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Title: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 26, 2012, 12:57:32 PM
Are those of you along the NE coast preparing?  If not please do.  This is very serious.  I am in SE Florida and I can tell you we have had some nasty squalls come through.  It is supposed to get worse this evening.

Stay safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 26, 2012, 01:20:48 PM
I'm not on the coast, but am in the NE, in NJ. I'm getting ready, as it does look to be a big ugly storm.  But I have to admit some of my CW's are driving me nuts with the world is going to end, worst  case scenarios.  I get its a huge storm, with the potential to do major damage, but....there's nothing you can do to stop it, except be prepared for antyhing it may throw your way!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 26, 2012, 01:33:46 PM
I'm not on the coast, but am in the NE, in NJ. I'm getting ready, as it does look to be a big ugly storm.  But I have to admit some of my CW's are driving me nuts with the world is going to end, worst  case scenarios.  I get its a huge storm, with the potential to do major damage, but....there's nothing you can do to stop it, except be prepared for antyhing it may throw your way!

Exactly!  all you can do is prepare and follow instructions by authorities.  Good Luck!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 26, 2012, 01:38:29 PM
I'm doing a whole lot of nothing to prepare, except making sure my warmest tights are clean for work next week.  I'll do some grocery shopping but that's just because its Friday and I do my grocery shopping every Friday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: alice on October 26, 2012, 01:39:50 PM
YUP-in NJ by Philly.  Going to the store tonight for food.  Haven't really been shopping since the beginning of the month, so we need stuff anyway.  We are in an area that is usually protected from severe weather, so I am hoping it stays that way.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 26, 2012, 01:44:40 PM
I'm near Richmond, VA and I think the biggest risk to us is a loss of power. They're saying heavy rain and 25-45mph winds which will knock down a lot of trees. Today I made sure the flashlights and extra batteries were accessable and I stocked up on canned and boxed goods, water and propane canisters for our camp stove (outside or in the open garage!). We've also got a fire pit with a grill we can cook on after the storm passes.

At the store there were people with 2 carts full of emergency supplies and people doing their normal shopping, apparently unconcerned. I've only been here a year and don't know what to expect. I've brought in all the lawn chairs and whatnot and I read you should fill the tubs with water for cleaning and bathing with so I guess I'll do that Saturday night or Sunday morning. Not sure what else to do?

My thoughts are with those of you in the potential path of the double-whammy "super storm" they're predicting!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 26, 2012, 01:51:07 PM
I'm near Richmond, VA and I think the biggest risk to us is a loss of power. They're saying heavy rain and 25-45mph winds which will knock down a lot of trees.

One of the little details I so love about NYC is almost all neighborhoods have buried lines - no telephone poles to be knocked down. 

I am a bit concerned over trees though - the leaves are still on the trees so if it snows, as its being predicted in NYC, the weight will almost surely break all but the strongest of branches.  That happened to us last year the weekend before Halloween too.

But there's nothing I can do to protect against that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 26, 2012, 01:54:09 PM
I'm near Richmond, VA and I think the biggest risk to us is a loss of power. They're saying heavy rain and 25-45mph winds which will knock down a lot of trees.

One of the little details I so love about NYC is almost all neighborhoods have buried lines - no telephone poles to be knocked down. 

I am a bit concerned over trees though - the leaves are still on the trees so if it snows, as its being predicted in NYC, the weight will almost surely break all but the strongest of branches.  That happened to us last year the weekend before Halloween too.

But there's nothing I can do to protect against that.

I'm just hoping all the weak branches got broken last year and the remaining ones will stay put in this storm.

We're a bit further north, in New Hampshire, and at the moment, all we are supposed to get is strong winds and heavy rain. But strong winds and heavy rain were all that was left of Irene last year and she pretty much wiped out Vermont, so there's no telling.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 26, 2012, 01:54:58 PM
Central NJ here. Ever since Snowmageddon last year (no power for 6 days!), I have a "black-out" box with canned and boxed food, batteries, etc., and lots of bottled water. Grocery shopping yesterday, truck's tank is full, making sure all of the laundry is done, bring in wood for the stove. Now I hope DH doesn't decide to go into work on Monday/Tuesday if it gets too bad.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 26, 2012, 01:59:34 PM
I'm near Richmond, VA and I think the biggest risk to us is a loss of power. They're saying heavy rain and 25-45mph winds which will knock down a lot of trees.

One of the little details I so love about NYC is almost all neighborhoods have buried lines - no telephone poles to be knocked down. 

I am a bit concerned over trees though - the leaves are still on the trees so if it snows, as its being predicted in NYC, the weight will almost surely break all but the strongest of branches.  That happened to us last year the weekend before Halloween too.

But there's nothing I can do to protect against that.

I'm just hoping all the weak branches got broken last year and the remaining ones will stay put in this storm.

We're a bit further north, in New Hampshire, and at the moment, all we are supposed to get is strong winds and heavy rain. But strong winds and heavy rain were all that was left of Irene last year and she pretty much wiped out Vermont, so there's no telling.

I was just in NH last week and there were no leaves left on any of your trees, you've got nothing to worry about!    ;D  <mumble mumble foliage run my [backside]!>
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: QueenofAllThings on October 26, 2012, 02:01:25 PM
NJ here - worried about trees down, and, of course - loss of power (which is more of a nuisance than anything else). We have a gas stove fortunately.

Mostly, I get annoyed about the 'life interruption' - cancelled plans, etc. - and loss of food in fridge.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kakack on October 26, 2012, 02:03:25 PM
Gaah!  Hurricane Sandy has caused me to reschedule my Ds's birthday party from Sunday to tomorrow.  I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to contact everyone and hope and pray they can still come.  Plus trying to get everything else ready as well - thank Diety that most is already prepared, with just a few things left to do tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Miss Misery on October 26, 2012, 02:03:56 PM
After work I'm going to get some extra food, water, and flashlight batteries.  :D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Harriet Jones on October 26, 2012, 02:07:27 PM
We usually have emergency supplies.  We also bought a generator last year -- since we're on a well, when the power goes out we have no water, it's just awful when you can't flush the toilets. :P
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 26, 2012, 02:12:42 PM
Flydell, do you have a bathtub?  If you do, fill the bathtub with water ahead of time and use a bucket to flush the toilets.  You can either refill the tank or you can just pour into the bowl.  The pressure from pouring in the water flushes the toilet.  Unless you also have to pump the sewage and it isn't just gravity fed.  Or you can use rainbarrel water, if you have one set up.

Being comfortably inland, I don't have to worry but for everyone on the East Coast?  Stay safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 26, 2012, 02:21:21 PM
^ That's what I forgot, fill the bathtub! (we have well water, too.) Last year we were melting snow to flush the toilets.

Thx for the reminder!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 02:23:13 PM
I was just getting the freezer stocked again.  The power better not go out for more a few hours.   >:(

The majority of the Halloween decorations were supposed to go out this weekend.  Looks like I'll be doing a lot of work on Halloween afternoon instead -- assuming the rain has gone away by then.  The New Englanders on a Halloween forum are worried about the holiday being shut down completely, since Sandy will still be around their area on Wednesday.

Has anyone esle heard it called Frankenstorm?  I like it.  Besides the Halloween connection, the storm has aspects of two different things combined into one deadly whole. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 26, 2012, 02:25:32 PM
I hope we don't get anything very bad (I live pretty far inland), but it looks like we're going to have at least freezing rain, if not snow. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who are bearing the brunt of this storm.

I was just getting the freezer stocked again.  The power better not go out for more a few hours.   >:(

The majority of the Halloween decorations were supposed to go out this weekend.  Looks like I'll be doing a lot of work on Halloween afternoon instead -- assuming the rain has gone away by then.  The New Englanders on a Halloween forum are worried about the holiday being shut down completely, since Sandy will still be around their area on Wednesday.

Has anyone esle heard it called Frankenstorm?  I like it.  Besides the Halloween connection, the storm has aspects of two different things combined into one deadly whole. 

Yup. And I hope Halloween won't need to be cancelled for you all.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Harriet Jones on October 26, 2012, 02:33:19 PM
Flydell, do you have a bathtub?  If you do, fill the bathtub with water ahead of time and use a bucket to flush the toilets.  You can either refill the tank or you can just pour into the bowl.  The pressure from pouring in the water flushes the toilet.  Unless you also have to pump the sewage and it isn't just gravity fed.  Or you can use rainbarrel water, if you have one set up.

Being comfortably inland, I don't have to worry but for everyone on the East Coast?  Stay safe!

We only have one elderly tub and it won't hold water for very long, it's ok for baths, but not for water storage.  We always have containers of water on hand, and there's a creek nearby if we get desperate to flush.  I've seen an item called WaterBob that's a big collapsible water container that fits inside a bathtub.  We may end up getting one of those eventually.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 26, 2012, 02:36:43 PM
I'm near Richmond, VA and I think the biggest risk to us is a loss of power. They're saying heavy rain and 25-45mph winds which will knock down a lot of trees. Today I made sure the flashlights and extra batteries were accessable and I stocked up on canned and boxed goods, water and propane canisters for our camp stove (outside or in the open garage!). We've also got a fire pit with a grill we can cook on after the storm passes.

At the store there were people with 2 carts full of emergency supplies and people doing their normal shopping, apparently unconcerned. I've only been here a year and don't know what to expect. I've brought in all the lawn chairs and whatnot and I read you should fill the tubs with water for cleaning and bathing with so I guess I'll do that Saturday night or Sunday morning. Not sure what else to do?

My thoughts are with those of you in the potential path of the double-whammy "super storm" they're predicting!


My mom is in the Hampton Roads area, and she's also prepared.  She was lucky during Irene last year; she only lost power for 48 hours. She also has great neighbors, so I'm confident she'll be ok, if it gets bad there.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: GratefulMaria on October 26, 2012, 02:43:22 PM
Another NH person here and just waiting to see what-comes-next.  DH and I are supposed to fly out of Logan Wednesday for family weekend with DS1 -- and there are a lot of NYC area families.  Last year I talked to freshman parents who were at the school on the west coast during both Irene and the Halloween storm.  One CT area mom quipped that she'd always be nervous about what future events there meant for weather at home.

Safe wishes to everyone!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 26, 2012, 02:50:41 PM
I was just getting the freezer stocked again.  The power better not go out for more a few hours.   >:(

The majority of the Halloween decorations were supposed to go out this weekend.  Looks like I'll be doing a lot of work on Halloween afternoon instead -- assuming the rain has gone away by then.  The New Englanders on a Halloween forum are worried about the holiday being shut down completely, since Sandy will still be around their area on Wednesday.

Has anyone esle heard it called Frankenstorm?  I like it.  Besides the Halloween connection, the storm has aspects of two different things combined into one deadly whole.

My little New Hampshire town decided, for unknown reasons, to hold trick or treating on Tuesday night, instead of Wednesday. Now people at Town Hall are in a swivet over this. I've had two emails today telling us that Halloween will still be Tuesday night, but stay tuned as that may change.

It's candy. It will keep. It's not the most important thing to be worrying about right now.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 26, 2012, 03:02:46 PM
I'm in Binghamton, New York - worried about flooding, since we had very significant flooding last year and I was evacuated, but not freaking out too much. I've been through some nasty storms.  ;) Plus, even though my area was evacuated, my little house didn't flood at all.

Actually, I'd love some advice. My stove is electric, which means that if I lose power, I lose the ability to cook anything. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that don't need preparation? I've got peanut butter, bread, pop tarts, and crackers but I'd like to have some "real" food on hand that I could eat without preparation. I just can't think of anything that doesn't require at the very least hot water or warming up (like Ramen or canned soup).
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 26, 2012, 03:10:36 PM
Do you have a grill/barbecue?  You can do a lot on that!

Canned baked beans, stews and chili don't need to be cooked - they might not be as palatable cold but they are edible.  Do you have a fondue pot?  I'm sure that would work to heat stuff up, even if it is the chocolate one with only a tea light as a heat source.  Might be worth the investment, if you don't want to purchase a camping stove.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 26, 2012, 03:13:24 PM
I'm in Binghamton, New York - worried about flooding, since we had very significant flooding last year and I was evacuated, but not freaking out too much. I've been through some nasty storms.  ;) Plus, even though my area was evacuated, my little house didn't flood at all.

Actually, I'd love some advice. My stove is electric, which means that if I lose power, I lose the ability to cook anything. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that don't need preparation? I've got peanut butter, bread, pop tarts, and crackers but I'd like to have some "real" food on hand that I could eat without preparation. I just can't think of anything that doesn't require at the very least hot water or warming up (like Ramen or canned soup).

I wouldn't suggest this normally, but you can cook in your fireplace, if you have one. That's highly dangerous, though, so don't do it unless you have to.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 03:16:21 PM
I'm in Binghamton, New York - worried about flooding, since we had very significant flooding last year and I was evacuated, but not freaking out too much. I've been through some nasty storms.  ;) Plus, even though my area was evacuated, my little house didn't flood at all.

Actually, I'd love some advice. My stove is electric, which means that if I lose power, I lose the ability to cook anything. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that don't need preparation? I've got peanut butter, bread, pop tarts, and crackers but I'd like to have some "real" food on hand that I could eat without preparation. I just can't think of anything that doesn't require at the very least hot water or warming up (like Ramen or canned soup).

Do you have a grill?  If the power is still off when the storm has moved on, you can use it to cook all that meat thawing in the freezer.   :) 

Go ahead and boil some eggs before the storm hits.  Boiled eggs need to be kept cool, but they are fine served cold.  Any ham that is already in the fridge can be served on the side (Don't run out and buy any though; if your refrigerator is anything like mine, you have enough potentially spoiled food to worry about.)

While it is probably too late now, next time you are at Target, Walmart, or a sporting supply store, pick up a little propane-powered camp stove (and a little can of propane, of course).  I have a little single-burner cheapie, and it heats a pot of water as nicely as my stove.  Camping stoves do need to be used outside with plenty of ventilation, just like a grill. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 26, 2012, 03:20:43 PM
1 can of corn (or defrosted frozen corn), 1 can of black beans and 1 jar of salsa makes a really nice topping for chips, or a filling for soft torillas.  Add a can of chicken, and super yum!

Heck canned chicken with some honey mustard dressing makes a nice sandwich.
Canned or pouch tuna, with mayo (either kept outside if your power goes out and its cold enough, or stock up on packets) or with any salad dressing is a nice meal - eat as a sandwich or over greens.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: GratefulMaria on October 26, 2012, 03:23:02 PM
I'm in Binghamton, New York - worried about flooding, since we had very significant flooding last year and I was evacuated, but not freaking out too much. I've been through some nasty storms.  ;) Plus, even though my area was evacuated, my little house didn't flood at all.

Actually, I'd love some advice. My stove is electric, which means that if I lose power, I lose the ability to cook anything. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that don't need preparation? I've got peanut butter, bread, pop tarts, and crackers but I'd like to have some "real" food on hand that I could eat without preparation. I just can't think of anything that doesn't require at the very least hot water or warming up (like Ramen or canned soup).

Canned chicken or tuna and bagged pre-cooked rice (I think Uncle Ben's makes several kinds).  You can add olive oil (keeps at room temp) and seasonings.  I also get the smallest jars of grated Parmesan cheese if I think I'll go through one in a single use.  Does your produce section or natural food store have dehydrated fruits or vegetables?  Those are very expensive but really good.  My guilty pleasure.  Failing that, perhaps mixing in a can of drained vegetables with the above.  If I heated it all it would be a casserole, if chilled a rice salad -- room temp, I don't know!  Anyway, there's prep and cleanup with these, but no cooking or cold storage needed.  Oh!  And olives.

Do you have running water if you lose power?  Maybe some powdered milk with dry cereal, too.

We have a wood stove with a cooking surface, so I'm mentally planning some menus here.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 03:24:44 PM

I wouldn't suggest this normally, but you can cook in your fireplace, if you have one. That's highly dangerous, though, so don't do it unless you have to.

Not necessarily dangerous.  Our ancestors managed it.  However, you can't just stick a charcoal hibachi on the hearth and call it good.  You need a full fire to create a draft that takes the smoke and carbon monoxide up the chimney, and high winds can create downdrafts.  However, cast iron dutch ovens can be nestled in the ashes, and you can buy special grates to hold a cast iron skillet.  I was seriously tempted to get a roaster that sits in front of the fire, but couldn't justify a couple hundred dollars on something that might get used once every two or three years.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 26, 2012, 03:25:31 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-worst-ways-new-yorkers-prepared-for-the-last-h

In keeping with topic, ^ some funny ways NYer's prepared for last year's Irene
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 26, 2012, 03:27:10 PM
I'm in Binghamton, New York - worried about flooding, since we had very significant flooding last year and I was evacuated, but not freaking out too much. I've been through some nasty storms.  ;) Plus, even though my area was evacuated, my little house didn't flood at all.

Actually, I'd love some advice. My stove is electric, which means that if I lose power, I lose the ability to cook anything. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that don't need preparation? I've got peanut butter, bread, pop tarts, and crackers but I'd like to have some "real" food on hand that I could eat without preparation. I just can't think of anything that doesn't require at the very least hot water or warming up (like Ramen or canned soup).

Anything canned can be eaten cold. It may not taste as good, but it was cooked during the canning process, so it is perfectly safe to eat. Chili, tuna, chicken, salmon, vegetables, fruit. Make sure you have a non-electric can opener.

Most hard cheeses can go a day or two without refrigeration, so you could have cheese and crackers. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be eaten raw.  Chips and salsa. Energy bars/protein bars. Cereal and fruit bars. Dried fruit. Nuts.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 26, 2012, 03:31:13 PM
I'm not too nervous about the storm, since I will still have heat, water, and the ability to cook if we lose power.

Sleepykitty, some additional options are fresh fruit that doesn't need to be refrigerated or even canned fruit, a variety of nuts, beef jerky, hard sausage, cereal w/ juiceboxes of shelf-stable milk, and don't forget cookies.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 26, 2012, 03:37:35 PM
Oh, and you always eat any ice cream in the freezer right away, because you don't want it to melt and make a big mess.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 26, 2012, 03:51:46 PM
Foods that needs to be cold would probably be OK outside in a cooler or even on a window ledge behind the curtains, considering they are calling for snow.  Hummus with pita or veggies would be a good protein source and would keep well enough.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 26, 2012, 03:53:29 PM

I wouldn't suggest this normally, but you can cook in your fireplace, if you have one. That's highly dangerous, though, so don't do it unless you have to.

Not necessarily dangerous.  Our ancestors managed it.  However, you can't just stick a charcoal hibachi on the hearth and call it good.  You need a full fire to create a draft that takes the smoke and carbon monoxide up the chimney, and high winds can create downdrafts.  However, cast iron dutch ovens can be nestled in the ashes, and you can buy special grates to hold a cast iron skillet.  I was seriously tempted to get a roaster that sits in front of the fire, but couldn't justify a couple hundred dollars on something that might get used once every two or three years.

I meant that sparks might hit the carpet, which is a real possibility at our house, unless you cook with the grate in front of the fireplace most of the time.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 03:53:44 PM
Oh, and you always eat any ice cream in the freezer right away, because you don't want it to melt and make a big mess.

Ice cream is always the first to go.   :'(
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kaypeep on October 26, 2012, 03:56:37 PM
I'm in NYC but headed to Philly tomorrow morning for the haunted event at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  I'm just hoping the rain holds off until late Saturday night so that our tour goes okay.  I expect we'll be driving back in the wind and rain on Sunday, though.  Not fun, but hopefully most people will stay off the roads so it won't be too dangerous.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 03:57:54 PM

I meant that sparks might hit the carpet, which is a real possibility at our house, unless you cook with the grate in front of the fireplace most of the time.

Ah, good point.  My fireplace has a wide raised hearth, and a fireproof rug catches any sparks that leap beyond.  I still keep a close eye on things when there is a fire in the fireplace.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 26, 2012, 04:05:27 PM
Oh, and you always eat any ice cream in the freezer right away, because you don't want it to melt and make a big mess.

Hmmmm, that reminds me, I need to stock up on ice cream...  >:D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 26, 2012, 04:08:47 PM
Flash lights with batteries are fine.  And its may be too late to buy for this storm.  But when the weather clears and the stores have restocked consider getting a hand-cranked flash light.  I love mine.  You crank the handle for 1 minute to charge the battery, get light for the better part of an hour. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 26, 2012, 04:09:06 PM
Wow, you guys have awesome suggestions! Thanks - and you reminded me that I have a nice little charcoal grill in my shed that would come in very handy if necessary. And *ahem* since it's my DUTY to eat the ice cream, I think you can count on me to fulfill that task.

Surprisingly, the stores here don't seem slammed.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 26, 2012, 04:11:08 PM
I'm in NYC but headed to Philly tomorrow morning for the haunted event at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  I'm just hoping the rain holds off until late Saturday night so that our tour goes okay.  I expect we'll be driving back in the wind and rain on Sunday, though.  Not fun, but hopefully most people will stay off the roads so it won't be too dangerous.

You should be okay for Saturday.  Washington, DC is south of Philly, thus will get hit first, and we aren't due for serious rain until sometime on Sunday.  The Capitol Weather Gang are giving 40% chances for Sunday afternoon, but things are still uncertain.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang?hpid=news-col-blog
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 26, 2012, 04:17:43 PM
I plan to have the kids raid the fridge/freezer tomorrow and finish off the perishables. I filled the fruit bowl with apples, bananas, pears and oranges. Out in the garage (so they don't break in to it now) I've got about 20 cans of soup/chili, 10 cans of fruit/veg, 2 boxes of velveeta shells & cheese, a box of spaghetti and canned tomatoes to make sauce, a "family size" box of jambalaya rice (and two kielbasa in the fridge that'll be our first dinner after the power goes out), 10 packages of ramen, two 12 count boxes of almond/yogurt granola bars, a box of individual packages of instant oatmeal, a can of mixed nuts, 2 boxes of crackers and a big summer sausage, a box of vanilla almond milk so the kids can finish off the cereal and 6 gallons of water plus a case of bottles. Oh, and a box of kool-aid pouches for when we get sick of water  ;D. That sounds like a lot but we're a family of 5 so I hope I'm covered!

