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Virgil

Sandy

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We survived the hurricane safe and sound with no damage to the house. It was a weird night. Our power went down around 9 PM the night the storm hit. I don't we had that much rain, certainly not the foot of rain they predicted, but the winds were wild! It felt the house was standing in the middle of a wind tunnel. The trees were waving like poppies in a field. I had to really coax the dog to go out to relieve herself--smart dog, dumb owner--and as I walked her to the backyard, I kept my eye on the tree in front of the house. As someone pointed out, you never hear of someone surviving a tree falling on them.

I did read with a flashlight that night but kept looking out the window. Every so often you would see a flash of light in the sky my wife thought was lightening. But we realized shortly after that it was over head transformers and electrical lines popping. I didn't get power back until 7:30 PM the next night, and then it went out again at 9, and came back just before midnight. All we had with the power out was a battery powered radio. So I have not seen many images, even as of now, but it does sound like it was pretty bad.

There was a lot of flooding in lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the underwater tunnel that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan was flooded in with water all the way to the ceiling. The tunnel must be around a mile long, so that's an incredible amount of water that came in over the walls and down the mouth of the tunnel. Here's a picture.



That's the mouth of the tunnel back there and the opening without water is high enough to allow trucks in.

Quite a few trees around the neighborhood were uprooted or fissured. One tree two blocks from my house was uprooted and fell on top of a car. The car was flat as a pancake. I took pictures but I hadn't downloaded the camera, but I guess I didn't need to. Here's the image from Google images of the very car two blocks from my house.



Thank God no one was in there. The death toll I think I've heard has crept up to 40-ish, but that's everywhere, not just New York. I guess that's not too bad for a storm like this. But you know this was not exactly a level four or five hurricane that they get down south and the Caribbean. Goodness gracious, that certainly makes one appreciate just how powerful a storm they survive. I heard the New Jersey beaches got decimated. I found it ironic that the Jersey beaches were destroyed by a storm called Sandy. I'm not a big Bruce Springsteen fan, but he does have a song I like named "Sandy" set on the Jersey shore. The song kept going through my head as I sat in the dark. Here's the song.



With that, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Certainly there were many Lit Net profile page comments, emails (not from lit net members, though I did get one from Egypt from a former Lit Netter), blogger friends, and even a telephone call from a friend who lives in Scotland. I guess the world was focused on this.
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Updated 11-01-2012 at 12:00 AM by Virgil

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  1. qimissung's Avatar
    I'm glad you all came through it safely. I kind of hoped that was the case. The news never mentioned Staten Island-it was all Brooklyn, Bronx, Breezy Point, Atlantic City, Jersey Shore, New Jersey.

    I did see this today:

    Staten Island saw no such miracle. Half of the state's 28 deaths were on Staten Island, and two boys were missing.

    So I'm really glad to hear you guys are safe, no flooding, just some inconvenience with power outages. Are you able to go back to work?
  2. Virgil's Avatar
    Yeah, as far as New York City goes, I think Staten Island got hit the worse. I think I heard Breezy Point had a number of houses burn down from an electrical fire that spread but I don't think anyone died there. I still haven't gotten any newspapers delivered to know the local news. Thanks.
  3. Bluebiird's Avatar

    I'm glad you're all safe. When I saw all the damage on the news I kept wondering does Virgil's home look like that? Is he even alive? So super happy to hear from you now .

    Staten Island was mentioned briefly in tonight's news over here but only briefly. They mainly focused on New York in general and other areas I wasn't paying attention to. It looked pretty devastated but then again news always shows the devastation. I hear the stock exchange reopened today, 31st October, but power was supplied by generators and that a small section of the subway is open but most commuters walked and an airport has reopened, I forget which one.

    Oddly enough what I've been thinking most about this whole thing is that everyone affected has missed out on Halloween. Small price to pay in the grand scheme of things though.

    Good to hear from you
  4. Paulclem's Avatar
    UHi Virgil. Glad to hear you are all ok. The BBC did regular reports on the storm, and we were thinking about you all.
    The damage looks pretty bad. I'm glad you didn't have any damage.
  5. Snowqueen's Avatar
    Hi Virgil,

    It’s good to know you’re all safe and sound. I was worried about you and Janine when I saw all the shocking images on the news. I hope things will get back to normal soon.

