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Moving on After Hurricane Sandy

Updated on August 1, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content sharing websites. She's an author of 10 books and helps other authors publish their books.

the effects of Hurricane Sandy
the effects of Hurricane Sandy

The movie 2012 talked about the end of the world and it seemed like it would actually be the end of the world when hurricane Sandy decided to pass through New York City, Long Island, the state of New Jersey, and other cities and states. It was a natural disaster that devastated millions upon millions of people and turned their lives upside down.

The heavy winds, the water surges, the extremely high waves and the overwhelming flooding that came with hurricane Sandy led to the destruction of everything in its wake.

Many people lost their homes and everything they owned. Those that didn't were left with a lot of costly damage to their homes and properties due to the flooding and the ferocious winds that resulted in trees being yanked from the ground, damaging homes, cars, and anything in their path.

Many people were left in the dark and without heat for days due to massive power outages that swept the tri-state area. Many were also left without water... It was a disaster that many wished was a dream.

Cars were flooded, washed away with the rising waters, smashed, and damaged to the point where they turned into a total loss for their owners.

With all the flooding bridges and tunnels in New York City and the tri-state area were closed. In New York City transportation was completely shut down for days. It truly was like something out of a horror movie.

Many people were physically hurt. Some even lost their lives with death totals increasing... Among these casualties were two children - ages two and four - who became unfortunate victims of hurricane Sandy. The mother, left without her kids, who managed to survive this natural disaster is no doubt scarred for life, for there is no greater loss than the loss of a child; in this case two of them.

The Jersey Shore was completely wiped out. Most of Atlantic City was under water. The beaches have washed away. The boardwalks were in need of major repair. A lot of Staten Island was flooded leaving many of its residents homeless. And there was a shortage of gasoline at many gas stations. And these were just some of the effects of hurricane Sandy.

At the time of hurricane Sandy I lived in Staten Island, right by the Verrazano Bridge. I was very lucky because where I lived it didn't even seem like hurricane Sandy even passed through. My house didn't get flooded or damaged in any way. I don't even think we lost power. But I was still affected by the storm because of things I witnessed happen to others and by what the city was going through as a whole. It truly was like something out of a blockbuster movie.

While the world didn't end and life went on it took a long time for everything to get back to the way it was prior to hurricane Sandy. For some people things are probably not one hundred percent back to normal, even though it's been a while since Sandy hit.

When natural disasters strike, especially the deadly, massive ones, we must all pray for a brighter tomorrow and help each other out in any way we can, and not just financially. We must support each other during these hard times and lend a hand to those that need it most. Being selfish and uncaring is something we must avoid at all cost.

We can't prevent such devastating natural disasters as hurricane Sandy but we can pray that they won't happen to us anytime soon. Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster that New York City has ever experienced but we were lucky that there was no tsunami for had there been a tsunami I think all of New York City would have been wiped out from the face of the earth...


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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      brakel2 - Thank you for reading this hub and for leaving your comments. Hurricane Sandy is long gone but a lot of people still have a hard time getting back to normal. This is one of the biggest disasters New York City (and I am sure other places that were hit by it) has ever seen, at least since 9/11.

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi lovebug - Thanks for sharing the story of Hurricane Sandy. It sounds horrendous with all the panic stricken people and all the destruction. Your writing is easy to read and follow. I know a woman from this area who volunteered for the disaster. She left her job, and stayed there for two weeks. This reminds me of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Fortunately. I was never a victim but a panicked observer. Anyway, it is nice to come across your profile and hubs. I want to read more. Take care.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the helpful points made here after such a disaster.

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Regis - by "a dream" I meant they wished it wasn't real...

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      Regis 5 years ago

      It was a disaster that many wished was a dream.

      I would have written "nightmare" instead of "dream." To me, dreams are mostly pleasant, not nightmares although one can wake up from a nightmare but not from what Sandy did.

      "for their is no greater loss than the loss of a child;"

      You meant to write "there".

      Thank you for sharing your insightful reflections, Lena.

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Thanks for the feedback Mhatter99.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this update. Here in SF we are getting news about the confusion in relief efforts.