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Sandy, the 2012 Storm with Two Names

Updated on October 8, 2014

The monster Hurricane, that storm which started as FrankenStorm and became simply known as Sandy..

The change in these two names may not have comforted many at all. Early in on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 Officials started urging residents in our area to prepare for this storm. They were naming this storm "Frankenstorm" due to the fact that it was occurring very near Halloween. The hurricane was headine towards us relentlessly.

The weather forecasters were saying that there would be heavy rains, high winds, coastal surges and power outages. They believed it would be a Once in a Lifetime event. This was due to the fact that Hurricane Sandy was directly on its way in a path toward the Northeast, and a cold front was going to intercept with with it.

Personally I never expected how serious this storm would be. We have had warnings and hurricanes during my life, and were told to prepare, and we were fortunately missed multiple times. But this was the worse, and this time the outcome will be remembered by so many, young and old.

The storm surge associated with this Huge storm caused most of the destruction, especially along Long Island, Staten Island, Lower Manhattan, the Jersey Shore and southeast New England. Falling trees and power lines affected many homes and businesses as well.

I have a few pictures to show, for a little comparison. Not wanting to dramatize anyone's personal loss. I just wanted to tell some of my story. My family and friends were unharmed, and thankful to be able to say so.

All photos are my own personal property all rights reserved

Preparation

We started preparing as the officials were urging... We are formerly a camping family, so we have the bulk of supplies that we would need for a power outage.

I did the run for batteries, extra food that I would be able to cook on my stovetop, which is gas, also we could BBq... I checked for my flashlights, and lanterns. I made sure my portable power pack was charged. We had water on hand...

Most people started hitting the supermarkets and soon enough, by the weekend, the shelves were looking rather bare.

We also have a fireplace for heat if needed, so we made sure we brought some wood near the house and covered it in case of the rain..

We have a generator to keep the refrigerator running and some other small appliances plus the t.v. and lights, so we were set. I made some ice in case we ran out of gas anyway...We had no idea at this point how long we would end up being without power..

Early Sunday Morning - beginning of the wind and tides

The storm was just beginning to greet us, Sunday, October 28th, not quite near yet, and we went to check on my relatives who live on the north of the Great South Bay and Fire Island.

The Water on the end of the dock was already rising. The dock is behind me here. You can see from the picture that the water is already spilling into the street. The waves were lapping up against the bulkhead in the back of the house which is only 20 feet from the back door.

Water Rising Slowly

This is their back "yard". You can see in the distance how the water is beating on the dock. On a normal day it is pretty calm, being that it is between the Ocean and the island. The water is also a few feet lower than this.

You are now looking towards the dock I was standing on in the distance with the tree on it, just over the bushes.

Between the time we went out for this visit and late that night, we returned to our home to secure anything that would fly around in the winds. The news kept accentuating the fact that the storm would be a huge hit..

We got emails from the power company and on the news they were stating that there was potential for large numbers of outages and possibly for days. The day before the storm they were actually envisioning that we may lose power for 7 to 10 days in fact... They were warning people to be prepared.

We returned to my relatives that evening, as they were trying to remove as many valuables that they could. The area was being evacuated.

The water had become extremely high at this point, the winds were picking up, and everyone was getting jittery and nervous. No one knew what was really about to come. Irene hit them hard last year, but not like Sandy would.

Homes in Danger

With the location of these homes, they are definitely in danger of having water damage. This is what we are thinking early Sunday morning. My relative's home is 3 houses to the right.

Power OUT

Monday October 29th was a strange day. I usually have to go the 50 mile drive into Queens just on Mondays for work, but my employer told me not to attempt it because of the impending storm, so I was working from home.

It was getting quite windy as time went on, but there was not really much rain. I worked via my computer until about 2 P.M. when the power went down. That would be it for us. We were ready, so just gathered our flashlights together, made sure we were prepared for the darkness to come.

After dinner, it got very windy, we stood outside on and off by the front and back of our house just watching and waiting to see if there would be any damage.

Eventually there was a large portion of a tree down a few houses past us blocking the road and on the wires. The wind wasn't even at it's peak yet.

