Sandy’s wrath

Hurricane Sandy… What can anyone say?

For The Legal Genealogist, it’s been frightening first awaiting the storm, then terrifying when the storm made landfall and the winds hit, then annoying to deal with the aftermath — no power, no heat, no way to get coffee or hot food. Even cellphone service has been spotty at best.

For so many others, it’s been so very much worse. Unspeakably worse. My state has been hammered, and so many people have lost so much. There are fires burning that fire crews can’t reach. Houses ripped apart. Loved ones hurt, even killed.

We’ll recover. But it’ll take time. Keep us all in your thoughts please.

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22 Responses to Sandy’s wrath

  1. Denise Olson says:

    I feel your pain. Three necessities in my hurricane kit to preserve my sanity – a French press coffee maker, a book light (now replaced with my Kindle Paperwhite) and a deck of cards. We live in a tiny neighborhood on a very small circuit in the area grid and always one of the last areas to get power restored. Still amazed at the combination of a hurricane and blizzard in one storm.

    I pray all your family – and family treasures – make it through this ordeal intact.

  2. Nan Harvey says:

    The damage is incomprehensible. I can’t imagine being in the midst of it.

    Everyone there has my prayers.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      We’re going to need it, Nan. I haven’t been able to see much because of the power outage (no TV, little internet) but listening to the radio has been horrific. The shore is going to need so much rebuilding.

  3. Jim Poole says:

    I hope that something near normal life returns for you soon. I have some idea what you are experiencing having lived through hurricane Hugo years ago. If there is anything your SC Pettypool cousin can do to help, please let me know.

    Jim (in sunny, breezy, cool SC – weather I hope that you see out your window very soon… )

  4. Debi Austen says:

    I can’t even imagine what people are going through. Know that the west coast is thinking of all of you! Stay safe.

  5. Pat Morgan says:

    Sending good thoughts and prayers from NE Ohio. We have had our share of high wind and it’s now been five straight days of rain but nothing compares to what you have been through.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Thanks, Pat! I have to say, this is one of the few weather events where I have actually been frightened deep down. I personally dodged this bullet — the trees stayed up, and that’s what had me so worried — but so many others have suffered so much.

  6. Paula Williams says:

    I think you may be better off not seeing the coverage!!

    Glad that you’re relatively (no pun intended) okay. For us, it was as if a bubble was over our heads – it was pretty much a normal windy rainstorm. Ironically, Bluefield got it much worse with all the snow. What a weird and powerful storm!

    Wish I had a way to get you a generator!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      My sisters have also said I’m better off not seeing the images. Was thinking of your Bluefield folks and that snow!

  7. Ginger Goodell says:

    We’ve been away from home since Saturday–out of the range of news. Back home tonight we watched the evening news with Brian Williams, a New Jersey native. Such heart-tugging images. I thought of you and everyone else I know and don’t know. Yes, you are in my thoughts.

  8. Gus Marsh says:

    I hope you get your heat back on soon. Also I’m so happy that the NYC Genealogy event was held a week before the storm, that was great planning on someone’s part.

  9. Thanks for your candid words. To me, this is the reality of climate change, and I don’t see that as a political issue . . . just a human and planetary issue. In our small town in CT, we had 400 huge trees down, many on power lines. We hope to get power back by Monday, but it is slow. Our neighbors in NY and NJ had it so much worse — a whole section of Queens in flames, the subway passages flooded, houses in NJ floating away. For a start, let’s bury power lines underground. Expensive, but worth it.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      There is absolutely no question but that the infrastructure has to be modified, Mariann. As NY Governor Cuomo said, we can’t ignore the fact that we’re now getting “100-year weather events” every year or two.

  10. Keith Bouldin says:

    Having gone through several major floods I can imagine, but only imagine, what you folks on the East Coast have to deal with. Our floods were minor in comparison.
    My thoughts and prayers are with y’all.

  11. Dawn Watson says:

    Hang in there, Judy, and let us know if we can help. Thinking and praying don’t seem to be nearly enough for those of us so far away from those hit hardest!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Thanks, Dawn! We are all so grateful for the care and concern the rest of the country is showing to all of us here in the northeast!

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