Sandy. It’s over, except for the cleanup.

Random thoughts about this week’s hurricane.

I gather there’s been serious destruction – mostly from flooding? – at the Jersey Shore. So sad for the people who have lost homes and belongings. And apparently the New York City subway system flooded, as predicted; a serious nuisance, but since they had the forethought to shut down ahead of time, not a catastrophe.

Sandy, in the end, came through a little bit south of us – but it was such a huge storm, I don’t think a few miles made much difference. (Atlantic City apparently took a direct hit; that’s where the storm made landfall.) Monday, here, was dramatic but not terrifying (indoors, at least). Steady rain, heavy sometimes; lashing trees; a constant roar of wind that sounded like you were standing next to a passing train.

Until the power failed Monday afternoon, we kept checking the news on local television. Governor Christie of New Jersey and Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia probably rarely agree on anything, so it was amusing to hear them use the same words: “Don’t be stupid!” in addressing people who were refusing to evacuate from areas that tend to flood.

Ah, power failures. God bless the folks from PSE&G (south Jersey) and PECO (Philadelphia) and the other power companies who have been out getting things back to normal. Our electricity went off and on and off and on and definitively off Monday afternoon. And then it was very dark and very cold, in spite of sweatshirts and flashlights, until sometime late last night or early this morning.

Right now, I can’t help noticing what a marvel it is to have bright light when you want it, where you want it, and to be comfortably warm, all the way to the tips of your toes. For thousands and thousands of years, no amount of wealth and power could buy those little everyday luxuries. There’s a lot to be said for technology.

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11 responses to “Sandy. It’s over, except for the cleanup.

  1. Glad to hear you came through Sandy all right!

  2. I hope that God will continue to bless you, Know my prayers have been joining thousands of others. I am sat all the way over here waiting for the people to get back online i think you are the first but i know of others who were in its path. As for keeping warm you could always build a fire and kill a woolly mammoth for its skin 🙂

  3. Let’s hope that’s it for a very long time!

  4. Relieved to hear you escaped the brunt of it. Hope things get back to normal in a hurry. Mother Nature is always going to remind us who’s boss.

    • Thank you! Right where I am, life is mostly back to normal – there are still a couple of fallen trees around town waiting to be sawed into chunks and disposed of, and lots of fallen branches waiting to be picked up, and some people without electricity. The big remaining problems seem to be up and down the Atlantic Coast, in New York City (which is, basically, on the coast), and well inland where westbound Sandy met eastbound Canadian (cold) air and dropped knee-deep snow on the Appalachian Mountains.

      Nobody wins an argument with Mother Nature. 😉

  5. Glad to hear you weren’t right under the storm. As you say, it makes you realise how spoilt with comfort we are!

    • Thank you! In some ways, the darkness was worse than the cold – we had several LED flashlights which each produced about as much light as a candle, but it was harder to position them so that they illuminated much of anything! Evenings must have been horrifically boring before decent lighting.

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