Later we would hear trees cracking and falling in the distance. We saw some flashing a few times what we thought was lightning, but eventually we heard it was really the electric boxes blowing in the distance.

The wind was very strong, we could hear it whipping from inside the house. We turned on our generator and were able to watch television since the cable had still not gone out. They were covering the weather, but we were hearing it above the sound of the t.v. and the generator. Eventually we turned it off went to sleep.

My husband had to get up and go to work at 6 a.m. He tried to call me several times but the signal wouldn't hold up. Cell phones were not working well at all. He stopped home to start the generator a bit later and told me how difficult it was to get less than 2 miles to work. He had to weave in and out the side streets like a maze due to the multiple trees and poles that were blocking most of the roads. There were no traffic lights on at all. He said it looked like a war zone. He said it was oddly quiet. And Dark. No one seemed to have power at all. Later we found pretty much no one did.

Check my other page here for some tips :)

http://missmary1960.hubpages.com/hub/being-prepared-for-a-power-outage


Surreal Experience

I have to be totally honest, my home was not harmed, damaged or devastated like many people's during this horrific time. Even so, the trauma is still felt among most of us that live here amongst the fallen trees, power lines and damaged homes and businesses.

The loss of power withstanding was the worst of our problems, almost a selfish inconvenience really and I totally realize that our situation could have been seriously much worse. Considering our location, it may have made a difference, or not. All around us there are many homes that tremendous trees have fallen on with the high winds that came and went. The damages are severe. Some people are still without power as I write this.

We drove around a bit after the hurricane hit and saw some of the damage, and was in sheer awe of the power that Sandy had. My in laws had a portion of a tree fall through their porch, the wires ripped from their house.

We didn't get so much rain, which was a godsend actually. It seems if we had, the wet ground probably would have loosened the trees even more and so many more may have fallen. The bulk of the water was from the high tidal surges which was also worse due to the full moon .

I didn't have to go out to work, as my job is at home, I telecommute. I could not work without power you see... I just kept pacing around waiting... waiting, as if the lights would go on at any second and all would be back to normal again. Which even when they did, it wasn't for many people.

One of the hardest things for me was that at first there was no communicating with our families. There were no phones working and all cell phones were not getting very good signals. My elderly parents live 3 miles away and I couldn't get in touch with them for hours. Our families all live locally except my son that lives in California, so we were waiting to see how everyone made out. When we finally got through to them all or heard from someone else that did, a load was lifted for sure.

I have compared the feelings as such to be similar to the feeling I had when the twin towers were hit on September 11. So much tragedy going on in the distance, yet so close to us.... The Rockaways, Breezy Point, Broadchannel, Too many places to name, all with 40 minutes from here....Horrifying losses, flooding, fires....

I did go out to do some things, I checked in on my parents, who were doing well, with a generator and food, helped a bit at a Hurricane Relief location, donated clothing and did other errands. Getting to my parents house was difficult the first time, I had to go in that maze as well, every street seemed to be blocked...

My official office is in Queens, N.Y. near where a great amount of the devastation is, so my co workers have had losses, one their entire home, some their family's homes and cars, it goes on and on. Just about everyone knows someone that has been affected.

After the Storm...

This is the remains of the water after it actually went down in the morning. It had gotten much higher overnight and the force of it went through all the homes and through the street in front. It went back to normal after a day or two.

It brought devastation to many of the homes down there. You can't even see the dock to the right any longer.

Damaged Home

The water has so much power, it pulled of much of the rear of the home. You see I am standing on the inside here where the walls once stood.

Gas Crisis

In the aftermath of this superstorm there is more than the tragic loss to worry about. Beyond all that appears a new problem...

Suddenly we cannot get gas for our cars, and our support system, our precious generators.

The way I hear it goes kind of like this -- Days after the storm hit debris blocked New York harbor causing tankers that carried fuel not being able to get in. On top of this, the terminals that pump the gas from the ships and barges lost power as well. And many stations had no power to pump that even had gas at them.

