Hurricane Sandy

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by missing, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    My town finally has an estimated restoration date for power - either tomorrow at 11PM or Sunday at 11PM depending on which source you read. Gas is still touch and go. Last night one station was closed and the other had 40 cars in line, but today the first station had gas again. I got there early and there was no line.

    Last night on my way home I stopped and picked up a hot dinner again at one of the restaurants that was open and I got one for my neighbor as well. He was so thankful that he insisted on either taking me out or cooking a dinner for me when this is all over "if you don't mind being seen with an old fart like me". :loll: He is a sweet old guy who goes out of his way to help the old women who live alone in the condo and I was glad I could do something nice for him.
  2. cruisin

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    Thanks again for the fridge advice :). Believe it or not, the milk is still cold, in a container of ice, in the freezer.

    NYC Marathon -they should postpone it. For all of the reasons above. And because the city doesn't need more people getting in the way. My son has tickets for some big concert in the Times Square area, on Saturday. I told him he should NOT go! There is no reason to go into a disaster area unless you are providing aid or its an emergency. Tomorrow is not a night for partying in NYC. I will be very angry/disappointed in him if he goes.

    Still no power. And all we're getting is it could be 7 to 10 days. That's what they said from first day. So is it 7 to 10 days from then or now? This is so frustrating!
  3. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I disagree. If logistics allow, I think the Marathon should continue, for a lot of reasons. First, it's revenue for the city. Second, it tells the world that NY is open for business, which is extra important now. Third, it helps New Yorkers carry on, with hope that some sense of normal is returning and it's all gonna be fine in the end. It's not ignoring what's happened; it's giving people strength to move forward.

    As for the concert, same thing. Times Square outside the worst disaster zone AFAIK, and the sooner it can get back to functioning, the better. If your son is coming from NJ, I can see not clogging up the roadways unnecessarily - but if he's using public transportation or he's already in the city, why not? Are people supposed to stop having any fun until every light is back on and every service is restored and every home is rebuilt? I think people need some fun right now, and need the comraderie of others.
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  4. skatesindreams

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    Sending support, patience, and (((((hugs)))) to everyone dealing with the aftermath of the storm.
  5. Stormy

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    Thank you! They did get in touch with her after she was able to charge her phone. :) I appreciate the info!
  6. purple skates

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    When the town where I work was hit by the tornado, it was amazing how many offers of help came from private people living in other states (not to mention the outpouring from people in state).

    I don't see it mentioned in this thread, but she did check in in Sekret Sources last night. She still has no power, but is ok.
  7. mrr50

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    Concerning generators. We have a natural gas generator at one house and a gasoline powered the other. I confess I am rather ignorant about them but can tell you I prefer the natural gas. It was installed by the gas company and comes on automatically when the power goes. It powers more appliances than the gasoline and is not noisy. The gasoline was professionally wired in by a licensed electrician. Neither my husband nor I are very handy so we depend on others for that type of stuff.
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  8. Catherine M

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    Of all the post Sandy stories I've seen, the one about the two little boys drowning out on Staten Island is the hardest to deal with. I feel for the parents having to live the rest of their lives knowing that their decisions--first not to evacuate and secondly by the mother to attempt to flee the surge--resulted in the loss of their children.

    Hopefully others will learn from this couple's mistakes. It should be a lesson for all who live along the coast: if you are told to evacuate, do so.
  9. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Not all the way to Albany. But 87 North to route 90 east, which becomes the Pike in Mass. This usually adds 30 minutes to the trip. It's more miles for sure, but usually much less traffic, so it only adds about 30 minutes when we do it. But yes, the TZB/684/84/Pike route is normally quicker. We do the "towards Albany" route when we know that traffic through CT will be excessive.

    I'd never drive 95 to Boston. You'd have to be insane. ;)
  10. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    They seem to have power in much of Mahwah now. Also in Suffern. But in that area, not as far south as Ridgewood yet. Yet one of my students in Irvington just got her power back. Where are you located, and how close are you to a town that does have power? That may help you guess when you may get it back.

