Already five confirmed deaths in NYC. Last I head on CNN there was three feet of flooding on the floor of the NYSE. People on the tri-state area are just not well enough prepared for these type of hurricanes as those in the south.
We all should keep these fellow Americans in our prayers throughout the night and the next few weeks.
A full disk image of Earth to put this storm's size in perspective http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/8131382839/in/set-72157631853940024
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that his justice cannot sleep forever."--Thomas Jefferson
To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add
the more distinguished character of Christian. --George Washington
"If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable." --John F. Kennedy
Rats scurrying to escape rising floodwaters in New York could spread diseases as they infest new areas, according to a nature expert.
A 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides have caused severe flooding to subways and road tunnels in the city and torrents of water poured into city streets.
The rising water will force rats out of their underground lairs and into contact with humans, according to Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, New York, speaking to The Huffington Post.
He says rats are expert survivors and will escape the floods and head for safer ground, such as apartments and other buildings inhabited by humans.
He said: 'Rats are incredibly good swimmers and they can climb.'
According to Ostfeld, this could result a rise in infectious diseases carried by urban rats, including leptospirosis, hantavirus, typhus, salmonella, and even the plague.
'One of things we know can exacerbate disease is massive dispersal,' he added.
'Rats are highly social individuals and live in a fairly stable social structure. If this storm disturbs that, rats could start infesting areas they never did before.'
Rats don't need to bite a human to transmit the diseases as rodent faeces and urine can spread conditions like hantavirus.
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.