Suddenly people were gas crazed, there were lines at every station mirroring the times of the gas shortage of the 1970's. Everyone was asking anyone they could where can I get gas?? There were lines for cars and lines for gas cans for people's generators. People were stalking gas stations in the middle of the night. I even went one night at 1:30 a.m. to get gas...Gas Buddy is everyone's best friend...

We are now on mandatory odd/even license plate days for gas, just like the old days . . .I am confident this will end very soon :)

Update: Of course the gas crisis went away fairly quick, about 2 weeks worth of frustration!

Odd Day at the Pump - Lines are getting better

Reality

I only got to see television when my power came back after over a week. This is when I really got to see the outcome of this Superstorm. I heard about it by word of mouth, the radio and saw parts of our area by driving around... but when I saw the bits I did on t.v., I realized how devastating Sandy truly was. It is very overwhelming that something so catastrophic has happened so near to home, again.

There was another storm in our region that followed Sandy, they named it Athena. It brought high winds, rain and then we received 5 inches of snow by us. Another 130,000 people above the count of people that still were without power also lost power. By today, much of it has melted and the temperatures are supposed to go towards 60 degrees. Hopefully that will help all of the people who are still in their damaged and powerless homes.

Donate for

Hurricane Sandy Relief

American Red Cross

My heart goes out to all that were affected XOXOXOXO

Do You Think You Would Have Been Ready?

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      It really does help to be prepared, doesn't it. I hope your story will encourage people who don't already prepare for this sort of emergency to do so. It must still have been alarming. I don't live in an area where stuff like this happens (my home is in a safe part of the UK, thankfully not anywhere near a river or in a flood plain) but I hope that, if I did, I would be prepared. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you, your faimly and home, all weathered this storm

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Hurricane Sandy was so horrible. The devastation it has caused is heartbreaking. Many of our friends have lost their homes. So glad to hear your family is okay. We were lucky and only lost power and a few trees. My fathers who lives in Brigantine, NJ was fine and his home survived virtually unscathed, amazingly since it is oceanfront. I do not think anyone is truly ever prepared for such devastation.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Great lens. I live in South Florida and we were quite badly hit by Hurricane Wilma seven years ago. We were also quite badly affected by Katrina before it headed north. Sandy had quite an impact here too with storms and high tides. Our street was cut of because of flooding and there was a lot of damage from high winds. The beach almost disappeared and remains in a bad condition even now.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I'm a Katrina survivor so I know how strange it is living in an area that's been hit by such a major storm. Glad that you & your family are okay.

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      Soulshine_Expressions 4 years ago

      Very well written and illustrated account of Hurricane Sandy. We got lucky here in our part of South Jersey, but there were many who didn't. Having ridden out Katrina in Mississippi, it is amazing the similarities between the devastation. I have been truly impressed at how resilient the folks in Jersey and New York have been in the aftermath of this storm. Love, love, love Jersey's "can-do" attitude. Hope this comment finds all who suffered during this storm beginning to recover.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is an awesome lens.

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      BrianDouglas 4 years ago

      I was in Western South Jersey, Glad you made it okay! Congrats on HOTD!

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      I do but you never know. I store up drinking water more than I used to. It's for my family and the neighbor and whoever in needs.

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      adminghb 4 years ago

      I think no one is prepared for such a monster!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      @Zach Spangler: Here is this link:

      http://www.squidoo.com/member/nominate_lotd/surviv...

      Just change he URL to the lens you are nominating first and it will automatically enter it for you on the nomination page.

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      I don't know, when i was a kid I was taught a bit how to be prepared for camping trips. We had this huge list that was sent to where I lived and I would pack according to the directions. But here I do not have a generator, we do not even have a shed to store one. The canned good thing sounds good, but I know I have to work on gathering such things. Its a good wake up call for everyone to have some kind of preparedness plan in place.

      My cousin lives on Long Island and was without power for quite a while and then they got hit with the snow. they are better now.

      Glad you and your relatives are All ok.

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      jasminesquid 4 years ago

      that really good lens,,,

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      @missmary1960: You are so-o-o lucky! I am so happy that you and your family are safe and came out of this without too much damage!!!!!! Next time I get back to NY we should meet.

