Hurricane Sandy: Six Ways to Track Frankenstorm Online

Posted by · October 29, 2012 1:04 pm

Image courtesy of The Weather Channel.

Since the Experts Exchange corporate office is located on the west coast, the word “hurricane” is rather foreign to most of us on staff.  However, many of our community members are located on the east coast and will be–or already have been–affected by Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a.- Frankenstorm). Whether you are in the path of the storm or on the other side of the country, if you work in technology, you’ve probably already noticed some of Hurricane Sandy’s side effects.

For starters, Google cancelled the Android event it had planned in New York City today.  There’s no word on when the event will be rescheduled for, but according to the email Google sent to people who were planning to attend the event, the company “will let us know their plans as soon as they know more.” A little bad weather couldn’t completely stop  Google’s plans, however, as the company unveiled a slew of new Android Nexus hardware this morning including the Nexus 4 smartphone, an updated Nexus 7 and the new Nexus 10 tablet.

In addition to Google, Hurricane Sandy also put a damper on the staff at AllThingsD’s parade, as they were forced to postpone their Dive Into Mobile conference. If you purchased a ticket, don’t worry! AllthingsD is planning to reschedule the conference.  You can also get a full refund for your ticket, OR, if you want to attend the company’s Dive into Media conference instead, your ticket will be valid for that conference too. We’re guessing the airlines aren’t being nearly that accommodating, but here are a few tips for how to handle a cancelled flight nonetheless.

At the time of this writing, at least six states have declared a state of emergency due to the massive storm. There are several ways you can keep track of what’s going on with Sandy, whether you’re worried about friends and family, a concerned citizen, or hunkered down in your home in the middle of the storm itself.

The Weather Channel live stream on YouTube has live reporting from the coast, video feeds from cities that are being hit the hardest so far, updated storm maps, latest warnings, and some scientific analysis of the weather system. It also features some poorly-chosen, weird metal music playing during their commercial breaks.

The Huffington Post has a live blog with transportation information, maps, and reader-submitted photos from up and down the east coast; and The New York Times blog The Lede is live updating a  state-by-state guide aggregating regional news video and tweets from local officials and journalists to help you keep track of what is going on specific to your area. Other helpful links you might want to check out include the National Hurricane Center and the Red Cross Hurricane Mobilization project.

If you want to keep up with Frankenstorm via social media, here are some of the more useful Hurricane Sandy-related Twitter accounts.  And if you’re in to citizen journalism, this could be your time to shine. Regardless of how you choose to track the storm, if you’re on the east coast, we hope you’re staying dry and most of all staying safe.