“Frankenstorm” goes global

Hurricane Sandy is causing problems way beyond the eastern seaboard

By Nicholas Nehamas

A man salvages bricks from rubble on a street after hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba. (Reuters)

Batten down the hatches! Here comes Sandy. From the Caribbean to Canada, from Ireland to Russia and Malaysia, Hurricane Sandy is affecting people all over the world. As “Frankenstorm” rolls up the Eastern Seaboard, Latitude News brings you a global round-up of reactions to Sandy. Stay safe and stock up on bottled water. We’ll see you on the other side.

 

  • Hundreds of Irish tourists and businesspeople are stranded in New York after airlines canceled their trans-Atlantic flights, the Independent of Ireland reports. 700 Aer Lingus passengers who were supposed to fly back to Dublin and Shannon today must now make other plans. The New York public transit system has also been shut down and, for the first time since 9/11, the New York Stock Exchange has closed its doors on a business day. Meanwhile, the Moscow Times writes that the Russian airline Aeroflot has canceled all service between Moscow and New York for today and tomorrow.

 

  • In Jamaica, hundreds of people have left their homes or are without electricity, according to a report in the Jamaica Gleaner. The Jamaican government is in the process of airlifting supplies to residents of Jamaica’s hilly interior, which was hit hard by the storm. Infrastructure in the area was already poor compared to other parts of the country and Sandy rendered many of the roads there inaccessible. Down on the coastal beaches, the Jamaican tourist board is doing its best to reassure visitors that the country’s international resorts have weathered the storm and will remain open for business. Across the Caribbean, 58 people have already died in the storm.

 

  • Canada is making its own preparations for Sandy, which is expected to hit Ontario and Quebec Monday afternoon. The Globe and Mail reports that the storm will bring with it “raging winds and heavy rainfall that could uproot trees, down utility lines and cause flooding.” The Canadian Red Cross warned people in the hurricane’s path to keep enough supplies on hand for 72 hours.

 

  • The Malaysian Consulate in New York has warned its citizens on the East Coast to take precautionary measures against the storm, reports the Star. There are an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 Malaysians living in New York and the surrounding areas. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts have already declared states of emergency. Experts claim Sandy could be worse than Hurricane Irene, which struck the East Coast in August 2011, causing around $15 billion worth of damage.