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      ChristineWans 4 years ago

      We prepared. However our efforts only went so far. Thankfully you and yours made out ok. The part of your lens that mentioned the trees cracking sent chills up my spine as I have not thought about that sound since that night. Horrific sound.

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      Zach Spangler 4 years ago

      How do you submit a lens for lens of the day?

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Yes, I would have been physically ready as I live so minimally a good part of the year anyway. But emotionally, I might not have been so ready. I can remember being at camp in the bush during horrendous storms and while there was no power or heat to go out (gas lamps and wood heat), it is still awesome and humbling (not to mention a little scary) to be surrounded by Mother Nature in such situations when she is so fierce.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I know I wouldn't have been ready. Even when they predict severe snow storms in my region, I tend to wait to the last minute to prepare. Thanks for sharing, glad you made it through Sandy. Angel Blessings**

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      Becksta 4 years ago

      I don't think it is really possible to be 100% ready for any hurricane. Sure, we can follow all the advice that is given and prepare to the best of our abilities - but there are always aspects of every storm that are different to the one before and the one after.

      I can't help but feel that no matter how much we research both hurricanes and tornadoes, there's always going to be that little bit that remains unknown to us - and that is the reason why we need to prepare as best as we can and heed any mandatory evacuation orders issued in our area.

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      startlight 4 years ago

      wowwoo that really good lens,,,

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      Erick V 4 years ago

      Really like the lens flow, good job.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      Amazing job on this lens. Repercussions of Sandy will be felt for years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't think I would have been completely ready for somethings that strong.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Having gone through a terrible bushfire season in Melbourne, Australia, and the 2011 Fukushima earthquake (I lived in Fukushima), I think I would prepare for a serious storm, with enough advance warning.

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      fugeecat lm 4 years ago

      I doubt that i would have been ready for a storm like that. How can you ever be really ready for something like that?

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      I have been reading about it in newspapers and also watching television coverage. Intervention to minimise the impact and help to those who suffered out of this fury of nature are the only things human kind could do.

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      For once we got missed my the Hurricane in Florida. Still destroyed our beaches, but nothing like the devastation up north. Mush have been very difficult to cope with everything. Lots of loss in such a short time.

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      iamjazme 4 years ago

      I experienced that situation before.Our roof was blown by the strong wind.Just pray!Congrats for this amazing lens.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Congrats on LOTD and a purple star on this amazing Lens. I am glad to hear and see a first hand experience. I really have no clue, here in the northwest. A great reminder to continue to donate, thanks!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      I live in western NY and prepared in the event of power outage. So I had plenty of water, food, and gas. Our power stayed on through the high winds. My heart goes out to everyone on the coast.

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      Rural Farming 4 years ago

      That was a great lens, difficult times are still ahead during the rebuilding for many.

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      @Glenda Motsavage: Yes, I know, Florida gets hit so often, we are always watching the weather when the hurricanes are coming, I remember 2004 :( Hope you have recovered fully and thank you.

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: Oh my, thanks!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      @HalloweenRecipes: As do I feel so lucky, so much charity in the works from everywhere, thanks!!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Melissa for commenting, never forgotten xoxo

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Hi Kona.. I know what you mean. I have property in Schoharie as well and we went up there and helped friends in the town of Prattsville that had sever damage to their home. We are lucky to be up on the mountain at our place and avoided any water. I have a lots of pics from when we went up a couple times, and it's been great to see how some of the people are recovering during our last visit 2 months ago. . It was horrible and such a shame about not everyone getting the support up there. Also, we were not in the evacuation area from Sandy, only the homes on the coast mainly were, but many trees had fallen all over the island, and many still rest where they fell to this day.. although my relatives were and they did leave that night, and thanks!!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Last year when hurricane Irene hit upstate New York, it was devastating to so many. I saw flooding that I had never seen before in the 20 off/on years I had been living in NY. The town of Schoharie was pretty much wiped off the map and still has not received the help they need to re-cooperate. I doubt they ever will.

      I do not recall anyone in those areas getting notice to leave. I do know that we we didn't get notice, and neither did any of the hill towns around Albany that were devastated. A women in my in-laws town of Clarksville was swept away and drowned in the flooding currents and there was a lot of damage to property.

