While the power is still up and running (and we hope it plans to stay that way), thereâ€™s more than just the typical reporters-in-bundled-ponchos here to bring you the latest on Hurricane Sandy. With the storm expected to touch down on New York City, the Jersey Shore and Long Island on Monday afternoon, residents across the entire Eastern Seaboard are bracing themselves by stocking up on the essentials and tracking Sandy with their most efficient weapon: their mobile device. Take a look at several resources that will keep you stay abreast of the latest developments on Hurricane Sandy:
For a real-time view of Sandyâ€™s latest position, take a look at Googleâ€™s Hurricane Sandy map. In addition to providing you with information on the stormâ€™s progress, the map, which aggregates data from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the National Hurricane Center, the U.S. Geological Survey and popular weather website weather.com, pinpoints evacuation zone information, emergency shelter locations, among other information.
Updating by the second, the â€śSandycamâ€ť provides users live coverage 24/7. If youâ€™ve got a safe view of the storm, you, too, can submit your own coverage to email@example.com.
Just type in your zip code and get information specific to your location, as well as pictures of how the storm appears in your area.
The Wall Street Journal staffers manning this hub of Hurricane Sandy updates should be commended. The liveblog provides storm watchers with details from across the East Coast. If you want minute-by-minute details of how folks are dealing with the storm in all affected areas, check out the WSJâ€™s coverage.
In addition to live updates, the Times is provides an interactive map of evacuation zones, live images, storm conditions and is even taking questions about Hurricane Sandy. See if your question makes the cut!
For all things Sandy on Twitter, follow the hashtag #Sandy, which is now trending in the United States. Expect a mix of breaking news, on-the-scene images (both real and fake) and hilarious commentary.
But what happens if the power goes out and youâ€™re Twitter-less thanks to the lack of a Wi-Fi connection? The Washington Post outlines how you can still check into the social media site during a power outage. Text the word “Follow [username]” to 40404 on a U.S.-based phone, notes The Post. For example, if youâ€™d like to receive tweets from @weatherchannel, text â€śFollow weatherchannelâ€ť to 40404. To turn the feature off, users must test the words â€śOff,â€ť â€śStop,â€ť or â€śLeaveâ€ť to 40404. Standard messaging rates will still apply. For details on how to connect your phone to Twitter and send tweetsâ€”without depleting your batteryâ€”visit the Washington Post.
We know there are more resources out there so feel free to share your findings in the comments section. Stay updated and safe, folks!