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DHSEM Daily Briefing, October 31

By at October 31, 2012 | 11:10 am | Print

In partnership with the National Weather Service, DHSEM assesses that the impacts from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy will diminish through today and tomorrow. Waves and winds will both be higher than average through today and are trending back to what we expect for normal weather for this time of year in Chicago.

LAKE IN-PORTER COUNTIES

LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING

  • LAKE SHORE FLOODING: STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WILL RESULT IN LARGE BATTERING WAVES OF 14 TO 18 FT…WITH OCCASIONAL HIGHER WAVES. WAVES WILL VERY SLOWLY SUBSIDE THROUGH THE MORNING.
  • IMPACTS THESE LARGE WAVES WILL BATTER THE BEACHES AND SHORELINES LEADING TO COASTAL EROSION AND FLOODING SIMILAR TO WHAT WAS EXPERIENCED DURING THE SEPTEMBER 2011 STORM. SOME OF THE MORE VULNERABLE SPOTS ALONG THE INDIANA LAKESHORE INCLUDE THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE AS WELL AS THE LAKESIDE RESIDENTIAL AREAS SUCH AS OGDEN DUNES AND BEVERLY SHORES.

 

Local State, National and International Information Intelligence and Data

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak – Current Case Count,

 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html

 

October 30, Associated Press – (National) At least 39 dead, millions without power in Sandy’s aftermath. Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke October 30 without electricity, and New York City was all but closed off by car, train, and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 39, many of the victims killed by falling trees. The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore October 29 with hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds. More than 8.2 million people across the east were without power. Airlines canceled more than 15,000 flights around the world. The storm also disrupted the presidential campaign with just a week to go before Election Day. Lower Manhattan, which includes Wall Street, was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over its seawalls and highways. The New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day, and said it will reopen October 31. A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood October 30, an incident in which 3 people were injured. A huge swell of water swept over the small New Jersey town of Moonachie, near the Hackensack River, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people. Source: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/10/30/at-least-17-dead-millions-without-power-in-sandy-aftermath/

 

October 30, Associated Press – (New York; New Jersey) Nuclear plants shut down units as storm hits coast. Parts of two nuclear power plants in New Jersey were shut down October 29 and October 30, while another plant in New York was put on alert after waters from Hurricane Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. One of the units at New York’s Indian Point was shut down October 29 because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at risk due to water levels from the Hudson River. One unit at the Salem plant in Hancocks Bridge, New Jersey, was shut down October 30 because four of its six circulating water pumps were no longer available, according to PSEG Nuclear. The pumps are used to condense steam on the non-nuclear side of the plant. New Jersey’s Oyster Creek was already out of service for scheduled refueling. But high water levels at the facility, which sits along Barnegat Bay, prompted safety officials to declare an ―unusual event‖. About two hours later, the situation was upgraded to an ―alert,‖ the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system. Conditions were still safe at Oyster Creek, Indian Point, and all other U.S. nuclear plants, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). A rising tide, the direction of the wind and the storm’s surge combined to raise water levels in Oyster Creek’s intake structure, the NRC said. The agency said that water levels were expected to recede within hours and that the plant is watertight and capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds. The plant’s owner, Exelon Corp., said power was also disrupted in the station’s switchyard, but backup diesel generators were providing stable power, with more than two weeks of fuel on hand. Source: http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/business/nuclear-plants-shut-down-units-as-storm-hits-coast/article_0a59366a-2cfd-5556-b28d-c586e8ce7de1.html

 

October 29, Chicago Tribune – (Illinois) Elmer Fudd Bandit’ hits 5th bank on northwest side. A robber dubbed the ―Elmer Fudd Bandit‖ — because of his cap and plaid flannel shirt — is suspected of hitting his fifth bank in the Chicago area since  mid-October, authorities said. In the most recent heist, the robber implied he had a gun when he entered a bank in the Oriole Park neighborhood October 29, according to a police official. The man approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash, according to a FBI spokeswoman. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the robber fled on foot, she said. The robber then got into a mid-sized car that sped away. The FBI said the same robber is believed to have struck four other times: a robbery October 13 at a TCF Bank in Chicago; an attempted robbery October 14 at a TCF Bank in Des Plaines; a robbery October 15 at a Charter One branch in Norridge; and the October 24 robbery of a TCF Bank branch in Stickney. Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-report-northwest-side-bank-robbed-20121029,0,4144488.story

 