      I am so glad to read that you all are surviving O.K., but I do have to wonder why you didn't leave when Governor Cuomo ordered evacuation from your area? In disasters like this, often the people that refuse to go are the ones causing so many more problems in the aftermath when they put the rescue teams at risk to come out and save them from the flooding, fallen trees, live fallen electric wires, etc.

      Like you, because we do camp a lot we are prepared with supplies and we always keep extra canned and dry goods on hand, just in case, however with that being said, with all the warnings about how bad it would hit, and the need for everyone to get out, I do think we would have follow the Governor's orders.

      A great article and photos. Congrats on LOTD and your Purple Star! Whoohoo!

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      AJazzle 4 years ago

      I wouldn't have been ready. Even with preparation and stalking supplies I think it is just so devastating that being truly prepared is rare.

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      maplesyrupghost 4 years ago

      I'm always ready.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Probably not. Good job with this topic; congrats on lotd ;)

      Blessed.

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      csk305 4 years ago

      I live in South Florida and have been through several, so I would have been as ready as one can be.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Historic piece of writing for sure. Very well written and really identifies with what happened. Soon, this will be a distant memory - but never forgotten.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      I live in Florida so we prepare for storms but you can never be completely prepared. Glad you are ok.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I don't think I would have been prepared for something this big. What an ordeal. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Wes2012 4 years ago

      I agree you can only prepare so much but mother nature at times like this, shows who is really in control..SHE IS! My sympathy goes out to all that have been and are still effected by this FrankenStorm!! Great Lens!

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I don't think we can ever be ready for something like Sandy - unless we make peace with our maker and accept that we can (and do) go at any time. Glad you survived to tell about it.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for this lens, I'm fascinated by the weather and its extremes; the devastation it can cause, is however, not pleasant

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      asianfun 4 years ago

      @whats4dinner: i agree with you

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      asianfun 4 years ago

      very detailed photos..great!! very commendable indeed

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      When nature unleash its forces, it is not easy to bear. Thank God you and your family were saved.Congrats on LOTD

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      dragop 4 years ago

      Congradtulations for LOTD

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      @Glenda Motsavage: I went down the week after and rode through Punta Gorda, it was a mess. My mother lived in Florida at that time. It was a very bad year for Florida.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD. I am in NJ and had only minor damage to my roof and ceiling, loss of power, but consider myself very lucky as compared to so many. Prays and contributions are needed all over the storm hit areas. Hopefully many folks will send a few dollars to a trusted charity that's helping out those who need it.

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      f1deal 4 years ago

      Thanks for this, valuable information.

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      SmartBoy85 4 years ago

      Mary congrats on the lens of the day. It's crazy to think how that must have been to be right in the center of sandys' fury, glad to know things have gotten back to normal

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. This will become a historic piece of writing that people can turn to when discussing the need for natural disaster preparation measures all over the world.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      So glad you're okay. My heart still grieves for the people affected by Sandy. Brought back not-so-fond memories of 2004 when my hometown in Florida was hit with 3 hurricanes within 6 weeks. We continue to pray for your full recovery.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      i don't think so. were not dooms day preppers so we really don't have the stuff for these events. we have canned goods and other necessities, but we'll never be physicalul and emotionally ready for these calamities

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD.

      Can anybody be really ready for something like that? I don't think we are ever prepared for the huge force of nature, where we are so powerless.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your personal story of getting through the storms, those who's homes were not damaged still experienced so many of the effects of all the devastation. I have done some camping and know how to rough it a bit but everything changes in metropolitan areas where power and communications are so important. There are still too many people who are loosing hope as the recovery effort doesn't seem to cover everyone's needs. I found it interesting that you didn't realize how bad it was until you were able to see news reports. Very well shared with a well earned purple star and LotD....bless you!

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      sezerbusiness 4 years ago

      purple star! thumps up!

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      I am glad you and your family made it through. Congrats on LOtD and the Purple Star. Wonderful accomplishment.

