While we're still feeling the effects of Sandy on this cold, rainy, and windy day, I'm grateful to report that we have power and only minimal damage. Although some rivers and streams are flooded and are still swelling by the hour, the majority of the damage in our area was from wind.
Last night was very scary with the sound of tree branches scraping on the windows, the roof of the house and wind whipping for hours. Both girls wanted to sleep with me, something that they had not ever done, even as children! We all slept together, although it was a rough night's sleep; I was so worried.
The girls and I went out to explore this morning. It seems like every news reporter, governor, mayor, or other talking head has a standard issue "Disaster Uniform." Usually it's a windbreaker-type jacket embroidered with the state seal, FEMA logo, or other emblem. No elected official or candidate would dare wear a tie during a crisis. That wouldn't be too empathetic.
Here's our interpretation of the disaster uniform.
In the park behind our house, we discovered about 10 large trees that had been ripped out by the roots. Unbelievable.
One of the trees crushed a merry-go-round where the girls used to love to spin as fast as they could. So sad!
There are many street lamps and stop lights that have fallen or are without electricity.
Looks like practice will be cancelled for a while on these soccer fields-turned-lake.
How did you and your family weather the storm? It is during times like these that we value what we have every day and often take for granted. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by this storm and I am grateful that most are safe.
Please leave a comment to share your experience during and after this epic storm.