    Much of my town got it back yesterday, but not all, and the town next to mine, Greenwood Lake, is still out. So it's coming back in dribs and drabs.

    I think they say the 7-10 days because the reality is that they won't know how quickly they can get power back on until they get in there to assess the damage, and sometimes, in some neighborhoods, there are other factors involved, such as downed trees, broken gas lines, etc., which impact their ability to work. I hope you're one of those whose power comes back faster than that 7-10 days!
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  11. milanessa

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    I'd go with natural gas if I had a choice but it's not available in my neighborhood.
  12. aliceanne

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    Thanks. It looks like slow going. About 500 homes our of 7500 have been restored. She does have a gas stove and her landline is working, so that is some consolation. I guess hospitals, grocery stores, and gas stations take priorty.
  13. aliceanne

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    One thing I have noticed is that the devasting fires in Queens and Mantoloking were caused by ruptured gas lines due to flooding. I'm not sure why that happens. Although gas utilities are good to have when the electicity is out, that is not very reassuring.
  14. Debbie S

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    Irvington is close to South Orange, right? Hopefully, my friend there will get her power back soon.
  15. cruisin

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    Jenny, I understand your point, but they need hotels and food services for those who had to leave their homes and for rescue/repair workers. They can put the marathon off a week or two, that shouldn't dash anyone's hopes for normal :). As for my son, he is in NJ. I don't think he should be trying to go to the city. Not just because of clogging, but for his own safety. Hoboken is a good example of how this might not be finished. The surge water finally started to recede and a water main broke. I don't want him on the PATH right now, I don't think it's safe.

    Garr, we're in Morris County. Part of our town never lost power, some areas are back on. Morristown never lost power in the center, but outside the center it's out. We lose power at the drop of a hat here. I believe it is because we are such a high elevation. Last year, our neighborhood came back in 3 sections, over 3 days. We were last :(. We have, big time, cabin fever!

    Cleaned out fridge and put cups of baking soda in it. Also propped the door, slightly, open. After I cleaned it, it smelled better. It just faintly has that smell like a wet paper bag. Freezer has a tub of ice with milk & yoghurt. Seems to be okay, so far. Can't believe I'm so obsessed with the fridge LOL!
  16. mkats

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    I don't blame you. When we were out power in DC last summer for 5 days, the fridge smelled so horrible we had to clean in shifts or we'd get lightheaded. (One housemate had just made a trip to some Asian market and packed the freezer full of pork belly :yikes: before leaving...)
  17. B.Cooper

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    If you have access to GasBuddy.com, and type in your local town or zip code, you can find stations that have gas. People are being pretty good about posting updates with prices.
  18. Rogue

    Rogue Sexy Superhero

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    Or he can go in early, help with clean-up, deliver supplies, etc., and then relax at the concert afterwards.
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  19. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

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    I'm here! :cheer:

    Still No power in Hudson County, but no looting either. I think the cool weather is keeping people from getting too riled up. All I do is walk around town all day. Some delis are selling coffee and pizzerias are able to make pies. Most businesses are shut though. Lots of trees down in the parks and some trees on cars and houses.
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  20. Rob

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    They put a photo of this house in the paper -- it is on the right under the "Top Hurricane Sandy Photos" headline. The yellow house with the Union Beach Decimated caption. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/from_the_sky_jersey_shores_fam.html
  21. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Did you clean the seals of the doors as well? And the pan under the fridge? If not, then those can also retain the smell, so if the smell continues, try cleaning those and see if it helps.
  22. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    The gas stations in my town all have gas today, so if you're in N. NJ or etc. and really need gas, drive to Monroe, NY, exit 130 off route 17 in NY State. You'll wait in line, but you'll get gas. Monroe is 35 minutes north of Ramsey, NJ.
  23. milanessa

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    What a great idea!
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    This brilliant child of mine called her dad last time she was on 287 and asked if she was supposed to be going west, ah no, you are basically going east when going to MA, now she has a map and written directions. We always used TZ to get to 95, even though longer than GW route, because one time we had a car break down on GW and there was nowhere to pull over and also because the shot out of it and onto 95 is scary even at best hours, TZ is tame.

