Considering the path of the storm, I expected a lot worse than we got. Thankfully we didn't even lose power. Nothing more than a ton of rain and fallen leaves to clean up.
Hope the rest of you are all warm and dry, safe and sound.
I'm sitting in dry, calm Texas observing. I'm pretty sure when it is all over that like Katrina in New Orleans, the vast majority of damage will be from flood events and not damage from high winds. That, and losses due to power being out for a week or two, or three.
Kind of a non-event here in Western NY, yes some rain, winds have subsided to a breeze. Last nights wind didn't even take all the remaining leaves off the trees, a couple gusts to the 50 mph range, but we get that a dozen times a year anyway.
Couple more days of some rain and looks like it will be gone
Here near Buffalo, no snow even in the forecast.
I'm in upstate NY. In Greene County we had 200 people without power, and Ulster county below Greene had 17,000 people without power. Below the Catskill Mountains they had 40-50 mph winds. Up in the valleys of the mountains they had 75 mph winds. On the mountain tops they got 100 mph winds, but they are higher in the jet stream. Everything here is closed. Schools should open tomorrow. The further south you go, the worse it gets. The shoreline around NY, NJ, MD, DE have lots of water damage as you might expect. Outside this region, there is wind damage.
Last year I was 10 miles from ground zero for Hurricane Irene. We expected significant wind damage. But, we got little wind damage, and significant water levels. Mainly because of 15 inches of rain, and reservoirs failing. You just never know what you'll get with a hurricane. Especially if mountains are involved.
What I am finding annoying is the people with too much time to photoshop pictures. Last night, one of the reputable news sites posted a picture of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge failing. (Coastal Highway between Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD). I've also seen sharks swimming through neighborhoods. And the less obvious worry of Godzilla marching up various beaches. Talented people, yes. But these really should be verified before being posted as breaking news.
O.K. not to diminish the true tragedy this was to some but WOW, I was just watching CNN, and the sensationalism is just comical.
Just watched a live report where they spied a woman on a balcony "stranded", the reporter said the water was at least chest deep, and there was no way for the woman to get out. Meanwhile I am looking at the car parked in the driveway and the water wasn't even up to the rims and the bushes along the sidewalk were barely in the water.
While basically blathering for a few more minutes, here come some guys pushing a small flat bottom boat through the chest deep water, the water barely above their ankles
A few more minutes here comes a woman, who looked surprisingly like the stranded woman,, dog tucked in her coat, and pants rolled up walking out.
PLEASE get some reporters that have a brain!!!
I saw the same series. None of the news channels have ever lost money pandering with drivel to their viewers. Reporters with brains, perhaps; viewers with brains is the real question. I turned the tube off and continued my search to check on family and friends. So far all appear to be safe physically. As Paul suggested, flooding issues were the main problems faced by those who had problems so far.
Best wishes fro best of luck to all of you affected.
I could care much less for the urban population of NYC and New Jersy than I do for the folks in Appalacia that are already having super hard times with little or no help in their day to day struggle for existence. NOW, they have the additional burden of 3 to 4 feet of snow in late October.
Yes, it is terrible to have your home washed away by a storm surge, even though you KNEW when you built that place that this very thing could happen. And yes, to be caught unawares without a generator or supplies can be life threatening. For me though, freezing and huddling by my propane cook stove with my children in a single wide trailer is NOT a way to spend the next few weeks.......All in all prayers and thoughts to both sets of disaster.............
God bless them.......Dennis
Wondering if the deflection of the news stories from Lybia to this will have anything to do with delaying the upcoming elections so that NO ONE is disenfranchised???????????????????
I spent most of a summer pumping out basements for the city after a flood. One time the lady was across the street when I arrived and didn't see me in time to catch me leaving. I'd looked into her basement and it looked dry to me so I left. When I came back, closer inspection revealed it looked dry because of all the wood wall paneling floating on top.
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PG has it right- its always the flooding and falling trees. flying objects, etc- at least until you get much higher up the wind scale than Sandy- which was a non-event here in sounthern NC- we didn't even pull boats fom lifts and took no precaution beyond the usual pre hurricane season stuff of verifying the generator and its fuel supply, checking on boarding materials in storage, etc etc.
I have to agree with pffog. I find some of the coverage out of NY to be breathless overhyped drivel- simply an easy way to make something for TV. The power and transporation issues will prove to be major inconveniences to tolerate and correct but there's a long way between that sort of thing and immediate danger. Apparently there has been at least one levee failure and a major fire- those and the loss of Bounty off the NC coast seem to be the biggest imediate loses but there will be a lot of folks looking for something beside the subway for a while.
Watch out for those delayed floods as water rolls off the hills up there and collects downstream...
I would love to live in Applachia. My husband grew up there but there is a lack of good paying jobs. This is why we live where we do. I'm sure the people of NYC were not expecting the damage that Sandy has caused but they have proven to be survivors of the worst and for that , they have my respect.
Prayers go out to those still without power and necessities. The NJ coast got destroyed, and they are not all vacation homes, a percentage of every shore town has permanent residents. Those that evacuated, won't got home for a while. Those that stayed will be living a paleo existence for days. Let's count our blessings.
I never realized being a motorcycle camper gives one a great start for emergency planning. All the stuff people were advised to stock up on (Flashlights, batteries, cooking gas, instant meals) was already present here, along with with the Jet Boil.
Sig? What's a Sig?
My respect for the Governer of NJ has grown. He speaks his mind and is genuinely concerned for the people of his state. Mother Nature again sends a message that ignoring storm warnings and not preparing for these events can be folly and even deadly. My thoughts and prayers go not only to those directly affected by Sandy but to the first responders, police, National Guard, and utility repair personnel involved in the recovery and repair of the damage done. Ride Safe
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