Sorry for the lag - but it's now 3:57 PM Eastern Time here in New York City and I'm happy to report that here, in our little pocket of the Bronx, on the eastern end of Pelham Parkway, we survived the storm with almost no damage.
Except for some very "normal" rainfall , the only element we had to endure were high winds and gusts - but the worst damage were some fallen branches (no trees), some loose objects rattling around on the roof, and a street covered with leaves.
Other than that, we came out none the worse.
Obviously, given the horrible disasters which befell some of our city neighbors, only miles from us, we are extremely relieved and extremely grateful.
The subway system was flooded with salt water, which means it will take days for them to asses, repair and reboot the system - leaving at least 50% of the population unable to travel or commute. Broadway shows were cancelled yesterday and today, along with other similar events such as concerts, operas, etc. Some organizations plan to try and get back up to speed by tomorrow - but that remains to be seen.
Parts of the shore area in New Jersey, such as Atlantic City and other beach resorts, have been completely destroyed and may never fully recover. In Queens, over fifty homes burnt down as a result of the explosion of an electrical transformer last night.
Many suburban homes are partially submerged under water or sand, and some residents who thought they were in safe zones had to be rescued early today. Unfortunately, a number of people chose to ignore the orders to evacuate for safety - and a few of them paid with their lives, as rescue personnel have discovered at least two people who could not escape as their basement flooded, and drowned.
For those of you who are seeing the pictures and news reports of these terrible scenes, I can tell you that, thankfully, my wife and I live in an area which was essentially (and amazingly) bypassed by all of that and we emerged in tact, with only a bit of a messy lawn and walkway to be cleaned up.
Our sincerest hopes that you all came out just as well -- if not better.