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