It grosses me out that we'll be eating all that because we're usually big on lots of fruit, veggies, meat and dairy but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Hopefully it will only be for a couple of days max! I really only have to worry about it until the roads and stores are open and then I can always buy healthier as needed and keep it in a cooler. I also got two propane canisters for the camp stove, a manual can opener and an extra bag of kitty food. I've got laundry and dishes going now and told the kids they need to shower tomorrow whether they think they need it or not. The kids ran around making sure their Nook, iPods and phones were plugged in. LOL

Last year (hurricane Irene) our power was only out for 2 days but some people waited a week. We had just moved here then and were still living in a hotel so it wasn't as intimidating as this. In fact, it was actually pretty cool. The rooms had no power but common areas did so everyone gathered in the lobby. Someone brought a wii to hook up to a big screen tv and the manager passed out all the perishable snacks from the vending machine. My kids said "Hurricanes are fun!"  ::)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 26, 2012, 04:42:00 PM
A grill is a must IMO, it came in so handy.  And we use a charcoal grill.  Anyone ever have a frozen corndog cooked on a grill?  Very good.

I am actually starting to see sun here, but they same more wind and rain to come.  In my county there is about 200 without power, it should be back on soon.

When there is a chance of a power outage, we stock up on junk food, yes junk food.  In 2004 we were without power for weeks and once the good food was gone we ate junk.  It really didn't matter to our waistlines, all of us lost weight!  DS looked like a stick figure.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: TheaterDiva1 on October 26, 2012, 04:59:20 PM
NYC here.  We're supposed to get hit Monday night/Tuesday.  As one PP said, our power lines are underground, so I'm not worried about losing power.  I'm also in a pre-way building with heavy masonry, so no concerns there.   I had thought the snow was limited to the Appalachian area.  All I can do now is wait it out and keep my fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Dr. F. on October 26, 2012, 06:10:05 PM
NoVa/DC area here.

They're saying we're going to get the brunt of it (so far as anyone can tell, of course). I'm about as prepared as I can be. The last storm gave me 4" of water in the basement, and I've still got some tree damage from that storm (the landlord has been REALLY slow to deal!). I'm as prepped as I can be, so now we can just wait and see...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: oz diva on October 26, 2012, 06:16:50 PM
Sounds so scary for you all. Good luck. Here in Australia we get our fair share of cyclones, though not where I live, thankfully.  A few years ago more locally we had a massive firestorm, now dubbed Black Saturday. It was so hot that car wheels melted. Eucalypt trees just exploded into flame from the radiant heat. People who thought they were prepared found their hoses melted. Houses erupted into flames. Several communities were razed. The area is still recovering.

So I'll be thinking about the east coast this weekend.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: utkvolfan on October 26, 2012, 08:50:54 PM
I'm in NH and we've started preparing, mostly by restocking flashlights and candles. My parents are providing wine. Halloween, which was scheduled for Tuesday, is now Sunday night. Guess I'll be buying candy this weekend.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: trailgrrl on October 27, 2012, 03:34:23 AM
Good luck to all you Eastern folks. Is it bad that I just now remembered my son is in Virginia?  I sent shout outs to all my friends but I'm still not used to the kid being on the other side of the continent away from me. :-[

With all the talk of Charcoal grills I just wanted to throw out this friendly reminder: Please only use Charcoal or ANY outdoor grill or Barbeque outdoors in a well ventilated area. This goes double for generators. Every winter here we get entire families in either the ER or morgue because someone thinks they can crack a window or garage door and it will be ok.  It's not ever ok.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Thipu1 on October 27, 2012, 07:51:24 AM
We're preparing by getting out of town.

We were supposed to fly to Heathrow on Tuesday.  Mr. Thipu did some work and managed to get us on a flight today (Saturday) with no additional charges.  He also managed to change our hotel reservations. 

Five days in London instead of two.  Now, we just have to figure out what we want to do.

We won't have to worry about our house while we're gone.  It's a very sturdy building and all the lines are underground. 

However, other places in NYC could be in trouble.  Many places likely to flood are also places that still have overhead lines.  We'll be thinking about them and praying that everything is all right.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: miredrose326 on October 27, 2012, 08:15:13 AM
I am in Michigan so theoretically I should be in the clear. However, my daughter's 8th grade class is scheduled to head to DC from Wednesday to Saturday. Timing is everything. Hopefully, they will postpone the trip if the storm hits as bad as they are saying but I will watch and see if I am comfortable with her going if the school doesn't make the right decision. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kiara on October 27, 2012, 10:05:45 AM
Thipu, if you're up for a day trip out of London, I vote for Hampton Court.  Gorgeous palace, and one of the best kitchen recreations I've seen in a while.  We're going back in May and I can't wait.

Smack dab in between Baltimore and DC here.  So far it looks like we're out of the "massive" damage area, and only down to "severe" damage.  Somehow I'm not comforted.  I have food, have to go stack the lawn chairs today, and charge up the phone and laptop.   Most everything is buried here, so knock on wood, we won't lose power.  Main question will be how confident I am at getting to work Monday and Tuesday.  (We've already been told we're not closing.  I love working at a hospital-affiliated company.  Really.)

Trailgrrl, where in Virginia?  I *think* Tidewater isn't supposed to be as bad as up here.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SpottedPony on October 27, 2012, 10:09:16 AM
I'm in western Pennsylvania, and it looks as if Sandy and the cold front will meet over this part of the state.  We have a generator, so if the power goes off, we have back up to keep the freezer going and to cook. 

For those who have freezers and want to keep losses as low as possible, start prepping your freezer now.  Arrange everything so that it is close together.  Fill plastic bottles with water and set them in to freeze.  You could also fill zip lock bags with water, double bag them, and place them over/under the frozen food and then freeze.  Then when the power goes off, DO NOT OPEN the freezer until the power comes back on.  Your freezer is well insulated and will hold the cold in for a good while if no one is constantly checking it.  Then once the power is back on, check to see what has thawed.  Stuff that is completely thawed should be used right away or thrown out depending on how long the power was off, slightly thawed stuff can be refrozen.  We run our generator during the day and turned it off at night and the only things in our freezer that suffered was the ice cream, and it wasn't that bad, just harder to scoop. 

With all the fuss that's being made about this storm, with all the preparations being made for it, it wouldn't supprise me if it suddenly turned east and all the worry and preparation is for nothing.

Spotted Pony
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 27, 2012, 10:22:42 AM
I'm in western Pennsylvania, and it looks as if Sandy and the cold front will meet over this part of the state.  We have a generator, so if the power goes off, we have back up to keep the freezer going and to cook. 

For those who have freezers and want to keep losses as low as possible, start prepping your freezer now.  Arrange everything so that it is close together.  Fill plastic bottles with water and set them in to freeze.  You could also fill zip lock bags with water, double bag them, and place them over/under the frozen food and then freeze.  Then when the power goes off, DO NOT OPEN the freezer until the power comes back on.  Your freezer is well insulated and will hold the cold in for a good while if no one is constantly checking it.  Then once the power is back on, check to see what has thawed.  Stuff that is completely thawed should be used right away or thrown out depending on how long the power was off, slightly thawed stuff can be refrozen.  We run our generator during the day and turned it off at night and the only things in our freezer that suffered was the ice cream, and it wasn't that bad, just harder to scoop. 

With all the fuss that's being made about this storm, with all the preparations being made for it, it wouldn't supprise me if it suddenly turned east and all the worry and preparation is for nothing.

Spotted Pony

Thanks, I have grouped everything up and piled all the kids' lunch freezer things on top. I was wondering if I should leave all the ice in the bucket or dump it so it doesn't melt and drip all over the freezer?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: pendragon1980 on October 27, 2012, 10:32:14 AM
I'm in western PA too. DH and I are supposed to fly down to Punta Cana on Weds, so I'm hoping the storm doesn't cancel our flight.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 27, 2012, 10:36:57 AM
I'm flying out to California on Friday from Toronto.  Neither of those spots should be particularly affected but if the planes from the east don't make it in, then other flights get delayed because there aren't any planes available.  So here's hoping Sandy fizzles out quickly.  They said on the radio this morning that she's downgraded to a tropical storm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 27, 2012, 10:50:42 AM
And I just got a travel alert:  American, United and Spirit are waiving change fees for people travelling out of affected east coast airports.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 27, 2012, 12:20:56 PM
I'm all set, got water, and have two flashlights with extra batteries, although I don't know how old they are, so not sure how well they'll work if needed! I also picked up some non-perishable food; had to really think what fit that bill that wasn't all junk.  Got some PB and bread, some bananas, and I have some apples and other small cups of fruit and applesauce.  Also got some cereal, and a box of Pop Tarts :) My area of NJ is far enough inalnd (NW Morris County) but I'm a little concerned about the wind and power loss.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 27, 2012, 01:00:52 PM
....With all the talk of Charcoal grills I just wanted to throw out this friendly reminder: Please only use Charcoal or ANY outdoor grill or Barbeque outdoors in a well ventilated area. This goes double for generators. Every winter here we get entire families in either the ER or morgue because someone thinks they can crack a window or garage door and it will be ok.  It's not ever ok.
True.  A grill can only be used outdoors.  During the storm there won't be anyplace outdoors that is safe enough for a grill.  But they expect the storm to cause power outages from Baltimore to Boston.  That's tens of thousands of households.  In most of those areas the power will be out for several days.  The grill is for cooking after the storm, before the power is restored. 

(For those not familiar with US geography - the major cites that expect to loose power include Baltimore, Maryland; Washington DC; Wilmington, Delaware; New York City; and Boston.  Richmond, Virginia and/or Portland, Maine may also get hit.)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: jaxsue on October 27, 2012, 01:43:58 PM
Also Central NJ here. I have all my supplies. Irene was wicked last year and I take this storm seriously.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 27, 2012, 03:46:16 PM
Central NJ here, on the PA border.  I'm on top of a mountain so I am more worried about wind. Lost siding is a nightmare to replace.  What I am really worried about is that DS17 FINALLY got a job. ...and he has to work Monday night. I am hoping the storm holds off til late Monday. We have been tryin gto figure out a route home that does not involve going over water.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: oogyda on October 27, 2012, 03:51:01 PM
I'm in southern VA (between Richmond and Virginia Beach).  I feel like we're set.  I did some stock up shopping early in the week, but that was mostly because I'd been away for 2 1/2 weeks.  Friday, I made sure we had plenty of gas for the generator and put away or lashed down anything that could be dangerous in high wind. 

When Irene hit last year, we were without power for more than 6 days and we made it through that fairly easily.  The way Oogydad has the generator set up, it's as close to being a whole house generator as we can get without putting all that money into it.  As long as we don't need the heater, we'll be fine. 

We helped a friend prepare her place and worry a little about flooding around her.  She'll be trapped if there's too much. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mmswm on October 27, 2012, 04:47:47 PM
I grew up in Homestead, FL.  Hurricane Andrew was my Sr. year of high school.  I know first hand how devastating these major storms can be.  I hope everybody in the affected areas stays safe. You are all in my thoughts.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: trailgrrl on October 27, 2012, 04:57:39 PM
@ Oogyda, My son is stationed at Fort Lee in Petersburg.  Just Skyped with him this am.  He seems nonplussed, this is his first Hurricane.  We get some occasional high winds in the PNW, but nothing like what he's going to see in a few days.

He's in for a wild ride I think. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mmswm on October 27, 2012, 05:05:16 PM
@ Oogyda, My son is stationed at Fort Lee in Petersburg.  Just Skyped with him this am.  He seems nonplussed, this is his first Hurricane.  We get some occasional high winds in the PNW, but nothing like what he's going to see in a few days.

He's in for a wild ride I think.

I've lived through a few major hurricanes.  They're pretty intense.  I've also lived in the PNW and the upper midwest, and while both areas can get some pretty substantial winds, there's just something special about the intense, organized force of a hurricane. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 27, 2012, 05:38:13 PM
@ Oogyda, My son is stationed at Fort Lee in Petersburg.  Just Skyped with him this am.  He seems nonplussed, this is his first Hurricane.  We get some occasional high winds in the PNW, but nothing like what he's going to see in a few days.

He's in for a wild ride I think.

Small world! We are from OR but moved out here a year ago (DH works within miles of Ft. Lee). Everyone at DH's workplace is being very nonchelant about it, too, and I can tell he thinks I'm way over-prepared. I finally told him "Would you rather have this be no big deal and we've got a week's worth of extra food for no reason OR I blow it off, too, and we're stranded and desperate for 4 days?!"

Honestly last year's hurricane wasn't as bad as I was expecting as far as the actual storm, I've seen worse over at the coast back home. The thing is that the trees out here are much shorter and the roots are more shallow so they come down everywhere and take power lines with them (not to mention blocking roads). If your son is housed in a nice big concrete barracks with access to generator-powered medical and mess halls, he's probably feeling pretty secure. Not that it makes you comfortable having your son out here in it.  ;)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: trailgrrl on October 27, 2012, 06:49:38 PM
@ Oogyda, My son is stationed at Fort Lee in Petersburg.  Just Skyped with him this am.  He seems nonplussed, this is his first Hurricane.  We get some occasional high winds in the PNW, but nothing like what he's going to see in a few days.

He's in for a wild ride I think.

Small world! We are from OR but moved out here a year ago (DH works within miles of Ft. Lee). Everyone at DH's workplace is being very nonchelant about it, too, and I can tell he thinks I'm way over-prepared. I finally told him "Would you rather have this be no big deal and we've got a week's worth of extra food for no reason OR I blow it off, too, and we're stranded and desperate for 4 days?!"

Honestly last year's hurricane wasn't as bad as I was expecting as far as the actual storm, I've seen worse over at the coast back home. The thing is that the trees out here are much shorter and the roots are more shallow so they come down everywhere and take power lines with them (not to mention blocking roads). If your son is housed in a nice big concrete barracks with access to generator-powered medical and mess halls, he's probably feeling pretty secure. Not that it makes you comfortable having your son out here in it.  ;)


Yep, that pretty much describes his situation.  I'm not terribly worried, just feel like mother of the year for not realizing until about midnight last night that Oh YEAH........ ::) 

We're from the Seattle area, and have always lived in fairly protected areas so power outages have been rare.   My Husband is an East Coast Native and would love to move back.  I think you're smart to be prepared.  We keep a kit on hand in case of Earthquake.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: TheaterDiva1 on October 27, 2012, 07:24:45 PM
We're preparing by getting out of town.

We were supposed to fly to Heathrow on Tuesday.  Mr. Thipu did some work and managed to get us on a flight today (Saturday) with no additional charges.  He also managed to change our hotel reservations. 

Five days in London instead of two.  Now, we just have to figure out what we want to do.

We won't have to worry about our house while we're gone.  It's a very sturdy building and all the lines are underground. 

However, other places in NYC could be in trouble.  Many places likely to flood are also places that still have overhead lines.  We'll be thinking about them and praying that everything is all right.

Thipu, don't know if you heard, but it looks like the MTA (the ones who run mass transit for the rest of you) may start shutting down subways at 7PM Sunday.  I'm not worried for myself and my property (for reasons Thipu said), but the main concern here is storm surge and flooding in subways.  Last year, Irene was 8" from doing just that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 27, 2012, 07:29:46 PM
....What I am really worried about is that DS17 FINALLY got a job. ...and he has to work Monday night. I am hoping the storm holds off til late Monday. We have been tryin gto figure out a route home that does not involve going over water. 
Have him take bedding and a couple changes of clothes to work with him, along with food and other necessities.  He needs to be prepared to sleep at work Monday night and maybe a couple days beyond that. 

Being stranded there Monday night means he'll be there, ready to work Tuesday morning when the people schedule to work that shift are stranded at home.  He'll get over time for working that shift, and a "Thanks for the great work" note from his boss in his personnel file. 



I'm in Omaha, Nebraska, far from the storm.  But my previous job is in the storm's path.  My current employer has at least 5 facilities that will get hit, and much of Mom's family is up that way. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on October 27, 2012, 07:47:13 PM
I am right on the Jersey Shore, a mile from the beach.  I am a little nervous, mainly because I almost know for a fact that we are going to lose power - our part of town is on one of the older power grids.  I really do not cope well when the power goes out.  I almost lost my mind lsst year during Irene when we were without power for three days.  And this time, I'm pregnant and highly emotional!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 27, 2012, 07:59:21 PM
When's your due date?  No, you don't have to tell me.  But if its in the next 6 weeks, call your doctor. 

When I lived near the coast many doctors had any patient due in the next 4 weeks evacuate to the hospital.  I don't know if its the stress or the low atmospheric pressure, but a lot of babies are born 1-2 weeks early during a hurricane. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roses on October 27, 2012, 08:02:44 PM
Thinking of everyone on the East Coast.  I'm out west, but have been through some big storms, here's my top tips.

* Be sure the car has gas, and if you have generators, get extra gas cans and fill them.  If power goes out, gas stations can't pump gas.
* Get all the laundry done, run the dishwasher.
* Stock up on water and canned goods, flashlights.
* Bring in all the stuff that could blow around from outside (outdoor furniture, etc).
* Charge all your mobile devices, your regular phone may go out, but your mobile might still work.  Don't forget your eReaders, that might be the only entertainment if the power is out.

Thinking positive thoughts for everyone.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mmswm on October 27, 2012, 08:08:15 PM
Thinking of everyone on the East Coast.  I'm out west, but have been through some big storms, here's my top tips.

* Be sure the car has gas, and if you have generators, get extra gas cans and fill them.  If power goes out, gas stations can't pump gas.
* Get all the laundry done, run the dishwasher.
* Stock up on water and canned goods, flashlights.
* Bring in all the stuff that could blow around from outside (outdoor furniture, etc).
* Charge all your mobile devices, your regular phone may go out, but your mobile might still work.  Don't forget your eReaders, that might be the only entertainment if the power is out.

Thinking positive thoughts for everyone.

In addition to all this, don't forget to get cash.  ATM, Debit and Credit cards won't work if the power is out, and bank branches might not be operable in the aftermath of a major storm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on October 27, 2012, 08:12:39 PM
When's your due date?  No, you don't have to tell me.  But if its in the next 6 weeks, call your doctor. 

When I lived near the coast many doctors had any patient due in the next 4 weeks evacuate to the hospital.  I don't know if its the stress or the low atmospheric pressure, but a lot of babies are born 1-2 weeks early during a hurricane.

Oh, I'm only 4.5 months.  That is really interesting, though, I've never heard that before!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: utkvolfan on October 27, 2012, 08:14:51 PM
Thinking of everyone on the East Coast.  I'm out west, but have been through some big storms, here's my top tips.

* Be sure the car has gas, and if you have generators, get extra gas cans and fill them.  If power goes out, gas stations can't pump gas.
* Get all the laundry done, run the dishwasher.
* Stock up on water and canned goods, flashlights.
* Bring in all the stuff that could blow around from outside (outdoor furniture, etc).
* Charge all your mobile devices, your regular phone may go out, but your mobile might still work.  Don't forget your eReaders, that might be the only entertainment if the power is out.

Thinking positive thoughts for everyone.


These are great suggestions. I've already done all of these. I'm as prepared as I'll ever get.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Acadianna on October 27, 2012, 08:54:33 PM
Also...

Bring iin outdoor furniture and flower pots.  If you have a pool (filled), just toss the patio furniture into the water.

Fill bathtubs with water, or buy bottled drinking water.  Sometimes tap water isn't drinkable after a hurricane.  (At least, this was true in New Orleans.)

For those of us who didn't have supplies to board up windows, we used to criss-cross windows with masking tape.  If they broke, at least the glass wouldn't fly everywhere.  The tape residue was messy to clean up afterwards though.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 27, 2012, 10:07:51 PM
To remove tape residue use something thats not water-based.  Start with furniture polish.  If that doesn't work try WD-40. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 28, 2012, 06:06:25 AM
To remove tape residue use something thats not water-based.  Start with furniture polish.  If that doesn't work try WD-40.

Or Goo Gone. Smells like oranges!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: joraemi on October 28, 2012, 09:12:29 AM
Hope everyone can stay safe.  We are expecting high winds and flooding where I live.  I'm hoping it blows all the remaining leaves on my trees and in my yard to the annoying neighbors down the street.  >:D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 28, 2012, 09:34:11 AM
Hope everyone can stay safe.  We are expecting high winds and flooding where I live.  I'm hoping it blows all the remaining leaves on my trees and in my yard to the annoying neighbors down the street.  >:D

There's a silver lining to every cloud!  ;D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 28, 2012, 10:31:01 AM
Well, the rain started but it's a pretty gentle kind of thing. No wind yet - we're not supposed to get the real stuff until Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks to the poster who suggested getting cash! I would have never thought of that, and I never have cash on me. I went and filled up my car today and stopped by the ATM. I'm trying to do as many chores as I can that I won't be able to do if the power goes out - laundry, vacuuming, that kind of thing. Made sure to take all my trashes out, since they were getting full and the last thing I will want to do on Wednesday is hike my bags out to the shed in the downpour!

Hmm, what else? Got some non-perishable, non-refrigerated food, made sure the kitties have plenty of food, got plenty of bottled water for myself and the kitties, candles and a flashlight... when it gets closer to the actual event, I'll go around and make sure the windows are locked securely and my storm doors as well.

Any reports in from people who are already experiencing the effects in the US?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 28, 2012, 11:21:09 AM
I've heard that most of the coast of NJ is under evacuation and that some roads are already flooded.  It is drizzly here but not much else. Our Tick or Treat has been cancelled for Wednesday (bummed!) but no word on if the schools will close.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 28, 2012, 11:30:24 AM
Any reports in from people who are already experiencing the effects in the US?
My favorite source for forecast is Weather Underground.  Here's their Hurricane Sandy Tracking page.  http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201218.html

For news coverage of the storm check out The Weather Channel on cable tv or visit their site.
http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/
Or google a tv station or newspaper in a city in the storm's path.

Someone on another board I visit says her friend on Long Island already has water in her yard. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SiotehCat on October 28, 2012, 11:33:24 AM
Im in the Dc Metro area. I'm not worried, but my step mother is convinced that I'm going to be blown away. She's been worried and calling all weekend.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: trailgrrl on October 28, 2012, 12:02:16 PM
A friend of mine visiting with her elderly mother in Connecticut just posted her evacuation notice on FB. She says the storm surge is expected to be 6-11 feet in her location.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 28, 2012, 12:07:44 PM
I've heard that most of the coast of NJ is under evacuation and that some roads are already flooded.  It is drizzly here but not much else. Our Tick or Treat has been cancelled for Wednesday (bummed!) but no word on if the schools will close.

Yeah, you know its bad when they close AND evacuate the AC Casinos.  They don't normally close for ANYTHING.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 28, 2012, 12:16:54 PM
NYC checking in.

