Right now I’m at neighbor using a borrowed Win 7 notebook jacked into unlocked WiFi from who knows where.
The Bible talks of a thief in the night.
And that’s exactly what Superstorm Sandy was.
After two days of teasing us, when darkness fell on Monday night, its energy was finally unleashed when no one could see it coming.
I am lucky. I survived (and so have the herd of cats).
Right now, Con Ed says they don’t anticipate re-establishing power to my small branch until November 9-10th. Meanwhile all of the areas surrounding mine had power restored yesterday. Why Con Ed wired things this way, only they know.
Apparently I’m FOLO: First Off, Last On.
Power was lost shortly after I tweeted:
**DOUBLE RED ALERT** Line down nearby and SPARKING. Lights off imminent!—
Mike Cane (@mikecane) October 29, 2012
It took across the street another half hour to lose lights.
Down the hill, it took another hour.
Throughout the night, I watched the night sky brighten with the blue coronas of transformers exploding in the distance. There were well over twenty. It was like being in a war zone, with the wind gusts as the sound of weaponry.
The Zone A destruction in my area is unbelievable. There was no hint of it happening during the night. I heard nothing, saw nothing. In the morning I went out with my camera. I must have said “Holy shit!” over a hundred times.
I have well over one hundred photos to post once I have electricity again. I don’t know how much of this destruction has been posted or published already. As far as I know, it hasn’t even been mentioned.
New York City has been turned into the biggest disaster movie in history. The irony being most of us living this drama can’t see the full extent of it.
Most of you Out There probably know more about what’s happened than I do.
The mainstream news radio stations have been pathetic in their coverage.
Example one: The ferry docks on both the Manhattan and Staten Island side have been damaged. The two news stations in NYC never mentioned that nor the extent of the damage. No one from the ferry service was ever interviewed to explain what’s happening. I still don’t know anything beyond that!
Example two: Many people are relying on battery-powered or even hand-cranked radios to get this news. And they’re running commercials. How much faster are batteries dying in order for people in a disaster area to be sold something? This is inexcusable.
I would have gotten more and better information had I a smartphone with access to Twitter!
Yet the mainstream media wonders why their audiences are plummeting and the Internet is killing them!
Many people lost their lives. A Staten Island mother was separated from her two kids in the unexpected torrent of water from the shore. She survived. Two days later they found the bodies of her children, aged two and four.
Many people lost everything they had. All of you Out There have probably seen the footage from Breezy Point, where a firestorm wiped out five blocks of homes, around one hundred and eleven in all.
Four degrees separated from me, I heard of someone trapped in his garage for several hours, with water up to his chin. He was rescued when someone heard his screaming. Everything he owned and worked for was wiped out.
I’ve heard of other communities totally destroyed too, but have not been able to see any photos or hear in-depth coverage.
Many lives have been reset to zero. Some of those people will never recover from this, despite all the claims of aid from FEMA and others. The mental trauma alone might cause some people to break into pieces that can never be assembled again.
The radio this morning mentioned a possible Nor’easter is shaping up to hit us again sometime next week. If Con Ed sustains more damage from that, my area will probably be pushed down the list again and power won’t be restored until well after the end of next week.
I won’t freeze to death in the dark, though. I’ve done Doom prep by sleeping out in extreme weather — rainstorms, prior hurricanes, snowstorms, even blizzards with temperatures approaching zero. Hell, Sunday night I was sleeping outside in a tent because I wanted to see for myself if the forecasted 2AM turn by Sandy would happen. I didn’t sleep outside Monday night, however, and I feel sorry for those who were forced to be outside during the full force of that superstorm.
This will be my only online communication until full power has been restored to my area.