sandy Google launches interactive map to track Hurricane Sandy

Google has launched an interactive map that tracks the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, which is ravaging the east coast of the United States.

Google has launched an interactive map that tracks the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, which is ravaging the east coast of the United States.

 
As many turn to social media for updates about the hurricane, Google has provided an online map that shows where Sandy is expected to hit, with a cone covering an area that takes into consideration two-thirds of historical official forecast errors over a five-year sample, allowing for a fairly reliable look at which parts of the US will be affected.
 
The map shows the Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 92 miles per hour, hitting the coast of New Jersey and moving inland tonight. It is expected to weaken to a tropical storm tomorrow as it heads past Maryland and into Pennsylvania, weakening further as it heads into New York, yet still capable of devastating winds of around 40 miles per hour.
 
sandy Google launches interactive map to track Hurricane Sandy
 
Google has highlighted the locations of evacuation centres and emergency shelters set up by the Red Cross, making its map an important resource in the hours and days to come, with some 50 million people at risk, thousands of whom have been forced to abandon their homes in mandatory evacuations.
 
The hurricane threatens many lives, with fierce winds and disastrous flooding, and it has led to the cancellation of a number of high-profile events, including some of the US presidential election campaigning. Google also cancelled the launch event of its Nexus 4 smartphone and the latest version of Android, stating that it will let consumers know more as soon as possible.
 
Source: BBC