Thanks for y'all's kind thoughts; I'm just so grateful to God for pulling us through. There are lots and lots of folks I know and around here who are in such bad shape. So many have lost everything, and now face not only uncertain housing but also uncertain job prospects, as the train lines are washed out
; it will be weeks before they're up and running again and for those of us who work in Lower Manhattan, well, it's just a mess, really. I think there are many office buildings there that won't be inhabitable for weeks, some maybe never, and when you tally the number of businesses (and employees) they held (my building has 27 floors and is one of the smaller ones) well, the hit to the economy has yet to be figured out, it seems to me.
Amish, to reply, well, thanks to folks here we did ok. I know those of you on the Gulf Coast are old hands at this, but man did we have a scare. Once the weather reports started being pretty clear about what was heading our way I honestly didn't have tons to do (beyond worrying and bringing inside absolutely everything) as I had hand-cranked radios and lights, plenty of canned goods, plenty of water and dry vittles, first aid kits, a couple hundred pounds of charcoal if the natural gas went out, etc. I filled up all the cars on Sunday (and there were no lines at all...I was shocked. Most people really do live in a bubble) and got a couple more cases of bottled water from Costco and two loaves of bread with the farthest-out expiry I could find and just hunkered down. On Monday morning I transferred frozen and fridge goods to various coolers per Sis's Plan
. The power went out shortly after 2 in the afternoon, and I'm not ashamed to admit I was absolutely terrified for the next 8 hours Tuesday night as she came ashore and the winds lashed us, as we have several very tall (70'-80') tulip/yellow poplar trees about the house and had any of them come down on the house we would have been completely, totally smashed into pulpish goo. The Lab and I were fighting for space under the piano; my Bride had to fend for herself
Around 11 pm it got silent and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief, as we had been hearing crashing outside all night and somehow none of it seemed to have hit our house too badly.
Large trees and wires down all around the neighborhood, happily mostly missing houses and cars. We're only abut 4 miles as the crow flies from Sea Bright and all those places that got simply pummeled but we're up about 150' or so and thickly wooded which seemed to blunt most of it; certainly the weightier portion of the damage was caused by the surge and not the wind in any event. Thank goodness there was very little rain, as that probably would have caused even more trees to topple. We kept hearing on our crank radio about all the devastation so near by but frankly didn't want to waste any gas by playing tourist and no one wanted to leave their house untended; we're in a good area but why take risks? Luckily it was neither August nor January, so even though we didn't have power the house didn't get too uncomfortable, and we spent the next 5 days 'til the power came back on eating our way through the coolers. After sharing a pound of bacon with my Bride for lunch one day I must admit to finding the whole Atkins thing very attractive. Oh and drinking our way, too. Damn, did we wipe out a lot of wine during communal meals with the neighbors! Note to self: double the amount of wine on hand. But all kidding aside I never ventured out unless I had the kukri on my hip. It got some curious glances but there was no possibility of any sort of police response so I wasn't taking any chances. Thankfully it was never needed. We had no power for only about 5-6 days (friends of mine just got it back today...) and aside from losing it again for 5 or so hours during the snowstorm we've been remarkably lucky.
I will say that my Bride has a grudging new appreciation for what little prepping I've done, as it certainly made our experience much more tolerable.
As an aside: for all the hyperbolic media drive me insane with all of their attention-whore "worst blahblahblah EVER' gibberish I have to give the weather folks credit on this one. Pretty much as soon as this formed and was still well south of Jamaica they said this could nail the East Coast and it did. Thankfully the death toll is remarkably low, but the hit to the economy will, in my opinion, be huge.