Hurricane Sandy Update

Not the most creative headline, but it is brief and straight to the point — and that’s what I’ll try to be in this post.

First, I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers.  It has been a very long day of wind and very little rain here on Long Island.  With each passing hour, the gusts have grown stronger.  Each time, we hear the house creaking and the sound of debris hitting the windows.

But when it comes to hurricanes, location is everything.  Fortunately, Joe and I live in the center of Long Island, so we did not have to worry about flooding.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who live along the coasts of Long Island, as well as those who live in the various shore communities along the East Coast, all of whom are battling the storm surge.

We also have not lost power — yet — but the lights have flickered.

In terms of damage, the top of a Blue Spruce that Joe’s grandmother planted in 1966 snapped off and is now lying in the courtyard outside of the living room window.  Our neighbor’s Blue Spruce came out of the ground completely and is resting next to my arbor and on top of a row of hydrangeas.

So far we have been very fortunate — and we are both eagerly waiting for daylight so we can get a better sense of what happened.

I’ll be in touch!

46 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy Update

    • Hi Mario! So far, so good. It’s been a wild couple of days. The coastal communities are taking the brunt — we’ve only had to deal with the wind, but not the storm surge. I’ll be in touch.

    • Hi Kat. Fortunately, we’re not dealing with the storm surge and flooding — but the wind and sounds of things banging against the house does get to be a bit much. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I can. Thanks!

  1. Glad you’re ok, Kevin. I LOVE a good storm, but this was too much. I’m hoping Alisa didn’t stay at O.B., and she’s ok. Take care — see you soon. —K

  2. It’s so good to hear from you and have an update. I have been listening to WNYC all day today and occasionally checking in to CNN for pictures! I was with friends tonight and our consensus was that no matter what we hear or see, it’s just impossible to really fathom the power of the storm and the damage. We just continue to think of you with real concern. You have a great attitude. Resilience!

    • Hi Debra — Like you, I am stunned when I see some of the images. In my immediate area, power outages are the real story. Just a few miles away, it’s power and flooding. Very sad.

  3. Thank you for the update. I heard the winds are going to get stronger during the late night hours. Be careful with the top of the tree near your window…it could still get picked up. Draw your curtains closed or put something tall in front of it for safety. I learned this from experience. I am so glad your are both okay. Keep us informed. Sending hugs and prayers your way 🙂

  4. Thanks for the update. Living on the other side of North America we can only provide support through our thoughts and prayers and can only imagine what it must be like. It is the unpredictable that would be unsettling. My daughters are attending school on your side of the continent so I told them to make sure they had food, water and a flashlight just in case. Hopefully, Sandy decides to fade away soon. ~Stay safe, Thea

    • Hi Thea. Sandy looks to be a storm that just won’t go away. The center of the low is still spinning on the Pennsylvania and New York border — incredible! Hope your daughters are safe.

  5. I’m glad you’re out of reach of the storm surge – that’s what does the bulk of the damage. We lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for about ten years between ’98 and ’08 and I know what it’s like sitting in the house with boarded-up windows and no lights (except candles) and hearing the wind roaring. Take care. And stay away from the windows! One careless neighbor’s lawn chair can be lethal in that kind of wind!

    • Hi Ann. Thanks for the advice. I spoke to a friend who lives on the water and as she says, the storm surge is nothing like she’s ever seen. In a matter of two minutes, the surge was like a rushing river flowing through her community.

    • The reason NY was hit hard was because of the direction of the storm. NJ received the hurricane force winds, but the tropical force winds played games with the water. My next post will explain that one.

  6. Good to hear that you are okay.. I was sitting there last night watching the TV and wondering about you… It looked like a real OZ evening. Over here in Holland Michigan we had some strong winds and yet we got just the outside of the storm… It has to hurt to lose grandma’s special tree…yet….thankfully it was just a tree!.
    My thoughts and well wishes are with you both.

    • Cindy — thanks for the well wishes. Like I said, when it comes to hurricanes, it’s location, location, location. We did well, but communities just a few miles away, are still dealing with flood waters.

  7. Stay safe my friend and I hope it does not do any damage in your ares. It is just terrible to see it all on the news and I am glad you are both safe. We got our first snow this morning because of Sandy. Ugh! LOL! Take care.

    • Hi Marguerite. It was interesting to hear the pitch of the wind change — from a steady whoosh to an actual roar. That’s about the time the tree came down. That being said, we got off easy — thankfully! 🙂

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