues to deteriorate.

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vast-dom's picture

Keynesian Frozen Dream

redpill's picture

Does the Keynesian broken window theory still hold true for losing toes to frostbite?

vast-dom's picture

yes, especially if ER room visits increase. any extraction of savings and income will do.

flacon's picture

Democrat governor Cuomo and Republican governor Chris Christie created those long lines for fuel in New Jersey and New York by imposing price controls - this led to fuel shortages and long lines. 

This is leading to a free market (black market) price for fuel of at least $8/gallon up to $25/gallon. 

"Violations are punishable by civil penalties of up to $10,000 for the first offense and $20,000 for the second and subsequent offenses. Each individual sale of merchandise is considered a separate and distinct event."
true brain's picture

Good news overall. more devastation, more spending. GDP will go up. Load up on stock market everyone.  Well good news for Krugman and Bernanke but bad news for the unlucky people who are going to die of hypothermia.

flacon's picture

unlucky people who are going to die of hypothermia


A Keynesian might say that is bullish for humanity - the more death and destruction means higher government spending on mass graves = higher GDP = more prosperity for everyone especially those who dig the ditches (graves) and those who fill them back in. Wealth was never easier to attain in the grand ol' USSA. Soon the ocean will turn to lemonade.  

slackrabbit's picture

Agree...lets be like Kurgman and all launch our nukes and we can ALL burn together....GDP to infinity and beyond!



knukles's picture


Now I understand what those zillions of plastic coffins they gots is for... because the basic essential rescue mission is compromised by the scope and size of the Leviathan's Bureaucratic Maw.

"Interred is cheaper than involved"


TeamDepends's picture

Big Sis has your back.........

TruthInSunshine's picture

People should just be glad that they hooked their economic & ability-to-procure-necessities-of-life wagons to the all competent & benevolent government.

Quit worrying & whining about what is or may come.

There's no need for self-reliance in the age of Big Brother, Bernanke & Kruganomics.



Michaelwiseguy's picture

The GSEs Fanny and Freddy own a lot of vacant housing now sitting empty. The Federal Government should just dump all that inventory on the market in a d Dutch style auction for first pickings going to people whose homes were completely lost or condemned due to Sandy. Then the rest can be offered to 1st time home buyers and people who don't own any real estate. Then the leavens should be offered to anyone.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Not God but the SUN. It's completely natural and not unprecedented. We need to stop re-living the Book of Isaiah, that happened one time thousands of years ago, and keep expecting different results.

Who was it that said;

The greatest threat to our National Security is the financial collapse of our economy, and peoples ability to pay for natural disasters, that have been taken away from them by the Federal Reserve Corporation?

That would be me, over and over again.  I don't even want to think about what would happen if California had a major earthquake these days.

Hurricane Sandy was intensified by considerable Geo Engineering operations.

Raytheon who holds the patents, and Evergreen International as well as others should be Sued for damages, loss of life and property damage, for the operations they conducted intensifying the storm.

The Climate Changers and Progressers can go pound Sandy. We have global cooling now due the extended Solar Minimum.

NASA June 2012 Solar Cycle 24 Prediction

When will it start cooling?

The sun – still slumping

Here's the proof of Geo Engineering Sandy;

Hurricane Sandy Geoengineering Update 10-27 and Law Suit

Hurricane Sandy Geoengineering 10-26-2012 Intellicast Update

Aerosol Geoengineering and Hurricane Modification Program Run by Homeland Security

GeoEngineering Exposed

Flakmeister's picture

Quoting WUWT reveals you to have zero analytic ability in matters pertaining to climate...

As for Sandy "significantly" strengthing directly from human intervention, do you have any idea of the energy in a system like Sandy? A hint, units suitable for thermo-nuclear devices are appropriate....

Re: WUWT. over the the past few years "Tony Willard" has been consistency the worst pundit out there, for example, polar ice

If you want to learn something, go to the blog that gets it right...

PS Be sure to brush up on that part of Isaiah referring to stewardship and responsibility.... 

flacon's picture

Some people disagee with me that government caused the fuel shortages by ordering price controls. If the gov said no one can sell an ounce of gold for more than the OFFICIAL PRICE ($42/OUNCE) would you hoard your gold or would you sell your stash for the government mandated price? 

Flakmeister's picture

For shits and giggles, could you remind us of what the longer term trend and situation of the PADD 1 gasoline stocks was before Sandy hit?

Just curious....

Other than that, your post was a helluva non sequitur....

