Sandy: A Look Back in Pictures

I thought I would share my view of Sandy in the days before and after in pictures:

The day before the storm I took my Grandmother for our last meal at the fancy local Perkins.  Little did I know we should have eaten enough for a week.

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When I got home I started some home prep of the essentials:  candles, Kindle, iPad and the wine opener.  Who knew none of this would matter or work through 14 days of no power.

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Then I took a ride through Spring Lake and Belmar to check out the waves and high tide 24 hours before the storm.  It was nothing I had seen before.  The ocean at the Belmar Inlet was creeping up on the bridge.

It also didn’t hurt that the local bakery had everything 50% off!

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In the next 24 hours I have never been so frightened of a natural disaster in my life.  The winds were unbelievable.  We were sitting in the kitchen with a window behind me.  I was so scared that I ran into the family room with smaller windows.  It sounded like trees were falling around us.  I downloaded a police scanner to listen:

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Covers of the Asbury Park Press (now that I think about it.  How did they go to press without power?!)

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And then pics started coming out online. The street lined with trees and what looks like a river was my old street:  5th Avenue in Belmar.

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We had no food, no power, no heat but we were lucky enough to have a roof over our heads unlike many other people in our area.  We took a road trip to West Chester, PA to stay with family for a warm shower and hot meals.

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My stepdad was able to purchase a generator at Home Depot in PA which powered a few lights, a space heater and a radio.  On Friday night we listened to a telethon on the radio to raise money for those in need as we drank wine and played LCR.

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I’m very lucky compared to many others who are still without their homes.

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One thought on “Sandy: A Look Back in Pictures

  1. I live in Maryland and we really didn’t get hit that badly. It’s strange to think of how Sandy could have been so devastating to those just a few hours away, and even stranger to think how it could still be causing problems

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