October 30, Cherry Hill Courier-Post – (New Jersey) Garden State Parkway reopened. The entire length of the Garden State Parkway reopened after a 129-mile stretch was closed in both directions from Woodbridge to the southern terminus because of flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported October 30. The New Jersey governor said that motorists should not drive unless absolutely necessary because 200 other State roads remain closed. The Lincoln Tunnel was open, and the Holland Tunnel was closed under further notice. The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing were reported closed until further notice. All Delaware River Port Authority toll crossings reopened to traffic October 29. Source: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20121030/NEWS01/310300039/Garden-State-Parkway-reopened

 

October 30, Newark Star-Ledger – (New Jersey) Hurricane Sandy wreaks continued havoc on N.J. roads, public transit. High winds and heavy rain prompted the closing of the New Jersey Turnpike’s Hudson County Extension between Exit 14 (Newark Airport/I-78/Routes 1&9) and the Holland Tunnel, the closing of the major toll road between Exit 8 (Route 33/Hightstown/Freehold) and Exit 7 (Route 206/Bordentown/Trenton), and speed restrictions of 45 mph for the nearly 100 miles below Exit 12 (Carteret/Rahway), the Newark Star-Ledger reported October 30. A travel ban remained in effect in Atlantic County, and personal vehicles were barred from Jersey City and Hoboken. New Jersey Transit train and bus service remained suspended, and Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains were still not running. The New Jersey governor said October 29 that transportation officials would have to assess the flooding before making a decision on when commuters could again take trains and buses to work. The Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing — the three spans from New Jersey to Staten Island — were closed. The Interstate 95/Scudder Falls Bridge above Trenton was closed the overnight October 29 because of downed wires across the roadway, while Philadelphia area crossings over the Delaware River were restricted to emergency vehicles and essential personnel, officials said. Source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_wreaks_continu.html#incart_river

 

October 30, Associated Press – (New York) NYC hospital evacuated. A backup generator failed at the New York University Tisch Hospital October 29, forcing it to move out more than 200 patients, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care. Dozens of ambulances lined up around the block as doctors and nurses began the slow process of evacuation. Some were on respirators operating on battery power. Without power, there were no elevators, so patients — some of whom are being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses — were carefully carried down staircases. Ambulances came from around the city to help transport the sick. Patients were taken to other hospitals including Mount Sinai and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. Most of the power outages in lower Manhattan, where Tisch is located, were due to an explosion at an electrical substation, officials said. Source: http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/NYC-hospital-evacuated

 

October 30, Philadelphia Main Line Times – (Pennsylvania) Hurricane Sandy coverage: Emergency personal will not respond in hurricane level winds. The Chester County, Pennsylvania Emergency services for hurricane operations for police, fire, and EMS along with Lower Merion fire officials have said for the safety of the personnel, the organization will discontinue response to all calls when sustained wind speeds reach 50 mph or wind gusts are over 65 mph. When the order to cease response is given due to hazardous wind conditions, as reported by Philadelphia Main Line Times October 30. Operations during the period of the eye of the hurricane passes would be limited to re-securing the fire station. All operations during the eye of the hurricane will only be performed if they can be done safely. Personnel will help citizens who come to the station when it would be a danger to release them. Source: http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2012/10/30/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc508ee58c96d41692867645.txt?viewmode=fullstory

 

October 30, SC Magazine UK – (International) Hurricane Sandy could cause problems in cyber space. With Hurricane Sandy colliding with the East Coast, cyber criminals are likely to take advantage of the historic storm to make money or steal personal information from the unsuspecting. Like with most major news events, users should be on the lookout for legitimate-looking scams that will use the hurricane’s mainstream allure to dupe them. ―If the past repeats itself, Facebook postings, tweets, emails and websites claiming to have exclusive video or pleading for donations for disaster relief efforts will appear shortly after the storm hits,‖ security company Avast warned October 29. ―These messages often include malicious code that attempt to infect computers with viruses, spyware or Trojan horses.‖ Online vandals have also been known to bait users through a technique known as black-hat search engine optimization (SEO), in which search results are poisoned so the attackers’ sites appear near the top of rankings. Natural disasters lend a particularly lucrative hand to cyber criminals because many users want to make donations to victims. As such, they can be easily tricked into giving their money away to bogus sites that appear to be charities, such as the American Red Cross. Source: http://www.scmagazineuk.com/hurricane-sandy-could-cause-problems-in-cyber-space/article/265955/

 