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Flood then freeze in NY...I think I've seen this movie before: The Day After Tomorrow.

flacon's picture

Bloomberg is so full of gasoline it's not even funny:



'Couple more days' for fuel shortage, Bloomberg says; 'free gas' offer triggers rush


flacon's picture

Connecticut has no government punishment for selling gas:


 The backups were mostly confined to stations in Greenwich and Stamford, the first locations across the state line. Gas stations further up the line were operating with little or no waiting.

flacon's picture

The man on the street is gettin' pissed...


Well to answer his question, if those tanker trucks could get $10/gallon then NY and NJ would be crawling with gasoline trucks! But the governors wan't to punish the "price gaugers" and reduce supply. So the supply is reduced and people are upset. Are you freakin' kiddin' me?!

cynicalskeptic's picture

Mob mentality - people with a half or three-quarter's tank panicking and waiting in line to top off.......95 was full og tankers today and yesterday but every time they made a delivery, lines formed and stations pumped until dry.  In two days everyone that wants gas will have a full tank and statiosn will be sitting on full in-ground tanks - nobody will be buying for a week.  Meanwhile people waste 2 gallons in line or 5 driving around to get 10.   Stupidity.

The joke is thta businesses opened last week when they didn't need to - forcing employees to sopend time and gas to get in - NYC should have had unnecessary businesses close until Monday.

Nonetheless, this may be the warning shot across the bow for the upcoming future.  If you're a NYC cop who lives in Dutchess County or a secretary driving 40 miles to White Plains (Westchester County north of NYC), you're going to be facing a future that's NOT affordable.  That 'own your own house on a half acre - no matter how long the commute to a job' days aare over.   And the yuppie 'live in Battery Park or along the Hudson in Jersey City or Hoboken 2 feet above the seawall' urban lifestyle is just as irrational.   No sympathy for the beachfront houses out on LI or in Jersey that NEVER should have been built.  At least on the Outer Banks you have to raise them on pilings 20 feet up in the air so they have a chance of surviving storm surges.   

Flakmeister's picture

This kind of "evidence" works over at Yahoo, it don't cut the mustard here....

This is the speed of ZH:


A Nanny Moose's picture

Are saying that ZH can compress 500K years of climate into 30 years of data from man made instruments? Or are you saying that ZH can extrapolate 500K years of climate suspicion from 30 years of data.


Flakmeister's picture

I think what you are saying is that you don;t have a clue what is going on...

I am partial to the 800,000 year history from the Vostock cores combined with the rate of change measured currently....

Dave Thomas's picture

You mean the 800 thousand year history that only in the last 200 years we've been recording? Cause you know there are people who love that shit.

DaveyJones's picture

The sick thing about the global warming debate is that time will definitely tell who's right (or more likely how we are all so pathetically wrong). Like, well, the economy, there seems to be a million pieces of evidence floating around that things are... not working out and changing rapidly for the worse. In the meantime, please explain the recent rapid temperature rise in the ice cores, how it matches no other pattern before and how (coincidentally) it parallels with man's development of fossil fuels. Do not point to anomalies here and there but stick to the overall pattern and development because, well, we are talking about the whole earth. Please also tell us if man can affect his environment and environmental systems and whether or not the earth qualifies. Despite our never failing corruption and exploitation (like the carbon tax) is it that strange of a theory to suggest that if you locate the densest form of energy ever created over millions of years and burn half of it into the earth's atmosphere in one hundred that there might be some affect.  

nmewn's picture

Is sort of a distraction isn't it?

Still waiting for the government subsidized teams to be deployed to fan out across the globe and collect the gazzilions of rotting trees sending out CO2 into the atmosphere.

But I guess we'll have to wait for a consensus first ;-)

Poor Grogman's picture

The carbon from those trees is not counted when they rot or burn because that is  "Naturally Occurring"

You see there is "Good Carbon" and "Bad Carbon".

Dear, dear, some people really should know better..


Michaelwiseguy's picture

The planet Earth will break every record ever recorded by man, and it will do it making it look easy. Humans are so arrogant to think they have anything significant to do with it.

According to NOAA data, all time Antarctic sea ice extent record was set on Sept 22nd, 2012

Flakmeister's picture

For a troll, you are not a very good one...

Lets discuss volume, ok?

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Talk Volume? Take the volume of all the water on the planet.

The earth has 97,000 Olympic size swimming pools full of water as each and every persons share, for all 7 billion people on the planet. Do the math. Burn all fossil fuel on the planet at the same time and you couldn't raise the temperature of that total amount of water 2 degrees, ever.

