I was under the distinct impression that hurricane season was over. Unfortunately for those in the Northeast region of the United States, there is an important distinction that many failed to realize: tropical hurricanes are not the only ones that can hit our coasts. Hurricane Sandy is affecting Northeastern States and extends as far inland as Ohio and West Virginia. Any coastal cities have taken the biggest hit, as parts of Manhattan, Long Island and several locations in New Jersey are experiencing flooding and destruction to a scale that this country hasn’t seen since Hurricane Katrina.
No one is going to say that the current destruction is more catastrophic than Katrina was to New Orleans and other Gulf areas, but the destruction is inarguably more widespread and is still continuing. The involvement of major cities like New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City makes the current storm all the more newsworthy. When flooding is seen in Manhattan, there is a shock factor of relating to the movie The Day After Tomorrow, in which unseasonable and shockingly destructive super storms flood and trap people in New York City and ultimately lead to a new ice age in the Northern Hemisphere. We all hope and pray that Sandy isn’t a precursor to the Mayan calendar prediction, but it is certainly a scary force of nature.
There are many pictures that have been taken of the storm, and the damage it has caused – some not current like the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in DC (actually taken in September), and some active like a giant crane hanging in the middle of Midtown New York waiting to crash down. Another less common, but shocking in the reality of the flooding, is a dumpster floating down the street turned river near the Manhattan Bridge.