It’s crazy that even though I lived near the Southeast coast for four years in college I never experienced a hurricane until moving up to the Northeast. I didn’t know what to expect since I’m about half a mile from the Long Island Sound. I did an emergency grocery store run. I filled the bathtub with water. I charged my phone, computer, and my Kindle Fire. I was set!
There was talk Sunday night of a possible emergency evacuation for my apartment building. Thankfully, that never happened, but I did see a lot of people leaving with suitcases and dogs in tow. It started getting nasty Monday morning. It was only sprinkling, but the wind was insane! In addition, the Long Island Sound had risen so much that a lighthouse, usually sitting on a hill of rocks, was almost completely submerged.
|Before the storm hit – I’m pretty close to the water!|
|That white and black thing in the water is the lighthouse!|
Lily and I chilled inside throughout the day. We were very productive at first, but then we just watched a bunch of movies and ate gummy bears. It didn’t really start storming until the evening. The worst of the storm was supposed to hit my area around midnight, but that time came and went. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have gone for a leisurely stroll outside last night, but I never felt unsafe being indoors. The lights flicked a lot, but I never lost power or water. I was a happy camper because I didn’t have to camp!
|I woke up to some blue skies!|
|The water has gone down a bit – you can now see the rocks by the lighthouse.|
|This is the only damage I’ve seen near me – some broken tiles near the pool.|
This morning looked like just another average, rainy day. The boats look safe and secure. The water has receded. I see blue skies peeking through the clouds. It is still windy out though. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be much damage near me. I can officially say I survived my first hurricane! I made some good Tumblr posts in the process:
I saw on the news that other areas weren’t so lucky. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Continue to stay safe, everyone!