Flakmeister's picture

What does the BTU content of fossil fuels have to do with this?


Michaelwiseguy's picture

The temperature of the oceans heated by the Sun, is a major contributing factor in regulating the air temperature of the planet, and there is a lot of it.

“Just how much water is there on (and in) the Earth? Here are some numbers you can think about:

If all of Earth’s water (oceans, icecaps and glaciers, lakes, rivers, groundwater, and water in the atmosphere was put into a sphere, then the diameter of that water ball would be about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers), a bit more than the distance between Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas. The volume of all water would be about 332.5 million cubic miles (mi3), or 1,386 million cubic kilometers (km3). A cubic mile of water equals more than 1.1 trillion gallons. A cubic kilometer of water equals about 264 billion gallons.”

The question I have is:

If we burned all the known reserves of fossil fuels on the planet in one year, and used it exclusively for heating all waters on the planet, how much would it raise the current temperature of that amount of water through direct burning of those fossil fuels?


Flakmeister's picture

Go ahead and compute it... what does this factoid have to do with anything?

DaveyJones's picture

The "system" when healthy, like the economy, is a system of millions of checks and balances. A one degree increase in the overall earth temperature takes a LOT of effort and does wonders (or the reverse). We're not talking about your analogy - boiling water in a tea kettle, we're talking about a closed and heated system that has never come on this rapidly and will last for a long long time.  

DaveyJones's picture

humans are arrogant but they're also great at lying, spying denying, and trying anything but the naked truth. So humans can have no "significant" affect on their environment? Just let all the nukes fly and powerplants meltdown. Then check your theory again.  

SokPOTUS's picture

Big Sis *got* back...but you don't want to see it...

Gully Foyle's picture


What is truly hillarious is the fat bastards will be doing quite well. They have extra insulation and their bodies will start breaking it down for butrition. All as nature designed. Plus if they get a serious disease their bodies have enough rescources, fat, to help weather the sickness.

All those zero fat types are freezing and eating muscle because they have NOTHING to fall back on. When they catch a serious disease, then more than likely they die.

Health alert: Why you DON’T want ripped abs if you hope to survive the coming economic collapse

You show me a guy with ripped abs, and I’ll show you a guy very unlikely to survive the coming economic collapse. There are three scientific reasons for this:

#1) Having “ripped abs” is only achieved by shedding excess body fat and achieving a dangerously low body fat level (such as 5% for men).

#2) People with ribbed abs (i.e. very low body fat) have virtually no excess calories to keep them alive if access to food is suddenly limited.

#3) People with ribbed abs have no built-in insulation from the cold. A person with very low body fat is extremely vulnerable to hypothermia. This may be a life-or-death matter if an economic collapse arrives during the winter months and electricity or heating fuels are not available for extended periods of time.

Having very low body fat is dangerous to your survival



Scenarios where you’ll wish you had body fat

• If food is suddenly in short supply and you have to survive with a prolonged calorie deficit.

• If you’re forced to travel on foot for extended durations (such as days or weeks). You’ll burn fat along the way. If you don’t have sufficient fat, your body will start breaking down and burning your muscles.

• If you’re forced to sleep outside, possibly in a tent, where you need thermal protection from the elements.

• If you’re sleeping in a home or apartment, but the heat is cut off in the winter.

In each of these scenarios, some spare body fat actually adds to your survival potential.

flacon's picture

American whales "I Will Survive!" ;) LOL!


Who knows.. but if one has the forethought to buy extra food at home then they will outlive even the whales. 

Gully Foyle's picture


I imagine those organic food snobs are now begging for any stale big mac and coke they can get their hands on.

Please someone send a shipment of week old Tim Horton creme filled and watch their eyes light up.

Skateboarder's picture

 I have very low body fat, but I can also run marathon distances without food or water. Fuck science - the human will is stronger.

Gully Foyle's picture


wow, easy to say in your comfy home with food on the shelves and enough electricity to power your pc.

Sure everybody talks big when the lights are on.

Speaking of which, are you powering that pc with your lithe and supple body? Because the way I understand Science not only allowed for the creation of that pc but the electricity it runs on.

Right about now Science is saying fuck people and their illusion of will.

pufferfish's picture

Good luck with all that fat when the ripped abs guy is beating you & eating your food. DYEL?

Gully Foyle's picture


Somebody has far too many gladiator dreams. don't you?

merizobeach's picture

Would it be too much to ask you to stop using the bold font for all of your comments?