Thursday, November 08, 2012

Sandy: Through The Eyes Of Carolyn

One of my regular readers, Carolyn, sent me the following and I am re-posting it, here. This

is a list of her reactions to the wrath of Superstorm Sandy:

Hi Ruthie, To add insult to injury, tonight we got a northeaster! But President Obama won the

election, so it's a great day!! Some wind and snow tonight but nothing like Hurricane Sandy last


New Jersey is recovering. The worst was and still is in NY. The gas explosion and fires in

Queens that destroyed a working class neighborhood of cops and firefighters is very tragic. People

escaped without coats and shoes in many cases. Staten Island is ravaged from the wind and storm

surge. Power still isn't back. Neighbors took a truck load of begged and borrowed gas cans (the red

ones) filled them and took them up to Staten Island last Sunday. No gas for generators and no power

and it's been cold. People here are talking about PSSD - Post Sandy Stress Disorder, it's a real thing.

It was a nightmare of a storm. Sat at my computer watching that night and waiting, prepared as we

could be with lanterns and radio and generator, sterno and stuff like water, canned goods and instant

coffee. Knew it would be bad nobody knew how bad. I had an evacuation plan - a shelter at one of

the nearby high schools that was pet friendly. How the heck I was going to get 3 dogs and 3 cats to a

shelter in a hurricane is beyond me, but I had a plan. I even linked to NOAA from your blog Ruthie,

so thank you! All the big Cruise ships, Norweigan, Carnival, left New  York Harbor that afternoon in

anticipation of the storm. The Navy took a fleet in North Carolina out too. It was safer to be out at sea

than near the shorelines. Boats and marinas along the coastline were destroyed so they knew what

they were doing. The anticipation was frightening, like the boogey man when we were kids and you

said to yourself, it's out there and here it comes. Only this thing was for real. Then the power went

out, for hundreds of thousands of us. The wind was so bad the houses shook. This monster hit New

Jersey and New York (it was 1000 miles across) and the eye made a beeline for Philadelphia across

the river where I live. It was crazy scary.All you could do is hang on and hope the roof didn't blow

off. We were very lucky. School was out for a week. No power, no cable, no internet, no heat.

Everything dark for miles and miles. It was one hell of a storm. But nothing like the damage along

the Jersey shore and in New York City. The good news is that there has been a huge outpouring of

support from all over the country and people in NY and Jersey sincerely need it. People will

eventually get their lives back on track but it's going to take awhile for sure. Anybody who still

denies global warming, climate change and increasing severe weather events should have been here

during Sandy. Think they might reconsider!

Ruthie, thanks for caring so much about people back here on the East Coast and what they went

through and allowing me to share some of the crazy events of last week here! Take good care friend,

stay safe, Warm Regards, Carolyn

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