Our landlord put up signs to close all our windows (most keep one open with a screen because of overheating) and I took care of that last night.  Supermarket visit today for bathroom tissue, bread, frankfurters, canned soup, and snacks.  I have plenty tuna, sardines, and low-sugar preserves for myself and lots of Fancy Feast for the furbabies.  Who are now hiding and sleeping after being quite agitated this morning.

I have adequate flashlights and candles just in case, although most of our power lines are underground.  I have two Brita pitchers that are working overtime.

What I am most concerned about are dead leaves on the streets.  There are some blocks where they have not been swept up so I'm concerned about them blocking the storm drains.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: GratefulMaria on October 28, 2012, 12:37:45 PM
Well, there's a pink flamingo in NH safe for the duration of the storm.  Brought in my yard ornaments:  the flamingo (named Elvis), my gazing ball, bottles off my bottle tree.  Got the wooden folding chairs down basement.  DH will get our resin ones, the metal table, chiminea, and barbecue grill stowed later on today.  We have water, non-perishable food, and batteries.  And plane tickets for Wednesday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 28, 2012, 12:51:27 PM
It's gently raining here, but the temperature has dropped steadily since 6 this morning, and is now at 49 F. I'm fully expecting snow flurries, if not actual snow, by tonight.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 28, 2012, 02:18:18 PM
We had light rain this morning that stopped. It's really gloomy here, but not raining now. We have candles & matches, flashlights w/batteries, bottled water, and plenty of food that doesn't need to be cooked. We have a charcoal grill, but no camp stove. I'm going to make one last run to the grocery store because I really want some nacho cheese dip and tortilla chips!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: I'mnotinsane on October 28, 2012, 03:20:10 PM
I've heard that most of the coast of NJ is under evacuation and that some roads are already flooded.  It is drizzly here but not much else. Our Tick or Treat has been cancelled for Wednesday (bummed!) but no word on if the schools will close.

Yeah, you know its bad when they close AND evacuate the AC Casinos.  They don't normally close for ANYTHING.

That is a sign of an apocolypse.  I worked there for years.  Before major storms they would send us home to pack a suitcase so they wouldn't have to kick customers out.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 28, 2012, 03:30:03 PM
I've heard that most of the coast of NJ is under evacuation and that some roads are already flooded.  It is drizzly here but not much else. Our Tick or Treat has been cancelled for Wednesday (bummed!) but no word on if the schools will close.

Yeah, you know its bad when they close AND evacuate the AC Casinos.  They don't normally close for ANYTHING.

That is a sign of an apocolypse.  I worked there for years.  Before major storms they would send us home to pack a suitcase so they wouldn't have to kick customers out.

Haha - where's the "like" button when you need it?  I agree; I'm sure there were still some SS's who complained their gambling was interrupted!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: I'mnotinsane on October 28, 2012, 03:35:28 PM
I've heard that most of the coast of NJ is under evacuation and that some roads are already flooded.  It is drizzly here but not much else. Our Tick or Treat has been cancelled for Wednesday (bummed!) but no word on if the schools will close.

Yeah, you know its bad when they close AND evacuate the AC Casinos.  They don't normally close for ANYTHING.

That is a sign of an apocolypse.  I worked there for years.  Before major storms they would send us home to pack a suitcase so they wouldn't have to kick customers out.

Haha - where's the "like" button when you need it?  I agree; I'm sure there were still some SS's who complained their gambling was interrupted!

Spot on!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: guihong on October 28, 2012, 04:01:43 PM
Just watched (on TV) the Philadelphia Eagles lose in a driving rain. 

I would add, get all your important papers together in a waterproof box, and keep it where you can find it quickly.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 28, 2012, 04:55:44 PM
A winter storm warning has been issued for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia until Tuesday evening. The mountain elevations are supposed to get anywhere from 4 inches to a foot of snow. My thoughts are with my friends and former classmates at my old school, who are stuck at school, up on the side of a mountain.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SiotehCat on October 28, 2012, 05:03:05 PM
Most schools in the area are now closed on Monday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 28, 2012, 05:09:24 PM
Most schools in the area are now closed on Monday.

Here, too.  (Richmond)

We've had wind all day but no rain. They say it will start late tonight and continue through Tuesday morning at least. I've been watching a webcam of Virginia Beach and the water is really high. Apparently coastal towns are already flooding.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 28, 2012, 05:15:24 PM
No rain here yet but the school was closed for Monday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 28, 2012, 05:16:11 PM
I spoke too soon about being too far inland...  They are calling for the potential of 100 mm (about 4") Monday night into Tuesday, which could certainly cause significant flooding.

My house will be fine - I'm up on a hill.  If my house floods, we've got bigger problems than a hurricane.  But there is the potential for power outages.  All the drinking water has back-up power; if it gets bad, we might have to boil it but we should still have it available.  I've still got 35 gallons in a rain barrel, if needed, and I could set a barrel back up under the downspout.

I've got to run out to the grocery store to grab some kidney beans to go in the pot of chilli I'm making so I'll make sure to get some milk and bread.  I hope it isn't too crazy in the stores.

I've got lots of cheese and eggs and lots of homemade dinners in the freezer.  And I've got a camp stove and lots of propane.  My biggest issue will be heat if we lose power - I don't have any alternate source.  But I've got sleeping bags and lots of blankets and two cats who don't normally get to sleep with me.  I might have to make an exception.   :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JustCallMePat on October 28, 2012, 05:47:36 PM
Schools are closed, Federal Govt is closed, stores are picked over, gas lines are long...   ::)   I'm going to work tomorrow while DH works from home and keeps an eye on DD.  We'll see what happens, if anything, on Tuesday.  We've had so many Apocalypse warnings over the years it's hard to get spun up.  We have enough food for a few days, a whole-house generator, the cars are gassed up, and movies are on the DVR.  I'll stop at the ATM in the morning on my way in and get some cash.

We're situated in a 100-year flood plain with plenty of low-lying land behind our property.

I expect a windy day of bad rain and not much more.

Yawn.  :-\   Just another Manic Monday...  I've a report to deliver tomorrow and that's my big concern.


Oh, DH just suggested I add that we have 5K rounds of ammo in case the Zombie Apocalypse is part of all this.  I told him he can defend the house until I get home from work.  ;D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 28, 2012, 06:02:50 PM
Here in New Hampshire, it looks like we will be on the fringes of the storm. Heavy rain and strong winds, over 40 mph. But Irene last year was a tropical storm when she hit Vermont, and she did an incredible amount of damage none the less. The coast may get a significant storm surge; fortunately, we only have 17 miles of coastline.

Trick or treating has been moved to Saturday, because they don't want little kids running around if power lines are down and repair crews are at work. It seems that downed power lines and localized flooding are the chief threats right now. Of course, if Sandy doesn't veer off to the west, we could be in for it.

Currently, schools and offices are open as usual on Monday. They expect the worst of the storm to come through Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, so it will be interesting to see if places close early. I'm only 5 miles from work, so I'm not too terribly worried. And there's a big gym in our complex where we can all sleep if it comes to that--I really don't think it will come to that, though.

My thoughts are with those who will be getting the brunt of the storm. Stay safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: utkvolfan on October 28, 2012, 06:35:07 PM
I'm in the Seacoast region of NH. We had trick or treating today, and they've already started canceling the local schools for tomorrow. I think most of us are ready for the storm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 28, 2012, 06:47:51 PM
So far, schools are still open tomorrow here, although my university is going to reassess that tomorrow at noon, and I've already cancelled my Tuesday office hours.

What amuses me is that Wunderground has Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all labelled as days when Sandy is going to be in effect... but only a 50% chance of rain for each day! More concerning, Wednesday has switched to show possible snow, which I didn't think was going to hit my area. Well, I guess we will see.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kiara on October 28, 2012, 06:54:17 PM
Everything is pretty much closed here tomorrow.  Metro, Feds, state, county.....they cancelled early voting for Maryland tomorrow, may cancel it for Tuesday.  My office has already called for liberal leave, I'll call tomorrow to see if we're closed.  If not, I'm sort of figuring a half day - my department has one weather policy.  "If you're not comfortable, either go home or stay home, and just tell us."  I'm wondering if our back parking lot is going to flood at work...we back to a marshy area of the Chesapeake Bay.

ETA: Just looked at the current track.  My aunt is now in the NE "worst" quadrant as of Tuesday, and she lives in a flood plain.  Please say a prayer for her and her dog, good thoughts, whatever.  She has very good friends to help her, but she lives alone, and I know she's worried.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on October 28, 2012, 06:56:36 PM
....   I'm going to work tomorrow.....   
Anyone in the storm area who is planning to be away from home tomorrow needs to be prepared to be stranded there for a couple of days.  Throw bedding, clothing, medicine, and food, and personal hygiene products in the trunk of your car.  Better safe than sorry. 

I'm way west in Omaha.  But corporate headquarters is in northern New Jersey.  I haven't heard anything official, but I'd be surprised if they weren't close. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: floridamom on October 28, 2012, 06:58:16 PM
Camlan and utkvolfan

I grew up in Raymond:) 

I just got off the phone with my mom.  She lives in Manchester.   She is funny.  Her favorite words are "I'm a survivor!".  My sister brought over some groceries yesterday for her.  My sister lives in Weare.  Mom is content as long as she has her coffee and cigs!  She is 81.  She was a kid during the great hurricane of 38 in Mystic, Ct, never mind Carol and other NE hurricanes plus blizzard of 78 as she keeps reminding me ;D  Mom moved back to NH 2 yrs after living 9 yrs down here in FL:)

I keep track of the news in NH on the Union Leader website plus WMUR.  My prayers and positive thoughts are with you all.  I know they are comparing it to the Perfect Storm.  Ironically 21 yrs almost to the date.  I was living on Lynn Beach right next to the rotary to Nahant.  One of my hs classmates from Raymond lives in Nahant.  Hoping she is well.   I still have alot of friends in the seacoast region  that I keep up with.  Wishing everyone safety and minimal damage!  Thinking of you all!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 28, 2012, 07:04:17 PM
Just got an automated message from work; due to the state of emergency in NJ, they want us to work from home - so I'll be doing that as long as my power and Internet are up and running.  I'm wondering if perhaps I shouldn't have gotten more food, but I certainly won't starve.  Thinking of making a pot of chile as I can eat that cold if the power goes out, and its something different besides PB.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SiotehCat on October 28, 2012, 07:09:55 PM
I also have to work tomorrow.

Surprisingly, most of our clients have shown up for their appointments during previous storms.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Dr. F. on October 28, 2012, 07:15:04 PM
CNN is reporting that OPM has closed Fed offices, but my Dept. website is still saying we're open tomorrow. I'm betting we're really going to be closed, and they just haven't updated the website yet. I'm staying home no matter what. My girl dog, Ariel, is really frightened of thunderstorms, and I want to keep an eye on the basement flooding situation.

I'm more concerned about the tree limbs that the landlord has been putting off dealing with that are still hanging on the trees since JUNE. They're unlikely to damage anyone's house, but may bring down a fence or two. I've only been warning him he needs to deal with this for, what, 4 1/2 months? Sheesh!  ::)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 28, 2012, 08:00:46 PM
Interestingly, my doctor's office gave me the automated phone call a few hours ago to confirm my appointment for Tuesday morning.  Half an hour later came the announcement that public transportation will be shut down until the storm is over, which means that I can't have an appointment until after my COBRA ends.  I am not happy tonight.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 28, 2012, 08:06:42 PM
I also got a call that the store where I work is closed as well, ALL day so I know its serious since retail only closes when its really bad. But I'm happy I don't have to actually go out. and am making some chile since someone upthread gave me the idea. i can eat it cold, if need be.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Miss Misery on October 28, 2012, 08:12:23 PM
Metro has suspended all bus and rail service until further notice and my workplace is closed tomorrow. Yay.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 28, 2012, 08:16:04 PM
I'm in MD.  My biggest problem is I live in the basement and after that derecho this summer my basement has flooded really badly.  I stocked up on sand and put about 150 pounds of it in front of the door.

I've made roasted squash soup, bought a ton of peanut butter and cheese, and we bought some LED light strips just in case. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 28, 2012, 08:19:38 PM
If I have power tomorrow, I'll check in. If not, I send my best wishes for health and safety for all of us in the storm's path. Good night, all!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 28, 2012, 09:11:04 PM
DS17 got a call from teh grocery store he works at and they said they would be closed tomorrow. That is a relief. We have a State of Emergency in NJ but I work for County government and I am sure they will expect us to show up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: demarco on October 28, 2012, 10:09:37 PM
I've been reading this thread with sympathy, grateful that it wouldn't affect us.  Now DH tells me that they are predicting gusts here of over fifty mph tomorrow.  I know from experience that that is enough to throw us off the grid for days.  We are pretty well prepared but I know I'll be out looking for something we need in the morning.  I live in O.H.I.O., for crying out loud....
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sharnita on October 28, 2012, 10:18:47 PM
I've been reading this thread with sympathy, grateful that it wouldn't affect us.  Now DH tells me that they are predicting gusts here of over fifty mph tomorrow.  I know from experience that that is enough to throw us off the grid for days.  We are pretty well prepared but I know I'll be out looking for something we need in the morning.  I live in O.H.I.O., for crying out loud....

Watching the World Series, I believe they were saying we've had gusts up to 55 mph in Michigan. It felt like it, although to some extent that seems like fall. I have no idea if it is really tied to Sandy.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 28, 2012, 10:26:35 PM
Baltimore, 11:30pm. Rain with the wind picking up. Power still on. Won't know if I have to work tomorrow until I call in at 7:30 am.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roe on October 28, 2012, 10:31:41 PM
NoVa/DC area.

Light rain.  That's it so far.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Winterlight on October 28, 2012, 10:55:43 PM
Another Marylander- it's pouring, but we still have power. Glad I don't have to go in tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 28, 2012, 11:52:15 PM
I've been reading this thread with sympathy, grateful that it wouldn't affect us.  Now DH tells me that they are predicting gusts here of over fifty mph tomorrow.  I know from experience that that is enough to throw us off the grid for days.  We are pretty well prepared but I know I'll be out looking for something we need in the morning.  I live in O.H.I.O., for crying out loud....

This storm is a combo of three weather patterns. One of which is a cold front coming down out of Canada, so I think that winds will be felt pretty far west. I know they are talking snow in the mountains. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 29, 2012, 05:07:35 AM
Philly here, and M works in NJ (Gloucester County, for those closer to here), and so far we're unsure if M has work.   :-\
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 29, 2012, 05:36:45 AM
I've been reading this thread with sympathy, grateful that it wouldn't affect us.  Now DH tells me that they are predicting gusts here of over fifty mph tomorrow.  I know from experience that that is enough to throw us off the grid for days.  We are pretty well prepared but I know I'll be out looking for something we need in the morning.  I live in O.H.I.O., for crying out loud....

I know, this storm is supposed to go pretty far inland for a hurricane. Right now, the projected path is right over my brother's town in upstate New York. Seems pretty weird that he will get as much, if not more of this storm, than I will on the New England coast.

Stay safe, everyone!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 29, 2012, 05:38:06 AM
I am already SO tired of hearing the rain, and it's only just begun!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 05:58:54 AM
NYC.  No rain yet.  My apartment is so quiet with the windows closed that I miss the outside noises.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Brisvegasgal on October 29, 2012, 07:20:18 AM
I hope you and your loved ones stay safe over the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 29, 2012, 07:27:57 AM
8:30 am, Baltimore, lots of rain, some wind. Have to go get dressed for work.  ::)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: TheaterDiva1 on October 29, 2012, 07:51:26 AM
NYC - just looked out the window.  Light rain and lots of wind.  Looks like Armageddon and we haven't gotten the real deal yet.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 29, 2012, 08:11:35 AM
Ehell has frozen over....they closed my work. Just started to rain hard here.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Winterlight on October 29, 2012, 08:14:03 AM
DC/MD- it's pouring and blowing a fair amount. So glad we're closed!

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Seraphia on October 29, 2012, 08:21:11 AM
Please be careful out there everyone.

We're just getting rain, rain, rain, wind and oh yeah, more rain. But that's all the way into OH, not out by the ocean.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 29, 2012, 08:24:26 AM
No school for the boys, but DH had to work, hopefully not for too long and he'll be able to get home at a decent hour. It's just pouring right now, no heavy winds just yet. We're in Maryland, just west of the Appalachian trail.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 29, 2012, 08:39:37 AM
North Jersey here; just started to rain, and its windy, but not super huge winds. supposed to get the worst of it tonight.  working from home, but starting to worry i won't have enough food if the power goes out for any prolonged length of time! for me, the anticipation is worse than the actual event.

Talked to my mom who's in the Hampton Roads VA area; just rain and wind, but thankfully no power outages.  nothing we can do but sit tight and wait.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 08:49:20 AM
NYC.  Nasty grey sky but no rain yet.  Watching the first half of the 1991 Dark Shadows on the Chiller Channel.  Good day for that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Bexx27 on October 29, 2012, 08:55:46 AM
NOVA here. My work is closed, but DH went in thinking he'd leave around 1 before the strong winds are supposed to start. Right now it's rainy and windy and the power's still on. We stocked up on non-perishable food, but by the time we got to the stores (Saturday) all 3 places we tried were completely out of bottled water and batteries. We have 2 flashlights, an unfortunately small supply of extra batteries, and a bunch of candles. Hopefully our water will remain drinkable. We're in a high rise, so no worries about flooding or tree damage, but also no way to cook without electricity. We might have several days of peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars ahead of us.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 29, 2012, 09:14:04 AM
Central NJ. Wind, a little rain, DH went in to work. (why didn't they close?! The company's a pharmaceutical, not state emergency headquarters!) He thinks they'll get sent home early.

Kids don't have school today or tomorrow.

Our power flickered about 45 minutes ago. So far, so good.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 29, 2012, 09:22:56 AM
NOVA here. My work is closed, but DH went in thinking he'd leave around 1 before the strong winds are supposed to start. Right now it's rainy and windy and the power's still on. We stocked up on non-perishable food, but by the time we got to the stores (Saturday) all 3 places we tried were completely out of bottled water and batteries. We have 2 flashlights, an unfortunately small supply of extra batteries, and a bunch of candles. Hopefully our water will remain drinkable. We're in a high rise, so no worries about flooding or tree damage, but also no way to cook without electricity. We might have several days of peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars ahead of us.

that makes 2 of us!  I'm trying to cook and eat while i can to save the other stuff if I need it!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 29, 2012, 09:28:49 AM


that makes 2 of us!  I'm trying to cook and eat while i can to save the other stuff if I need it!

We were originally told it would hit Sat night so I was out of perishables by yesterday evening. Now they're saying late tonight and we don't want to break into the "power outtage" supplies until we have to so DH just went to the store for lunch and dinner stuff for today. At least, with the freezer empty, we were able to get 4 bags of ice in there!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 29, 2012, 09:45:06 AM
They sent M home because they're shutting down the roads around here, and likely they won't be reopening tomorrow at all.  So, yeah.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 29, 2012, 09:53:25 AM
Upstate NY (Binghamton) here - a little wind but nothing crazy, no rain yet, but really dark sky. I'm at work/school now, but it seems very likely they will close campus today at noon. Which just means I have to haul all these books home and work from there...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kaypeep on October 29, 2012, 09:57:38 AM
My mom and sister are on the water in a zone A area of NYC.  My sister is currently posting pics on FB of the flooded street and my old neighbor just posted pics of his destroyed dock.  I'm beyond annoyed that mom and sis won't leave because mom suffered a stroke and is disabled now (walks with a cane and limp) and sister can't swim and is very useless with decision making, can't drive, etc.  My only consolation is that everyone else on the block refused to evacuate so they are not alone.  My old neighborhood has seen many storms and people always ride it out.  But now I can't relax until this is all over because I'll be worrying about them.  Sigh....
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 29, 2012, 10:06:14 AM
I lucked out this morning.  I came back from grocery shopping yesterday and it was raining fairly hard so I opted not to get my snow tires out of the shed for installation today.  When I went out this morning, it was just spitting a little bit and I didn't get wet.  So if some of the rain turns to snow, I'll have the correct tires on my car!

It's really dark here right now but not raining, though the wind is starting to pick up.  The local conservation authority has put out flood warnings because so much rain is expected tonight and tomorrow.  I'm a little worried about my Dad - he lives in a very treed, rural area and depends on a sump pump to keep his basement dry.  He's got a generator but needs help to get it going.  I know the neighbours will give him a hand, if needed, but I still worry a little bit.  I'm not worried about food for him - he's got camping gear and a grill and a covered spot outside to set them up, if needed.  He'll have lots of stuff in the freezer and lots of canned soups and with the generator going, he can get water from the well.  He's also got supplemental wood heating so he's actually better off than me since I don't have an alternate heat source.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: rashea on October 29, 2012, 10:15:18 AM
I'm in northern Vermont. I think everyone up here is still a little shocked from what happened with Irene last year, so people are being pretty careful.

We've done what we can to button up while still building. We've got enough gas to power the generator for a week if we're careful, and probably longer if we siphoned out of the cars. We've got canned food enough to last a month, and water purification tablets. So, we're probably fine if we can get through the storm. I just worry how bad it will be for flooding. There are still places they are repairing from last year, and lot of the fixes after Irene weren't permanent. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Miss Misery on October 29, 2012, 10:23:30 AM
DC here. It's almost 11:30 and I still have power, but the worst is yet to come.  :-\
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roe on October 29, 2012, 10:27:40 AM
DC/Northern Va.  Rain and winds are getting a tiny bit stronger but things are still relatively calm.  Boys and I are watching "Day After Tomorrow." 

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 29, 2012, 10:47:44 AM
DH is coming home from work early. He works in Anne Arundel county now, so he's about 2 hours from home. Hopefully he'll get home safe.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 29, 2012, 11:02:20 AM
It's been completely dead here. My street is one that everyone uses to get places and is right near the Post Office, but the only vehicle I've heard is the leaf truck and a handful of cars.  :-\

Stay warm, everyone!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Lovemykids on October 29, 2012, 11:04:28 AM
There's a Hurricane Sandy Facebook page that has photos of flooding in NJ, etc., if anyone is interested in live updates.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 29, 2012, 11:06:18 AM
Boston public schools are closed and the MBTA suspends all service at 2pm, but my work is open all day.  :'( I can hear the wind whistling around my building already. Very creepy.

I'm very nervous about my brother. I can't remember if he was flying into Detroit after his vacation yesterday or today; hopefully it was yesterday! (And hopefully he'll stick to high land—I read that the Lake Michigan could end up with over 30-foot waves!)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 29, 2012, 11:14:18 AM
Boys and I are watching "Day After Tomorrow."

