Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

We Are Safe!

We are safe and sound (and dry) here in our block in Brooklyn. Haven’t ventured outside yet, so don’t know what the rest of the neighborhood looks like, but on our block anyway there doesn’t seem to be any damage. In fact, the winds never got anywhere near as wild as I imagined. I took the video above about three hours before the worst of the storm hit and it did get crazier than what you can see there — I’d say the wind was twice as fierce — but it wasn’t as insane as I imagined. We’ve definitely seen more destructive weather since moving to the neighborhood over two years ago (in the video you can even see that one of the big trees lost many branches to a tornado last year).

I know many, many people have not been so lucky though and they are in my prayers. Northeast DW readers, check in when you’re able.  Is everyone OK?

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    Christy October 30, 2012, 9:02 am

    My gf and I are safe up in Baltimore–she lost power at her apartment, but we rescued all her food and it too is safe at my mother’s house. It doesn’t look like I lost power, but no one is at my apartment in DC, so I’ll see about that tomorrow. Otherwise, I think people around here fared pretty well, luckily.

    Did DC-area DWers notice that apparently Pepco did a better job on power than Dominion or BGE? Turns out million-dollar fines actually do something!

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      Christy October 30, 2012, 9:46 am

      Glad you’re safe, Wendy. The news out of NY doesn’t sound so great overall, so glad to hear you’re OK.

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      Eljay October 31, 2012, 10:05 am

      Glad you guys are ok! We’re in Parkville, and lost power before the storm even hit! I lost all my food, and the storm hadn’t even done it’s worst yet. I had to send my daughter to stay with her aunt because they had a generator, so at least she could have tv and food. I toughed it out at home alone in the dark. Ugh, so glad that’s over.

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    Lianne October 30, 2012, 9:06 am

    Boston barely got hit. We never lost power and just lots of leaves and such in the streets. I think the suburbs may have gotten it a little worse! Glad you’re all safe, Wendy!

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    jlyfsh October 30, 2012, 9:06 am

    Glad to hear you’re safe. I have a friend on Long Island who said that it’s pretty awful out there. Thankfully she and her family are ok. I’m sending good thoughts up that way!

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    Elle October 30, 2012, 9:35 am

    I was wondering about you, and I’m glad to see you’re safe. I’m safe too. Hope everyone else is too.

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    FireStar October 30, 2012, 9:46 am

    We saw pictures on the news of parts of Queens on fire – 50 houses or so – just terrible. 🙁 I hope everyone evacuated before.
    I’m feeling increasingly bad for the first responders – I hope they all stay safe in their rescue efforts today and no adrenaline junkie idiots put the rescue workers increasingly in harm’s way trying to save the idiots from themselves.

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    GatorGirl October 30, 2012, 9:53 am

    So glad the DWers are safe. My family is safe and sound in PA too.

    Boy I would hate to be in West Virginia right now!

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    TheGirlinME October 30, 2012, 10:00 am

    Glad you are safe! There were high winds and power outage in my town in ME. A phone pole fell on one of the company vans, but no one was harmed. Thinking of everyone & hoping for the best.

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    MissDre October 30, 2012, 10:18 am

    So glad you are safe, Wendy!

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    bethany October 30, 2012, 10:22 am

    We are fine in Philly! I was worried a few times last night though, the wind was crazy in the middle of the night. We slept downstairs because I was afraid a tree would fall on the house! We didn’t lose any trees or power, so it’s all good! And I got 2 days off work because the trains are still down!

    Glad to hear everyone is ok!

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    FossilChick October 30, 2012, 10:41 am

    I’m up in NH and there’s some bad flooding and power outages, but people in my area were pretty well-prepared. It’s also a decent temperature, making the lack of heat actually tolerable. I’m a storm preparation freak so we’ll have enough canned food and bottled water to last us the rest of storm season up here.

    Glad everyone seems to be doing all right!

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    the_optimist October 30, 2012, 9:41 am

    We’re safe here in Queens. Lots of scary wind and rain, but thankfully no broken windows, and we never lost power. Glad to hear you’re safe and I hope everyone else is too!!

