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“Sandy” is Right! October 28, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Travel & Leisure.

We went to the beach yesterday to watch the waves.  It was sunny and warm (in the 70′s) but the wind was fierce and blowing sand stung our bare legs.

The Gulf, normally placid, looked positively angry as it churned away.

We didn’t stay long.

The beach, less populated than usual, contained pockets of people parked in the sand, despite the relentless sand Sandy was flinging at them.

Not many braved the churning surf with RED FLAGS whipping above the lifeguard stand.

We beat a hasty retreat.

Wish Hurricane Sandy would do the same.   Then we could all breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you are in Sandy’s path . . . stay safe.


1. ericjbaker - October 28, 2012

Sandy? Never heard of her.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

We’ve lived in Sandy’s expected path . . . whether she heads toward NJ, VA, SC, NC, or MD. We have so many friends, old neighbors, and family members who are apt to be impacted in a negative way by her wind, rain, and power outages.

Fingers crossed that she settles down and steers right into the Atlantic. Stay Safe!

ericjbaker - October 28, 2012

Thanks. It appears that I am at ground zero for darling Sandy. I’m not sure what’s worse, though.. the storm or the hyperbole. I was in New York last night, where thousands were out in Halloween costumes, partying the night away. Tour boats were out cruising the Hudson. Restaurants were packed.

I get home and read on the internet that NYC is in lockdown mode! Martial law is declared! It’s eerily quiet! Um, not in the NY where I was…

It’s helpful when media outlets do their part to keep people safe, but I thinking they are crossing the line into causing panic for the sake of clicks and TV ratings.

Anyway, stay dry and hope the power keep flowing.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Yes! There is an element of “sensationalism” tossed into the mix every time a natural disaster looms. And the nicknames, such as Frankenstorm, tend to add to the panic mod engendered.

Glad you had a chance to enjoy NYC last night.

2. suzicate - October 28, 2012

She’s kicking it up here, too! Stay safe.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

We’ve been watching the Weather Channel for the past hour. What a massive storm system . . . 900 miles across. WOW!

3. Pocket Perspectives - October 28, 2012

Wish she’d shift course and head out into the Atlantic….here’s hoping. Stay safe, all in her path.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Fingers crossed . . . but even if she does, the storm surge is apt to be massive.

4. granny1947 - October 28, 2012

Fingers crossed for you here…am worrying about Souldipper with the earthquake.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

I’ve been so focused on Sandy that I hadn’t heard about an earthquake. Thanks for tuning me in, Granny.

Crowing Crone Joss - October 28, 2012

Amy posted just a little while ago. She is fine! phew.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Thanks, Joss. Good to know Amy is “in the clear.”

5. CMSmith - October 28, 2012

I finally woke up to the news about Sandy this morning. I feel like I have been off-planet for a while. Mark and I watch CNN regularly at home, but our son and daughter-in-law rarely have the TV on. It’s been kind of nice missing out on the final days of the election brew-ha-ha, but I’d like to know if Florida or another state on the east coast gets blown away by a hurricane. Stay safe.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Florida is probably now out of harm’s way . . . NYC is gearing up for the worst. Schools closed tomorrow. Mass Transit shut down at 7 pm tonight. Etc.

Glad that you had a respite from the election news while visiting your son and grandkids.

6. barb19 - October 28, 2012

Let’s hope and pray Sandy steers herself into the Atlantic, then everyone can heave a sigh of relief.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

It’s hard to keep our eyes off her . . . she is massive.

7. jannatwrites - October 28, 2012

I hope the weather doesn’t get too bad for you. I haven’t caught the weather for a few days, but I’ll be watching tonight. (I’ve heard about Sandy, though…I do work for an insurance company, after all :))

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Surf’s Up here! We watched a windsurfer today who was taking advantage of the wind and the waves to sail through the air. Surfers out enjoying themselves too.

And it’s C~O~L~D~E~R than it’s been since last January. Other than that, we’re good. Just concerned about our friends due North.

8. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 28, 2012

Worried about lots of friends up the northeast coast. Glad you are clear now! Watching the Weather Channel every hour!

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

We’ve had it on most of the day . . . I keep hoping to hear some good news about her strength or size abating.

9. Crowing Crone Joss - October 28, 2012

I don’t have TV but am keeping an eye on the satellite and radar images. Here’s the latest notice:
Environment Canada expects it will bring a lot of wind and rain by Tuesday.