LOL.  Whatever happens, it won't be quite that bad.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 29, 2012, 11:15:12 AM
Baltimore here,

It's super windy and there are leaves everywhere.  It's also been raining for about 12 hours.  No power outages yet.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 29, 2012, 11:20:01 AM
Central NJ. Wind, a little rain, DH went in to work. (why didn't they close?! The company's a pharmaceutical, not state emergency headquarters!) He thinks they'll get sent home early.

Kids don't have school today or tomorrow.

Our power flickered about 45 minutes ago. So far, so good.

DH's company is closing at 2. I feel better, and will feel relieved once he's home!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on October 29, 2012, 11:25:13 AM
There's a Hurricane Sandy Facebook page that has photos of flooding in NJ, etc., if anyone is interested in live updates.

There's more than one FB page :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 29, 2012, 11:40:38 AM
Baltimore again. Got home from work a few minutes ago. They sent us home at noon. Guess I'll internet surf and watch TV until the power goes out.  ::)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 29, 2012, 12:02:58 PM
Thanks to my brother posting a video of Mike Fink (from Davy Crockett & River Pirates) singing, the boys want to see it. We have it on VHS and thankfully the power's still on. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYRtziLzSjQ
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roe on October 29, 2012, 12:12:00 PM
Boys and I are watching "Day After Tomorrow."

LOL.  Whatever happens, it won't be quite that bad.

That's what we said! ;)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 29, 2012, 12:12:13 PM
Checking in again - Central NY is still okay. Wind picking up, and my campus closed at noon and sent everyone home. Of course, we're not supposed to get it until later, but for now power is on and I'm taking advantage of cooking what may be my last hot meal for a few days. :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 29, 2012, 12:15:44 PM
Just got an email, the boys are out of school tomorrow and Dh doesn't think he'll be working tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: guihong on October 29, 2012, 12:25:54 PM
I've heard rumors, maybe exaggeraed, that Atlantic City has been completely wrecked :(, including the boardwalk.  Of course, those are just structures; the people are much more important.

Be safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 29, 2012, 12:32:52 PM
Heading out into the storm now to make my way home. So, SO, glad that my boss said I could leave (he just left himself). Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 29, 2012, 01:07:22 PM
Heading out into the storm now to make my way home. So, SO, glad that my boss said I could leave (he just left himself). Wish me luck!

Good luck!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 29, 2012, 01:12:23 PM
DC/Northern Virginia:  Wind has picked up, and the electricity blinked once.  My plan is to finish the pint of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie in the upstairs freezer by this evening.  This time, I'm eating the ice cream first!.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sourwolf on October 29, 2012, 01:12:36 PM
Looks like things are getting pretty bad along the East Coast and they are only expected to get worse the closer it gets to high tide (I think that's at like 10pm tonight) The fact that tomorrow is the full moon isn't helping either.  Here is a photoset from cnn.com.  I will never understand people who don't take evacuation orders seriously.  http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/25/americas/gallery/weather-sandy/index.html
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sebastienne on October 29, 2012, 01:33:24 PM
My in-laws live on the South Shore of Long Island, a block from the water. Literally, last week, they finished renovations from Irene flooding. Despite the mandatory evacuation for their town, they decided to stick things out at home. We're across the country, so there's not much we can do, but we're super worried about them. I just saw a picture of their town on the news, and the water is already knee deep...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: heartmug on October 29, 2012, 01:37:31 PM
DC/Northern Virginia:  Wind has picked up, and the electricity blinked once.  My plan is to finish the pint of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie in the upstairs freezer by this evening.  This time, I'm eating the ice cream first!.

Sounds like a good plan  ;)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: yachtchick on October 29, 2012, 02:13:41 PM
Here is a tip I learned about several hurricanes here in the tropics and there is still time to do it! Find a few pair of your favorite undies, cammies and socks.  Put them a ziplock baggie to keep them dry.  No matter if you flood or not the humidity after a storm just makes everything soggy. Nothing like a clean dry pair of undergarments help raise the spirits!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Vall on October 29, 2012, 02:59:14 PM
I'm in Ohio but I grew up in South Jersey and all of my family is still there.  My dad's family has been in that same area for over 200 years.  I'm a little worried but I know my family is a tough, independent bunch.  I have this odd feeling that I should be there with them (why???).  I just want to shout at the storm to leave my family and the places that I love alone!  Yeah, I know that sounds crazy.

It's great to hear on here how everyone is prepared.  I hope that all goes well and no one needs to use their emergency supplies.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 29, 2012, 03:14:29 PM
I've been following what's going on with OCMD, and saw that the fishing pier has been torn up, and much of the streets are flooding, as is the parking lot down by the boardwalk.  My BFF shared a picture of the pier getting beaten up, just said "Wow, the fishing pier is almost gone" and someone said "They can rebuild it".  Well yeah, of course, and I'm sure it's not the first time it's had to be rebuilt, but still, it's damaged and will no doubt take a good amount of money and effort to rebuild it.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 29, 2012, 03:38:50 PM
Here in New Hampshire, the wind really started to pick up around 3 pm. Work let us out at 3; we usually get out at 4. My sister's job ends at 4:30 and they are keeping everyone there--even though the governor has declared a state of emergency and asked everyone to stay home. Signs along the highway were flashing "Avoid travel after 3 pm" so I got home as quickly as I could!

I just put two loaves of pumpkin bread in the oven, along with some baked potatoes. Keeping my fingers crossed the power stays on for the next hour or so. We are certainly getting severe wind gusts.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 29, 2012, 03:49:49 PM
Here in New Hampshire, the wind really started to pick up around 3 pm. Work let us out at 3; we usually get out at 4. My sister's job ends at 4:30 and they are keeping everyone there--even though the governor has declared a state of emergency and asked everyone to stay home. Signs along the highway were flashing "Avoid travel after 3 pm" so I got home as quickly as I could!

I just put two loaves of pumpkin bread in the oven, along with some baked potatoes. Keeping my fingers crossed the power stays on for the next hour or so. We are certainly getting severe wind gusts.

Haha - I also baked 2 loaves of pumpkin bread!  and just cooked two burgers; one for now, and another i can eat cold if need be.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 29, 2012, 03:52:51 PM
Here in New Hampshire, the wind really started to pick up around 3 pm. Work let us out at 3; we usually get out at 4. My sister's job ends at 4:30 and they are keeping everyone there--even though the governor has declared a state of emergency and asked everyone to stay home. Signs along the highway were flashing "Avoid travel after 3 pm" so I got home as quickly as I could!

I just put two loaves of pumpkin bread in the oven, along with some baked potatoes. Keeping my fingers crossed the power stays on for the next hour or so. We are certainly getting severe wind gusts.

Haha - I also baked 2 loaves of pumpkin bread!  and just cooked two burgers; one for now, and another i can eat cold if need be.

Well, as my mother used to say, great minds think alike!

Just heard sirens down on Main Street. My prayers are with all the first responders who are actually out in this storm--it isn't nearly as bad here as it is in New York and New Jersey.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 29, 2012, 03:54:32 PM
Well, one good thing about this storm:  Almost all the leaves are off my oak tree.  So if we get a clear day in the next couple of weeks, I can rake.  Usually the leaves come down so late that I end up raking in the spring.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 03:56:24 PM
I can just hear the wind now.  Not a lot of rain.  My friends in the East Village are a few blocks away from an evacuation zone and they may have to evacuate.  I will find out more tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JustCallMePat on October 29, 2012, 03:59:31 PM
Northern Virginia checking in:

Heavy rain and windy. But the important part is that I spent the day at work and my report that was due is in the client's inbox, even though he's off.
No Zombie Apocalypse yet but DH is keeping the powder dry just in case.  DD is just bored.  And no school for her tomorrow.

Found this posting online:

Northern Virginia Hurricane Predictions -

1) Old Town Alexandria, Belle Haven and Huntington (in VA) will flood and residents will blame all their troubles on everyone but themselves..."Why didn't people tell us it was going to rain?"

2) Electricity will go out causing people to panic and cower in the fetal position because they can't charge their cell phones and iPads. How will they update their Facebook status?

3) Several people will have to be rescued from their cars because they wanted to go driving around to see the damage

Result: The actual storm, on a 1-10 scale is a 6. People in the DC area going into Level 3 meltdown mode, 10+.

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 29, 2012, 04:09:14 PM
I realize this thread represents a very small percentage of people that are being affected, but I want to say, how happy I am that you all are taking this seriously, while keeping a sense of humor. :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JustCallMePat on October 29, 2012, 04:47:42 PM
Kinda late for this, but...

Looking out the window I see birds gathered around our feeders trying hard to get some seed.  DH filled them yesterday saying that some of the birds had become accustomed to them as a source of food, and with the extreme weather that food was going to be in short supply for wildlife.

If you have birds who are regular visitors, and have even a brief break in the storm (or not), take a few moments to fill the feeders.  By the time the wind and rain stops, they'll be very hungry and desperately seeking sustenance.

Now back to our regular programming...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 29, 2012, 04:49:58 PM
Jersey shore is getting hit hard. Parway closed from Driscoll Bridge to the end in Cape May. Lots of other roads closed as well.  Just watched Gov. Christie's update, and he told people, in no uncertain terms "if the sign says stay off the road, stay off the road" Yet there are people who will STILL try and go out on the closed roads.

My power went off and on several times, the longest being for about 20 mins.  Lights are flickering, so I suspect we may lose it altogether very shortly.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 05:15:48 PM
Hang in there.  The wind is kicking up by me but we haven't had a lot of rain yet.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 29, 2012, 05:25:28 PM
We have rain and occasional wind gusts (in northeastern Maryland). No work today...no work tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SiotehCat on October 29, 2012, 05:32:38 PM
DS's school has been closed for tomorrow. Tomorrow is my normal day off. DH will probably be going to work tomorrow, even though he was the only one there today.

The winds really picked up a few hours ago.

30 minutes ago, DH left for his nightly walk. I tried convincing him not to, but he isn't going to let some rain and wind stop him. I am waiting for him to call me to pick him up when he decides he can't go any further.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Dr. F. on October 29, 2012, 05:36:28 PM
Feds just closed all of the offices again tomorrow, so I'm not working tomorrow either. We've had 3" of rain thus far, and the winds are kicking up to 50 mph.

I'm astonished by the number of neighbors that still had Halloween decorations out at noon today, as well as campaign signs. Heaven only knows where those things are going to end up.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 05:59:20 PM
Public transportation was shut down last night and will not be restored until 12 hours after the end of the storm.   That's how long it takes to get it up to speed for trains to run again.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 29, 2012, 06:08:25 PM
Our neighbors put out a whole yard full of Halloween decorations every year. They were only up for a few days before they had to take them down for the storm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 29, 2012, 06:13:11 PM
My church choir director's big chimes that sound like church bells came down from the force of the wind half an hour ago.  :-\
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: trailgrrl on October 29, 2012, 06:35:30 PM
Hang on you guys :)   I called my son in Southern Virginia for an update this morning and got a verbal eyeroll "Mom I'm FINE. There's not even any wind yet."  I was going to check in with him again tomorrow for an update. 

My friend in Connecticut has evacuated with her mother to a hotel in a safer area. 

Thanks for the updates from the 'Front' so to speak.   I hope the damage is minimal and no one loses power for an extended period of time.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 29, 2012, 06:36:36 PM
From Baltimore, wind picking up, lights still on.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 29, 2012, 06:42:22 PM
Hang on you guys :)   I called my son in Southern Virginia for an update this morning and got a verbal eyeroll "Mom I'm FINE. There's not even any wind yet."  I was going to check in with him again tomorrow for an update. 

My friend in Connecticut has evacuated with her mother to a hotel in a safer area. 

Thanks for the updates from the 'Front' so to speak.   I hope the damage is minimal and no one loses power for an extended period of time.

We've had light wind and rain on and off all day, that's it. They're currently predicting significant wind overnight but the only real threat is the power going out. They also said it could start tapering off as early as noon tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kiara on October 29, 2012, 07:37:09 PM
I would like to make a respectful request that no one talk about people overreacting.  We've already had people injured and/or killed from falling trees.  Cars are underwater in NYC.  Western Maryland is currently having a blizzard.  There are over 3 million people without power for God knows how long.

Could it have been worse?  Yes.  Always could.  Personally I think it was, and still is, quite bad enough.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 29, 2012, 07:40:05 PM
I would like to make a respectful request that no one talk about people overreacting.  We've already had people injured and/or killed from falling trees.  Cars are underwater in NYC.  Western Maryland is currently having a blizzard.  There are over 3 million people without power for God knows how long.

Could it have been worse?  Yes.  Always could.  Personally I think it was, and still is, quite bad enough.

Did I miss something?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 29, 2012, 07:48:56 PM
West Central Jersey checking in. Wind is really picking up. Lights flickered a few times but we still have power. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mmswm on October 29, 2012, 08:07:39 PM
I also appreciate all the updates "from the front".  I have friends and family all up and down the East Coast and I've been very worried all day.  I'm most worried about my aunt who's in Manhattan. The last update we got from her was about 6 hours ago, and the pictures I've seen look awful.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 08:11:51 PM
Some of my TV channels are blacked out (probably due to the location of their transmitters) including NY1 News, which normally has the best weather reports for this area.  We're supposed to be at maximum high tide right now.  Subways in lower Manhattan are flooding.

Oy vey.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JenJay on October 29, 2012, 08:18:34 PM
I would like to make a respectful request that no one talk about people overreacting.  We've already had people injured and/or killed from falling trees.  Cars are underwater in NYC.  Western Maryland is currently having a blizzard.  There are over 3 million people without power for God knows how long.

Could it have been worse?  Yes.  Always could.  Personally I think it was, and still is, quite bad enough.

Goodness I hope nobody would downplay this!! My area (Richmond, VA) is faring much better than initially predicted, but I still thoroughly prepared. Anybody who poo-pooed me for having done so would get an earful. As for the NE states my gosh I can't imagine it being much worse.  :(
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sidi-ji on October 29, 2012, 08:33:56 PM
At the northern tip of Manhattan.  Ferocious winds gusting above 50 mph, some rain.  I can hear things striking our building ,..it sounds as though maybe tree limbs, street signs .   I am more worried about my daughter in NJ.  Although PSE&G sunk 60' utility poles after  2 lengthy power outages last year(falling trees took down many poles), wow,  the power lines are still vulnerable.  Stay safe everyone.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 29, 2012, 08:34:57 PM
M works in Jersey, so we got set for M getting stuck.  We filled a garment bag with bedding (pillow, blankets), we filled a suitcase with a few days of clothes (or one really WET day!), we filled a bag with food that would keep (i.e., bread, PB, J), and we filled a bad with toiletries.  We also filled a cooler with water and those refreezable ice packs.

And then M got sent home a half hour after getting there.   ::)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 08:38:19 PM
Some TV channels aren't working but I have power.  Subway tunnels in southern Manhattan are flooded; it will take days to fix that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: amandaelizabeth on October 29, 2012, 08:50:38 PM
Our Newspaper the NZ Herald is streaming the US Weather Channel so we can see what is happening.  It looks dreadful.  My heart goes out to you all, try and stay safe. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 29, 2012, 09:08:13 PM
10pm in Baltimore. Rain is light, heavy wind gusts, still have electricity.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on October 29, 2012, 09:19:16 PM
Out of the storm area:

Praying for all of you and your First Responders. We are riveted to the TV and I am reading your updates.

You mean a lot to me, and of course what affects anyone affects everyone.

You guys are really brave and stong. Keep posting, please.

We may be there in a couple of weeks to help with the cleanup - Early Responders are ready!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 29, 2012, 09:29:59 PM
In Baltimore  Power went out for about 5 min but it's still on.  What I've found is that our power goes out AFTER the storm because the crews take everything down and then bring it back up.

I'm hoping the trees and branches will hold up.  After the derecho this summer we had trees and limbs down everywhere in my neighborhood. I parked my car in an open field just in case.

The wind has been picking up and the rain is getting harder and harder.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 29, 2012, 09:34:33 PM
New Hampshire here. We still have power--short outage this afternoon and flickering on and off since then. But over 120,000 people in the southern part of the state are without power.

We only have a short coastline--17 miles, but sea walls are crumbling and there's flooding along the coast.

Fortunately, they are predicting that things will calm down a bit after midnight, so keeping my fingers crossed that happens. We had gusts of up to 70 mph, but they have lessened a bit, down to 40-50, and there's plenty of rain. Lots and lots of rain.

We've been seeing pictures from New York and New Jersey and DC and Maryland--keep safe, everyone.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 09:47:57 PM
Major flooding in lower Manhattan, but they say it's receding now.  It may get worse again before it gets better.  I think my friends evacuated because they didn't answer their phone.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 29, 2012, 10:13:48 PM
In Baltimore  Power went out for about 5 min but it's still on.  What I've found is that our power goes out AFTER the storm because the crews take everything down and then bring it back up.
Yep, our power didn't go out during the derecho, it went out the next afternoon and stayed off for exactly 12 hours. ::) But the stupid cable TV was out for four days.
11pm and we still have power, my brother manage to coax the dog out to do her business during a lull in the rain, we've got a leak around one of the kitchen windows, the sump pump in the basement seems to be working. Won't know about work tomorrow until I call in tomorrow morning. Got to field alot of calls from the rest of the family. One of my cousins called from across the country.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Delia DeLyons on October 29, 2012, 10:33:45 PM
11:30 PM, Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Wind is WHIPPING... Don't know much as cable's been out for hours and my phones access to web is limited to easy read stuff (NetZero)... Power flashes, but doesn't stay out... Big limbs down in the driveway... BF watching the vol fire dept calls (he can't go on them himself due to shoulder surgery) and there have been 20 in past two hours, all downed trees.  His mom says the storm hasn't even reached here yet...HUH?!?! Stay safe everyone!! And don't go outside if you don't have to - pets too!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 29, 2012, 10:55:08 PM
Some of my TV channels are blacked out (probably due to the location of their transmitters) including NY1 News, which normally has the best weather reports for this area.  We're supposed to be at maximum high tide right now.  Subways in lower Manhattan are flooding.

Oy vey.

No NY1?!?!?! Dude, not cool.

NYC, north Queens here. Its super windy here, or at least it was for a while - for the last 5 minutes or so the wind has pretty much stopped. It rained all day, but not heavily, just steady and windy, windy, windy. We still have power and internet, but a friend of mine not 2 miles away has no power.  And apparently all of Manhattan below 14 St is flooded and blacked out.  And really bad they have to evacuate NYU hospital, as their generator gave out. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: floridamom on October 29, 2012, 10:56:41 PM
New Hampshire here. We still have power--short outage this afternoon and flickering on and off since then. But over 120,000 people in the southern part of the state are without power.

We only have a short coastline--17 miles, but sea walls are crumbling and there's flooding along the coast.

Fortunately, they are predicting that things will calm down a bit after midnight, so keeping my fingers crossed that happens. We had gusts of up to 70 mph, but they have lessened a bit, down to 40-50, and there's plenty of rain. Lots and lots of rain.

We've been seeing pictures from New York and New Jersey and DC and Maryland--keep safe, everyone.

I talked to my mom about an hr ago.  She stills has power.  She is in Manchester.  I haven't talked to my sister but left her a message to call me.  She is in Weare.   Her husband is a volunteer fireman.. I know he will be busy and praying for his safety.

I saw your post earlier about making pumpkin breads.. one of my friends in NH made zuchini bread today.  LOL
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 29, 2012, 11:04:12 PM
It's started to snow and the wind has picked up a bit.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on October 29, 2012, 11:15:13 PM
It's started to snow and the wind has picked up a bit.

Where are you?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 11:19:25 PM
I have NY1 News and Univision again.  Can't imagine being able to go to sleep.  My friends in the East Village evacuated; I'll call their cell phone in the morning.

WillyNilly, we must be neighbors.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on October 29, 2012, 11:25:07 PM
I have NY1 News and Univision again.  Can't imagine being able to go to sleep.  My friends in the East Village evacuated; I'll call their cell phone in the morning.

WillyNilly, we must be neighbors.

It's OK not to sleep.............I don't think I'll sleep tonight watching the TV (I'm in NW Illinois - totally safe from this one.)

Are the cats hearing the noise and being scared?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 29, 2012, 11:47:03 PM
It's started to snow and the wind has picked up a bit.

Where are you?

NE Tenn./SW Va.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 29, 2012, 11:54:59 PM
The cats have been quite calm.  They're awake right now and look like they want a midnight snack.  I have the news on and I may just decide to watch something else because nothing new is really happening right now.  Figaro just started playing and sniffing after catnip.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sebastienne on October 30, 2012, 12:06:46 AM
My in-laws' house, one block from the water on Long Island has flooded a few feet up through the main floor. It's a split level, so that means at least 10 feet of water. 2/3 of the house submerged. They didn't evacuate, and are hiding out in their bedroom upstairs. Hopefully, that's the worst of it, but its still completely devastating.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on October 30, 2012, 12:09:37 AM
It's started to snow and the wind has picked up a bit.

Where are you?

NE Tenn./SW Va.

Thanks - hugs and prayers and gratitude!

The cats have been quite calm.  They're awake right now and look like they want a midnight snack.  I have the news on and I may just decide to watch something else because nothing new is really happening right now.  Figaro just started playing and sniffing after catnip.

Please keep posting! I wish I could send them treats and comfort - as well as quiet music for you!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 30, 2012, 12:11:38 AM
Ok so the Con Ed Plant had an explosion.  The video (http://youtu.be/ZAqYZ433TeQ)is rather shocking. 


Still have power here in MD. The sand around my back door is working, only a small leak.  It just needs to stop raining.


The wind is definitely whipping though.  I looked at a map and it looks like Philly and SE Jersey are where it came on land.  The Baltimore/DC area is getting sustained winds of about 45 mph with gusts up to 60mph.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roe on October 30, 2012, 03:56:12 AM
Power just came back on.  Nova/DC.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Roe on October 30, 2012, 03:56:52 AM
I would like to make a respectful request that no one talk about people overreacting.  We've already had people injured and/or killed from falling trees.  Cars are underwater in NYC.  Western Maryland is currently having a blizzard.  There are over 3 million people without power for God knows how long.

Could it have been worse?  Yes.  Always could.  Personally I think it was, and still is, quite bad enough.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on October 30, 2012, 05:11:07 AM
We haven't lost our power in northeastern Maryland, which is very unusual. It "always" goes out in any kind of storm. My son's home a few miles away did lose power, but I don't know for how long or if it's still off. I'm sure they're still asleep. I stayed awake until about 10 p.m. and was so tired that I fell asleep right away and slept until about 4:20 a.m.

