Here is a selection of links to help you keep updated on the progress of Hurricane Sandy and find other useful information.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) dedicated Hurricane Sandy page contains links to the latest advisories, satellite images and weather reports.
The NOAA’s National Weather Service page has the latest US weather reports.
The NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre has the latest US hurricane advisories.
Twitter updates are available from the National Hurricane Centre (@NHC_Atlantic) and NOAA (@NOAA).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advice on hurricane preparation and evacuation plans.
Fema’s Twitter feed (@Fema) and Facebook page also provide updates.
The American Red Cross has a search tool and map to help you find your nearest emergency storm shelter, or text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (standard rates apply).
The latest information on sea levels and high tides is available from the NOAA’s National Ocean Service.
Google’s interactive crisis map of the hurricane shows the predicted path of the storm, the affected areas and links to local weather reports and warnings.
Watch a live stream from the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour as the storm approaches.
This live map shows the winds currently flowing over the United States.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has the latest updates on how the storm is expected to affect Eastern Canada including a clickable map of local weather warnings.
New York: The NY-Alert web portal has some of the latest information and alerts from state authorities, or follow @NYSDHSES for updates. New York residents can call the Hurricane Sandy helpline on 1-888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for updates and shelter advice or visit Google’s New York City crisis map.
New Jersey: Visit the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management for forecasts and travel information, or see the Twitter feed (@NJOEM2010) and Facebook page.
Maryland: Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency website has details of the state’s evacuation plan, and are tweeting at @MDMEMA.
Massachusetts: Massachusetts state authorities have information on storm preparations, while the latest weather reports and forecast can be found by searching #MASandy on Twitter.
Pennsylvania: Visit Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency website here.
Connecticut: Visit the Connecticut governor’s website for information or call 211 for storm shelter information in the state.
Delaware: Visit the Delaware Emergency Management Agency website for more information, or residents can call the Delaware Hurricane Sandy Hotline on (800) 464-4357.
Washington DC: The District of Columbia website has information on relief centres as well as public building and transport closures.
There is no evidence that mermaids exist, The National Ocean Service, a US government scientific agency, has said.
The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures.
It is thought some viewers may have mistaken the programme for a documentary.
“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an online post.
The National Ocean Service posted an article last week on its educational website, Ocean Facts.
There is no evidence that mermaids exist, The National Ocean Service has said
Images and tales of mermaids – half-human, half-fish – appear in mythology and art from across the world and through history, from Homer’s Odyssey to the oral lore of the Australian aboriginals, the service wrote.
The article was written from publicly available sources because “we don’t have a mermaid science programme”, said National Ocean Service spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh.
Carol Kavanagh said that at least two people had written to the agency asking about the creatures.
The inquiries followed May’s broadcast of Mermaids: The Body Found, on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet network.
The programme was a work of fiction but its wink-and-nod format apparently led some viewers to believe it was a science education show, the Discovery Channel has acknowledged.