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    Morgan October 30, 2012, 10:46 am

    Lost power briefly here in Baltimore and had some flooding, but nothing like what NJ saw. Had some friends in NJ not so lucky; they’re safe, but their houses flooded badly. Still need to go check my car; tree lined streets make it hard not to park near one, especially when all the parking along the harbor is (for good reason) closed. Kept hearing loud noises last night; I suspect some trees did go down.

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    Classic October 30, 2012, 11:10 am

    Oh Wendy, I’m relieved that your little family is safe– I was worried about you. And the other East Coast DWers who have checked in that you are OK, that is great news. All of you, please continue to be careful– in some of your cities, the damage is extensive, and it looks very hazardous outside.

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    temperance October 30, 2012, 11:21 am

    I’m glad to hear it! We’re safe in Delaware County, PA! Somehow, we managed to keep power, with the exception of like 3 minutes where it was down around 3:00 in the morning. It looks like my building might have lost a recycling bin.

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      Bethany October 30, 2012, 11:38 am

      In Chester County the only time I lost power was this morning around 10am for about 5 seconds! I was at Wegmans this morning (I needed to get out of the house), and a bunch of people were there buying ice…I guess they weren’t as lucky as us!

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        GatorGirl October 30, 2012, 1:47 pm

        Oh how I love that Wegmans!!

        My parents lost power for about 6 hours yesterday, but it was back on by mid afternoon. Seems like PA came out pretty unscathed.

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    Lindsay October 30, 2012, 11:29 am

    I’m glad you guys are OK! I’m safe in Brooklyn, too. I have a few friends without power, though, and one has stomach-deep water outside her place. Eek.

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    ktfran October 30, 2012, 11:56 am

    I’m happy you are ok!

    While living in Flordia, I experienced three hurricanes – Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005. Two of which were Cat 3s.

    I remember going through my first and when it was over thinking “that’s it?” The media built it up and scared people and really, it wasn’t horrible. The worst part was being without power for a week. That sucked.

    I know they can be bad and do cause devastation, but I feel as long as you are prepared and your City and State officials are prepared, hurricanes can be handles. I mean, this is one storm you know is coming, unlike tornadoes.

    Oh, and my last hurricane, Wilma, was a little scary. I saw large limbs fly over the skylight and the front door sounded as though it could have been ripped from the hinges.

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      jlyfsh October 30, 2012, 12:07 pm

      I was in Naples in the summer of 04 working on a sea turtle nesting beach. The storms completely destroyed nests after mid-July. It was awful. The destruction was pretty bad on the Gulf over all. I remember passing through towns and just being amazed at how many things were wiped out. My sister came down and I took her to Orlando and Charlie hit that week. A tornado came through and we watched the townhouses across from our hotel being hit. It was terrifying.

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    lets_be_honest October 30, 2012, 1:14 pm

    I’m sitting in my car charging my phone. No power since yesterday afternoon and they’re saying could be up to FIFTEEN days! One cold shower and no coffee was enough for me to decide to find a hotel with power if it’s not back in the morning, which is so doubtful. My whole town is covered in trees and electric wires. Pretty crazy! Neighbor had a tree crash through their roof so I really can’t complain. Everyone is safe though. Good luck fellow NE’ers.

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      theattack October 30, 2012, 1:18 pm

      I hope you get your power back soon!

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      Eljay October 31, 2012, 10:11 am

      lbh!! It’s so good to see you back! You’ve been missed. Glad you’re ok with the exception of the power outage. I’m still without power as well. But me & my girl are safe and that’s all that matters.

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    Addie Pray October 30, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Glad you are safe and sound, Wendy Boo Boo. (I dunno.)

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    lemongrass October 30, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Glad to hear everyone is okay. Having power outages suck! I’m lucky in that my house has a wood stove so we can still cook, heat and make coffee (should dig my bodum out of storage for the winter). Hurricanes on one coast, earthquakes on the other! Although the earthquakes didn’t cause real damage.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark October 30, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Wow, you lucked out Wendy… Very happy to hear it. Meanwhile, much of the area was hit so hard! Yikes… And yet NEITHER of the buffoons we are looking to elect next week as Presidiot even so much as breathed a word about climate change in the debates… Typical.

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