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Flooding Damage From Jonas Will Cost Billions And Is Being Described As ‘Worse Than Hurricane Sandy’

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Flooding - Photo by the National GuardThe economic damage done by winter storm Jonas looks like it is going to be much higher than many had originally anticipated. As you will see below, Moody’s Analytics is projecting that up to 3 billion dollars of damage has been done, and USA Today is reporting that the flooding along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts was “worse than Hurricane Sandy in 2012”. So all of those that are mocking Jonas as “just a snowstorm” don’t really understand what they are talking about. Large numbers of homes, businesses and vehicles were destroyed – especially right along the coast. This was a major disaster, and it is going to take months of work for many of the affected areas to fully recover.

The snow got most of the attention in the media, but the truth is that the flooding along the coast was probably the biggest threat from this storm. As I noted above, USA Today is reporting that flooding damage caused by Jonas is being “described as worse than Hurricane Sandy in 2012″…

Flooding damage from the weekend storm along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts is already described as worse than Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“The storm surge and pounding waves caused considerable water damage to homes, businesses, beaches and coastal infrastructure,” Aon Benfield said in a report it issued Sunday night.

“When combining the actual physical damage to residential and commercial properties, plus automobiles and infrastructure, and adding business interruption losses, we’re potentially looking at one of the costlier winter storm events in recent memory,” Bowen said.

If you don’t live along the coast, it can be easy to sit back and mock. But the truth is that this was an immensely powerful storm, and it permanently changed the geography right along the edge of the water…

Beach communities in New Jersey and Delaware were evaluating the aftermath from the massive winter storm as high tides washed out dunes and brought icy water into the streets.

Delaware’s sand-enriched beaches from Lewes to Fenwick Island took a whipping as dunes were flattened and wiped away. The ones that remained looked like a giant front-end loader came through and scooped off the face, leaving a jagged series of cliffs.

Sand fencing lay crumpled like the tracks from a derelict roller coaster. And in Rehoboth, the boardwalk buckled in places from the force of waves pounding the boards from the bottom up.

Perhaps those that don’t think that this storm was a “big deal” would like to foot the bill for the damage.

After all, it is only going to be about $3,000,000,000. The following comes from CNN

The storm that hit the East Coast over the weekend likely cost businesses and residents about $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

That estimate comes from Moody’s Analytics, which estimates most of the cost of the storm is from businesses that lost sales and employees that lost wages when they could not get to work. Those losses were partly offset by people who earned extra wages due to the storm, such as workers who got overtime for plowing roads and parking lots.

And guess what?

As tens of millions of Americans attempt to recover from this storm, another significant winter storm could be rolling in just a few days from now

Our backs hurt from shoveling. Mountains of snow? They’re everywhere. And now we learn ANOTHER storm could roll up the East Coast toward the end of the week. “We could see some snow, a wintry mix or rain in portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast,” says Weather Channel meteorologist Quincy Vagell. Oh, the humanity.

Jonas was a truly historic winter storm, and it is very, very unusual to have such severe flooding along the east coast this time of the year.

And of course Jonas represented a continuation of a very strange series of flooding disasters that we have seen in the United States since the end of the Shemitah year. The following is a list of these disasters that I shared yesterday

-Around the turn of the year the middle part of the country experienced absolutely horrific flooding. The only thing people can really compare it to is the great flood of 1993, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that some communities saw floodwaters get to “places they’ve never been before”. Normally if the middle of the country is going to see flooding like this, it is going to happen when the snow begins to thaw in the spring. For something like this to happen in December is absolutely unprecedented.

-Prior to that, a conveyor belt of storms that barreled into coastal areas of Oregon and Washington caused horrible flooding in many areas. In fact, in early December we witnessed the wettest day in the history of Portland, Oregon. The resulting landslides and floods made headlines all over the nation.

-Before that, the remnants of Hurricane Patricia caused nightmarish flooding in many parts of Texas. The flooding was so bad that at one point an entire train was knocked off the tracks.

-Out on the west coast, flash flooding in southern California sent rivers of mud streaming across highways in southern California. The lifeless body of one man that had his vehicle completely buried in mud was recovered several days later because that is how long it took emergency workers to get to him.

-To kick things off, moisture from Hurricane Joaquin caused horrible flooding all up and down the east coast back in early October. The governor of South Carolina said that it was the worst rain that some parts of her state had seen in 1,000 years.

A lot of people out there seem to think that we are just having a really bizarre string of bad luck, while others are not so sure.

But everyone should be able to agree that we have never had six months in all of U.S. history when we have been hit with a series of major flooding events like this.

So why is this happening?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • Bill

    Few seem to discuss geo-engineering. I wonder why? The sinister ways of the elite are working overtime on politics, economics, and weather. Scary how this election year is taking on extreme historical significance.

