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Storm Sandy – The Aftermath

We were told to expect a major storm, and I don’t think anyone believed it. Then Storm Sandy hit New York City on Monday with a fury that was utterly unexpected.

We lost electricity, heat, and some of us our cars and homes, and while the winds howled outside madly, shaking and bending sturdy oak trees over 100 feet tall like they were saplings, we stayed indoors and used a few flameless candles, listened to the radio, read our eReader, and worried about what we’d find the next day.

storm sandy blackout aftermath photos

storm sandy blackout

I was especially worried about my new home. Our new neighbor is doing construction and cut the roots of an enormous tree on the side of our home, leaving us in the path of the weakened tree. It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that we ventured out to see the damage of Storm Sandy, and luckily the tree stood and our house was unharmed.

Other homes on the same block in our New York City neighborhood weren’t so lucky. Our neighbors just doors down suffered a great deal, and when we finally ventured out and drove around our own block, we saw:

house damaged by storm sandy

trees fell on house sandy

storm sandy damage queens new york

storm sandy new york city

hurricane sandy storm queens nyc

It all has me dreaming of beautiful Kauai vacation rentals. The condo where I used to live just months ago:

storm sandy uproots trees

storm sandy trees fallen

deepdale gardens storm sandy trees

We were told it will be at least a week before we get electricity and heat again, but luckily family in neighboring towns are allowing us to recharge our cell phones at their home for emergencies and use their internet.

And apparently, our governor has a sense of humor. The tree that fell on his family’s property was decorated for Halloween:

storm sandy aftermath cuomo home

  • Donna

    I’m so glad that you guys didn’t suffer any more than a power outage. Hope your power comes back on soon! Stay safe and warm!

  • I am glad you and your family are okay. My heart goes out to all the people that aren’t. I giggled at the governor’s decorations. That is cute.

  • Glad you guys are okay.. It’s so scary. I hated hearing the trees fall 🙁

  • wow, these pictures hurt my heart. Living in Florida I have definitely been through it and it can be very scary and the aftermath is definitely so sad.

  • I’m glad you and your family are safe. It’s been hard watching from the West Coast and feeling helpless. Our thoughts are with you as you begin the process of cleaning and re-building.

  • Jennifer The Quirky Momma

    I live on the West Coast, so I’ve never seen a storm like that. The thought terrifies me. My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered because of this storm.

  • THose pictures are intense! So glad you are all okay! Praying you get power back soon. I do like that they decorated the tree – maybe it made someone smile!

  • I’m glad that you and your family are safe. I hope the lights come back on soon.

  • Wow, that’s terrible. I’m glad you and your home are okay.

  • Maryann

    I love the halloween decorations! that is funny.

  • I’m so glad you are all okay. My heart is just breaking for everyone on the coast.

  • Glad you are okay!

  • I’m so glad you guys made it through ok. Sitting her in Florida all I could say when the news was breaking BEFORE the store is OMG. I don’t get very “nervous” about storms very much. I prepare I watch the news you just kinda know when to worry and when not too when you are use to them.

    This one I WAS WORRIED I was worried for every on up North and worried that people would not realize what was getting ready to happen. With a city right on the edge of the water I knew it was not going to be pretty.

    Thinking of everyone up there and so glad to know you are ok.

  • I’m so glad your family is okay–I have a lot of friends in New York and the pictures they’ve posted on Facebook are insane. So scary. I hope your electricity and internet are back soon!

  • Wow, all those trees!! I’m glad you and your family were safe!

  • Glad your Family is safe and sound.

  • I’m so glad that you guys made it threw with only a few discomforts. Your mayor is pretty funny.

  • Billie

    Wow, I’m just speechless. I’m glad your governor tried to lighten the mood a bit.

  • So glad you are safe!

  • Hurricane are horrible and I hate that anybody has to experience their wrath.

  • I am so glad that you’re okay! I Hope you get electricity back soon!

  • That uprooted tree is unbelievable! I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this but thank goodness you are safe.

  • Mellisa

    Oh wow! I am so glad that you all are ok. It’s been a scary sight watching the news and seeing the devastion from this storm.

  • I just donated some money to Red Cross. Horrible!

  • Leilani

    Glad you’re all okay. I loved that the governor did that with the fallen tree.

  • Oh wow. I am so glad that you are safe.

  • So glad that you are okay.

  • I’m so glad that you’re safe!

  • Glad to hear your family is safe. This storm was horrible to us..

  • Jenn

    Glad ya’ll are alright! It’s so sad to see age-old trees wiped out like that. Yay for a sense of humor though.

  • Ok that is just cute what the governor did to the tree! Glad you’re back with power and that your home was spared. 🙂

  • OH my gosh, that tree!!!! Glad you are all okay.

  • That is just so devastating. I’m appalled at the damage that has occurred and the lack of aid that’s being offered. I’m glad you and your family were safe and that your family and property escaped harm.

  • WOW! Especially on that first picture.

  • It’s months and months later now, and I still wonder what kind of impact Sandy has had on the residents of the East Coast. Are there still people that are waiting for assistance? How is the sea shore. You don’t hear much about it these days anymore.