In my lifetime, I can’t remember a storm hitting the mid-Atlantic or Northeast quite like Hurricane Sandy. Not in late October, not ever. My thoughts and prayers go out to those families who have lost loved ones, lost homes, or lost other things that are irreplaceable.
I happened to be hunkered down in northern Virginia during the storm. I hadn’t seen wind or rain that intense in a very long time. It was non-stop, at full intensity, for a good 15 hours, I would say. Even one day later, the rain continues (but thankfully the wind has subsided). We were probably lucky to escape with “only” a leaky roof and power loss. Looking at pictures from around the country, the storm was devastating in other areas and continues to be. I hold such fond memories of lower Manhattan, where my wife and I lived in New York and my absolute favorite part of the city, and to see that particular area so ravaged with flooding and wind damage is surreal. Like we’ve seen before, though, New Yorkers are strong people and will emerge from the damage better than ever as the days go by.
Best wishes and prayers to those of you all along the east coast impacted by Hurricane Sandy.