October 30, 2012 by Darlene McC
I went out with my friend John from ControlGeek.net (a storm chaser, weather nerd, and a guy who knows how to minimize his risk – you’d want him on your zombie team). We headed down to Coney Island and Brighton Beach in our fare borough of Brooklyn to check out the aftermath. Earlier I posted a video of a parking garage buried up to the first floor in sand, here are the pics from our excursion.
We noticed something strange from the get-out: localized pockets of standing water and flooding. New York didn’t get significant rain last night, so it was odd the way one block would be under water and the next would not have any flood damage.
It wasn’t clear why until we got out onto the beach. It looks like localized sections of the dunes underneath the boardwalk gave way, causing water to rush through in that area and swamp out the streets nearby. For all I can tell this would’ve happened fast and I’d be curious to hear from a local what it was like; but no one was really around.
Just across the street from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand is the old Shore Hotel with it’s iconic sign:
And after the storm today the sign is in further decay:
The subway terminal was flooded, with mud standing in the entry way:
And on the beach the waves are incredible:
A little west in Brighton Beach it was like a mud city – you can see from the highest markers that the wave action was hitting 6 – 8′ easily in some surges:
There’s also the parking garage video I posted earlier