Sandy Visits Patchogue
Yesterday was one tense day, and it only got worse as the day turned to night. Having heard from my mom that she'd lost power early on, I was shocked and pleased that mine stayed on throughout the day and much of the night. Still, it was scary out there! It was hands down the scariest hurricane I've ever experienced. The sounds of the winds and things snapping and breaking and crashing outside instill such a sense of fright it's difficult to explain unless you've ever been through one, but being alone in a house, especially after dark when vision is nil, is terrifying. If that was a Category 1 hurricane, I can't imagine what a 5 must be like!
I had my share of damage, though. I've got a lot of old, big trees on my property and the winds really wreaked havoc, toppling over the entire tops of two trees on my front yard (see above). My deck and my car got hit, as well, and my entire day today was spent cleaning it up. But like I said, I'm lucky...
after the cleanup!
Other than my damage, there really wasn't too much in my area, except for the house across the street from mine, which lost two whole trees, and one of them fell on their roof, causing the chimney to crumble. Newsday was out taking pictures of it, so it may make the papers tomorrow:
Sandy, the Monster!
For anyone who's watched the news these past couple of days, I'm sure you've seen many a horror story from across parts of New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut, and even Long Island. With Sandy, there was not a lot of rain, but the wind and the high tides, made even higher by the full moon, did most of the damage all over. I can't imagine when all is said and done what the cost of this will be.
Breezy Point Disaster
One of the stories that caught my attention was what happened in a place called Breezy Point in Queens, NY. At around 11 p.m. last night, a fire broke out in one of the homes there and the winds from Sandy helped to spread the fire from one home to the next, causing more than 80 homes to be destroyed. Luckily, the folks there had been evacuated earlier so the only loss was of property, which was devastating to those homeowners, I'm sure. To read more about this story, check out the NY Daily News.
More Sandy Photos
Aside from the Breezy Point disaster, there were many other horrifying aftereffects of Sandy. Here are some more photos from some of the devastation:
NYC "preventive power outage"
Flooded out cabs in Hoboken, New Jersey
A jetway at Laguardia Airport
The entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in NYC
At Ground Zero in NYC
Atlantic City, NJ
Dangling crane in Midtown, Manhattan
These photos were taken from the Facebookk page entitled, Hurricane Sandy