Posted by Bob Greenberger on November 1, 2012
It was everything they warned us Hurricane Sandy would be. I applaud the federal, state, and local officials for sounding the alarm early enough and systematically shutting down roads and services in a manner that ensured we would all be safely tucked into our homes.
While at first Fairfield was told to expect 6-10 inches of water, the storm shifted and we got the wind end of the Hurricane instead. All Monday afternoon our lights blinked now and then and our Uverse services shut down twice for five minutes each. We knew losing power was likely so around 5, I completed work on my manuscript and shut everything down. Deb and I simultaneously hit on the notion of cooking dinner early, just in case. About ten minutes after the quick meal was done, we lost power at 5:25 p.m.
Armed with lanterns and flashlights, we rode out the storm as the winds picked up and the sounds were ominous. We read and played cards and hoped for the best.
Tuesday, we woke to see that the worst was over. The lack of rain meant our basement didn’t flood but we did lose a considerable number of branches and one tree limb, which hit the shed in the rear of the backyard, denting it. It took about an hour to gather all the downed wood. Upon hearing from neighbors that a portion of Black Rock Turnpike had power, we ran over in search of coffee, marveling at the tree damage along the way. The few restaurants open were jammed with cars and lines everywhere. We wisely parked behind some stores and strolled down to the Doughnut Inn. No food but nice, hot coffee and as we walked back to the car, twice we were stopped by people asking where it came from. Our national caffeine addiction is pretty strong. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »