Hurricane Sandy is battering the East Coast this morning, expected to wreak havoc for millions of people from the Mid-Atlantic to northern New England. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are affected by the storm. Please take care and be safe.

Because of Sandy’s timing this late in October, the confluence of multiple items could make the hurricane a 100-year storm. Specifically, with colder air moving east and south from Canada along with a full moon over the weekend, the storm surge could be far larger than normal and the post-landfall storm could turn to snow and ice.

That means Hurricane Sandy brings three different potential problems: flooding in coastal areas and low-lying places, wind damage, and a strong likelihood of power outages in the Northeast.

Though the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will notionally lead response and recovery efforts, the reality is that the power companies, local governments and community organizations will be the focal point of most response and recovery activities. FEMA can’t turn the lights back on and it doesn’t clear snow — it just pays for some of those items after the fact.

Read More at blog.heritage.org . By Matt Mayer and Rob Bluey.

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