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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD! I've weathered a few storms on the West Coast but nothing like Hurricane Sandy. The longest our power was out was 18hrs but some 5 - 7 days. Glad to hear you and your family are well.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Yes, Holy Bible says be ready for you do not know which hour the master will come.

      I thank GOD for your life and your family-they are safe.

      Congratulations for writing the lens.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      We were in a hurricane while living in Houston (1984). It was the most scary time that I've ever spent. So I feel genuine empathy for everyone on the East Coast who had to deal with this. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on a well deserved LotD!!

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      happy-jack 4 years ago

      Thanks for going beyond what we can find out on TV, its imporant just for our prayers to start with. Do hope people will get back to a more normal life soon but yes lots needs to be done to protect others in harms way.

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      javr 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Sandy was a tremendous tragedy. It shows that preparation and response can always be better. Thankfully the loss of life wasn't worse.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! How wonderful that you are OK, and you have your life....so sad to see people go through this...I pray for them.

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      jadapotata 4 years ago

      Congrats on being lens of the day! I live in Central PA, but we were fortunate enough to have minimal damage in my area. My heart goes out to all those affected.

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      psiloveyou1 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on your Purple Star and LOTD. I'm in Maryland, and we've been praying for our neighbors to the north all month and sending supplies. Sending an Angel Blessing your way. :)

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. As this type of storm does not realy happen where I am, we are in no way prepared for anything like this happening. We get the tail end of cyclones and we do get some flooding nearly each year, but I live in the hills well away from the surge of the sea. To be totally honest, I think that people are crazy to build their homes that close to the water. It is just asking for trouble!

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      As a Floridian who has been thru 3 hurricanes (Charlie, Frances and Jeanne in 2004), I probably would have been fairly prepared, but you never know what will happen. Had some friends be impacted by Sandy, and my heart goes out to all who've suffered hardship because of the storm and its aftermath. Glad that you were ok. Thanks for sharing.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Purple star and LOTD, how wonderful. We lived through this too in Northern NJ, and so much of our story is similar to yours. We aren't along the coast, but love the shore it is painful to see it so destroyed. We have many many trees around us and so many came down, no power for 10 days. Like you, the first thing that was comforting was to find that all of my family members here and there weathered the storm. We also camped a lot in the past, and have a wood stove and gas kitchen oven, so were able to stay warm and cook, kept fridge going with small generator. But oh my, what a relief to get power back. I feel for those who have lost so very much more than we have. Thanks for sharing your story, I'm going to add it to my Natural Disasters page. *Blessed*

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your much-deserved purple star! A very gripping account that I read from beginning to end. I'm so glad you're okay. *Blessed*

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      kimmanleyort 4 years ago

      No, but I thank you for sharing your story. It's good for the rest of us to hear these firsthand accounts. I'm glad that your home was not damaged.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      Living in Michigan all I could do was watch in horror as the storm approached, then did it devastation and moved on. My heart went out to all of those who have lost their homes. I can't even imagine what it must be like but I do know I felt guiltly crawling into my warm, cozy bed that night. I wished I had been closer so that I could have offered some warm bedrooms to those without. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      We live in earthquake country and are always prepared. We watched the East Coast on the news and were shocked at the devastation. We sometimes get complacent and ignore the warning. Your story points out that it is important to pay attention to the authorities. While you may not have any damage, a storm that big is scary in itself and you managed to convey that well. Blessed

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      MelissaRodgz 4 years ago

      I glad nothing happened to you. It was absolutely devastating to some people.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      We were ready here in the Philly area, but it didn't amount to much here.

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      jodijoyous 4 years ago from New York

      Since I'm in an apartment, there wasn't much I could do other than make extra ice, charge my cell phone, and make sure I had canned goods and cat food. Thankfully, the damage here was minimal.

      But what an awful thing for those people and families who lost homes, belongings, and lives.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Great Lens. I was as ready as could be; I'm 8 miles inland in the Bronx; that didn't mean anything, a few blocks from me people had no power for over a week. I have friends and family that lost the whole first floors of their houses, some lost their businesses, and FEMA looking for every little excuse not to pay them. There is a huge disconnect for those who were not affected; my heart does indeed go out to all those who lost everything and for those who lost their lives; Mother Nature has a way of reclaiming what man has taken from her, as many of us know all of Lower Manhattan is built on landfill and had up to 13 feet of water in places. These holidays are not going to be happy for many; my thoughts and prayers are with them.