I am glad that we didn't need the emergency supplies that we bought, and still plan to get a battery-operated lantern and camp stove for future use. We planned to use the grill if we had no power today, but don't have any way to heat water for our very important coffee (!). I don't think that would work on a charcoal grill.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sidi-ji on October 30, 2012, 06:08:51 AM
Woke up to  really calmed winds, 20 to 25 mph with no rain.  Sanitation has been deployed for any clean up of trees and such.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Asharah on October 30, 2012, 06:30:40 AM
Baltimore, went to sleep to pounding rain and screaming wind, woke up to deafening silence. Had to open bathroom window to verify it's still raining. Still have power.
Update, bank is officially closed today so I don't have to work.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 30, 2012, 06:34:03 AM
NYC.

No power loss for my household.  I haven't been outside so I don't know how bad the streets are in this neighborhood.  The area between my building and the one behind it is OK.

I will  be trying to reach my friends on their cell.  I don't know where they evacuated to.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Gyburc on October 30, 2012, 06:43:23 AM
I just wanted to say that I've been thinking of all of you caught in the storm. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves!

G
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 30, 2012, 08:10:45 AM
We didn't get what we were supposed to here - not as much rain or as much wind.  We were lucky.

And all the oak leaves came down so if there is a break in the rain, I can finish my yard clean-up!

Stay safe, everyone.  Venus, I hope you find where your friends have holed up.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SleepyKitty on October 30, 2012, 08:16:05 AM
We got lucky here, too (UpstateNY). Campus is open again today and it's a calm, if yucky, day outside. I bet we'll have trick-or-treating tomorrow after all. My thoughts are with all of those who suffered the brunt of the storm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: BowHuntress on October 30, 2012, 08:18:03 AM
Posting from the Midwest - Iowa.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers all the electric linemen that are staging in the areas. I have two friends that were called out to storm duty. I know there are dozens of crews from the midwest that headed your way this weekend to prepare to get the power back on. A lot of people forget about those guys literally putting their lives on the line as it is not always confirmed if they are working with live wires or not.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 30, 2012, 08:38:45 AM
"All circuits are currently busy" between me and points north.  Can't reach the friends who evacuated and their cell company didn't allow me to leave a message.  Brunhilde and her family are fine and my older relatives didn't answer.  Their neighborhood was never mentioned in the news reports but I suspect they just didn't put on their answering machine.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: ACBNYC on October 30, 2012, 08:59:54 AM
Southern Queens NYC here...we made it through fine, parts of our fence blew out but it's easily fixable once the wind and rain stop for good. We also have power. We're about as far inland as possible given we live on an island.

Prayers going out to everyone who were far more impacted than we were.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: violinp on October 30, 2012, 09:05:02 AM
Well, it got too warm for any snow to stick, thank goodness. It's still raining a bit, though, and the wind is most certainly still here. Wind, snow, and rain are predicted for our area today, and the winter weather advisory doesn't lift until 10 hours from now.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Miss Misery on October 30, 2012, 09:30:07 AM
Still alive here in DC. Right now it's just rainy and gloomy. Thankfully the power never went out. Bus and rail service to resume and 2pm and back to work tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Jaelle on October 30, 2012, 09:50:10 AM
Sitting here gritting my teeth in Western New York this morning. A co-worker is holding forth to someone on the phone about how stupid and ridiculous it is that so many schools in the way are closed today.

"We didn't even have any wind! And my yard isn't flooded, so obviously it didn't rain that hard! People these days, grumble, grumble ..."

Last night -- when most districts probably had to make the decision -- it was very windy, raining very hard, power flickering. No one knew how bad it would be. The worst was allegedly still to come, and the districts could only make educated guesses based on that.

I had enough and told her that I was just fine with it, that it was really easy to sit here the next morning and rag on the schools when we weren't the ones who had to make those tough decisions . She ignored me. Oh well.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Redneck Gravy on October 30, 2012, 09:52:24 AM
I prayed for y'all last night. 

Read about a death on the HMS ship that sank, understand one is still missing.  Did not catch the main news this morning but have seen/heard there is a lot of damage and several deaths. 

Please be safe, be careful and cautious.  I hope the power outages are short and you are all okay!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kiara on October 30, 2012, 10:01:37 AM
Baltimore area...still breezy, still raining a little.  Parts of the city are flooded, as expected, and they had to evacuate houses down along the river last night.  Biggest problem is our sewage treatment plant lost power.  It's on a main line from BGE, and there's no generator because they can't get one big enough.  So right now it's pumping sewage into the river.  Water is still okay to drink, but they've said this is BGE's first priority right now.

From what I can tell by looking at webcams, Annapolis City Dock is flooded, and so is a lot of Fells Point. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: pixel dust on October 30, 2012, 10:25:25 AM
NOVA, Merrifield area here. Power went off around 9:30pm but came back on around 2:00am. Luckily I didn't see any trees down in my apartment complex. Still raining and not as windy, but I'm back at work. Thankfully in my particular area, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

My family in Cleveland seemed to get hit worse than me somehow. My aunts have several trees down and their power is out and my Mom's power went out for a bit in the evening last night.

Thoughts will those in the bad areas though.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 30, 2012, 10:36:36 AM
Boston has suffered a bit of damage, apparently the Tobin was dropping debris again so they closed it. The billboard next to the Citgo sign in Fenway was ripped to pieces. I was following the BPD's twitter to keep track of downed power lines; there were quite a few but my neighborhood made it out mostly unscathed—only a small amount of flooding and branches down. A couple of oaks went down on the VFW, but it sounds like no one was hurt. A billboard (mostly intact) plopped onto the middle of the street near Forest Hills. Last night when I checked, over 10,000 people in Boston were without power. Now it's down to 181!

It was sunny when I left for work this morning, but it's raining again as we get the last couple of storm bands.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 30, 2012, 10:46:02 AM
Baltimore here

Water is a bit murky, but we have a whole home filter so...yay.  Although I think we may boil the water to drink hearing that sewage is being pumped into the river.

My sandbags held up and there was only a little bit of water that came in.  On my block there are only a few limbs down.  Not sure about the rest of the neighborhood though.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: zainabzks on October 30, 2012, 11:18:30 AM
I've been keeping you all in my prayers.
This storm made me realize that I should get several of the Earthquake bags for my family in case of an emergency.

Stay warm and safe.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: magicdomino on October 30, 2012, 12:27:03 PM
Northern Virginia

Huh, my electricity didn't go off after all.  It wanted to, flickering most of the evening, occasionally going completely off for 5 or 10 seconds.  Undoubtedly, it stayed on because I ate all of the ice cream and there was no longer any to thaw out.    8)  No damage -- although, come to think of it, I probably should go up in the attic and see what's going on up there.  On the whole, I have no complaints whatsoever. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 30, 2012, 12:30:55 PM
Here in Philadelphia, the eye was supposed to go right through us (after it had its wicked way with coastal NJ), but it veered slightly south.  It still did a number on the city, but here personally, we had a slightly leaky ceiling, the wind slapped against the house, and the lights flickered *once*.

I call that a win.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: SiotehCat on October 30, 2012, 01:11:16 PM
DC Metro area here.

Power went out at 7pm last night and just came back on 10 minutes ago. It got pretty windy outside last night. The cold was also not fun.

I took DH to work today and the rest of the city seemed to be fine as well.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 30, 2012, 02:44:59 PM
WOW!  What a night.  I stayed up almost all night watching and crying.  I am feeling awful for everyone involved.

And if some of you had people tell you that you were over reacting, I hope you gave them the icy stare.

I don't know if this is appropriate or not, but if anyone needs assistance reaching someone I will be more than happy to place a call for you.

Clean up will take years and a lot of patience will be needed.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: joraemi on October 30, 2012, 03:08:29 PM
Ohio here

We lost power for about 12 hours and I'm about to start cleaning all the food out o fmy fridge and freezer.  Other than that, nothing too bad that I've discovered as of yet besides a leaking window.  my MIL lives next door and lost two HUGS evergreens, but neither damaged the house, so we are thankful for that.

Hope everyone is safe tonight.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on October 30, 2012, 03:10:36 PM
Ohio here

We lost power for about 12 hours and I'm about to start cleaning all the food out o fmy fridge and freezer.  Other than that, nothing too bad that I've discovered as of yet besides a leaking window.  my MIL lives next door and lost two HUGS evergreens, but neither damaged the house, so we are thankful for that.

Hope everyone is safe tonight.

Your food may still be good. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 30, 2012, 03:39:49 PM
Twelve hours isn't usually enough time for food to spoil unless you keep opening and closing the fridge.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: floridamom on October 30, 2012, 03:41:24 PM
Ohio here

We lost power for about 12 hours and I'm about to start cleaning all the food out o fmy fridge and freezer.  Other than that, nothing too bad that I've discovered as of yet besides a leaking window.  my MIL lives next door and lost two HUGS evergreens, but neither damaged the house, so we are thankful for that.

Hope everyone is safe tonight.

Your food should be still good as long as you and the family weren't in and out of the fridge, especially the freezer.  I have been thru numerous hurricanes and blizzards with lots of power outages :)  I have had the food still good with power out over 24 hrs.  Growing up in NH, our power would go out everytime the wind blew;) LOL
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: camlan on October 30, 2012, 04:09:45 PM
Boston has suffered a bit of damage, apparently the Tobin was dropping debris again so they closed it. The billboard next to the Citgo sign in Fenway was ripped to pieces. I was following the BPD's twitter to keep track of downed power lines; there were quite a few but my neighborhood made it out mostly unscathed—only a small amount of flooding and branches down. A couple of oaks went down on the VFW, but it sounds like no one was hurt. A billboard (mostly intact) plopped onto the middle of the street near Forest Hills. Last night when I checked, over 10,000 people in Boston were without power. Now it's down to 181!

It was sunny when I left for work this morning, but it's raining again as we get the last couple of storm bands.

Is the Citgo sign okay?

I piloted my way back to my college dorm more than once by finding the Citgo sign and turning down Brookline Ave. Such a nice, big nightlight to steer home by.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on October 30, 2012, 04:29:55 PM
I'm in Virginia, out near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we mostly got a lot of drizzle. Schools were closed for two days, but aside from it being grey and stormy looking, it hasn't been bad at all.

I've felt kind of bad, because while all my non-East Coast friends have been worrying about me, I've been weathering the Drizzle of the Century in perfect comfort. My parents (100 miles northeast) had their power knocked out and have 40 inches of water in the basement, which means ruined books and possibly a lot of ruined food. I've posted statuses saying that Sandy barely touched my neck of the woods, and Virginia is a big state, but some of my friends seem to think I'm just trying to keep them from worrying.

It apparently hasn't really been bad at all over the western half of the state, since my National Guardsman roommate is signed up to be a first responder, and hasn't been called. Prayers and good thoughts to the first responders who have been called, though.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Cat-Fu on October 30, 2012, 05:16:17 PM
Boston has suffered a bit of damage, apparently the Tobin was dropping debris again so they closed it. The billboard next to the Citgo sign in Fenway was ripped to pieces. I was following the BPD's twitter to keep track of downed power lines; there were quite a few but my neighborhood made it out mostly unscathed—only a small amount of flooding and branches down. A couple of oaks went down on the VFW, but it sounds like no one was hurt. A billboard (mostly intact) plopped onto the middle of the street near Forest Hills. Last night when I checked, over 10,000 people in Boston were without power. Now it's down to 181!

It was sunny when I left for work this morning, but it's raining again as we get the last couple of storm bands.

Is the Citgo sign okay?

I piloted my way back to my college dorm more than once by finding the Citgo sign and turning down Brookline Ave. Such a nice, big nightlight to steer home by.

It's fine as far as I can tell; the billboard was slightly below it. (I use it for figuring out where I am during detours all the time, so I'm glad!)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Jaelle on October 30, 2012, 05:39:56 PM
A close family member lives in Hoboken, NJ. Finally heard from him this morning. No power and he can look out the window and see "a river." And not a shallow one. :P Doesn't know when they'll be able to get out, but fortunately they have plenty of food and water.

Still, I won't be completely comfortable until I hear they were able to safely leave. Scary stuff.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 30, 2012, 10:10:52 PM
I have family through Jersey and they're alright. They all have power out.  One family had a tree fall, but thankfully it fell away from the house.  Some are without any power or cell signal.  My one uncle and his new wife are at her church (she's a pastor) to take in anyone seeking shelter.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mmswm on October 30, 2012, 10:14:48 PM
I finally heard from my aunt in Lower Manhattan. They still have no power as of a few hours ago, but otherwise she and her family are fine (she's actually my mother's brother's ex-wife, but is more of an aunt to me than people who are still, technically related to me.)

I'm getting more and more relieved as people I know from various internet boards, friends and  family are checking in. 

For those of you who have sustained major damage or loss of things: you are in my thoughts.  I've been where you are, looking around, after having lost everything but my life and my family (Hurricane Andrew, Homestead, Fl, 1992).  It sucks, but it does get better with time.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mamakinz on October 31, 2012, 12:53:27 AM
Checking in from Morris County, NJ (northwest part of the state). We lost power Monday night around 7pm. The wind was very scary -- the big gusts sounded like a train whistle -- I've never heard the wind that bad. Once it got dark it was very nerve wracking listening to the wind and wondering if "this gust" was going to be the one to bring a tree down on the house. 

We did hear some breaking trees during the night but nothing fell onto the house


Tuesday morning we woke up to calm cloudy skies -- and were able to take a walk around our property and the devestation is aweful -- there are 27 trees down -- I have 3&1/2 acres of land here -- 11 trees are completely uprooted and the remaining 16 are broken, many from the uprooted trees falling on them --- these are not small trees, the uprooted ones are at least 60 feet tall and too big around for me to put my arms around.

It is now 1:48am on Wednesday morning -- my kids may go to school on Friday, but not before then.

So far all if my friends and family are okay, though there are 3 confirmed deaths in my county caused by falling trees and my heart just breaks for those families. 

From what I have seen -- the shore line of NJ has been destroyed - Seaside Heights lost the pier with all the rides -- the roller coaster is in the ocean. The Garden State parkway reportedly has a train car on it that was floated there by the storm surge. 

We are being told 7-10 days before power is restored

Please those of you that were impacted by this storm, please continue to stay safe.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: GratefulMaria on October 31, 2012, 01:14:11 AM
Central NH here; our power has been off-and-on.  Lost Monday afternoon around 4:30, on Tuesday just around 6:00 PM.  Then at almost 10:00 PM on our way home from a meeting, DH and I got a call from our neighbor that a tree landed on her house (she, dog, horses are fine) and power was out again.  Power back on as of a little after midnight.  Today was relatively calm, then a thunderstorm blew in this evening and wreaked more havoc in our neighborhood than the hurricane itself -- maybe because so many trees were already weakened by it.

We are so grateful to the emergency responders and the repair crews, especially those coming such great distances to help.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: rashea on October 31, 2012, 07:21:06 AM
Vermont here: thankfully, we got it pretty light, and we're already shipping volunteers to other states. Up at my neck of the woods they were worried about 80 mph winds (we live near enough the western slopes of the mountains, which increases the speed of these types of winds). My new house was fine, even the plastic windows held up. The dog slept straight through it (there are advantages to being older than dirt and deaf). The cat tried to curl up on my shoulder, but that's not entirely diagnostic.

I hope everyone else is hanging in. I know it took Vermont a bit to pick back up after Irene, and my heart goes out to all the people just starting that process this morning. Let me know if I can lend an ear. After helping people shovel mud out of their basements and go through piles of ruined belongings, I know the help people need is sometimes just someone to listen.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 31, 2012, 07:26:21 AM
Well NYC has resumed bus service so I'm heading into work via a Queens to Manhattan bus. I'm on the bus now and a bit perturbed by our route. The normal route is through the mid-town tunnel, but that is (understandably) still closed. I was thinking we'd take the Queensboro (aka 59th St Bridge) - only about a 1 mile detour on the Manhattan side from the usual route (34 to 6, up to 57 & over). It appears however, my driver has opted for the Williamsburg Bridge. Its about a 2 mile detour on the Manhattan side... but that's not my concern. My concern is those 2 miles are in lower manhattan - and there's apparently no traffic lights below 39th St!!!

Oh well, what can I do? I'm already on the bus... and I was stir crazy at home these last few days. If I were home I'd just be watching the news and hearing about death and destruction. By going in, I feel like I'm contributing to "back to normal"... even if my bus has only moved 20 feet the whole time it took to type this.

ETA: welll looks like we are taking the 59th St bridge... if we ever get to it. We've gone about 7 miles in 1.5 hours.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 31, 2012, 08:21:07 AM
That reminds me of the blackout in 2003.  I was at work in the East Village and hitched a ride home with a colleague who lived two subway stops away from me.  It took 3 hours just to get out of Manhattan.

Still no phone service on the Upper West Side; can't get through to the friend up there.  It's ridiculously sunny for Halloween, so no horror movies for me until later.  Haven't been out of the house since Sunday morning so I will probably venture out in a little while.  Fortunately, my supermarket is only 1.5 blocks away.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 31, 2012, 08:52:51 AM
Checking in from Morris County, NJ (northwest part of the state). We lost power Monday night around 7pm. The wind was very scary -- the big gusts sounded like a train whistle -- I've never heard the wind that bad. Once it got dark it was very nerve wracking listening to the wind and wondering if "this gust" was going to be the one to bring a tree down on the house. 

We did hear some breaking trees during the night but nothing fell onto the house


Tuesday morning we woke up to calm cloudy skies -- and were able to take a walk around our property and the devestation is aweful -- there are 27 trees down -- I have 3&1/2 acres of land here -- 11 trees are completely uprooted and the remaining 16 are broken, many from the uprooted trees falling on them --- these are not small trees, the uprooted ones are at least 60 feet tall and too big around for me to put my arms around.

It is now 1:48am on Wednesday morning -- my kids may go to school on Friday, but not before then.

So far all if my friends and family are okay, though there are 3 confirmed deaths in my county caused by falling trees and my heart just breaks for those families. 

From what I have seen -- the shore line of NJ has been destroyed - Seaside Heights lost the pier with all the rides -- the roller coaster is in the ocean. The Garden State parkway reportedly has a train car on it that was floated there by the storm surge. 

We are being told 7-10 days before power is restored

Please those of you that were impacted by this storm, please continue to stay safe.

Fellow Morris County dweller here; power went out about 6pm Monday and is still out.  My town is almost 95% in the dark, although I did make it into work today.  Route 10 has no working traffic lights so I had to take the scenic route to get on and off!  But further down from my office are working lights so I can get back on to go home.

Lots of wind and rain monday night, but no damage to my apt. or anything in my complex that I can see.  One tree in my courtyard, but fortunatley it fell away from the building.  Nothing to do now but wait for the power to come back on, and find friends with power so  Ican shower.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: ACBNYC on October 31, 2012, 09:34:06 AM
Well NYC has resumed bus service so I'm heading into work via a Queens to Manhattan bus. I'm on the bus now and a bit perturbed by our route. The normal route is through the mid-town tunnel, but that is (understandably) still closed. I was thinking we'd take the Queensboro (aka 59th St Bridge) - only about a 1 mile detour on the Manhattan side from the usual route (34 to 6, up to 57 & over). It appears however, my driver has opted for the Williamsburg Bridge. Its about a 2 mile detour on the Manhattan side... but that's not my concern. My concern is those 2 miles are in lower manhattan - and there's apparently no traffic lights below 39th St!!!

Oh well, what can I do? I'm already on the bus... and I was stir crazy at home these last few days. If I were home I'd just be watching the news and hearing about death and destruction. By going in, I feel like I'm contributing to "back to normal"... even if my bus has only moved 20 feet the whole time it took to type this.

ETA: welll looks like we are taking the 59th St bridge... if we ever get to it. We've gone about 7 miles in 1.5 hours.

My husband is on the QM24 and he has also been on the bus for over two hours. I was supposed to start a new job tomorrow but have a feeling we'll just hold off until (at least) Monday...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on October 31, 2012, 09:52:03 AM
I am on the jersey shore, right in the central part.  It's true, our beaches and boardwalks are completely destroyed.  I mean gone, completely obliterated.  It's horrible, I don't know what we are going to do. However I tho.k the train on the GSPW is a rumor because i heard that too except thst it wad on Ry. 95.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Zilla on October 31, 2012, 10:27:19 AM
Checking in from Morris County, NJ (northwest part of the state). We lost power Monday night around 7pm. The wind was very scary -- the big gusts sounded like a train whistle -- I've never heard the wind that bad. Once it got dark it was very nerve wracking listening to the wind and wondering if "this gust" was going to be the one to bring a tree down on the house. 

We did hear some breaking trees during the night but nothing fell onto the house


Tuesday morning we woke up to calm cloudy skies -- and were able to take a walk around our property and the devestation is aweful -- there are 27 trees down -- I have 3&1/2 acres of land here -- 11 trees are completely uprooted and the remaining 16 are broken, many from the uprooted trees falling on them --- these are not small trees, the uprooted ones are at least 60 feet tall and too big around for me to put my arms around.

It is now 1:48am on Wednesday morning -- my kids may go to school on Friday, but not before then.

So far all if my friends and family are okay, though there are 3 confirmed deaths in my county caused by falling trees and my heart just breaks for those families. 

From what I have seen -- the shore line of NJ has been destroyed - Seaside Heights lost the pier with all the rides -- the roller coaster is in the ocean. The Garden State parkway reportedly has a train car on it that was floated there by the storm surge. 

We are being told 7-10 days before power is restored

Please those of you that were impacted by this storm, please continue to stay safe.

Fellow Morris County dweller here; power went out about 6pm Monday and is still out.  My town is almost 95% in the dark, although I did make it into work today.  Route 10 has no working traffic lights so I had to take the scenic route to get on and off!  But further down from my office are working lights so I can get back on to go home.

Lots of wind and rain monday night, but no damage to my apt. or anything in my complex that I can see.  One tree in my courtyard, but fortunatley it fell away from the building.  Nothing to do now but wait for the power to come back on, and find friends with power so  Ican shower.

