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The powers that be are all saying that this will be a very bad storm, so we have filled our pots and pitchers with water, gotten a few essentials from the store today, done the laundry and watched t.v. before we lose power. I've heard that there are many outages on Long Island already; we have always lived in a charmed circle and have only lost power during Hurricane Gloria. Didn't even lose it when we had an ice storm years ago and everything was coated with ice. People all around lose power but ours stays on. Hope we're lucky this time also, but we're prepared. Louis' dad, the nurse, is sleeping overnight at the hospital (along with many other health workers) so he'll be there if needed. Lots of heavy wind gusts now, some branches down, a few power flickers, some heavy rain off and on. The only thing I'm worried about is the wood stove shimney; it's creaking a lot in the wind. Que sera, sera! Talk tomorrow.

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Stay safe, Auntie and family.
Love Friska.

Thanx! We will survive! We've got pretzels and cookies!

Good luck, Auntie. Hope you'll be safe and sound with no damage to your burrow.

We came out fine; didn't even lose our power, though our Dan and Patty did. We'll have Louis till Thurs, as schools are still closed.

We aren't near the water, for which I'm glad. Lower Manhattan had water up to the roofs of the cars. Tunnels were flooded; all public transportation shut down the day before. In New Jersey, section of boardwalk were floating down the streets. Schools are still closed,and we'll keep Louis here, as his Dad (the nurse) is sleeping at the hospital.

How often do you get storms like that?

Not often, thank goodness! Last year was Irene, but we were spared the worst of it also. Sandy (this one) hit New Jersey the hardest. It made landfall there and caused tremendous damage. Overall, Sandy did about 10 billion dollars of damage. 75% of Long Island (here) is without power right now; it may take a week or more to rectify everyplace. New Jersey will take months to recover. While there was a lot of 3-4 feet of flooding in lower Manhattan and the Rockaways and the outer islands, Jersey had whole areas swept away, from the boardwalks to boats and cars to houses being swept off their foundations and deposited on one of the highways. Our most ferocious hurricane before this was Gloria, in 1985. We did not sustain any damage then, either, but much of the Island did. We were without power for about 10 days. It was Sept, so cold was not an issue. That's the one good thing about hurricanes; they happen in warmer weather. Hurricane season runs from June-Sept normally, but the bulk of them are downgraded before they make landfall. The 1938 one created 2 new inlets on the Island. This one has breached Fire Island in 2 places and the water completely washed over the island in 7 places. It may be a different island when all is cleared up. Mother Nature is impassionate and can be deadly. I'm so glad we never had the money to live near the water!

Ah. The girls in our family are planning a trip to New York and had decided the Autumn might be the best time to go (avoiding exam times, etc)and now they are wondering if the holiday might get ruined by a storm. All sounds pretty dramatic. Pretty interesting ecologic ally - a number of ruderal species benefit from changes in coastline, but not ideal if your house happens to be there.

I would wait a few weeks, if not more, for the waters to recede/be pumped out of the subways and the tunnels. Most of the bridges are open again; schools are re-opening on Mon. There is still a lot of wreckage around, but the hardest hit area was the Battery and the southern end of Manhattan. Follow the news online for the best info. Long Island is slowly coming back online; it may be a week or so until it's all accomplished. Transformers blew and trees brought down a lot of power lines. Not many lines are underground on the Island. Southbound streets near the water are still closed because of flooding, making it impossible to get to some places. Areas on the shores are still closed. We are supplying ice to our youngest son and his wife for their fridge food; our 3rd son is keeping their freezer food. Our oldest son is bringing his 2 of his friends over here for dinner, as they have no power and no heat.Our 2nd son is finally released from sleeping at the hospital after working 40 hours straight and is back home. We'll keep his son until Sun, as his school should open again on Mon. We don't know what gas stations are open, so we are driving minimally. Rumor has it that one station is charging $9 a gallon, up from the usual $4! ( Our mail lady just told us that all the stations are open but there are long lines). People who build their houses on the shore should realize that they'll only have that house for an indeterminate # of years; could be 50, could be 2. Mother Nature is unpredictable and implacable!

No it won't be this year. next autumn was a possibility but they are going off the idea of visiting at that time of year. In an old job I had to visit someone with a house by the sea to tell them that their garden, which was really an area of wild shingle vegetation, was to be protected (with restrictions on what they could do to it) but also because the shingle wildlife is associated with mobile coastlines we would be objecting to any proposals to protect the coastline with a sea wall and policy was to let such areas erode naturally. Messages that did not go down very well...

Edited at 2012-11-01 03:51 pm (UTC)

I know, people never understand that the ocean will always change the shore, as it was meant to. Humans should not be living so close to the edge. Here, they waste tons of money rebuilding the shoreline when it erodes, because people have put houses where they shouldn't have.

Do what I do, hide in a cardboard box!

When I was little, I used to sit in a cardboard box and pretend it was a boat. Now, I would probably need a stove-size box to sit in. Not sure how my hubby would take that, though. :-D

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