Yep, like last year, the Northeast is once again hit with a pretty big storm just in time for my favorite time of the year, Halloween. Of course, my love for the “holiday” pales in comparison with the potential damage that this hurricane/tropical storm Sandy is capable of. And being that my ears have been glued to the television for a good part of the day, the damage is inevitable.
Talks of records being broken, bridges being closed, the NYC harbor threatening to cause massive floods – I cannot help but think of the numerous disaster films that peg NYC as a “no-doubter” to be hit… hard. Of course, when watching such a film (see, Deep Impact, Knowing, Independence Day – OK so it’s not a natural disaster but NYC being destroyed still holds true here) I usually roll my eyes, shrug my shoulders and mutter, to no one in particular, “Of course!”
Of course, watching it on film and going through something barrel through your home state and its neighbors (Jersey, Penn, Mass, Conn, etc.) with so much devastation doesn’t quite compare. I know, many out there go through this on a constant basis – I’m looking at you Florida and Tornado Alley. But, us NY’ers once prided ourselves on not being victims to natural disasters aside from the annoying Nor’Easter which beings us a barrage of snow (I’m so sick of snow) or torrential downpours, we never really experienced (at least in my lifetime) the likes of a hurricane in NY. Yes, there was Irene just a year ago but all these news reporters are making this one out to be even worse.
So, yes, I think this can go right along any horror film or scary story when I say this is pretty creepy stuff going on here in NY. Add to this the slight tremor we felt about a year ago as well (I call it mini-quake), I’d say that something just doesn’t feel right.
It is approximately 4:20 PM as I am writing this. The winds are picking up and the rain is coming down. Outside my window, I can hear the faint sound of the howling wind. It is growing louder by the minute it seems as the storm gets closer to us.
On the news, evacuation orders have been put into place, a collapsed crane is dangling down the side of a high-rise building in downtown Manhattan and they have just announced that we have yet to see the worse. I’ve been through this once only its name was Hurricane Andrew. It wasn’t pleasant and I can only hope that we don’t see anything quite like it here in NY.
Was the Northeast some sort of target? Yeah, bit of a stretch but the trajectory of this storm was a bit… strange. But, I get it, these things happen but sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder.
As Bob Dylan once sang, “Oh, the times, they are a’changing!”