Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy, from Patchogue all around

There are so many stories connected with Hurricane Sandy, AKA Frankenstorm, it could take one person days and days and days to tell them all.  We're just about a full 24 hours since the worst of the storm hit my area of Long Island and I consider myself very lucky.  Sure, I had damage, mostly from the wind and the trees, and I lost electricity for awhile, but other people had...check that, have it... far worse than me.

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...

my deck


my car

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

Photo: The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded with about 12 feet of water Tuesday after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in NYC

At Ground Zero in NYC

Milford, Connecticut

Atlantic City, NJ

Dangling crane in Midtown, Manhattan

These photos were taken from the Facebookk page entitled, Hurricane Sandy



  1. Frankenstorm Sandy really did cause massive devastation to New Yorkers and people in other cities. As a matter of fact, I have a friend who moved to Connecticut four months before the hurricane. She’s now having her house and car repaired. Thankfully, both were insured. She doesn’t have to spend a single cent. According to her, being prepared for whatever may be does pay off.

    Elnora Cowger

  2. @Elnora: That’s the good thing about having insurance. You never really know when you will encounter a disaster like this, so it’s important that you at least spend some money on insurance. This will help you recover and go on with life once you’re put through a tough situation.

    Keith Andrew

  3. I strongly agree with these two comments here. Like Elnora, my brother was affected by Frankenstorm. It’s almost five months now since the hurricane, and we’re so glad that the insurance companies repaired his house without charging him any cent. Plus, his car was replaced by the car insurance company. He told me he is still traumatized and fearful of experiencing another bad weather like that, but as of now, he’s still paying insurance for his properties so that he’s always protected against things like this.

    -- Hershel Duffey