In the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy there was a sense of impending doom that was fed by the news. Everyone knew the storm would be bad but I don’t think anyone was truly prepared for just how terrible the effects would be.
The day before Sandy made landfall we went out to Smith Point to watch the ocean begin its churning. This same ocean would be surging and consuming the coast and anything in it’s path in the following 24 hours.
Here on Long Island there was extensive damage. Beaches washed away, homes, businesses, roadways – destroyed, flooded or pulled out into the ocean. Fires consumed homes and in Queens whole neighborhoods because flooding kept responders away. There are trees down everywhere, taking power and telephone service with them. Most horrific of all – some people lost their lives.
Sandy has been devastating. There are still 100’s of thousands without power, heat and phones and the temperatures are dropping.
Gasoline has been scarce so that compounds the trouble. People with generators may not have enough gas to run them. Gas lines are hours long when a station that has power and gas to pump can be found. Cars are running out of fuel on the lines. Gas rationing has started. There have been some deliveries to the Island so there may be some relief in the short term.
Fortunately we came through unscathed. We never lost power, we filled up our cars and spare gas can before the storm and haven’t really had to drive anywhere. Other than 2 downed trees in our yard and a few shingles off of the roof we had no damage. I’m amazed and grateful in a way I am unable to express fully.
Life is random. Keep the people who are suffering in your hearts and be thankful for your own good fortune.
Take care out there!