That is not true at all. It just has not happened in 74 years. (1938)
That is why they call these things "100 year storms"
The history channel type shows have been predicting this hurricane for
years. It was not a unique storm for that latitude, The only thing
unusual was the path.
The same was true in New Orleans.
*LOTs* of people anticipated the results some made the predictions very
public. Like Katrina where LSU had a hard copy report published 3 years
ahead of time bean counters discounted the perditions in the clear hope that
the gotcha would not be on their watch.
I think there was enough warning of what was coming for most people, but,
yes, the federal weather service stopped issuing warnings because Sandy
wasn't a real hurricane anymore, and the local weathercasters were
supposed to take over. I think this is being addressed for future
This always happens ... The lawyers like nitpicking. A prudent
homeowner assesses the diverse risks and asks his insurance agent what
coverage to get. Then prays for good quality advice ...
See also <http://www.celebrateboston.com/strange/plywood-palace.htm
In addition to replacing the glass, I think they needed to add internal
bracing ... Seems to happen rather often with big high rise buildings.
Insufficient wind tunnel modeling has been the usual blame.
I know the WTC had some pretty serious modifications made to withstand
hurricane force winds (and fire, BTW) but I'd never heard the ESB had
undergone such. It was built before there was wind tunnel modeling
for buildings, and as I said, overbuilt.
The WTC fireproofing turned out to have defects, as I recall from the
reports I read after 9/11. I think the defects were in both design and
execution. Possibly wouldn't have made a difference, but still.
Over-engineering/building used to be a given. See the reports on the
Brooklyn bridge (to take into account the expected shenanigans in material
quality). The Titanic wasn't sufficiently overbuilt ...
Talk to the guys from Controlled Demolition and other imploders about
their adventures in Las Vegas. They said that pretty much every building
they dealt with over the years was a royal PITA because they were not
only overengineered, but also overbuilt. The concrete in the floors of
the Sands, for instance, was much thicker than the original plans had
lead them to believe. It seems about the last thing anyone wanted to do
was explain to the Mob why their building fell down. (grin)>
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late
to work within the system, but too early to shoot
Possibly? It lasted longer than expected, given the magnitude of the
It was a "given" because they didn't have the tools we do today.
Things are over-engineered now, too, except that the margins can be
trimmed because of the technology.
The Titanic *was* overbuilt. It wasn't designed very well and the
On Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:52:33 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
I suppose if anyone has archived things that far back you could look
but I thought New Orleans was a huge rip off too.
We should have never let them rebuild that city below sea level.
They should have barged in enough dirt to build New Orleans on a hill.
They do? I'd be interested in the specifics as friends I went to
engineering school (LSU/Tulane BTW) with spent considerable time over the
pond reviewing what the Dutch did to address their problems.
Basics as I understand both areas: High energy storms, land below sea
level, very similar pumping systems, water has to be pumped up hill. What
have I missed?
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