|Hurricane Sandy slams the New Jersey coast|
(photo from The Star Ledger)
The National Hurricane Center described Sandy as "the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record." This superstorm destroyed lives and demolished thousands of homes and businesses with the worst impact felt in New Jersey, especially along the Jersey shore where famed boardwalks and long-standing tourist attractions suffered severe damage, and in New York City. It will take years, maybe decades, for some places to recover. The losses are heartbreaking! There is no way to control the magnitude of such a force of nature.
|National Hurricane Center image of the massive size
of Hurricane Sandy along the U.S. East Coast
|Before and After Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights, New Jersey...stunning! |
(photo from yahoo news)
OK, brief pause here...Since my blog name is JerseyLil, you'd think I'd already be in New Jersey...Well, not quite! I was born and raised in New Jersey but moved to California by myself in my late 20s. After a few years, I met my husband there and eventually we moved from California to DC to Maryland. Even after all the moving, I am still a Jersey Girl at heart!
Parts of Maryland did get slammed by Sandy. A large, historic fishing pier at Ocean City, Maryland, that had withstood hurricanes for a century, was badly damaged, 100 feet of it wiped out as sections went crumbling into the ocean...and at that point, the storm was still 300 miles away offshore!
|Huge waves batter famous fishing pier at Ocean City,
Maryland. 100 ft. will crumble into the sea.|
(photo from yahoo news)
Then we were glued to the TV set, watching the unbelievable destruction of this massive storm.
"Never seen anything like this!" CNN's Anderson Cooper gets plummeted by strong waves and winds October 29, 2012, at Asbury Park, New Jersey, as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.
Sandy saved her biggest punch for my home state of New Jersey! The hurricane slammed onshore at southern New Jersey on October 29, 2012, with driving rains and gale force winds over 85 mph, hitting in the evening at high tide, causing huge tidal surges, the largest ever recorded in some places! The storm hit with a vengeance, decimating the beautiful Jersey shore, flooding cities all across the state, shutting down all rail and transportation, causing shock, major damage, and loss of lives in the worst storm to hit New Jersey in over 100 years! Perhaps the worst storm ever to hit the area.
Sandy's Devastation October 31, 2012. Brief emotional interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed by stunningly sad aerial images of the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy. My heart breaks for my New Jersey!
"The Jersey Shore of my youth is gone...we will rebuild the Shore. It may not be the same, but we will rebuild." New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
My compliments to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his leadership and compassion during this crisis.
Sandy's wrath of damaging winds and rain, combined with a full moon and high tide, also slammed New York City and Long Island, causing the worst disaster New York City has ever seen outside of 9/11, with flooded streets and subways, fires, death and destruction. In the neighborhood of Breezy Point in Queens, New York, over 100 homes burned to the ground when the force of Sandy's winds caused a huge, raging fire. Many of these homes belonged to the families of firefighters and first responders. Heartbreaking!
"It looks like a war zone!" quote from a Breezy Point, New York resident.
|Breezy Point, New York, over 100 homes destroyed by fire when Hurricane Sandy hit.|
(Reuters file photo from Wiki images)
The entire region was in a state of shock, millions without electricity for weeks, hundreds living in temporary shelters (and some with no homes to return to), and long gas lines. In New Jersey alone, over 73,000 homes and businesses were destroyed! Luckily, my relatives in New Jersey are OK and safe, although they sustained some damage to their homes and were without power for over a week.
Damage at my brother's home in Central New Jersey.The big tree (actually from a neighbor's yard) fell against the house, taking down the awning and gutters and damaging the side of the house, but luckily, it did not fall directly on the house and no one was injured.
This superstorm was so unusual and especially frightening because most hurricanes hitting the U.S. East Coast approach from the southern direction, so Northeastern coastal cities, while impacted, rarely feel the full force of the onslaught (unlike the storms they get in New Orleans, such as the terrible destruction they had with Hurricane Katrina in 2005). Hurricane Sandy, already the largest hurricane in diameter on record before it even approached the Northeast, took a highly unusual sharp left turn toward land at the U.S. coast with the eye making landfall at high tide and a full moon. The "perfect storm" and a perfect nightmare!
New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at a Benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
There is more than human cost to this tragedy. Many pets were lost or displaced as well. Here is a link to a heartwarming story in The Courier News about a New Jersey farm caring for pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
"There will be a few days of sorrow but then New Jerseyans will say the hell with it, let's get back to work." New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
New Jerseyans and New Yorkers are tough. We may be down but we are never out! We can still hope and we can still dream. And while I may not be in my home state of New Jersey right now, my heart is with everyone there!
©2012 JerseyLil’s 2 Cents