02 November, 2012

The Sandy Aftermath

Today has been the first day I've been able to get online since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey on Monday.  With only having my phone to communicate with the outside world, I was trying really hard not to FB or tweet much to conserve my battery.  We have been without power since Monday night and it was finally restored in our building around 10am this morning.  I have never been so excited so sit in my apartment and do nothing but watch tv with the heat on full blast.

We were fortunate enough to only have a broken storm window on our balcony, a missing balcony wall (it wasn't too sturdy to begin with and many of the "walls" on other balconies in my building are also gone), and a car rear window smashed.  I just started watching the news and the widespread devastation is breaking my heart.  Seeing the photos and video of the Jersey Shore and Staten Island blows my mind.  Many friends in nearby towns still haven't been able to move back into their homes either and when they do they're in for a very long recovery.

Power is slowly coming back everywhere but it is painstakingly slow.  In no way am I saying that PS&G (our power company in the area) isn't doing their job, it's just completely overwhelming for them.  This is the worst power outage they've seen in their 105 year history they say.  The night of the storm it seriously looked like daylight due to all of the transformers on fire and blowing up.  Insane.

Power companies from all over the country have been flocking here to help out the area and I know the guys that brought power back to my power grid were from Florida.  I think the one thing that kept more people from going crazy was PSE&G was very active on twitter keeping customers up to date with what was going on.  They weren't able to give specifics many times but just knowing they were listening I think was helping ease people's anxiety.  

Trying to find gas is a complete mess here.  I went out yesterday morning and waited in line for 1.5 hours until I was able to fill up.  But it's just getting worse and worse.  A friend waited for 5 hours today getting gas and there are now people losing their minds and getting into fights on the side of the highway.  Just scary.

Trying to keep everyone from going crazy, our CrossFit box has been holding outdoor parking lot workouts for the past two days since they didn't have power either.  It's felt good to get the blood flowing again and, for me, was worth using gas to get there.  Luckily I heard that they just got power back this afternoon too.



A friend and I couldn't take being cooped up in our houses any more so we went for a walk to find some coffee.  There are still huge trees down that have taken down power lines and poles.  And these pics are 4 days after the storm and after some of the debris has been cleared away.






And now with this Nor'Easter that they're talking about hitting us early next week?   PLEASE go away.  :(   I'm not sure some of these families can handle any more.  




8 comments

  1. I'm glad you've got power again and hope they start clearing your roads soon! Unfortunately, gas takes a while to normalize after a huge storm. It took about 3 weeks before it wasn't horrible after Katrina hit down here :/

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I'm so glad this is all behind us now!

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  2. Wow, those are some amazing photos. Always strange to see just how much power storms like that can have. Glad to hear it wasn't worse for you and that you have power again. Hang in there.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. It's definitely mind blowing to see such power come from a storm!

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  3. Those photos gave me chills. Glad to hear you're safe and have power. Take care!

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  4. Tough times - Glad to hear you have turned the corner and things are improving. Stay safe!

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