      Congratulations on LOTD and the Purple Star.

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      carmacitacheeks 4 years ago

      my family and I have never had to go through a crisis like this and my prayers go out to the people that did....if this was to happen where i live at that point in time we would not have been ready but i am preparing right now because you never know where disaster may strike....this is an awesome lense thanks for the awareness,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm in Philadelphia so we caught some of this nightmare of a storm but nothing like the Jersey Shore, North Jersey and much of the NYC metro area. Most people I know were not as ready as they could have been but hopefully, we learned from this experience. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I live on the Outer Banks, NC where major storms hit just about every other year. Hurricane Irene flooded our neighborhood 2 years ago. Our garage was completely flooded with almost 3 ft of water, and it was devastating to see the HUGE piles of personal belongings in front of everyone's houses for Trash Pick up... It's also amazing to see how a storm like that unites the people in the communities, how people help each other clean-up and rebuild after the storm. Thank you for sharing your experience. Well done!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, we probably would have been ready only because we learned from past experiences when we weren't. My family went through the storm and had quite a bit of damage. They were without heat, but it was a blessing that it didn't get that cold while the power was off. I agree with Kim though, it seems even if you do prepare, you can't predict what nature is going to do, so prayer is all that is reliable. Congratulations on LotD and your purple star.

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      sutrisno_lim 4 years ago

      Very dangerous situation.

      and the bad storm could attack everything and become disaster..

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      sarabing75 4 years ago

      I would never be that prepared well enough for a storm like that. Your lens lets people know how important it is to be ready for such bad storms. My heart goes out to all that lost so much even loved ones. Thanks for sharing your encounter Sandy .

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      Pete Schultz 4 years ago

      Sorry you had to endure this storm to earn LOTD honors, congrats. I'm glad I live in the middle of the continent and the northern border of the US...we worry about cold, that's about it. Cold I can handle.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      maybe...I think...; congrats on yr LOTD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't know if I would be prepared for a storm like that. Living here in California, my chief concern are mainly earthquakes, but I suppose I should also prepare for storms as well in the event there's a shift in weather patterns here. My prayers are with you and your family as you recover from this very devastating event. I'm glad that your family did not received any injuries as a result of the storm. Take care.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Heavens no. We are not nearly as prepared as you were. I can feel the underlying distress and pray you and your neighbors and loved ones have all you need--inner and outer resources--to recover from this devastating storm and the many to come in the years and decades ahead.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. May you continue to be deeply blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We had a freak 100-mile wind event a year ago today and lost quite a few things, including a cat that insisted on staying outside. I'm not sure you can ever be ready. Thanks for sharing your experience. The photos really say it all. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank God I've never experience anything that devastating and it's very difficult to prepare for a storm that unpredictable. My heart goes out to the victims. Many thanks for a first-hand account of Super-storm Sandy. It is very realistic as much as it's sad.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Never experienced anything like this - wonderful story from the heart .

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      Hurlserv 4 years ago

      Mary, having lived in Florida for most of my life, I'm personally familiar with major storms by whatever name. You did all that was practical to prepare for Sandy. Due to the inteconnectedness (yeah I know it's not a real word) of our systems and infrastructure we're all too often at the mercy of others. We can only do the best we can and hope and pray for minimal impact. It's great that you and yours came through relatively unscathed.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      In our part of the States, tornadoes, not hurricanes, are the concern. Hurricanes affect such a large area that there really isn't any comparison, unless of course, a tornado hits a city or town. I'm always so proud of our citizens when I read about how they take control, do what has to be done, and of their willingness to help others. Congratulations on LOTD and for writing about your experience.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My heart goes out to people in your area, too. It's really interesting to read a first-person experience. So very glad you were well prepared. There are lessons in this for the rest of us! Congratulations on your well-deserved Lens of the Day!