Now, two full days after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, I can add to, or change, some comments.
Hoboken was overrun because it sits below sea level (same as New Orleans), and the Hudson River overran its banks. The mayor of Hoboken was so worried, and really needed the National Guard, and they showed up about 11:00 Eastern Time on Tuesday night.
As it turns out, while there was some damage to Trumps buildings, the casinos did not suffer a great deal of damage. But the Boardwalk, the carnival, and all the homes there are demolished, or unrepairable. But the New Jerseyans seem ready to roll up their sleeves and “fix” it all. I sincerely loved that Chris Christie was able to set aside politics and work so well with Barack Obama, who was on the job for Chris on Sunday night, before the storm actually came ashore. I have nothing but high praise for FEMA as well.
Because of the power being out, I have not been in contact yet with my friends in both Queens and on Long Island, and with only 82 dead, I feel like they probably survived, though maybe not untouched. Especially the friend on Long Island.
The television hasn’t been talking much about Connecticut, though I keep hearing it is in pretty back shape, especially on the Long Island Sound and around the Connecticut River. I am hoping to hear something about that in the next couple of days. Also, it seems that Delaware, though fronting on the Delaware Bay, may have escaped full devastation. Again, though, very little news is coming on MSNBC about Delaware.
I have a friend from Cleveland, who lives here but has a sister in Cleveland, and from what she has heard, her sister is doing well. I think she lives high up in an apartment building, so maybe the wind, by the time it hit Lake Erie, was not so bad, though there is probably some water damage for those buildings sitting right on Lake Erie. I also have not heard much about Chicago, or those around Lake Michigan.
Philadelphia seems to have had some destructive damage along the river there, but apparently the city in general escaped much damage otherwise.
It does seem to be the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, PA) that got the brunt of the storm, as well as Connecticut, but I think it will take several more days before the full extent of the damage is known, and I believe it is expected that the death toll will rise. And my condolences to all who have suffered that in their family. But I will say that the storm warnings and mandatory evacuations seem to have kept the loss of life at a minimum, for the size of the population, with the physical damage limited mostly to structures and power and sewer plants. I heard today that the drinking water in NYC is safe, but not so much in all of New Jersey, and really bad in Hoboken, and I imagine, surrounding areas.
President Obama did an amazing job, and I am already seeing signs that the GOP plans to blame Hurricane Sandy (if) when Romney loses the election.
Great excuse, you-all. But I think most of us know the real truth on that.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX