Sandy StrikesIt's a dramatic evening in North America. Hurricane Sandy has been building over the the Atlantic Ocean, making a mess of some tropical islands, and keeping millions mesmerized by its impending landfall. New York City anticipates major flooding. Nobody knows what that will mean for the busy subway system or for the NY Stock Exchange, let alone for the millions of individuals who live in that crowded metropolis.
Adding to the power of this unprecedented storm is the extreme tide effect, normally enjoyed by the coastal residents, brought by the full moon. The highest tides, corresponding with up to 100-mile-per-hour winds, almost guarantees flooded streets, fallen trees and downed power lines.
As in every intense storm, there will be those who will ignore the warnings, refuse to evacuate, and even walk or drive into the worst areas. Many can't resist the intensity of their curiosity, it seems. The rescue and healthcare workers will undoubtedly be handling a torrent of people in need.
Any hospital worker can tell you that emergency rooms experience a monthly surge when the moon is full. Having the moon in opposition to the sun effects all of the water on our planet -- including that inside our bodies. People get a little crazy, and sometimes their risk-aversion declines.
Tonight, we can only hope that the President's and newscasters' warnings will override the ramifications of this full moon, and help keep the curious stormchasers -- those most likely to be hurt -- inside, on high ground, or caring for those who need them.