Well, that one surely caught us all off guard here in the Northeast. I mean, we did have all the advance warnings and weather reports. Yet, as I wrote in my recent blog post many people in this area take it a bit lightly. We have all been through storms before, and many just don’t end up being that bad overall. We have endured storms, blackouts, terrorist attacks, etc. I guess sometimes things do happen as predicted. I, for one, also did not think it would end up this devastating. Sandy was one mean storm, and she did not go away quietly.
So much damage. 80-100 homes burnt to the ground. Over 30 dead. Many injured. Cranes destroyed and dangling dangerously. Streets and subways flooded. Power out for hundreds of thousands. Businesses and homes ruined. Mass transit cancelled and shut down for days. Airports, bridges, and tunnels closed. The list goes on and on.
All I keep hearing this morning is the sound of sirens. I have to give big props to the NYPD, FDNY, emergency/medical services, and all those involved in rescue and hurricane related efforts. These men and women should be applauded.
Its at times like these when we really should take these disasters seriously and heed the advance warnings. We also need to look out for our friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they are ok and if they need any help, supplies, or medical care. It’s at times like these when we should all come together as one, and put personal needs aside.
New Yorker’s are hearty people. We will persevere and get through this. We are strong. NY, NJ, CT will all move forward, rebuild, and get back up to speed. It will take time, but we will prevail.