Yikes, hope you both get power sooner than the estimated times!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: anniehawks on October 31, 2012, 10:54:15 AM
I'm in North Central WV and we had about 5 inches of snow.  Most of its melting know.  These photos were taken about 60 miles from me:

https://twitter.com/i/#!/TheSignalCaller/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FoAPc3f6p
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: floridamom on October 31, 2012, 11:10:39 AM
Central NH here; our power has been off-and-on.  Lost Monday afternoon around 4:30, on Tuesday just around 6:00 PM.  Then at almost 10:00 PM on our way home from a meeting, DH and I got a call from our neighbor that a tree landed on her house (she, dog, horses are fine) and power was out again.  Power back on as of a little after midnight.  Today was relatively calm, then a thunderstorm blew in this evening and wreaked more havoc in our neighborhood than the hurricane itself -- maybe because so many trees were already weakened by it.

We are so grateful to the emergency responders and the repair crews, especially those coming such great distances to help.

I talked to my mom last night around 10pm, she is in Manchester.  She was shaken up by the T-storm last night.  She has never liked t-storms much.  She said that was more horrendous than the "gale" blowing in her apartment thru her A/C unit;)  I still haven't talked to my sister yet, she is a nurse w/Manchester VNA.  But as far as I know, she fared ok by reading my niece's FB  ;D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on October 31, 2012, 12:27:55 PM
Well NYC has resumed bus service so I'm heading into work via a Queens to Manhattan bus. I'm on the bus now and a bit perturbed by our route. The normal route is through the mid-town tunnel, but that is (understandably) still closed. I was thinking we'd take the Queensboro (aka 59th St Bridge) - only about a 1 mile detour on the Manhattan side from the usual route (34 to 6, up to 57 & over). It appears however, my driver has opted for the Williamsburg Bridge. Its about a 2 mile detour on the Manhattan side... but that's not my concern. My concern is those 2 miles are in lower manhattan - and there's apparently no traffic lights below 39th St!!!

Oh well, what can I do? I'm already on the bus... and I was stir crazy at home these last few days. If I were home I'd just be watching the news and hearing about death and destruction. By going in, I feel like I'm contributing to "back to normal"... even if my bus has only moved 20 feet the whole time it took to type this.

ETA: welll looks like we are taking the 59th St bridge... if we ever get to it. We've gone about 7 miles in 1.5 hours.

My husband is on the QM24 and he has also been on the bus for over two hours. I was supposed to start a new job tomorrow but have a feeling we'll just hold off until (at least) Monday...

I was on the QM20.  We finally got over the bridge and then the bus turned downtown.  The driver let a bunch of us off though (right in the middle of 2nd Ave!)  I walked the rest of the way to work.  In all it was 7 minutes shy of being 4 hours.

But really as frustrating as it was, I'm still grateful thats the worst I've personally experienced.

No idea when DH can get back to work - he works down by wall street - the whole area was severely flooded (over 8 feet in some areas).  Luckily he can do about 75% from home...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on October 31, 2012, 01:13:57 PM
I am on the jersey shore, right in the central part.  It's true, our beaches and boardwalks are completely destroyed.  I mean gone, completely obliterated.  It's horrible, I don't know what we are going to do. However I tho.k the train on the GSPW is a rumor because i heard that too except thst it wad on Ry. 95.

That is awful! I have cousins who live around there, about 5 -10 minutes from Seaside Heights, so to see so much of it underwater is so sad. :(  All those who were affected by this are in my prayers.   We got off easy, so I feel bad for those who didn't! 

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on October 31, 2012, 03:02:41 PM
Hunterdon County here. Total destruction. Lost power 10pm on Monday and as far as I know it is still out. Work was closed Monday and Tuesday...last time we closed down for weather was 1996. No power and one missing piece of trim siding.  My DH was devastated over the siding. Really?  House one street over was cut in half from a tree falling. While I'm annoyed at still having no power I think we did quite well. Our high school lost part of their roof. No school this week.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on October 31, 2012, 03:04:55 PM
Just spoke to a friend in an adjacent zip code whose phone service was out yesterday.  She had tree damage on her block but nobody got hurt.

Just got back from the supermarket.  It had almost no soup and no bread.  Had to get outside because of cabin fever.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: purpleperil on October 31, 2012, 03:10:00 PM
North Central WV here, it rained all day monday and snowed/rained all day yesterday. Though we didn't have as much as anniehawks. The rain had stopped until a little while ago today. I'm just glad we didn't get the snow and winds they had been predicting, would have knocked most of the power out and they had a devil of a time getting the power back this summer after a bad storm.
My mom in Columbus, OH seems to have had it worse, she said the winds were so bad she couldn't open the door after walking the dog.
My heart and thoughts go to everyone in areas more heavily hit than here.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 31, 2012, 07:21:10 PM

I lost it tonight. Stressing about runningout of gas and came home to find my neighbor left for her daughters. I cried like a 2 year old but spoke to a friend who told me come stay with them as they have power
 So after work I'm heading. I van also telecommute if I run out of has. Thank God for good friends! Having some wine now and I feel better
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: I'mnotinsane on October 31, 2012, 08:28:36 PM
Mercer County, (Central) NJ.  We just got power back after 51 hours.  There are still a lot of trees blocking roadways and downed lines.  I'm sure a lot of our community is still without. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on October 31, 2012, 09:32:49 PM
I just talked to someone I used to babysit when I was growing up in Hunterdon County. She now lives in Warren County, N.J., and works at the Hunterdon County Library.

It was closed Monday and Tuesday and open today. She said that every seat in the building was taken, and patrons were sitting on the floor. Everyone was using the library's WiFi. It got maxed out!

My friend said that she had seen a lady set up a Hot Spot and asked 4 or 5 people sitting near her if they wanted to use it too, that she would give them her password if they did.

My friend said her and her family got their power back tonight at 7pm.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: jaxsue on October 31, 2012, 09:47:15 PM
Central NJ here - Middlesex County. My power came on again this evening. It was the most wonderful feeling. Drove to the grocery store today (cabin fever). It was crazy! Shelves stripped bare.

Took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles, mainly due to literally hundreds of cars lined up for gas, as well as long lines of people filling gas cans. Apparently, finding an open gas station isn't easy right now. Add to that, stop lights are out, so very busy intersections are free-for-alls.

I am very fortunate. Some people have lost everything.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 01, 2012, 09:58:33 AM
Central NJ here - Middlesex County. My power came on again this evening. It was the most wonderful feeling. Drove to the grocery store today (cabin fever). It was crazy! Shelves stripped bare.

Took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles, mainly due to literally hundreds of cars lined up for gas, as well as long lines of people filling gas cans. Apparently, finding an open gas station isn't easy right now. Add to that, stop lights are out, so very busy intersections are free-for-alls.

I am very fortunate. Some people have lost everything.

I feel the same way.  While I was a whiny baby last night, I have somewhere to go, friends who are willing to take me in for however long, and I can work from there house. I also still have my home, and its fine, once the power comes back on.  Others are not as fortunate, and I have to keep telling myself that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 01, 2012, 10:39:16 AM
Upper West Side friend called at 8AM.  She was OK except for no phone service for the duration.  Still waiting to hear from the East Villagers.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 01, 2012, 10:56:24 AM
Central NJ here - Middlesex County. My power came on again this evening. It was the most wonderful feeling. Drove to the grocery store today (cabin fever). It was crazy! Shelves stripped bare.

Took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles, mainly due to literally hundreds of cars lined up for gas, as well as long lines of people filling gas cans. Apparently, finding an open gas station isn't easy right now. Add to that, stop lights are out, so very busy intersections are free-for-alls.

I am very fortunate. Some people have lost everything.

I feel the same way.  While I was a whiny baby last night, I have somewhere to go, friends who are willing to take me in for however long, and I can work from there house. I also still have my home, and its fine, once the power comes back on.  Others are not as fortunate, and I have to keep telling myself that.

That is a healthy coping mechanism that many of us use, including me. As Early Responders, we are trained to not say that to anyone we are working for.

So, you can be a whiny baby all you need to! I hope all around you and listen and sympathize, and then you can be proud of yourself for coping.

Right now, I'm waiting for the sewer repairman to come after being called last May and promised weekly since, and am really, really ticked. Hmmmm - I have sewer that works and millions are suffering Out East and all over the world, and we am even waiting for a call to help you guys. We are healthy. BUT - darn! I'm mad!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 01, 2012, 01:39:38 PM
Central NJ here - Middlesex County. My power came on again this evening. It was the most wonderful feeling. Drove to the grocery store today (cabin fever). It was crazy! Shelves stripped bare.

Took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles, mainly due to literally hundreds of cars lined up for gas, as well as long lines of people filling gas cans. Apparently, finding an open gas station isn't easy right now. Add to that, stop lights are out, so very busy intersections are free-for-alls.

I am very fortunate. Some people have lost everything.

I feel the same way.  While I was a whiny baby last night, I have somewhere to go, friends who are willing to take me in for however long, and I can work from there house. I also still have my home, and its fine, once the power comes back on.  Others are not as fortunate, and I have to keep telling myself that.

That is a healthy coping mechanism that many of us use, including me. As Early Responders, we are trained to not say that to anyone we are working for.

So, you can be a whiny baby all you need to! I hope all around you and listen and sympathize, and then you can be proud of yourself for coping.

Right now, I'm waiting for the sewer repairman to come after being called last May and promised weekly since, and am really, really ticked. Hmmmm - I have sewer that works and millions are suffering Out East and all over the world, and we am even waiting for a call to help you guys. We are healthy. BUT - darn! I'm mad!

I feel better now :) - looking forward to getting to my friend's shortly, and a HOT shower, and maybe a nice hot, cup of tea.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 01, 2012, 06:33:55 PM
They reopened limited subways in NYC... an even with much of the city working from home, its not nearly enough trains. I was supposed to meet someone after work; they live along one of the open train lines. I waited 40 minutes and indeed 3 trains did come - too packed for anyone to get on. (And if you've ever commuted in NYC you know we realy pack into trains very tightly!) I had to give up, called and cancelled my dinner and am on a bus to my 'hood.

As much as comfort, I felt the bus was the ethical choice since I have a bus option and some people don't.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on November 01, 2012, 08:20:43 PM
They reopened limited subways in NYC... an even with much of the city working from home, its not nearly enough trains. I was supposed to meet someone after work; they live along one of the open train lines. I waited 40 minutes and indeed 3 trains did come - too packed for anyone to get on. (And if you've ever commuted in NYC you know we realy pack into trains very tightly!) I had to give up, called and cancelled my dinner and am on a bus to my 'hood.

As much as comfort, I felt the bus was the ethical choice since I have a bus option and some people don't.

There are videos on the news of people shoving each other to get on the bus.  I understand the chaos.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Saffy on November 01, 2012, 08:25:13 PM
Yep, I walked home over 30 blocks tonight. As did many others besides me. And I'm lucky, because 1. The subway could have been an option; 2. I came home to power!

Poor Staten Island - I didn't realise how badly it was affected. Ghastly ghastly stuff.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sharnita on November 01, 2012, 08:32:19 PM
I was floored to hear the marathon was still on. It is impossible to imagine how they will make that work.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 01, 2012, 08:46:04 PM
I think, maybe, perhaps, my power may be on.  however, I'm not home :) - came to my friends, had an awesome shower, great dinner, and play time with their 2 year old. saw an update on my town's website, asked about my complex and was told 2 bldgs right next to me have power, and another co-worker, who lives there too, on teh other side, texted my boss to say she had power...so I'm hopeful.  i may stay here until sat, pakc up, pick up some grocercies, and go home and asses the damage and chuck the contents of my fridge and freezer
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kaypeep on November 01, 2012, 09:09:36 PM
Oh the irony!

My mom in Zone A on the water lucked out.  Water came to her front door and then receded.  She never even lost power.  I, on the other hand, lost power Monday night and it just came back on  a little while ago.  I have been mooching off of friends to take showers and use their computer.  Thankfully my job closed the office for the week so i didn't have to stress about how I would possibly get downtown in Manhattan.  I have lights again now, and am waiting for tomorrow morning when I can finally take another hot shower and do laundry.  I have lost all the food in my fridge but since I took a trip to Philly last week, my shopping has been minimal and there wasn't much lost.  I'll probably spend tomorrow cleaning the fridge and freezer along with my laundry, then go see a movie and relax as much as I can!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on November 02, 2012, 06:40:28 AM
I got power back yesterday. And this morning my DH told me there wasn't much of a line at the gas station for I drove down and scored a full tank of gas.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Emmy on November 02, 2012, 06:51:05 AM
In south Jersey, we got off pretty light (except for the coastal regions).  My electric was off for 17 hours and others that are further south did not lose electric at all.  I still feel for my friends and others in North Jersey and NY who have no power or damage or loss of a home.  A friend in Long Island said it may be a week before her power is up and running.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: QueenofAllThings on November 02, 2012, 08:19:29 AM
Checking in late - northeast NJ with no power. We were told MAYBE next Thursday. We have hot water and a gas stove and charcoal grill, so we're fine - but WOW is it chilly. And dark- awesome how dark it is with no landscape or house lighting.  The only real issue is the gasoline lines - friends with generators are getting desperate. I say turn off the generator - not worth the aggravation for a lamp and a fridge (then again, I don't have small children).

The King is not taking it well - he does not 'do' camping - so I am being very patient.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 02, 2012, 08:27:34 AM
Checking in late - northeast NJ with no power. We were told MAYBE next Thursday. We have hot water and a gas stove and charcoal grill, so we're fine - but WOW is it chilly. And dark- awesome how dark it is with no landscape or house lighting.  The only real issue is the gasoline lines - friends with generators are getting desperate. I say turn off the generator - not worth the aggravation for a lamp and a fridge (then again, I don't have small children).

The King is not taking it well - he does not 'do' camping - so I am being very patient.

i know how you feel. I was miserable Wed night.  I came home and bawled my eyes out since I was alone (My neighbor left) went to work and then last night came to friends with power.  Showered and had a nice hot meal.  And from reports I've gotten, mine is back on too.  So had i waited a bit, I could have just gone home last night, but i'll go back tomrorow. I hope yours comes back up soon.  and you're right, the dark is kind of eerie and creepy.  I'm also ok on gas; i can make it home from here, adn then work from home.  I think once power starts coming back up, more stations will open and it will ease up some.  that's what I'm hoping.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: demarco on November 02, 2012, 11:05:35 AM
I was floored to hear the marathon was still on. It is impossible to imagine how they will make that work.

I don't know what they are thinking.  Logistics aside, starting a race on Staten Island, considering what's going on there right now, is unthinkable.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 02, 2012, 11:16:28 AM
The marathon brings tons of money to the city.  Small businesses that have lost 2-5 days of income need the marathon to try to recoup losses - spectators and runners alike will patronize deli's, bodegas, corner stores for water, drinks, coffee and snacks.  Restaurants, and their staff, will have the opportunity to make some money after a week of no income.  Street vendors and souvenir shops will have a chance to make sales after a week of none.  The MTA and other transportation companies can make some money after a week of no service or free service.

The economy was bad before the storm, and families are in real danger of loosing their homes, small business owners in danger of loosing their livelihood (and their life savings and investments) without income; the marathon brings in billions of dollars to the city.

Its tragic and terrible so many are without power or resources, the death toll is numbing, but we still live in a capitalist society and money is needed to get the city back on its feet.  Plus its a push - you know how before a party or holiday you get inspired to do double-time cleaning because you have to before guests?  Well having something this big is an extra push to get everything cleared and up and running (not that workers aren't working hard - they are and are doing an incredible job, its just that extra push.)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sharnita on November 02, 2012, 11:31:04 AM
The marathon brings tons of money to the city.  Small businesses that have lost 2-5 days of income need the marathon to try to recoup losses - spectators and runners alike will patronize deli's, bodegas, corner stores for water, drinks, coffee and snacks.  Restaurants, and their staff, will have the opportunity to make some money after a week of no income.  Street vendors and souvenir shops will have a chance to make sales after a week of none.  The MTA and other transportation companies can make some money after a week of no service or free service.

The economy was bad before the storm, and families are in real danger of loosing their homes, small business owners in danger of loosing their livelihood (and their life savings and investments) without income; the marathon brings in billions of dollars to the city.

Its tragic and terrible so many are without power or resources, the death toll is numbing, but we still live in a capitalist society and money is needed to get the city back on its feet.  Plus its a push - you know how before a party or holiday you get inspired to do double-time cleaning because you have to before guests?  Well having something this big is an extra push to get everything cleared and up and running (not that workers aren't working hard - they are and are doing an incredible job, its just that extra push.)

That assumes all those businesses are operational and can get what they need to serve people.  At the moment there are stories about regular residents who can't get food, water, gasoline, etc.  It seems highly questionable that many of those businesses will be able to serve people.  Additionally some of the businesses that usually make money are hotels and restaurants hosting runners from other areas.  Now they are hosting locals who have been displaced by the storm.  Unfortunately as the runners arrive there will be competition for those resources.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 02, 2012, 11:44:40 AM
^ "All those businesses" don't need to be operational and able to get what they need to serve people, only enough need to be (usually there are way more delis available then needed for example), and the difference to those few that can be open will be monumental for them. 

Expedia is showing vacancies in NYC for this weekend.  Yes many hotels are booked with those who had to leave their homes, but not all are, and every day, heck every hour more homes are getting power back and are becoming livable again.

Yes some neighborhoods are devastated.  But some neighborhoods are almost completely unscathed save for a few squished cars, broken windows and downed trees.  And there are plenty of neighborhoods experiencing somewhere in-between devastation and unscathed.

I'm sure the city didn't come to the decision to have the marathon quickly or without serious thought. But the conclusion they came to was to go forth, and I for one support it.  Are there downsides and negatives?  Of course there are.  But apparently there were more positives then negatives.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 02, 2012, 11:48:56 AM
Now we are hearing stories about people volunteering to help and just popping in out of the blue, and some reporters are claiming they are being turned away for political or other seemingly stupid reasons.

It is frustrating for the kind people who made preparations and traveled that far and are turned away, but there are many reasons. Even usually reliable news sources don't always get the whole picture.

Are the volunteers even qualified? Do they know the codes for the area? Are they insured? Did they bring all of their own equipment and materials? Do they have a place to stay or eat or bring their own fuel and water? If not, they become part of the problem.

I have so many horror stories to tell about good intentioned people who didn't get clearance or plan ahead at all. I was at one tornado site where a guy showed up in flip flops and shorts. Right. Broken glass all over the place, chainsawing to be done. We had gloves, boots, hard hats, and were trained. Yes, it was 100 degrees out, but you keep hydrated and take lots of breaks. Fewer people get sick from the heat than get hurt by no or little safety gear.

Also, the fake charities and shoddy shady repairmen are coming out of the woodwork. I hope the homeowners are aware, and that the kind souls who want to donate cash look into the percentage of the donation that goes into the charity.

Hugs and prayers, again, for all survivors, and admiration for your strength. Thank you for keeping up with your personal stories.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Sharnita on November 02, 2012, 11:53:51 AM
Now we are hearing stories about people volunteering to help and just popping in out of the blue, and some reporters are claiming they are being turned away for political or other seemingly stupid reasons.

It is frustrating for the kind people who made preparations and traveled that far and are turned away, but there are many reasons. Even usually reliable news sources don't always get the whole picture.

Are the volunteers even qualified? Do they know the codes for the area? Are they insured? Did they bring all of their own equipment and materials? Do they have a place to stay or eat or bring their own fuel and water? If not, they become part of the problem.

I have so many horror stories to tell about good intentioned people who didn't get clearance or plan ahead at all. I was at one tornado site where a guy showed up in flip flops and shorts. Right. Broken glass all over the place, chainsawing to be done. We had gloves, boots, hard hats, and were trained. Yes, it was 100 degrees out, but you keep hydrated and take lots of breaks. Fewer people get sick from the heat than get hurt by no or little safety gear.

Also, the fake charities and shoddy shady repairmen are coming out of the woodwork. I hope the homeowners are aware, and that the kind souls who want to donate cash look into the percentage of the donation that goes into the charity.

Hugs and prayers, again, for all survivors, and admiration for your strength. Thank you for keeping up with your personal stories.

Yeah, I think it will be some time before we have a clear idea of what is accurate and what is not, if we ever do.  Even with Katrina some of the stories turned out to be inaccurate but once something is said it is hard to remove from the public memory.  I think having resources like snopes or factcheck.org might be useful in figuring out what the facts were.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 02, 2012, 04:39:00 PM
Well the NYC marathon is cancelled.

I supported it going on (heck I had a customer today in from Denver - spending money in NYC - who said she was in town because her husband was running it) but I guess majority rule has spoken and its been cancelled.  (I also support majority rule, so I support this decision as well, even if I wasn't one of the one's asking it be cancelled - the city needs money desperately, but it needs morale more.)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AngelicGamer on November 02, 2012, 07:50:58 PM
Well the NYC marathon is cancelled.

I supported it going on (heck I had a customer today in from Denver - spending money in NYC - who said she was in town because her husband was running it) but I guess majority rule has spoken and its been cancelled.  (I also support majority rule, so I support this decision as well, even if I wasn't one of the one's asking it be cancelled - the city needs money desperately, but it needs morale more.)

I don't have a bone in this fight - I'm in Chicago and keeping everyone in my prayers / good thoughts - but I'm glad they canceled it.  There were stories about hotels thinking about kicking out people who didn't have anywhere to go.  I'm not even sure if they could really go to a shelter if they lost their hotel room to a marathon runner.

Also, the start line was in Staten Island.  Marathoners were going to wear their bib to get over and then not run but help out where they could.  I just - hearing the people there talk about the devastation and seeing the pictures - I am glad that it is canceled.  It is the right move.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 02, 2012, 08:02:54 PM
Actually the hotel thing was a rumor.  Hotels weren't planning on kicking people out (not to mention as of this morning expedia was showing available rooms for the weekend in NYC, not a lot, but some), some hotels even publicly said they would not be removing the local family's to honor reservations.  Plus even before the race was cancelled runners were choosing to not come and were donating their rooms (http://race2recover.com/) to people.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AngelicGamer on November 02, 2012, 08:05:29 PM
Actually the hotel thing was a rumor.  Hotels weren't planning on kicking people out (not to mention as of this morning expedia was showing available rooms for the weekend in NYC, not a lot, but some), some hotels even publicly said they would not be removing the local family's to honor reservations.  Plus even before the race was cancelled runners were choosing to not come and were donating their rooms (http://race2recover.com/) to people.

