Google Puts Preparedness Information for Hurricane Sandy on Maps

After cancelling its Android event in New York City, Google's Crisis Response team has assembled a Hurricane Sandy map to help track the storm's progress and provide updated emergency information.Some are calling the hurricane "Frankenstorm" due to its potential mix of both winter and tropical cyclone weather. The storm already responsible for a reported 41 […]

After cancelling its Android event in New York City, Google's Crisis Response team has assembled a Hurricane Sandy map to help track the storm's progress and provide updated emergency information.

Some are calling the hurricane "Frankenstorm" due to its potential mix of both winter and tropical cyclone weather. The storm already responsible for a reported 41 deaths across the Caribbean, late-season Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall again early this week on the East Coast of the United States.

New on our #Sandy map: Power outage maps. On a mobile device? Click the "layers" button to see more, including shelter information, storm tracking and public alerts.

In addition, Google also launched a map specific to New York City, "featuring evacuation zone information from NYC Open Data, open shelters, weather information and live webcams."

You can easily share and embed these maps on your website -- just hit the "Share" button at the top of the map to get the HTML code.

Here is what you'll find on the Hurricane Sandy map:

  • "Location tracking, including the hurricane's current and forecasted paths, courtesy of the NOAA-National Hurricane Center
  • Public alerts, including evacuation notices, storm warnings, and more, via weather.gov and earthquake.usgs.gov
  • Radar and cloud imagery from weather.com and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Evacuation information and routes
  • Shelters and recovery centers will appear as they become operational
  • Storm footage and storm-related YouTube videos, curated by Storyful," informs Google.

(Click the images to go to the respective map page)

Hurricane Sandy map:

Hurricane Sandy: Google Map

New York City specific Google map:

New York City specifica Google Map for Hurricane Sandy

As, Google had already postponed its Android event, here is some bits specific to the event -- ahead of now postponed event, Google just dropped the price on its 7-inch Nexus tablet. "The 16GB model will now cost $199, down from $249 MSRP. A new 32GB model of the tablet will cost $249."

There's no word what's to come of the 8GB model although early speculation stated that it could drop in price by as much as $100.

The new Nexus 7 prices comes by Office Depot, a major US electronic retailer, which is currently displaying the 32GB model in one of its stores.

Office Depot: Google drops Nexus 7 tablet pricing: 32GB now cost $249, and 16 GB $199