October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is charging up the East Coast as a cold front is tearing across the U.S. from the west and an arctic blast is barreling down from the north. The resulting “Frankenstorm” could cause gale-force winds, heavy rains and flooding – along with billions in damages along the Eastern Seaboard.
“There’s been a dramatic rise in the number of people looking at this,” says Ernst Kiesling, a professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University and executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association. Many of the association’s 35 member firms have seen at least a 40 percent increase in business since the tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest in 2011. “They had a backlog of several months,” Kiesling says.