Google Crisis Response Map Tracking Hurricane Sandy
Google's Crisis Response organization has released a map that tracks the path of Hurricane Sandy, a powerful storm that is barreling toward the U.S. East Coast on the weekend of Oct. 27.Google's latest Crisis Response Map has been issued for the East Coast of the United States as Hurricane Sandy, a powerful storm that formed in the Caribbean, heads toward New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond this weekend, packing heavy rains and winds that could be as strong as 80 mph or greater. "Just launched: A new crisis map with several Hurricane Sandy-related layers, including current and forecasted locations, courtesy of NOAA-National Hurricane Center; cloud and wind information; and public alerts featuring emergency information like evacuation routes," according to an Oct. 25 post on the Google Maps Google+ page. "As the team identifies additional information, they’ll be updating the map." The map shows a wide range of information layers that detail many aspects of the approaching storm, including its current location, forecasted location, weather radar, wind speed probabilities, public alerts, emergency alerts and hurricane evacuation routes, according to the map. Also available are information layers for traffic conditions, active emergency shelters, disaster recovery centers, storm surge zones and catalogs of YouTube videos that have been shot and uploaded to show the effects of the storm. The layers can be added or removed by map visitors to customize the information they can receive about the progress of the storm, which is expected to dump plenty of rain—and even possibly some snow—across the eastern U.S. Utility companies are preparing for lots of downed power lines, service outages and large cleanup bills, according to reports.
So far, Hurricane Sandy has left 29 people dead as it walloped the Caribbean, while reducing its intensity to a Category 1 hurricane. Earlier it had been a Category 2 hurricane, according to a story from Weather.com.