    I think we always went on 95 through CT because for 50 years, whenever we traveled we were headed for the Cape. To get to Boston proper, I now get it that through Hartford makes sense. In my mind, 95 is more direct than Hartford because of all those years of habit. And even with her best friend's parents living outside of Boston, they are on the southeast side, so again, 95 worked for when we visited them right next to Boston.

    Very proud of DD this time, on her own she plugged route into GPS before she left (and I am still arguing with DH who said he couldn't do that?), which kept trying to get her to go to 95 (actually must be more direct?), over and over, she was driving my newish car for the first time, and since we didn't teach her the GPS, she was learning it on the fly, literally at 55-65mph, (I think there might be a way to select alternate route?), then she turned off the car GPS when it bugged her enormously and used her phone GPS, which was fine.

    We have only driven this car once on highway since I bought it last January. Being a mini SUV, although I love and adore this car, it seems to be a slight gas guzzler, so we weren't sure it could make it on one full tank. Albany was a great second choice if there were also gas problems in Hartford, as in NJ/CT, we didn't know how far that extended.

    Hope the route home still has gas on Sunday because she will leave Boston full but also will fill up around Hartford to make sure.

    I am very sorry for the people standing in 2-3 hour lines for gas in NJ, at the shore, and for those, even taxis, having gas problems in NYC. What a mess. And lack of gas or electricity for pumping it is something one has no control over, unlike where one buys a generator to solve power problems. Although I was freaked out about my DD traveling, it makes our potential problems seem small in comparison. And the Govs or whoever would be in charge of getting gas need to step up to the plate.
  25. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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  26. Garden Kitty

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  28. snoopy

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    My insignificant snark is that my parent’s power won’t be restored until Monday night. I am fine with them staying with me but they aren’t……they hate my stairs and don’t know how to operate anything in my house. I wouldn’t think it is torture to camp out at your daughter’s place for a week but they apparently disagree.
  29. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    :rofl: Did you steal my mother and her husband?
  30. Nan

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    They need to just smile and say, "Thank you." There are a lot of people who don't have family to go to.
  31. cruisin

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    Rogue, I can't see my son doing that. Plus he has so much studying to do. I also worry about his safety getting back and forth.

    :yikes: times a hundred!

    I think your parents are truly lucky to have you. So, I am sending appreciative hugs on their behalf :). My parents would have been like yours. Just know you are being a great daughter!
  32. allezfred

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    There are lots of competitors who travel from overseas. 500 runners have travelled from Ireland alone, so I can imagine that from other countries the numbers will be even greater. When the Mayor has said it's going ahead, it would be wrong to go and cancel it now.
  33. missing

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    WNBC is reporting that the Marathon won't be held this Sunday.
  34. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Why, yes, let's divert resources at a critical time to pampering largely well-off visitors and foreigners while desperate, working class locals have to fend and forage for themselves. Brilliant idea.
    http://on.wsj.com/QbQb0f

    Finally. Makes you wonder where officials' priorities were all along.
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  36. cruisin

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    Well said. Diverting police and security for a race would be ridiculous.
  37. judiz

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    Those generators need oil to run , the oil has to be refilled after 100 hours of usage and then checked every eight hours. Last night our generator didn't like the oil change and stopped, thankfully we were able to get it started again.
  38. judiz

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    Public schools closed until Wednesday, another storm forecasted for Tuesday night, people posting on facebook which gas stations have gas and which are expecting shipments, by the time it's posted there are 100 cars on line. A gas station on Route 208 in Fair Lawn must had gotten a shipment, there were people running up the exit ramp with gas containers.
  39. judiz

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    The lights went out in the child care center where I teach, every child started crying thinking the hurricane was coming back.
  40. Lorac

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    I agree - I was astonished that it wasn't cancelled on Tuesday after it became clear the amount of devestation that some areas had experienced - especially Staten Island.