Batten down the hatches Johnny !(81 posts)
Kate, my guess is when the sun comes up in about three hours we'll see devastation on a huge scale.
I do know NYC is resilient and there will be stories of heroic and herculean efforts to help people.
And sorry for posting so much on this (and other) thread, I have been home for a couple of weeks battling
chronic neck issues, on meds, and unable to sleep.
Oh Scott I am so sorry to hear of your neck issues,'Sleepless' ... join the clan doh!!! Mike also knows all about that!!!!
Have you tried Acupuncture?? or Chiropractic??? both helped me tremendously in the past...
No apologies for posting such a devastating event, the WORLD is watching and praying.
Mornin' Kate :)
It's beyond either of those treatments. I have more than one herniation and have
bone spurs pressing on my esophagus and spine (per MRI). Surgery is inevitable but will
have an epidural first, likely this week. All I can do is manage the pain with meds at this
point and I am feeling a bit better than this time last month. Thanks for thinking of
me. Let's channel all positive feelings to the folks affected by this crazy storm. Hugs !
I was watching BBC World tonight, they obviously have a large presence in NYC
and I enjoy their coverage. As far as the other headline, New York has dealt with
blackouts before, with terrible outcomes. Looting and crime through the roof.
I know in addition to great stories of assistance, there will be the odd one about
crime again, let's hope those are few and far between.
<---born and raised in NYC
An Oyster in the Storm, NYTimes 10/30/12
From the article
"...I’m talking about the oysters that once protected New Yorkers from storm surges, a bivalve population that numbered in the trillions and that played a critical role in stabilizing the shoreline from Washington to Boston.
Crassostrea virginica, the American oyster, the same one that we eat on the half shell, is endemic to New York Harbor. Which isn’t surprising: the best place for oysters is the margin between saltwater and freshwater, where river meets sea."
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.
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