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Hurricane Sandy Report on First Hand Impact and Aftermath to the Northeast United States in October 2012

Updated on November 3, 2012

I am reporting almost a week after the storm hit the northeast United States around the New York, New Jersey tri-state area. I think people from the southeast like North Carolina may also have some input as well.

Hurricane Sandy was probably our worse storm in decades. It was not as devastating as Hurricane Katrina was to New Orleans, but it was certainly larger, about twice the size. The storm was also coupled with a jetstream from the west that brought snow, ice and rain.

On Long Island, New York, the devastation was luckily minimal, but the aftermath caused issues with cable, power, internet and other problems. Most businesses were closed and if their employees were lucky to have power and internet, they worked at home. The technology company that I work for has 9:30 AM meetings every morning and we have a team in india that we speak to via Skype, but our 9:30 meetings were not as populated as usual during that week. I was still able to get my work done, but with limited internet access at Panera, a national bakery food chain, the local library and some times at home when the power flickered on. However, the internet connections anywhere I went were weak due to other people getting the same idea. They dragged the bandwidth down and caused the routers and local networks to overheat and crash.

Now, as far as Halloween and Trick Or Treating, we were still able to take our children, but all the kids were walking around the neighborhoods with downed and destroyed trees. Were we still able to enjoy it this year.

The Gasoline Shortages in New Jersey and New York

As of Thursday, November 1 in the afternoon, the new issue that arose was gasoline shortage. This issue occurred in New York and New Jersey. Fuel delivery trucks and barges could not make it into the area, both on land and sea. Gas lines were over 2 to 3 hours long. I was lucky enough to have three quarters of a tank of gas and drove locally around town when I needed to, so I was lucky, but I spent more money on food at Panera during that entire week.

Now, Saturday, Things Seem To Be Back To Normal

I write this hub on Saturday morning to let everyone know that the issues are subsiding and businesses are starting to open back up as usual. Gas stations have shorter lines and internet cable access is back. Some households are still waiting for power to come back on.

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long beach, new york:
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The Gasoline Shortages in New Jersey and New York

As of Thursday, November 1 in the afternoon, the new issue that arose was gasoline shortage. This issue occurred in New York and New Jersey. Fuel delivery trucks and barges could not make it into the area, both on land and sea. Gas lines were over 2 to 3 hours long. I was lucky enough to have three quarters of a tank of gas and drove locally around town when I needed to, so I was lucky, but I spent more money on food at Panera during that entire week.

Now, Saturday, Things Seem To Be Back To Normal

I write this hub on Saturday morning to let everyone know that the issues are subsiding and businesses are starting to open back up as usual. Gas stations have shorter lines and internet cable access is back. Some households are still waiting for power to come back on.

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    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      5 years ago from New York

      I am limiting my driving because of it.

    • Lipnancy profile image

      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for the update. I can't imagine how much you will have to pay for gas when it comes.

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