    • iris

      I agree. Speaking of this election year, just read yesterday? that the GOP has already sunk 22 million $ into discrediting Marco Rubio, and 11 million into attacking the other true conservatives running as Republicans. Not voting for Trump, as he changes his tune all the time and the way the MSM keeps covering him, perhaps he’s paying them under the table. People think he’s trustworthy because he’s outspoken and abrasive, go figure, but I could easily see him getting bought. And his statements and track record in the past bear up that concern. The establishment GOP will probably either back the most liberal “conservative” they can find, one which the CFR will approve, or they’ll trash the whole thing, which is what they may be doing now. At any rate, we’ll probably keep moving left, because the establishment GOP=Democrat. Rubio is young, trustworthy with a proven track record, polite, non white, much more appealing to young people and minorities than Clinton or Sanders, imo. Think those reasons are exactly why the GOP is attacking him. Cruz would be good, too, although people are questioning his eligibility to run. Funny, O didn’t have to worry about it, but Cruz might. I’m voting my conscience, regardless of how the electronic voting machine says I voted.

      • iris

        now, I’ve read an article saying that the GOP doesn’t like Trump or Cruz, and are favoring Rubio as one of the few on their short list. What the heck? The rules have also changed as of this year, regarding delegates and how percentages of votes are counted in caucuses. Good grief.

  • K

    I felt lucky, to only get 8 inches of snow from that storm. The worst of the wind also missed. But north of me sure got hit hard. Yes there has been more severe weather than the norm. But few will see it. There is none so blind, as he who will not see. For me, I feel we are in a last warning phase.

  • rmc9

    Scalar weapons??

  • GetReal4U2

    no one can claim they weren’t warned…may God help us all…

  • Mistanick

    It’s winter.

    • Mike Garland

      LMAO! You should be a weather man!

    • Mistanick

      I reply to my own post to clarify.

      Yes its winter and we should not make much out of bad storms. Bill mentioned geoengineering, however and there is a lot to be said about it as it relates to strange weather. Our government is not even trying to deny it is taking place but just are not talking about it. Weather modification is not virtuous science, but is being used as an evil means to depopulate the Earth ultimately. Short term, it is driving the false science of “climate change”.

      That said, MaxRockantansky, the Bible is real and you should not mock prophesy.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    O my God! Apocalypse! End of the World! Oh wait.. Again the Bible thumpers didn’t get those Armageddon.

  • mickey mouse

    costly storm but to whom, the rich and insurance companies won’t be paying for it, it will be the little guy by having his premiums jacked sky high, just you wait and see!

  • DJohn1

    We give out foreign aid like it is candy.
    I wonder how they will fix the problems of this winter? Because I see funding as a huge problem to clean up this mess.
    It missed us here in Ohio.
    But for a temperature difference it could just as easily have hit us.
    Several times this last couple of months a couple of inches of rain fell. That would have been 10 inches of snow to one inch of rain. So we could have had 20 inches of snow in the Midwest.
    We are also part of the Bible Belt. Does God protect his own? Good question. No good answers.
    We could still see a huge blizzard and snow this winter. It isn’t over and until it is over.
    Good advice is to always have several weeks worth of food and water available.
    Either a wood burning stove or propane stoves should prove a good alternative to no electricity. We are in all electric homes.
    Generators are dangerous. Unless they are far from the house in question so the exhaust does not come into the house.
    Buried lines into the house are good.
    Our problem isn’t our buried electric lines it is the transformer several miles up the road that gives out and it is above ground. Makes a farce out of the entire underground wire thing.
    Fortunately for us we have a pharmacy up the road that needs to keep running or thousands of dollars worth of drugs will go bad. So we get priority about fixing the transformer. Why they don’t just house the transformer against the weather is beyond me.
    Winters here in the states are worse than Europe. They are north of us. London is quite close to being parallel with Montreal, Canada. The difference is the Gulf Stream warms all of Europe and Britain so the climate is mostly more temperate than here.
    Otherwise they would have arctic winters.
    The main claim to weather change is carbon dioxide increases.
    What carbon dioxide does is transmit the cold and the heat over wide areas averaging things out.
    If the poles melt, then you are looking at a 60 foot or more increase in the levels of the oceans.
    Meaning all of Florida and any other sea level area will be under water within 30 or 40 years.
    The only relatively safe place in such circumstances is the mountains. But even that is not really safe.
    Volcanoes and earthquakes are likely if the water weight increases on the land.
    The ring of fire around the Pacific is a good example of what can and will happen in the future. Exactly when? No one really has a good handle on that.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    No big deal. Half of the victims are an obese people having a heart attack during shoveling of snow.