“Strong and gusty winds everywhere from southern Ontario and in through Quebec and into the Maritimes,” Environment Canada stated in a Sunday afternoon update. “Given the track of the storm and the sheer size, we’re looking at the risk of some potentially high waves coming onshore.”

Environment Canada expects those swells could reach eight metres in the southern part of Nova Scotia. They are also forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain Tuesday heading into Wednesday in parts of the region. The storm swells could be a concern for communities along the Bay of Fundy where the world’s highest tides will be affected not only by the winds and rains, but also a full moon on Monday night.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

There are now several Blizzard Advisories in effect too. Wild weather for October. Stay warm. Stay dry. Stay safe.

10. ryoko861 - October 28, 2012

Sandy will have an impact all up and down the eastern seaboard. Storm surges will be massive as well as power outages and flooding. Trees will be down all over the place. I really doubt it’s “hyperbole”. Of course there wasn’t any reason to worry last night in NY. The storm wasn’t any where near the state! Now? It’s bearing down on NYC and NJ and Delaware. The next three days will be interesting.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

I talked to my brother who lives 3 miles from the Jersey Coast ~ definitely issues with storm surge, flooding, power outages, trees down, etc.

Unless Sandy veers away from the coast, millions of people are going to feel her impact.

11. Three Well Beings - October 29, 2012

I am so far away, but I am concerned for so many! Hope this turns out to be much less powerful than projections! 😦

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Me too. It’s hard to be a “bystander” knowing that there is nothing to do but wait.

12. sufilight - October 29, 2012

I am far now, but, practically everyone that is a part of my life is in various states in the East Coast, so I pray everyone stays safe.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Same here, Marie. We’ve lived in all the states that will be affected . . . and have good friends in each. Fingers crossed that the predictions exceed Sandy’s impact.

13. bluebee - October 29, 2012

Yes, go away, Sandy! Talk about wreaking havoc!

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

After such a quiet Hurricane season, Sandy seems determined to write one for the record books.

14. colonialist - October 29, 2012

I was watching the Sandy news this evening with a great deal of concern for all those who are likely to be affected. Obama made a good point about the stubborn ones who refuse to evacuate simply adding to the risk to rescue services.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Yup! When people don’t do what they can to help themselves, they shouldn’t expect rescue personnel to “save them.” If they want to ride out the storm in situ, we should let them ride it out . . . come hell or high water.

colonialist - October 29, 2012

Agreed. I think it should be spelt out that rescuers will not be permitted into the evacuation zones – they will be presumed cleared.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Once you are firmly established as King High Mucky Muck THERE . . . come over HERE and help us get sorted out.


In the meantime, we’ll do what we can with what we have where we are . . . even if the ship is sinking faster than we can bail out the baby with the bathwater. 😆

15. Andra Watkins - October 29, 2012

We got a lot of rain, but it’s cool and sunny today.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Same here, but our “old haunts” are getting hammered . . . or washed away to sea. And the eye of the storm is still 100 miles offshore.

It’s gonna be a long night.

16. viviankirkfield - October 29, 2012

Hope you and your family are ok, Nancy…and prayers for all in the path of the storm…Mother Nature is awesome…but can be destructive!

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Vivian. We’re fine down here in FL but family in NJ and MD had to “Batten Down the Hatches.” Literally and figuratively. Last time we checked in with them: Power out . . . but spirits high.

17. Perfecting Motherhood - October 31, 2012

For once, a hurricane made a lot more damage up North than in the South. Pretty scary, but at least you know what’s coming and when, unlike the wildfires we get here, which are completely unpredictable.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Wildfires and Earthquakes are scary to me . . . they often arrive with no advance warning. Tornadoes too.

With a hurricane, you almost always have time to evacuate.

18. William D'Andrea - November 3, 2012

My electricity came back on last evening, after being out since late Monday afternoon. I am okay. My house was undamaged. I live more than 5 miles inland; so there was no inundation in my neighborhood, but there was still tremendous damage. Many very large, ancient trees came down, along with power lines. Fortunately, no one in my neighborthood was injured.

Here on Long Island, New York, there is still a tremendous amount of damage, and power loss that won’t be completely restored until next weekend. I was without power until last night; so I saw no news reports until this morning. I had no idea just how bad things are, until then.

I still haven’t got all my thought toughts together about this. once I do, I’ll have much more to say about these things; both on this blog and others.

My prayers are for all of you to be safe.

nrhatch - November 3, 2012

Glad that you have power back . . . electricity is a convenience we often take for granted.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

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