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One Year After Hurricane Sandy…

One Year After Hurricane Sandy…

This time last year Tony and I were in our basement preparing for a long night of destructive winds, battering rains, and the worst storm of this century so far. We had been following the weather reports all week and we knew what to expect. Or at least we thought we knew. I posted about this last year, here.

As everyone knows by now, the path of destruction from Hurricane Sandy goes on for miles. I have been trying to keep in touch with friends and family in Manhattan via text and e-mail, and it’s been difficult at best. Power is out all over NY, NJ and PA and most land lines don’t work. So far, everyone I know is OK, thankfully.

Looking back now, I can say this was the worst storm I’ve ever lived through and there are still parts of Bucks County, PA, where you can see remnants of the wind damage. Many of the large trees that went down still haven’t been removed in certain places. In other places where trees had to be cut to make way for roads the stumps are still there, tipped sideways. This past weekend we had the first bonfire of the season, and most the what we burned were tree limbs and branches that came down during Sandy. At the time, we just piled them into a corner and waited for them to season a little. And it was the biggest bonfire we’ve had in ten years. The photo above only shows the beginning.

We were lucky, though. This part of PA only got hit with the wind, unlike parts of the Jersey Shore where entire towns were ruined and lives were changed forever because of the wind and rain. People are still cleaning up the mess in many places.

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast a year ago, it swept away homes and left neighborhoods in ruin. It destroyed roads and flooded subways tunnels. It sank boats and damaged cars. It drenched paintings and shuttered museums. It left millions without power, disrupting hospitals and schools. When it was all over, Sandy had done $68 billion worth of damage.

You can read more here.

We lost power for twelve days, and we had a generator so we were at least able to hook up to some parts of civilization. But even that became an issue because we reached one point after the fifth day where we couldn’t even find an open gas station to fill the gas tanks so the generator would run. We finally wound up finding gas about twenty-five miles away, and we waited in line for an hour and a half. And yet, in spite of all the inconvenience, we still knew we were lucky compared to many other people in New York and New Jersey.

And for some it’s still not over.

Thousands of New York and New Jersey residents displaced when Superstorm Sandy barreled ashore one year ago are still fighting with insurance companies, slogging through red tape and waiting for government aid – and many still aren’t home.

Hurricane Sandy: Prince Harry in New Jersey Today

It seems like ages ago I posted about Hurricane Sandy and all the devastation it caused here, and I thought it would be nice to follow up with this piece about Prince Harry visiting the New Jersey shore today and checking out how people there have rebuilt their lives since last October. We’re still cleaning up here, in New Hope, Bucks County, which is about fifty miles from the shore, from the high winds that took down so many huge trees.

“He is so cute. He came in with that white shirt and red hair, and he just exceeded all my expectations,” said Brianna Marchal, 19, of Manahawkin, during his second stop. “The crowd literally grew three inches when he came by because everyone was on their tip toes, trying to get a picture. We had four devices going at the same time, trying to get pictures of him.”

He seems to capture the emotions in people few other royals are capable of doing, in a way that reminds me of Princess Diana. And I think he would still capture those same emotions even if he wasn’t a prince.

But most of all he made them feel good. These people were devastated and they are still working to rebuild their lives.

“We appreciate Harry showing care and support during such a difficult time for our family and community,” said her aunt, Becky Guenther.

You can read more here.

Hurricane Sandy…

I went to look for photos about Hurricanes on google, and one that I’d posted last year came up and I thought that was interesting. I’ve been planning to do a long blog post about personal blogging in terms of personal legacy and this experience just reinforced my opinions about blogging. For many, what you put on your blog and what you put on the Internet will one day, indeed, become your personal legacy. So it’s important now to think about how your blog posts will look in the future when you or anyone else looks back at them.

In this case, I posted about Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, and then tropical storm Lee. But the photo above is from a nor-easter we had in the spring. That was just some of the damage. We get hurricanes and nor-easters in this part of the country, but usually not a little more than one year later. Most of the time it’s more like once every five years. So this “Frankenstorm” isn’t something we haven’t had to deal with before, but the frequency with which it’s happening is unusual. I know people who are still recovering from the last one.

The photo above is basically what Tony and I have to deal with during storms like this. We don’t have to worry about flooding, but we’re surrounded by huge trees and you never know which one might come down. So far, everyone is expecting the worst and hoping for the best with Sandy. I know for a fact that all NJ State troopers have been called in for duty and we’re in a state of emergency here.

I just hope everyone gets through this okay, especially those in areas that tend to flood. If they tell you to evacuate, listen to them. Don’t be a hero. It’s not worth it. This thing is going to be around until Tuesday from the latest report I heard.

Hurricane Sandy: Direct Hit on New York, New Jersey, Delmarva October 29…

Posts may be sporadic for the next couple of days, depending on where Sandy makes landfall and how bad it actually is. So far, the latest reports say it’s heading toward New Jersey/New York, and since New Hope is only an hour from NY, on the NJ border, we’re planning for the worst.

Hope that wherever it does hit, everyone is safe and there’s not much damage. So far I think it’s still too early to tell, but it doesn’t hurt to take precautions either.