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Batten down the Internet: How to follow Hurricane Sandy online

By Hamish McKenzie , written on October 29, 2012

From The News Desk

The really annoying thing is that none of y'all can see this, but right now I'm blogging out in the high winds and rain while the waves from Baltimore's Inner Harbor splash over my shoulders. I'm wearing nothing but a branded Pando poncho and typing the shit out of this post while random debris flies around me. This, as I have come to understand, is how a newsman must report a hurricane.

Well, okay. I might have bent the truth slightly. I am actually sitting inside, the heaters are on too high (thanks, downstairs neighbors), and Hurricane Sandy has yet to fire her first big shots. But it is raining really, really lots outside.

Instead, like most others on the Internet – for as long as it holds out – I've been following all the new-media hurricane coverage that I can find. And what's been happening on Twitter, Instagram, and online news sites proves to me that the TV is becoming increasingly obsolete as a medium of shared panic. Flippancy aside, this hurricane is serious. It's been all jokes on Twitter so far, but that is likely to morph into panic and frustration as the hurricane cuts its course. In the meantime, here's a collection of what I've found most useful and fascinating from the new-media Sandy coverage so far.

  • #instacane: The story of Hurricane Sandy told through Instagram, and then compiled on this beautiful site
  • Google's got a crisis map
[Lead photo by Instagram user IvankaTrump]