The National Hurricane Centre rates New York as the fifth most
vulnerable area in the country. The top four have all been hit in the
past two years. Max Mayfield, the centre's director, says the city is
"especially vulnerable". Local experts believe flooding, as was shown
in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, is "inevitable".
Certainly in my lifetime parts of Long Island have taken a battering
now and then. The most populous parts of the city are on the western
end of Long Island.
Evacuating New York City and Long Island ought to be interesting. I
guess those people who fought LILCO over starting that nuclear plant
there were right.
The toxic mess situation of a flooded New York area could be terrible,
but I'm going to guess no worse than New Orleans (which makes you
wonder what's the actual, unbushified situation in New Orleans).