No doubt you’ve seen the maps, showing a storm so immense it’s difficult to fathom. And of course we’re seeing live coverage, video and photos. Or perhaps you’re looking out your window to see the passing of Sandy. Flooding described as “unprecedented,” wind damage, snow, and a huge fire in NYC which is reported to have destroyed more than 50 homes. No doubt we’ll learn of more damage and stories. And of course, the massive storm isn’t over, as it rotates its way to the west, with blizzard warnings being issued. Across the nation, and internationally, one other effect is being felt with the many canceled flights.

From the National Weather Service:

Although Sandy has transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone, it’s still expected to produce strong winds across the Mid-Atlantic and New England, as well as rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches over portions of the Mid-Atlantic, and snowfall totals of 2-3 feet in the mountains of West Virginia.

Most importantly, of course, are those directly experiencing the storm. Be safe.

Two particular storm related story lines I’m seeing are climate change and politics. Regarding the first, for example, see NPR’s<Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster? and the Washington Post, “Yes, Hurricane Sandy is a good reason to worry about climate change.”

Regarding the second, one week from election day, President Obama is in DC focused on the disaster of Sandy. Mr. Romney has scaled back campaigning in general, and is turning at least one campaign event into a fundraiser for victims of Sandy. Lots of speculation about what kind of impact the massive storm, coming one week before election day, in a very close race, will have. For some examples of what’s being written, see Politico’s, “Hurricane Sandy forces anti-politics politics,” and The Hill’s, “Tight polls, looming storm shake campaigns down the homestretch.”

And apparently another inevitable “story” in times of disaster, Christian preacher blames gays for Hurricane Sandy.

(Satellite Map via National Weather Service)