Oh good - I am very happy to hear that was a rumor!  Thank you, Willy.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 02, 2012, 08:48:59 PM
My East Village friends never left their apartment; they just have no power.  They went to a friend's apartment on the Upper West Side earlier today to use their WiFi to e-mail me.  At least they are alright.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: JoW on November 02, 2012, 09:00:18 PM
And now the forecast for that area calls for a nor'easter storm next Wednesday.  I know there will still be lots of people without power.  I hope they find heated places to stay. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on November 03, 2012, 10:16:12 AM
Day 6, still no power.  Actually its the 5th full day.  Thank God we have a generator, but our gas supply will run out eventually.  This is starting to get really scary. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 03, 2012, 03:55:14 PM
NYC again: A really heartwarming thing - this morning DH and I went to BJ's (a warehouse store like Costco) and we bought some supplies to donate to our local Town Hall which is shuttling them directly to the Rockaways & Brooklyn, while there were saw dozens of folks buying entire pallets of water and other supplies; I overheard they were hurricane relief. I wish I had the budget and means to give that much, but I'm happy we were able to give as much as we did and it was great to see so much stuff that would literally within hours be in the hands of people who need it. Town Hall was already filling up (and a batch had already gone out - I live about a 30-60 minute drive from Coney Island) and more people were coming in with all sorts of basics. A few days ago my CSA farm - from all the way out in Riverhead LI(!) still delivered our weekly shares, in turn we donated 3.5 shares (over 40lbs of produce) to a local community kitchen where anyone can walk in and get a hot meal. Tomorrow I'm giving blood - my Assemblyman posted a PDF on Facebook of over 60 local blood drives (limited gas and transportation means people need local donation sites).

So much is still needed but the city (the infrastructure and the citizens) has really pulled together and done a great job! Relief is truly getting to the places it needs to be.  We have warming enters, and food services, and shelters, and free gas for generators, and free supplies for those who need them, public transportation is mostly back up, and just overall a great response so far.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: ACBNYC on November 03, 2012, 04:40:28 PM
NYC again: A really heartwarming thing - this morning DH and I went to BJ's (a warehouse store like Costco) and we bought some supplies to donate to our local Town Hall which is shuttling them directly to the Rockaways & Brooklyn, while there were saw dozens of folks buying entire pallets of water and other supplies; I overheard they were hurricane relief. I wish I had the budget and means to give that much, but I'm happy we were able to give as much as we did and it was great to see so much stuff that would literally within hours be in the hands of people who need it. Town Hall was already filling up (and a batch had already gone out - I live about a 30-60 minute drive from Coney Island) and more people were coming in with all sorts of basics. A few days ago my CSA farm - from all the way out in Riverhead LI(!) still delivered our weekly shares, in turn we donated 3.5 shares (over 40lbs of produce) to a local community kitchen where anyone can walk in and get a hot meal. Tomorrow I'm giving blood - my Assemblyman posted a PDF on Facebook of over 60 local blood drives (limited gas and transportation means people need local donation sites).

So much is still needed but the city (the infrastructure and the citizens) has really pulled together and done a great job! Relief is truly getting to the places it needs to be.  We have warming enters, and food services, and shelters, and free gas for generators, and free supplies for those who need them, public transportation is mostly back up, and just overall a great response so far.

Garden of Eve?  :)

Blood is a great idea, thanks for the tip--I'll find a donation center in the next few days.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 03, 2012, 04:43:45 PM
Quote
Blood is a great idea, thanks for the tip--I'll find a donation center in the next few days.

http://www.nybc.org/press-release.do?sid0=60&page_id=152&content-id=791

 ;D
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 03, 2012, 07:05:51 PM
I've been calling my parents' home phone and cell phone every day this week and would get a recorded message.

This evening I called and Their cell phone rang, and Mom said "Hello?"  It was such a relief to hear her voice.

She said that her and Dad couldn't take the cold anymore, so they are at my sister's and brother-in-law's house until their small town in the northern part of Hunterdon County, NJ gets power back, possibly by Wednesday.

She said that gas rationing was going on. If your license plate ended in an odd number, you could get gas today. If it ended in an even number, you would have to wait until tomorrow. There is a gas station not far from Sister's house, and Mom said someone was at the entrance of it, checking license plates.

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Zilla on November 03, 2012, 08:11:20 PM
That's a good system, and easy for NJ to look for, isn't the entire state full service?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 03, 2012, 08:47:11 PM
That's a good system, and easy for NJ to look for, isn't the entire state full service?

it is, but I can tell you, that won't stop anyone from trying! I'm an odd, but couldn't go today, so i have to wait until Monday.  Which is fine, as I plan to work from home, and tomorrow have nowhere to go!  its not a shortage, per say, but a power issue. only 25% of stations in Northern NJ have power, and you can't use generators to get them up and running.  hopefully as the week goes on, more power will be restored, and more stations open, which will make things better.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kareng57 on November 03, 2012, 09:56:03 PM
Now we are hearing stories about people volunteering to help and just popping in out of the blue, and some reporters are claiming they are being turned away for political or other seemingly stupid reasons.

It is frustrating for the kind people who made preparations and traveled that far and are turned away, but there are many reasons. Even usually reliable news sources don't always get the whole picture.

Are the volunteers even qualified? Do they know the codes for the area? Are they insured? Did they bring all of their own equipment and materials? Do they have a place to stay or eat or bring their own fuel and water? If not, they become part of the problem.

I have so many horror stories to tell about good intentioned people who didn't get clearance or plan ahead at all. I was at one tornado site where a guy showed up in flip flops and shorts. Right. Broken glass all over the place, chainsawing to be done. We had gloves, boots, hard hats, and were trained. Yes, it was 100 degrees out, but you keep hydrated and take lots of breaks. Fewer people get sick from the heat than get hurt by no or little safety gear.

Also, the fake charities and shoddy shady repairmen are coming out of the woodwork. I hope the homeowners are aware, and that the kind souls who want to donate cash look into the percentage of the donation that goes into the charity.

Hugs and prayers, again, for all survivors, and admiration for your strength. Thank you for keeping up with your personal stories.


I agree, and I think that's true re volunteers in even non-emergency situations.

Even in a non-emergency situation (such as people who are eager to volunteer at a hospital, library, museum etc.) - someone has to co-ordinate, organise and supervise all these people.  So yes, there can be such a thing as "too many" volunteers.  In a situation where volunteers must be heavily supervised (such as a hospital or nursing home) - you (generic you) just can't have people wandering around all over the place - you have to know who they've been interacting with, what they've been doing, etc.  In an emergency situation - all the more so.  Eagerness is not enough - do they have any real training, are they familiar with the equipment, etc.?  The real-rescue team can really do without volunteers who will quite possibly end up having to be rescued themselves.

Many towns (mine, for example) offer free frequent courses - such as two evenings, perhaps - for neighbourhood preparedness in situations such as earthquakes or major storms.  (And no, I haven't taken it........ :-\ - okay, one brief session at the library about 15 years ago but that doesn't really count; many people have taken the more comprehensive course).  These are the people who should be responding in a emergency situation, rather than well-meaning individuals who figure that someone in authority will give them a task.  It just doesn't work that way.  I read about the cancellation of the NYC marathon this morning and figured that this would be a terribly unpopular decision.  However, I think it was the right one.

And I too have many good thoughts to the people who have lost loved ones, as well as those who are living with minimal amenities these days.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: oz diva on November 04, 2012, 01:26:23 AM
Now we are hearing stories about people volunteering to help and just popping in out of the blue, and some reporters are claiming they are being turned away for political or other seemingly stupid reasons.

It is frustrating for the kind people who made preparations and traveled that far and are turned away, but there are many reasons. Even usually reliable news sources don't always get the whole picture.

Are the volunteers even qualified? Do they know the codes for the area? Are they insured? Did they bring all of their own equipment and materials? Do they have a place to stay or eat or bring their own fuel and water? If not, they become part of the problem.

I have so many horror stories to tell about good intentioned people who didn't get clearance or plan ahead at all. I was at one tornado site where a guy showed up in flip flops and shorts. Right. Broken glass all over the place, chainsawing to be done. We had gloves, boots, hard hats, and were trained. Yes, it was 100 degrees out, but you keep hydrated and take lots of breaks. Fewer people get sick from the heat than get hurt by no or little safety gear.

I work in the volunteering field and insurance is the big big problem. And you hear of so many things going wrong after a big event like this. And where do they stay? Sometimes all the hotel rooms are booked out by volunteers 'helping' out, leaving no room for the 'victims'. Yes, it's great to help, but unless that help is coordinated it can often be a hindrance.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mw8242 on November 04, 2012, 06:04:04 AM
Hoboken,NJ here.

Power restored Friday night but no heat or hot water. The community has really come together. I have friends still w/o power and it's not expected back for a few more days still. It's so sad to see people's things piled high on the curb - the flooding was just awful.

I grew up along the shore near Sandy Hook and went to college there. Seeing so much wreckage is terrible. A lot of fantastic places were destroyed.

I hope everyone is safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 04, 2012, 06:35:09 AM
Hoboken,NJ here.

Power restored Friday night but no heat or hot water. The community has really come together. I have friends still w/o power and it's not expected back for a few more days still. It's so sad to see people's things piled high on the curb - the flooding was just awful.

I grew up along the shore near Sandy Hook and went to college there. Seeing so much wreckage is terrible. A lot of fantastic places were destroyed.

I hope everyone is safe!

Glad you got your power back! here's hoping the rest comes back soon!  I live in Morris County, but have lived in Jersey most of my life.  I have friends who own a restaurant in Hoboken, and they've spent the last few days cleaning out the mud, etc. 

So sad about the shore, it can be rebuilt, but will never be the same. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 04, 2012, 06:38:16 AM
Power was restored to the East Village the other night and my friends and I talked yesterday.  They have a gas stove so they were able to cook although they didn't have heat or hot water.  They allowed their neighbor to come in to cook because she had an electric stove.

A friend of theirs refused to evacuate a high rise in the Rockaways despite their repeated invitation to stay with them.  He and his family were stuck in a 19th floor apartment with no power and no running water with a flooded basement and first floor.  They can leave the building now and he will be back at work tomorrow but this struck me as really odd.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: cicero on November 04, 2012, 07:08:54 AM
Power was restored to the East Village the other night and my friends and I talked yesterday.  They have a gas stove so they were able to cook although they didn't have heat or hot water.  They allowed their neighbor to come in to cook because she had an electric stove.

A friend of theirs refused to evacuate a high rise in the Rockaways despite their repeated invitation to stay with them.  He and his family were stuck in a 19th floor apartment with no power and no running water with a flooded basement and first floor.  They can leave the building now and he will be back at work tomorrow but this struck me as really odd.
One of my work colleagues (in NJ) is still without water, phone electricity and refuses to evacuate, despite repeated offers from friends and colleagues. she is afraid of looters.

my brother (also in NJ, different county) is without phone and electricity - apparently brother has to get to work somehow but SIL's work is in a city that has no power.  They moved the kids to friends and were roughing it out at home but got very very cold and no way to heat so they moved to other friends on friday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 04, 2012, 07:12:49 AM
Wow - looking through pictures online of the havoc caused by sandy, and i see what I'm pretty sure is the house i used to live in, with a HUGE tree in front of it.  My friend who still lives there told me a tree fell, and its the right street.  scary!  anouther house down the block took a direct hit from a tree.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Zilla on November 04, 2012, 09:34:52 AM
Power was restored to the East Village the other night and my friends and I talked yesterday.  They have a gas stove so they were able to cook although they didn't have heat or hot water.  They allowed their neighbor to come in to cook because she had an electric stove.

A friend of theirs refused to evacuate a high rise in the Rockaways despite their repeated invitation to stay with them.  He and his family were stuck in a 19th floor apartment with no power and no running water with a flooded basement and first floor.  They can leave the building now and he will be back at work tomorrow but this struck me as really odd.

Not odd at all.  Some people just really prefer their own place even with no power or water.  The stress of being someplace different is probably worst to them.  The water in the basement and first floor wouldn't bother them since they are on the 19th floor unless they had to leave.  But I am sure they had a breeze and supplies with bottled water etc.  I lived without running water and electricity more times than I care to count for weeks at a time.  It isn't odd to me.
 
ETA:  Breeze as in cool air being that high up, but i realized it was winter up by you and not blazing hot summers as it was for me down South.  So that part wouldn't apply.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MommyPenguin on November 04, 2012, 10:03:33 AM
It seems that the cold is one of the things they are worried about in a lot of NY.  It gets *cold*, and there's no heat, they can't make a fire in those high-rises or use a propane heater or anything, at least not safely, and there's another storm coming.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kajunchick on November 04, 2012, 04:54:23 PM
How are all the power outages going to affect the election (practically, not politically). Do those people just not get to vote?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: ACBNYC on November 04, 2012, 05:35:33 PM
How are all the power outages going to affect the election (practically, not politically). Do those people just not get to vote?

New Jersey is allowing paper ballots to be faxed or emailed--residents first have to request the ballot and have the request approved. In New York as far as I can tell--Long Beach and Staten Island for example--the polling places are moving if the original location was destroyed.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kajunchick on November 04, 2012, 05:42:51 PM
Oh, I was wondering how they would handle that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Amanita on November 04, 2012, 05:55:41 PM
The Space channel (Canada's sci fi channel) decided to show "Deep Impact" today. Is it just me, or is that kind of a bad choice, given it has a rather vivid scene of NYC getting totally flooded?
Given what just happened, they might have wanted to pick another movie, and show Deep Impact another time.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: ACBNYC on November 04, 2012, 06:01:41 PM
Here are the new polling locations for those in NYC affected--it's a downloadable .pdf, the second link on the left of the page:

http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/temp_hours/temp_hours.shtml
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on November 04, 2012, 06:12:18 PM
School will finally open(Frenchtown) on MOnday although 90 minutes late. They said the buses might not be able to get to all the kids because of impassible roads.  Grocery stores finally got some supplies in. I went out on Friday and had a very hard time finding milk.

Does anyone know how long this even odd thing will be in effect in NJ?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 04, 2012, 08:48:48 PM
School will finally open(Frenchtown) on MOnday although 90 minutes late. They said the buses might not be able to get to all the kids because of impassible roads.  Grocery stores finally got some supplies in. I went out on Friday and had a very hard time finding milk.

Does anyone know how long this even odd thing will be in effect in NJ?

My guess would be until most power has been restored.  I'm an odd, so even though I had the most free time today, I couldn't get gas. Will have to try tomrorow and hope the 1/4 tank I have is enough until i can get some1
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on November 05, 2012, 06:00:18 AM
It is hit and miss here for gas. At 3pm there is a line and at 7 no line.

The school sent out a list of roads that you can't through and some are major roads. Our community center is now a shelter taking the overflow from the flemington County shelter.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Jaelle on November 05, 2012, 09:45:52 AM
Hoboken,NJ here.

Power restored Friday night but no heat or hot water. The community has really come together. I have friends still w/o power and it's not expected back for a few more days still. It's so sad to see people's things piled high on the curb - the flooding was just awful.

I grew up along the shore near Sandy Hook and went to college there. Seeing so much wreckage is terrible. A lot of fantastic places were destroyed.

I hope everyone is safe!

Glad you got your power back! here's hoping the rest comes back soon!  I live in Morris County, but have lived in Jersey most of my life.  I have friends who own a restaurant in Hoboken, and they've spent the last few days cleaning out the mud, etc. 

So sad about the shore, it can be rebuilt, but will never be the same.

Little brother lives in Hoboken ... fortunately, in a fourth-floor apartment, so his stuff was spared, but the building was damaged and he doesn't know when power will return. He's staying with friends in the city now.

Best wishes to all of you dealing with this.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 05, 2012, 10:12:00 AM
got gas this am. short line, and 30 mins door to door. maybe 20 in line waiting. was also able to fill up, no limits, so i'm happy.  my tank hold 18 gals so i can go almost 2 weeks on one, if i stay local.  by then things should be ok. My boss and other friends still have no power, hoping it comes back on soon.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 05, 2012, 03:26:59 PM
2 of my nephews and their families live somewhat near Hackettstown, nj. One nephew said that The trucks of the company he works for drove to Byram for gas last Thursday.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 05, 2012, 04:34:59 PM
2 of me nephews and their families live somewhat near Hackettstown, nj. One nephew said that The trucks of the company he works for drove to Byram for gas last Thursday.

It was bad last week; but seems to be getting better.  Hackettstown is a bit further out from me, but not too far.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 05, 2012, 07:17:36 PM
I just talked to Mom. High Bridge now has electricity, as of 2 hours ago.

She said that their house is warm, but she is not going to take off any of her layers until she feels hot.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on November 05, 2012, 07:39:21 PM
It makes me feel good to read these posts.  Normalcy will return, eventually.  Nothing will ever be the same, but the human feeling will.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 05, 2012, 07:50:29 PM
I just talked to Mom. High Bridge now has electricity, as of 2 hours ago.

She said that their house is warm, but she is not going to take off any of her layers until she feels hot.

that was me on Sat when I came home.  I turned the heat up, but it was chilly for a long time!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sourwolf on November 05, 2012, 08:00:41 PM
Stargazer posted this in another thread, I hope it's ok to cross post it. (Basically if you click on the link you can get updates of which stations have gas.)

http://gasbuddy.com/Sandy/.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 05, 2012, 08:13:03 PM
I appreciate everyone who has been able to post updates during this terrible time. My thoughts have been with you.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on November 06, 2012, 06:20:51 AM
We are now on day 9 with no power.  I thought I was in the US, I didn't realize I wad living in a third world country  >:(    can't wait for this new storm on Wednesday. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 06, 2012, 08:22:33 AM
Stargazer posted this in another thread, I hope it's ok to cross post it. (Basically if you click on the link you can get updates of which stations have gas.)

http://gasbuddy.com/Sandy/.

for those in NJ, you can also check twitter #njgas - people are posting open stations, lines, etc.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on November 06, 2012, 08:25:25 PM
Just got power back today after 8 days. Got a lot of catching up to do!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 06, 2012, 11:33:55 PM
We have good news. Our Early Responders Team has been called.

I thought we would, but all the way to Long Island? (From central Illinois)

We are serving dinner for 33 on Sunday - with linens and china - then setting out Monday the 12 th. I will be in charge of coordinating food, gasoline, and lodging with the church which called us, so I've got a busy few days ahead! We only go to homes that the owners have requested our help.

That is good news because we don't go in until most of the emergencies are over and we can roll up our sleeves and get to work helping people get back to a normal life. We sometimes go in just as the National Guard is leaving. Homeowners are often still in shock, so it is nice to help them figure out what to do and get grounded.

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MommyPenguin on November 07, 2012, 08:35:47 AM
That's really great, Luci!  What kind of things do you do?  How do you get involved in something like that?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 07, 2012, 08:51:12 AM
NY and New England are supposed to be hit with a Nor'easter today  >:(
There are mandatory evacuations by 3:00 pm today in some areas (the ones hardest hit by Sandy), and those without power are pretty much looking at no chance of power for at least 2 more days, plus they are predicting 100,000 homes loosing power from this storm (some of which only just got power back).

Everyone's going around saying "maybe the Mayans were right..."
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 07, 2012, 09:04:53 AM
That's really great, Luci!  What kind of things do you do?  How do you get involved in something like that?

We do mostly destruction and salvaging of personal property, as well as listening to the homeowners' problems and frustrations. Construction cannot begin until mold spraying and a sufficient drying out period has occurred - a couple of weeks at least. We have other teams for construction, called Nomads. We all have training, pay our own way except for some meals served as a thank you to us, and our own equipment, including fuel. We are volunteers, and occasionally get a grant from UMCOR for gasoline if we go far out of our district.

We work out of the Methodist Church - UMCOR. The Baptists have a large system of ERTs also, and I think the Lutherans. We have a Jew in our team, by the way. We do pray, but if you don't, all we ask is that you be respectful. We worked with the Baptists once and they kept telling us they were going to take us down to the river to be properly Baptised. All in fun.

When our son first started the team, there were about 20. Now, in 4 years, there are over 500 in Central Illinois. We used to get a lot of calls out of district, but the movement is growing so quickly that the places we formerly would go to have enough members to take care of themselves.

I've worked floods, ice storms, tornadoes, once an abondoned house that the heir just did know how to handle (hoarding, bad roof, years of neglect), but never a huricane, which is flooding and tornado type destruction together. We cry, then get to work. We are always invited - never just show up. Our hearts are full.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Kiara on November 07, 2012, 09:20:37 AM
Luci, bless you and that whole team.  Truly amazing.

And prayers for everyone in the path of the Nor'easter.  We're lucky down here and just getting a glancing blow.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 07, 2012, 10:05:30 AM
Luci, bless you and that whole team.  Truly amazing.

And prayers for everyone in the path of the Nor'easter.  We're lucky down here and just getting a glancing blow.

That seems to adding insult to injury. I hope the predictions are wrong, but if not, that the people who have to endure it are strong.

It is comforting to me to know that if I ever survive a natural disaster, there are people there to help!

I also know there are many others on this forum who provide relief but are just not at vocal as I am. Thanks to you, too.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 07, 2012, 10:54:44 AM
Luci, bless you and that whole team.  Truly amazing.

And prayers for everyone in the path of the Nor'easter.  We're lucky down here and just getting a glancing blow.

That seems to adding insult to injury. I hope the predictions are wrong, but if not, that the people who have to endure it are strong.

It is comforting to me to know that if I ever survive a natural disaster, there are people there to help!

I also know there are many others on this forum who provide relief but are just not at vocal as I am. Thanks to you, too.

I think the coastal areas are supposed to be the hardest hit.  I'm in NW NJ and while we are supposed to get anywhere from 4-6 inches of snow, the winds are only going to be in the 20-something mph range.  I just hope its not too bad, and everyone comes out ok.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 07, 2012, 11:43:18 AM
NY and New England are supposed to be hit with a Nor'easter today  >:(
There are mandatory evacuations by 3:00 pm today in some areas (the ones hardest hit by Sandy), and those without power are pretty much looking at no chance of power for at least 2 more days, plus they are predicting 100,000 homes loosing power from this storm (some of which only just got power back).

Everyone's going around saying "maybe the Mayans were right..."

My college buddy in Westport says that they currently have about a quarter inch of rain on the ground and people are panicking and hoarding food.

I went to Target yesterday to get cat food in case the relevant subway line got knocked out again for another week.  I don't panic easily, but since 60 cans of Fancy Feast doesn't take up that much room it seemed like a good plan.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on November 07, 2012, 12:13:26 PM
Just started snowing in Flemington. Figures I have to work late tonight. Well I'll be nervous wreck for the next 7 hours.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 07, 2012, 01:05:38 PM
NY and New England are supposed to be hit with a Nor'easter today  >:(
There are mandatory evacuations by 3:00 pm today in some areas (the ones hardest hit by Sandy), and those without power are pretty much looking at no chance of power for at least 2 more days, plus they are predicting 100,000 homes loosing power from this storm (some of which only just got power back).

