Monday, November 5, 2012

Savage Sandy Update!!



pic- Michelle Mcloughlin


Sandy has come...battered and pounded us... and gone!
But the reverberations are still felt....
I have never experienced a storm of this proportions first hand and it is nature's fury at its most frightening!
We were the lucky few who saw and were awed by Sandy from the safe confines of our homes-the doors and windows securely locked with the howling wind like a prowling monster outside banging and rattling the doors and windows!
The power going out didnt help in calming the nerves or the children...
But at least we were safe inside.
We got to know the extent of the fury and the destruction of Savage Sandy the next morning when it was all over the news.
And it was heartbreaking and jaw dropping!
The stories of how people managed to save themselves and then some who couldnt escape...
there is one of a man trying to escape upstairs from the rushing water in his ground floor, only to die as a tree falls on his roof and the roof collapses on him!
there are more heartbreaking stories of how parents were trying to escape the hurricane..they put thier small children in the car but before they can get in- a tree falls on them and they are killed instantly!
Another heart breaking incident is of a mother with two children (2 and 4 yrs old) in her arms-gets out of her stuck SUV to run for shelter and the children are wrenched from her arms with the force of the water...
She hunts but in vain and then gives up to wait out the storm in an abandoned porch..
the bodies of the two children are discovered the next day.
There has been so much destruction that its hard to believe...
Houses have been destroyed-gutted in the fire-completely demolished and so many people have become homeless overnight!
The entire Atlantic coastline has been demolished...the beautiful boardwalks at the beaches have become piles of wood!
Boats and cars were all piled on top of the other...
people were without water, without light and without food for nearly a week...
While our friends were evacuated from thier homes-went without power and water-we couldnt be of help to anyone because we were on the other side of the tunnels and the bridges that connect Manhattan to the other Burroughs of New York...
and the tunnels were flooded- subway was flooded-the bridges were closed off!!
So all in all-we all sat where we were to wait it out and escape the fury..
Its only now...after a week that New York is limping slowly back to life...
some Subway lines are working and some are still closed...
Poeple have to wait in lines for more than 45 minutes to catch a train to work....
The main tunnels are slowly being cleaned and getting ready for use-but the traffic is sluggish and slow moving...
Half of Manhattan is still dark...
Its a long road ahead...
Here are some pictures for you to see for yourselves how devastating the storm actually was.
(none of them have been clicked by me- they are all internet downloads)


pic-Clem Murray of Long Beach New Jersey, flooded!


sea water flooding the ground Zero site, pic-John Minchillo



Flooded cars in New Jersey- pic-Eduardo Munoz


the flooded famous yellow cabs, pic-Charles Sykes


flooded streets under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, pic-Bebeto Matthews

the deserted Times Square which at nay time of the day and night has always been crowded...pic-Carlo Alegri



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