The Day After

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

Actually, our immediate neighborhood fared quite well. No major trees down. There are branches everywhere, and everything is covered in leaves, but we came through it well. Everyone’s house in tact. The power played games with us, but we did not lose it for very long. We all had very minor issues. Never even fired up the generator.

Deck Lattice Down! I Repeat, We Have Deck Lattice Down Fence Fail
Biggest Branch Trees Still Have Leaves

I am pleased to have strong trees. That branch on our walkway was literally the biggest thing that came down in the yard, and a few of my trees even kept their leaves. The next neighborhood over did not fare so well. Multiple downed trees. Here’s the local Catholic Church from that neighborhood:

Local Catholic Church - Hurricane Sandy Local Catholic Church - Hurricane Sandy

It was difficult to get around over there. We saw a house that had at least six trees fallen on it. The overall structure looked OK, so I doubt anyone was seriously injured, but there were people outside looking at the situation with emergency personnel, so out of respect I did not take a picture of that.

Much of my trepidation was a belief that the meteorologists don’t have a whole lot of live examples of hurricanes getting swallowed by arctic low pressure systems. The last was the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991 which I recall being epic. That extratropical transition happened out to sea. This one was going to happen right near us over land. So is it going to be as bad as the Halloween Nor’easter, or will it be worse? If it’s going to be worse, let’s see, I have a dozen trees, all of which could hit the houses or cars if they went over. Well, it was pretty much the same as the Halloween Nor’easter, I’d say. It seems when a hurricane gets consumed by that, it just spreads its energy out over a very wide area, so I guess it doesn’t matter a whole lot where it happens. But I’m glad we came through with nary a scratch. I’d rather over-prepare then under-prepare, and the beer is still cold. We now will return, shortly, once I read something other than storm news, to regularly scheduled blogging.

7 thoughts on “The Day After”

  1. Glad to hear you can through this unscathed.

    The leaves were going to come down sooner than later anyway. At least now, you won’t have to rake and re-rake them.

    I feel sorry for those folks with the tree across their wrought iron fence. I’m guessing it won’t be cheap to repair that.

  2. Glad you came out ok!

    Also: 100 Bonus points have been assigned to you for the Ghostbusters reference.

  3. Glad to see you came out unscathed.

    Here in Upstate New York, the storm was forecast to roll right over us, although with diminished energy from what you guys got. They forecast high winds and heavy rain through the night.

    I woke up this morning to peaceful skies, the clouds dissipating and the rain stopped. I didn’t even see any branches down in our yard, and given the number of trees we have it’s common for branches to fall even during normal weather.

  4. Out in central PA, even with the center of the storm supposedly on top of us, just a bit breezy and raining, and raining, and…..

    You get the idea.

    Nothing blown around, not trees or even branches blown down. Was no worse than a summer thunderstorm rolling thru wind wise. Power flickered once or twice, not even enough to mess up the clocks!

    Talked to my Mom in Ocean City this morning, other than her cable is out no problems for her, electric and phone still working.

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