Everyone's going around saying "maybe the Mayans were right..."

My college buddy in Westport says that they currently have about a quarter inch of rain on the ground and people are panicking and hoarding food.

I went to Target yesterday to get cat food in case the relevant subway line got knocked out again for another week.  I don't panic easily, but since 60 cans of Fancy Feast doesn't take up that much room it seemed like a good plan.

I did that with water before Sandy.  I buy gallons of it anyway since my tap water is nasty. And I didn't have my car (in the shop) which had about 6 gallons in it, so I bought more.  I posted on FB I had about 12 gallons (which will get used) and my friend asked if I was expecting a zombie apcolypse. :)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: rashea on November 07, 2012, 01:34:54 PM
NY and New England are supposed to be hit with a Nor'easter today  >:(
There are mandatory evacuations by 3:00 pm today in some areas (the ones hardest hit by Sandy), and those without power are pretty much looking at no chance of power for at least 2 more days, plus they are predicting 100,000 homes loosing power from this storm (some of which only just got power back).

Everyone's going around saying "maybe the Mayans were right..."

My college buddy in Westport says that they currently have about a quarter inch of rain on the ground and people are panicking and hoarding food.

I went to Target yesterday to get cat food in case the relevant subway line got knocked out again for another week.  I don't panic easily, but since 60 cans of Fancy Feast doesn't take up that much room it seemed like a good plan.

I did that with water before Sandy.  I buy gallons of it anyway since my tap water is nasty. And I didn't have my car (in the shop) which had about 6 gallons in it, so I bought more.  I posted on FB I had about 12 gallons (which will get used) and my friend asked if I was expecting a zombie apcolypse. :)

That scares me! People thought I was weird because I had 30+ gallons of water, a month of food, and fuel for the generator for 2-3 weeks.

The people who were on the news the next day complaining that no one had gotten them food or water yet really scares me! I can't imagine not being prepared for at least a week going into one of these storms.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 07, 2012, 01:50:20 PM
NY and New England are supposed to be hit with a Nor'easter today  >:(
There are mandatory evacuations by 3:00 pm today in some areas (the ones hardest hit by Sandy), and those without power are pretty much looking at no chance of power for at least 2 more days, plus they are predicting 100,000 homes loosing power from this storm (some of which only just got power back).

Everyone's going around saying "maybe the Mayans were right..."

My college buddy in Westport says that they currently have about a quarter inch of rain on the ground and people are panicking and hoarding food.

I went to Target yesterday to get cat food in case the relevant subway line got knocked out again for another week.  I don't panic easily, but since 60 cans of Fancy Feast doesn't take up that much room it seemed like a good plan.

I did that with water before Sandy.  I buy gallons of it anyway since my tap water is nasty. And I didn't have my car (in the shop) which had about 6 gallons in it, so I bought more.  I posted on FB I had about 12 gallons (which will get used) and my friend asked if I was expecting a zombie apcolypse. :)

That scares me! People thought I was weird because I had 30+ gallons of water, a month of food, and fuel for the generator for 2-3 weeks.

The people who were on the news the next day complaining that no one had gotten them food or water yet really scares me! I can't imagine not being prepared for at least a week going into one of these storms.

I know. While what I had would have been repetitive and not very exciting (peanut butter, dry cereal, cups of fruit, etc) i could have held out for a couple weeks or more. You were prepared!  I try and be as well, with flashlights, extra batteries, and food and water.  Thankfully it wasn't needed but I was prepared.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: rashea on November 07, 2012, 02:54:50 PM

That scares me! People thought I was weird because I had 30+ gallons of water, a month of food, and fuel for the generator for 2-3 weeks.

The people who were on the news the next day complaining that no one had gotten them food or water yet really scares me! I can't imagine not being prepared for at least a week going into one of these storms.

I know. While what I had would have been repetitive and not very exciting (peanut butter, dry cereal, cups of fruit, etc) i could have held out for a couple weeks or more. You were prepared!  I try and be as well, with flashlights, extra batteries, and food and water.  Thankfully it wasn't needed but I was prepared.

I'm way out, and off grid. If we lose services the way we did with Irene, it'll be a month before they really get to us. There's still a bridge out in my town from that. You can still get around it, but it adds about 10 minutes to a 15 minute drive to go around the ridge rather than over.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: BowHuntress on November 07, 2012, 03:11:23 PM
I heard from my friend (whose husband and son in law were sent to help with power) her DH last I knew was in New York, he told her that they were actually egged in a neighborhood because they felt it took them too long get there. These guys are working 16 hour days folks. They came from out of state several hours hundreds of miles away. I can't believe it how rudely some people are treating them. I know that it is a slight percentage that is acting this way but goodness I am appalled at the behavior. Now they have had some people thank them so it's not all bad.

The estimate is they won't be back home in Iowa until Thanksgiving or maybe right before Christmas.

I hope that no more storms hit the areas that have already been hit hard. You are all in my thoughts as the clean up continues.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 07, 2012, 03:40:35 PM
I heard from my friend (whose husband and son in law were sent to help with power) her DH last I knew was in New York, he told her that they were actually egged in a neighborhood because they felt it took them too long get there. These guys are working 16 hour days folks. They came from out of state several hours hundreds of miles away. I can't believe it how rudely some people are treating them. I know that it is a slight percentage that is acting this way but goodness I am appalled at the behavior. Now they have had some people thank them so it's not all bad.

The estimate is they won't be back home in Iowa until Thanksgiving or maybe right before Christmas.

I hope that no more storms hit the areas that have already been hit hard. You are all in my thoughts as the clean up continues.

That's horrible! As someone who lost power, albeit only for a few days, I am grateful for any and all help to get everyone's power back on. Iv'e seen people whining about how they see the guys eating, sitting in their trucks, and parked at motels.  What they don't realize is that they are people too who need to eat and rest.

I had heard too some were egged, and it makes me ashamed. i can assure you most people are frustrated with the company management, not the workers in the field. They've given up their time and left their families for who knows how long.  please tell your friend THANK YOU!!!!!!

 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 07, 2012, 03:49:40 PM
My friend in the East Village saw some on the streets during her power outage and she said they looked as though they were working 24/7 in a combat zone.   She went without power for 4 days and didn't complain. despite having to shop  45 blocks away for food and walk home with it.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 07, 2012, 05:05:12 PM
Just started snowing in Flemington. Figures I have to work late tonight. Well I'll be nervous wreck for the next 7 hours.

How bad is the snow?

Driving home late on snowy Hunterdon County back roads? That's scary!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 07, 2012, 05:16:43 PM
Just started snowing in Flemington. Figures I have to work late tonight. Well I'll be nervous wreck for the next 7 hours.

How bad is the snow?

Driving home late on snowy Hunterdon County back roads? That's scary!

I'm in Morris County, in the Denville/Rockaway area. Supposedly its getting nasty out.  Please be careful and drive safe!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: CuriousParty on November 07, 2012, 06:49:08 PM
Just started snowing in Flemington. Figures I have to work late tonight. Well I'll be nervous wreck for the next 7 hours.

How bad is the snow?

Driving home late on snowy Hunterdon County back roads? That's scary!

I'm in Morris County, in the Denville/Rockaway area. Supposedly its getting nasty out.  Please be careful and drive safe!

Hey, I grew up there!  Hope you stay safe, and the storm doesn't hit too hard...
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: kckgirl on November 07, 2012, 08:00:31 PM
I just got home about 1/2 hour ago. We have a "wintry mix" here in Maryland.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 07, 2012, 10:23:48 PM
NYC - the snow is 2-3 inches deep with another 1-2 inches expected overnight.  It started as a rain and its 32 degrees so it s really wet, heavy snow. Its weighing down all the trees since they still have leaves on them. The wind seems to have lessened but this afternoon and evening they were whipping!
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 08, 2012, 05:25:30 AM
My fire escape had an inch of snow on the railings last night; now it's gone and there is a little on the steps and the ground.  I have to pick up a package at the post office today but I might wait until I get back from the city this afternoon.  Waiting for Weather On the Ones as I type.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 08, 2012, 07:27:18 AM
Out by me, maybe an inch of snow, and not much wind.  Roads are clear, and even with having to take time to clear the snow off my car, I still made it into work on time. Very little traffic.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: lkdrymom on November 08, 2012, 11:36:00 AM
Turned out not so bad. My car was coated with snow but the roads were ok, just hard to see as the snow was coming down heavy.  I dreaded going down the hill to Frenchtown but it was barely snowing there and my home just had drizzle.  Worked up for nothing.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: #borecore on November 08, 2012, 11:43:29 AM
So glad to hear most of you are coping OK, and I hope you all get power back and your roads are clear and safe.

Just wondering if anyone has done a roll call of eHellions who were in areas presumed to be in the storm's path. For instance, I noticed very frequent poster Thipu1 hasn't been around (or if she has, I've missed it).

Any others silent since Sandy?
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: BowHuntress on November 08, 2012, 02:27:20 PM
I heard from my friend (whose husband and son in law were sent to help with power) her DH last I knew was in New York, he told her that they were actually egged in a neighborhood because they felt it took them too long get there. These guys are working 16 hour days folks. They came from out of state several hours hundreds of miles away. I can't believe it how rudely some people are treating them. I know that it is a slight percentage that is acting this way but goodness I am appalled at the behavior. Now they have had some people thank them so it's not all bad.

The estimate is they won't be back home in Iowa until Thanksgiving or maybe right before Christmas.

I hope that no more storms hit the areas that have already been hit hard. You are all in my thoughts as the clean up continues.

That's horrible! As someone who lost power, albeit only for a few days, I am grateful for any and all help to get everyone's power back on. Iv'e seen people whining about how they see the guys eating, sitting in their trucks, and parked at motels.  What they don't realize is that they are people too who need to eat and rest.

I had heard too some were egged, and it makes me ashamed. i can assure you most people are frustrated with the company management, not the workers in the field. They've given up their time and left their families for who knows how long.  please tell your friend THANK YOU!!!!!!

thank you! She is currently shipping his snow gear to him.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sourwolf on November 08, 2012, 08:07:03 PM
So glad to hear most of you are coping OK, and I hope you all get power back and your roads are clear and safe.

Just wondering if anyone has done a roll call of eHellions who were in areas presumed to be in the storm's path. For instance, I noticed very frequent poster Thipu1 hasn't been around (or if she has, I've missed it).

Any others silent since Sandy?

I checked her profile and it says she hasn't been on since Oct 27th.  I seem to remember her saying she lives in Brooklyn and I know they got hit pretty hard, so there is a good chance she doesn't have power back yet.  Hopefully she is ok besides that.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 08, 2012, 08:07:47 PM
We have a slight problem. Our Early Responders Team has a call to Long Island and possibly Staten Island, but we are having trouble finding out if the bridges, tunnels are open so we can get there! We are having arrangements for lodging and fuel and jobs made by the churches, but can't find out if we can actually get there.

I tried to find out if there is a site listing and mapping closures or openings and kept current, but am just getting a lot of outdated information. Here we have maps for snow and construction closures, so are hoping there is something like that for Sandy survivors. We will probably need it on our iPhones and other computers as we approach eastern New York, too, which goes without saying, I guess.

Your help is much appreciated.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sourwolf on November 08, 2012, 08:46:20 PM
Luci, my cousins had told me about 311, which is the NYC number to call for information (instead of tying up 911 with frivolous questions) and I googled that and bridges and tunnels and got directed to this page.  http://www.511ny.org/
The "social media" and "emergency alert" sections seemto have the information you are looking for. It looks like if you click on "traffic and transit conditions list" you can check on individual bridges and tunnels. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 08, 2012, 09:16:17 PM
Luci, my cousins had told me about 311, which is the NYC number to call for information (instead of tying up 911 with frivolous questions) and I googled that and bridges and tunnels and got directed to this page.  http://www.511ny.org/
The "social media" and "emergency alert" sections seemto have the information you are looking for. It looks like if you click on "traffic and transit conditions list" you can check on individual bridges and tunnels.

Thanks much. I checked it out and think I can figure it out in conjunction with a paper map. Will take some trying as we are not familiar with the areas. Populous areas take some work in the best of times. I also finally found 'nycdot.gov'. I kept wanting to put in 'idot'. Duh. (That would be New York City Department of Transportation and Illinois DOT.)

Info sent to my team lead.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: PastryGoddess on November 08, 2012, 10:58:30 PM
So glad to hear most of you are coping OK, and I hope you all get power back and your roads are clear and safe.

Just wondering if anyone has done a roll call of eHellions who were in areas presumed to be in the storm's path. For instance, I noticed very frequent poster Thipu1 hasn't been around (or if she has, I've missed it).

Any others silent since Sandy?

I checked her profile and it says she hasn't been on since Oct 27th.  I seem to remember her saying she lives in Brooklyn and I know they got hit pretty hard, so there is a good chance she doesn't have power back yet.  Hopefully she is ok besides that.

Actually I think I remember that she was on a cruise and would be in Europe (London) during Halloween.  So she may still be on vacation and not updating on the site. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mamakinz on November 09, 2012, 05:17:02 AM
In conjunction with the 511ny site you can use www.511nj.org

On another note -- today is Friday November 9th -- and I am still siting here in the dark without electricity.  We are being told by Saturday we "should" be back, Sunday at the latest

Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: sourwolf on November 09, 2012, 05:39:23 AM
I just read an article that starting today NYC and Long Island will be doing the even/odd day gas rationing.  I can't really think that's a good sign about how long TPTB think it will be before things return to normal.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on November 09, 2012, 07:01:05 AM
I just read an article that starting today NYC and Long Island will be doing the even/odd day gas rationing.  I can't really think that's a good sign about how long TPTB think it will be before things return to normal.

All that's left is for Connecticut to start. Here in NJ we've been doing it since early this this week, and let me tell you it really makes you think about what trips are necessary!

(i.e. DH has been stopping at the grocery store on the way home instead of me going to my regular store because my store is out of the way.)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 09, 2012, 07:31:10 AM
I just read an article that starting today NYC and Long Island will be doing the even/odd day gas rationing.  I can't really think that's a good sign about how long TPTB think it will be before things return to normal.

All that's left is for Connecticut to start. Here in NJ we've been doing it since early this this week, and let me tell you it really makes you think about what trips are necessary!

(i.e. DH has been stopping at the grocery store on the way home instead of me going to my regular store because my store is out of the way.)

I'm in NJ and have defintiely seen an improvement in gas lines.  not sure if its due to rationing, more stations getting power back and opening, or people realizing they don't NEED to panic, or a combo of all 3. I went out Monday about 10am, and only waited in line about 15 minutes.  I plan to fill up again Sunday, even though I['m only down 1/4 tank.  most of my driving is local, so I can go almost 2 weeks on a tank, but would rather play it safe.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 09, 2012, 10:15:03 AM
We have a slight problem. Our Early Responders Team has a call to Long Island and possibly Staten Island, but we are having trouble finding out if the bridges, tunnels are open so we can get there! We are having arrangements for lodging and fuel and jobs made by the churches, but can't find out if we can actually get there.

I tried to find out if there is a site listing and mapping closures or openings and kept current, but am just getting a lot of outdated information. Here we have maps for snow and construction closures, so are hoping there is something like that for Sandy survivors. We will probably need it on our iPhones and other computers as we approach eastern New York, too, which goes without saying, I guess.

Your help is much appreciated.

I don't know about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to SI, but driving access to Long Island is fine.  There are three ways to get to LI:

(1) through the Bronx (mainland USA) then over the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) Bridge, the Whitestone Bridge or the Throgs Neck Bridge to Queens (which is geographically Long Island)

(2) through NJ over to Manhattan (an island) then to Brooklyn (also geographically Long Island) or Queens, and finally

(3) via ferry from Connecticut.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 09, 2012, 10:32:36 AM
We have a slight problem. Our Early Responders Team has a call to Long Island and possibly Staten Island, but we are having trouble finding out if the bridges, tunnels are open so we can get there! We are having arrangements for lodging and fuel and jobs made by the churches, but can't find out if we can actually get there.

I tried to find out if there is a site listing and mapping closures or openings and kept current, but am just getting a lot of outdated information. Here we have maps for snow and construction closures, so are hoping there is something like that for Sandy survivors. We will probably need it on our iPhones and other computers as we approach eastern New York, too, which goes without saying, I guess.

Your help is much appreciated.

I don't know about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to SI, but driving access to Long Island is fine.  There are three ways to get to LI:

(1) through the Bronx (mainland USA) then over the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) Bridge, the Whitestone Bridge or the Throgs Neck Bridge to Queens (which is geographically Long Island)

(2) through NJ over to Manhattan (an island) then to Brooklyn (also geographically Long Island) or Queens, and finally

(3) via ferry from Connecticut.

Thanks. We are thinking about the ferry because the rest of the trip would be a lot easier, although from our launch points coming from the south is more logical mileagewise. But, we will have at least 3 cars and our baby motor home, all of which are fine on ferrys, but the extralong pickup with our service trailer might be problematic in this emergency. Local need the ferry, too! ('Local' is not an insult - when you come to northern Illinois, I will proudly be a 'local'.)

We have secure parking now, but are still worried about the gasoline. Our major imperitive is NOT to be part of the problem, which until this trip has been pretty easy. But we are trying. I am in charge of water and food, and as our son is team lead, I am trying to help him, too.

We are still sad that not everyone has power, fuel is short, and  some water is not usable. It kind of makes me wonder if we are coming in too soon, even though in less populous, less waterbound areas now is the time. (Frustrated emotocome needed  :-\    :'(, for both you guys and us. ) Just praying and planning.

Ehell has helped a lot in our understanding. The news media is doing its best, but I think hearing from you all is better. Thanks.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 09, 2012, 10:49:53 AM
The advantage to coming via CT is gas for sure as they haven't started rationing (I believe because they don't need to).  I would definitely check the ferry will take over trucks before trying though.  Also bear in mind the ferry puts you pretty far east on the Island (as an FYI that's how most people refer to it here, "the island") into Suffolk county.  For Nassau county the bridges are easier and quicker.  Also make sure you take the Bridgeport/Pt Jefferson ferry (http://www.88844ferry.com/Home.aspx) not the one to Orient Point!  Orient Point is the very tip of the north fork - Long Island forks at the east end - and would be a major hassle to get to the south fork or Nassau, etc.  Lovely wineries though  :)

As for if its the right time - the situations out here vary from "totally normal life" to "total devastation" with everything in between, so while it might be too early for some folks, for others, its probably just about right.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on November 09, 2012, 11:21:47 AM
The advantage to coming via CT is gas for sure as they haven't started rationing (I believe because they don't need to).  I would definitely check the ferry will take over trucks before trying though.  Also bear in mind the ferry puts you pretty far east on the Island (as an FYI that's how most people refer to it here, "the island") into Suffolk county.  For Nassau county the bridges are easier and quicker.  Also make sure you take the Bridgeport/Pt Jefferson ferry (http://www.88844ferry.com/Home.aspx) not the one to Orient Point!  Orient Point is the very tip of the north fork - Long Island forks at the east end - and would be a major hassle to get to the south fork or Nassau, etc.  Lovely wineries though  :)

As for if its the right time - the situations out here vary from "totally normal life" to "total devastation" with everything in between, so while it might be too early for some folks, for others, its probably just about right.

Printed. Thanks.

I don't know which town we are going to, but after going well over 900 mi, a few more won't make a difference as long as it is easier traveling,

Wineries? By our rules, we can only work 3 days in a row so must take a day off. Sounds good if any are open!

We must take the hiatus because we get too involved emotionally with our homeowners, and the insurance company worries because so many of us are old, even though able to do the work.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: WillyNilly on November 09, 2012, 11:40:02 AM
You will find plenty of things to do on LI, and its really only about 150 miles long so depending where you are you could hit the east end for wineries or the west end is NYC, with great shopping all through the middle. 

Than you for coming.  I've lived on LI (in Queens) my whole life, it really is touching to know people are coming from so far to help.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: auntmeegs on November 09, 2012, 12:00:46 PM
Day 12, still no power. 
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: hermanne on November 09, 2012, 05:02:18 PM
I just read an article that starting today NYC and Long Island will be doing the even/odd day gas rationing.  I can't really think that's a good sign about how long TPTB think it will be before things return to normal.

All that's left is for Connecticut to start. Here in NJ we've been doing it since early this this week, and let me tell you it really makes you think about what trips are necessary!

(i.e. DH has been stopping at the grocery store on the way home instead of me going to my regular store because my store is out of the way.)

I'm in NJ and have defintiely seen an improvement in gas lines.  not sure if its due to rationing, more stations getting power back and opening, or people realizing they don't NEED to panic, or a combo of all 3. I went out Monday about 10am, and only waited in line about 15 minutes.  I plan to fill up again Sunday, even though I['m only down 1/4 tank.  most of my driving is local, so I can go almost 2 weeks on a tank, but would rather play it safe.

NJ may end it's rationing on Monday. (sorry, can't link the news article on my phone.)
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Venus193 on November 09, 2012, 05:17:22 PM
Day 12, still no power.

You are in my thoughts.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: MOM21SON on November 09, 2012, 06:48:47 PM
Day 12, still no power.

You are in my thoughts.

And mine as well.  Since you are able to post, I am taking that as a good sign.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: mamakinz on November 09, 2012, 08:13:35 PM
It's almost bedtime -- our 12th night without power.
Title: Re: Hurricane Sandy
Post by: Luci on December 05, 2012, 03:18:34 PM
I know this thread is supposed to be about the survivors, about their problems and triumphs.

I have talked about our Early Response Team going, and now, finally, I am glad to report that the area is organized enough - a triumph in itself - that they are ready for us. A couple of missions fell through because they just weren't ready for us yet. They were still working with First Responders.

A team of 8 is leaving Saturday for New Stanton PA for an overnight hosted by a church, then on to Staten Island for 5 days of work to help. Most of our work will be gutting damaged homes, we are told, but it is always a surprise what people are really asking for and we have to be prepared for just about anything.

I pray the weather is good for our working - 40 and 50 degrees with no precipitation is ideal, really - and that we have the stamina to keep up the pace as we usually only work 3 days, but going 1800 miles round trip makes it seem we ought to put more time in. Mostly, I'm looking forward to being of service, hearing the stories of the courageous people who have seen the worst and pulling out of it.

If you want to know where our home church will be next week, PM me. I would love to hear from you, and maybe meet someone.

I also would love to see this thread revived now that we are so far into recovery. It will take years, but there seems to be progress already.