Sandy’s surges may leave LaGuardia swamped

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Hurricane Sandy, which has been described as the worst storm to hit the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in 100 years, is making landfall after causing significant damage. Meteorologist fear that the storm surge on her arrival could be up to 11 feet high.

If a storm surge of those levels were to make its way down Long Island Sound, LaGuardia Airport in New York could be put out of action. The airport is a domestic hub for Delta and has two runways, both of which jut out into the sound.

According to the air navigation specifications of LaGuardia Airport, Runway 4/22 starts at a height of 20.6 ft above sea level and drops to 11.5 ft. Runway 13/31, however, starts at a height of only 11.6 ft above sea level and falls to a height of just 6.7 ft.

At this time, LaGuadia airport is closed.

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