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Hurricane Sandy, Please Go Away!

Updated on October 29, 2012

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Mother Nature -You Are Definitely In Charge!

Everyone living in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia woke to the following news as rain pounded our shores and flood waters continued to rise from hurricane Sandy.

NBC news: “Seventeen people aboard a replica of the HMS Bounty abandoned ship early Monday while stranded at sea off the North Carolina coast. The owner of the 180-foot, three mast ship -- which was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty" -- lost communication with the crew and alerted the Coast Guard to the situation.”
Since then we have learned all but two people have been rescued, but as of yet, the two missing people have not been found. Late last evening, their ship started taking on water, the crew abandoned into life boats and our brave service personnel of the Coast Guard took a great risk in the hurricane to answer the ships distress call.

Sandy has been causing destruction up the east coast for days now and she has not even made land yet. Our transit systems are closed, tunnels and bridges are closed, schools, businesses and government agencies are closed, flights are cancelled and parts of our interstate are under water. Sandy has now taken a north, northwest turn and is headed towards the Delaware Bay, with maximum winds of 90 mph. From the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Virginia Beach coastline, we have flooded homes, restaurants and businesses, and piers and homes have been claimed by the sea. As the wind howls and rain bands sweep across my area, I am so grateful that for now, my power is still on and everyone I know is safe. Now, only about 36 hours to go and this storm will be gone from our area and clean up will begin. We are thinking of those who have yet to experience this hurricane, for it is far from over. If you are in the path, please take it seriously. The damage we have seen is from a storm who's center is off our coast. We are the lucky ones.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Sea claiming home near Buxton N.C.

Outer Banks in N.C.

James River Bridge in Hampton Roads is now underwater

The end of Frisco Pier in the Outer Banks

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The boardwalk in Virginia Beach

Avalon Pier, a landmark in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Recent damage.
Recent damage.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can only send you my prayers my friend, and hope that you stay safe and this storm leaves the area as soon as possible.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you Billybuc! I have a huge respect for Mother Nature and times like these, she shows us who is boss!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I agree with Billy; now is our turn. Yikes! Nice pics Pickles! Nature is doing its thing and we cannot change its course with all the money and the influence of the world.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Oh my, sorry to hear you are in her path Lord De Cross. Please play it safe!! Thanks for stopping by.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      I am in Long Island, New York, and we are getting it now and into tomorrow. We are not used to weather like this. It is quite unnerving. Thanks for sharing your pictures and writing this hub.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I am concerned about New York! Please take caution and be safe toknowinfo!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi PandR, Thanks for your concern. This is an amazing storm, one we have never seen the likes of before and we are not used to weather like this. The winds are kicking up even stronger now and high tide makes this all very disconcerting. Tomorrow the next storm meets the hurricane. All we can do is wait it out.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Guess what's all over the news now. Plus Canada had a big earthquake! At 10:35 Pacific time 5 million people (per KGO) without power.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Geez! Hope you are nowhere around any weather craziness Mhatter99. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh I am thinking of everyone who are being hit by this hurricane .

      You've covered it well pickles and I vote up plus share.

      Eddy.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you Eddy. Those north of us got it far worse and are still going through it. This was a storm unlike any one I have ever witnessed. Appreciate your visit.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I've been watching it on TV but your photos were better. I'm so glad it has now passed, but the clean up is going to be a tremendous job. Thinking of you all.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You really covered the news here. That is devastating. Terrific photos. Glad you are all safe.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much for stopping by to comment Blossom SB and Mckbirdbks. We are much better off than our Northern neighbors, so I have no complaints!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Been praying dear one and pray you are safe. Wow, such mighty forces as shown in your photos. I agree with Bloosom, your photos are better than the ones on the news and so is your write here.

      God bless you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

      Voted Way Up

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you so much for your comments Faith Reaper. I am fine now, but so many north of us are not. My heart goes out to them. I really appreciate you stopping by and voting up.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      I just realized i hadn't seen your smiling face for a while and decided to check in..(i wonder why i don't get emails about your posts, dear? it's odd how some i do and some i don't...)

      To the point - these are some of the....WORST(i can't use the word best) pictures i've seen of the devastation - and - i watch 3 channels!

      My heart SO goes out to those millions of affected souls - even when the physical clean up is over - the emotional devastation will go on...

      Can you say PTSD - i know i can because i was diagnosed with it 7 years ago...

      sigh..

      well done, P&R...sharing forward..

      ps..the bounty was commissioned to be built in Canada, so, as always - we're closely connected..

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Thinking of all our friends down there and The awsome power of nature once again ! I hope you are all well !

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      ahorseback...thanks so much for the well wishes!! Also, thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for stopping by to comment ImKarn23. This storm will be felt for a long time to come, I'm afraid. Sorry to hear about your PTSD...bad thing to deal with, and I'm sure there are cases of it after this storm.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      So many people affected by mother nature and she sure packs a powerful punch.I pray for all those who lossed power and suffered from the storm.I am happy you and your family were safe.Amazing pictures on an important hub.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Dream On. That storm was a monster indeed!

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Now back to a mild winter I hope.I have seen enough destruction for this year and next year to.Happy Holidays and heres to a wonderful year and good weather ahead.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much Dream On.....now the snow is hitting the mid west and headed to the east. Geez!

      Hope your holidays are wonderful as well!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was just checking to see if you had written anything lately...still, it was interesting to see these pictures again. Unbelievable power in nature!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi P and R, I read your hub weeks ago while I awaited Sandy to hit my area in New York. It did hit, and hit hard. I ended up having extensive damage to my home. The storm hit Oct 29, and my heat and hot water was just restored Dec 22. I wrote a hub called In the Path of Super Storm Sandy, http://toknowinfo.hubpages.com/hub/In-the-Path-of-... and put a link to your hub in my hub. Let me know if this is okay with you. If not, I will be glad to remove it. Thank you for sharing your experience with this massive storm.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Billybuc, thanks for stopping by. I am contemplating a hub but have been to busy to clear my head to write it! T

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi toknowinfo, I am very appreciative for the link to my hub. So sorry to hear about your bad fortune. What a mess that storm caused. My damage was superficial compared to yours. Very glad to know you have heat and hot water now. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I can only pray to Almighty for over all peace, all over the world.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I am with you girishpuri! thanks for stopping by.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      That was a terrible time for all of you down there. I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers were with you when we realised the devastation that was going to occur. That is when there are no boundaries between countries - when we really need each other. You feel so helpless though, when you know you are powerless against mother nature. All the best to you, and thank you for this powerful hub.

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