    Thanks for the updates.
  6. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    It is great news to hear that you are all well! Love the song.
  7. Themis's Avatar
    Very happy that nothing happened to you. I mostly followed the news via the BBC website and the pictures there looked pretty scary.
  8. LadyLuck's Avatar
    I'm very glad to hear that everything was fine there I was actually getting ready to check in today to see if you were all doing fine.
  9. Haunted's Avatar
    So glad you are ok Virgil, they said on tv that SI was one of the harder hit area, where the surge was squeezed where it met land and nowhere to go! I was lucky, but feel really about the deaths and those homes that were burned down to the ground in Breezy Point and some other parts of NJ.
  10. downing's Avatar
    Virgil, glad to hear you're all right. I logged on litnet after so much time in order to see if you and Janine are fine - because i know you both live in the areas that were affected by the hurricane. So happy you're fine! I don't know about Janine, yet...
  11. Hawkman's Avatar
    Hi Virgil. Relieved to see that you have come through it without injury or loss. I was scouring the web for photos and news the next morning and I was shocked by the damage and the images of water pouring out of lift shafts etc. The BBC said the death toll had climbed to about 80 this evening, so it's all pretty tragic. Here's hoping for a swift recovery for all.

    Live and be well - H
  12. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by downing
    Virgil, glad to hear you're all right. I logged on litnet after so much time in order to see if you and Janine are fine - because i know you both live in the areas that were affected by the hurricane. So happy you're fine! I don't know about Janine, yet...
    I haven't heard about Janine. I sent her an email this morning but no response. In fact her home was right in the path of the heart of the storm, though at least she's inland.
  13. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buh4Bee
    It is great news to hear that you are all well! Love the song.
    Oh I just remembered, you're a Jersey girl. Did you used to go down the shore much?
  14. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snowqueen
    Hi Virgil,

    Itís good to know youíre all safe and sound. I was worried about you and Janine when I saw all the shocking images on the news. I hope things will get back to normal soon.

    Thanks for the updates.
    Nice to hear from you Snowqueen. Have you heard from Janine?
  15. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebiird

    I'm glad you're all safe. When I saw all the damage on the news I kept wondering does Virgil's home look like that? Is he even alive? So super happy to hear from you now .

    Staten Island was mentioned briefly in tonight's news over here but only briefly. They mainly focused on New York in general and other areas I wasn't paying attention to. It looked pretty devastated but then again news always shows the devastation. I hear the stock exchange reopened today, 31st October, but power was supplied by generators and that a small section of the subway is open but most commuters walked and an airport has reopened, I forget which one.

    Oddly enough what I've been thinking most about this whole thing is that everyone affected has missed out on Halloween. Small price to pay in the grand scheme of things though.

    Good to hear from you
    Actually Matthew got to go trick or treating. I guess quite a few kids missed out this year.
  16. Virgil's Avatar
    Qimi, Bluebird, Paul, Snowqueen, Buhbee, Themis, Ladyluck, Haunted, Downing, Hawkman - Thank you all for your concern. It's very much appreciated.
  17. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Haunted
    So glad you are ok Virgil, they said on tv that SI was one of the harder hit area, where the surge was squeezed where it met land and nowhere to go! I was lucky, but feel really about the deaths and those homes that were burned down to the ground in Breezy Point and some other parts of NJ.
    If I remember correctly Haunted, you live on Long Island. How did you guys miss out on all the fun?

    Yeah, the deaths and destruction is hard to bare. Here's a story of a real hero who saved his family:
    http://www.news.com.au/world/hero-co...-1226508297397

    Nice to hear from you again. It's been a while.
  18. Janine's Avatar
    Hi everyone. Thanks for all of your heartfelt concern. I turned the computer off during the storm and have been glued to the tv set ever since - the images are stunning. Thankfully I am safe and sound and so is the rest of my family; we didn't even get a drop of water in the house - basements included - and the power did not go off. The storm was something to talk about, but we were prepared and most of the bad stuff happened down by the coastline, although the rain and wind here were pretty crazy at times and a bit unnerving. It must have been horrifying at the Jersey shore and parts of NY and RI. Yes, Virgil it looks quite descimated at the Jersey coast (about 60 miles from here) and much of the beautiful beaches and boardwalks were detroyed, but most importantly, the flooding of homes and destruction appear (by the news coverage) to be as a war zone - so sad and so tragic for all concerned. I can't imagine it, and it has gotten quite cold by now for those poor people living with no heat and light. I think by now over 90 people have perished and yes, Virgil, many from standing under a falling tree (better let the dog stay in next time) *wink*. From the news reports on TV Breezy Point looks worse and Hobogan was under water by 4 ft or so. Staten Island did look very hard hit. I am greatful that you, Virgil and your lovely family are fine and barely affected except for power. Did that resume for you, V? I will keep all of you updated as things unfold and come to light. Glad you are safe, Haunted, since I saw some bad photos from Long Island. Hope all others are safe as well.
    Updated 11-02-2012 at 12:55 AM by Janine
  19. Snowqueen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Virgil
    Nice to hear from you Snowqueen. Have you heard from Janine?


    Well Virgil, look who is here! You should have asked me earlier.
  20. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snowqueen
    Well Virgil, look who is here! You should have asked me earlier.
    Well, well. She's alive!!!
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