Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

This week has certainly been a turbulent one for the people on the East Coast. I first started hearing about this huge superstorm, or "Frankenstorm," about a week ago as it gained strength and threatened the entire eastern seaboard. Everyone braced for Hurricane Sandy's impact. 
The hurricane hit the East Coast on Monday night and I hope this doesn't sound heartless or insensitive of me, but I enjoyed watching the TV coverage of the hurricane rolling in. This huge storm was about 1000 miles wide, had winds of up to 90 mph and storm surges of up to 16 feet.

New York and New Jersey were some of the hardest hit areas and the pictures say more about the destruction and devastation than any words can. Take a look…
Flooding, raw sewage in the water and power outages are just a few of the problems that have resulted from the hurricane. Check out this picture of the New York skyline. the lights in upper Manhattan stayed on while the lights in lower Manhattan went out. It's interesting to see the city relatively dark in the second picture, except for some of the lights that were kept on by backup generators. When I was watching the TV coverage they showed a live shot of Times Square and it was absolutely vacant; something highly unusual for a night in New York City.
It's going to be a long time before things get back to normal on the East Coast, and in many areas things will never be the same. Check out these pictures of the Seaside Heights amusement park on the boardwalk at the Jersey shore.
Check out these pictures of a crane on a high-rise in Midtown Manhattan. The strong winds caused it to partially collapse, and it's now precariously dangling 700 feet in the air. The collapse caused the evacuation of several city blocks and continues to block major traffic intersections. What a mess!
Whenever there's a devastating natural disaster, like a terrible tornado or violent hurricane that causes massive, wide-spread devastation I always wonder where the cleanup will begin and how people will start piecing their lives back together. It would be hard to know where to start when there's so much destruction. I pray for Sandy's victims and hope that things will get better for them sooner than later, although I know this storm will have long-lasting effects.


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Anonymous said...

Hi Heather,
Excellent, excellent job compiling those pix. Those are some of the best still shots I have seen....
Just a two more days until the election...I hope you were wrong about your prediction. I disagree with you but still love your blog. :)

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