October 29, Northwest Cable News – (Washington) Bomb destroys flood gauge on eve of storm. A witness heard an explosion near his home in Pacific, Washington, October 28 that turned out be some kind of homemade explosive that destroyed an important U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) flood monitoring device on the flood prone White River. The device uplinks critical river flow information to the Web for flood managers from several agencies. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used it for the operation of the Howard Hanson Dam upstream. The agencies were expecting to use it during the upcoming rain storms forecasted for October 30 and the rest of the week. The box is so vital for flood protection that USGS technicians replaced it in a matter of a few hours. Pacific police were not commenting on the case, but did say they have not arrested anyone and have no suspects at this time. The boxes provide a network that give agencies an overall flood picture so they can evacuate homes and close streets if necessary hours before the flood waters arrive. Source: http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=176356601&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10212

 

 

Count Down To

  • Halloween, October 31                                                                                                                                      Today
  • Time Change back to Central Standard Time (CST), November 4                                                      03 Days
  • Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries, November 4                                                                            03 Days
  • Election Day, November 6                                                                                                                                  04 Days
  • STARCOM21 Radio Test November 6                                                                                                            04 Days
  • Veterans Day                                                                                                                                                            11 Days
  • Thanksgiving, November 22                                                                                                                              21 Days
  • Cook County Shut Down Day, November 23   (DUTYDESK – Normal Operational Posture)  22 Days
  • STARCOM21 Radio Test December 4                                                                                                             33 Days
  • Chanukah, Sunset December 8 through December 16                                                                            37 Days
  • Fast of Tevet 10, December 23                                                                                                                         52 Days
  • Christmas Day, December 25                                                                                                                            54 Days
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31                                                                                                                          60 Days

 

 

Observances for the Month:

  • October: Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
  • October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • October: National Arts & Humanities Month
  • October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • October: National Energy Awareness Month

 

 

Major Local Incidents around Cook County and Collar Counties (Last 24hrs.)

  • Major Fire Department or MABAS Responses: No significant incidents to report.
  • Major Law Enforcement or ILEAS Responses: No significant incidents to report.
  • Heating/Cooling Activations (Past 24 hrs.): None
  • Local Township Centers Activated: None
  • County Facilities Activated: None

 

Scheduled Pre-Planned Events or Festivals occurring in Cook County

  • October 29-31, 7 – 11 pm, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, Screams in the Park
  • October 31, 7 pm, United Center, Bulls vs. Sacramento
  • November 01 & 2, 7:10 pm, Maywood Park, Live Racing
  • November 01-11, various times, Allstate Arena, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
  • November 02, 8 pm, Star Plaza Theatre, Michael W. Smith
  • November 03, 7 pm, United Center, Bulls vs. New Orleans
  • November 03, 8 am, Sears Centre, Cheerbean: 2012 Cheer and Poms Competition

 

 

Today’s Forecast:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/

Current Weather Story:

The low pressures system that used to be hurricane Sandy will move into the eastern Great Lakes tonight. Gusty northerly winds will continue to prevail across the area tonight with the highest wind speeds along the Illinois and Indiana lakefront.

Today: Partly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 30…except in the mid 30s downtown. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 50. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s except in the mid 30s downtown. NW winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs upper 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 40s. Then temperatures falling into the upper 30s by evening.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.
Sunday And Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs upper 40s. Lows upper 30s.
Monday And Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the upper 30s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

DAY ONE, TODAY AND TONIGHT: LARGE WAVES WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT SHORELINE AREAS OF NORTHWEST

INDIANA THIS MORNING CAUSING LAKE SHORE FLOODING AND BEACH EROSION IN SPOTS.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN, THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT: SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NECESSARY THROUGH TONIGHT.

 

Space Weather: (http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today.html) (http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SWN/index.html)

Additional information: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/

3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast issued Oct 30 22:00 UTC

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for low level activity.

Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on day 1 (31 October), increasing to a chance for active levels with the arrival of the 27 and 28 October CMEs late in the day. Unsettled to active with a chance for minor storm levels are expected on day 2 (1 November) from CME effects. On day 3 (2 November) conditions are expected to decline to quiet to unsettled with a chance for active as CME effects subside.

Earthquake Activity: (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/)

Cook County River & Stream Status: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot

Cook County Road and Construction Issues for further and more detailed information go to: http://www.travelmidwest.com/lmiga/home.jsp

Northern Cook County

Central and Southern Cook County

Cook County Department/Agency Specific Information

Sheriff’s Office                                                       Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Department of Transportation & Highways          Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Medical Examiner                                                  Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Animal Control                                                        Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Bureau of Technology                                            Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Facilities Management                                          Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Forest Preserve District                                         Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Health & Hospital System                                     Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

Public Health                                                          Normal Operational Posture – No significant incidents to report

 

 

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