Sandy, day two – open thread.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Ta-Nehisi still has yesterday’s open thread up, with 509 comments (as of 9:45 am, Tuesday) so…. [UPDATE: In the meantime, he’s posted about hurricane coverage]. Here’s a quieter place to gather if folks are looking for one.

Much love to all our East Coasters – let us know how you are, ok?

xo,
ellaesther

63 Comments

  1. koolaide

     /  October 30, 2012

    Hope everyone is safe. Not having cable tv meant I didn’t watch the myriad of reporters getting washed out by the storm–no cnn or weather channel or the like for me.

    One of Mitt’s tax avoidance schemes seems to have made the news today/yesterday. Wonder if anyone will notice since it’s wall to wall Sandy news.

    • I’m hearing good stuff from our Horde pals on the Twitters, but of course, any folks who can’t check in can’t check in to tell us that there’s trouble! Fingers crossed for everyone.

      • koolaide

         /  October 30, 2012

        True. And not everyone is on twitter. What are some of the better blogs for following storm/damage? I dislike cnn’s webpage. During Katrina, the Times-Picayune in NOLA did amazing work.

        One of the other Atlantic bloggers had a good post about fake/real photos from the storm.

        • koolaide

           /  October 30, 2012

          argh. no edit button…. The reports/scenes from the fires are Water all around but not able to put out the fires.

        • I would go to the cities’ newspaper sites, and the weather channel, I think. My approach is always to think: Who has the most invested in this story (whatever the story is)? Whoever that is will be doing the best job on the ground. (And newspapers are less likely to be reporting rumors and so on than less well established sources).

  2. mythopoeia

     /  October 30, 2012

    People in the storm’s path who have checked in with the news that they and theirs are well on Facebook: ajw93, Mama_Z, WAKnight, R_Bargis, Plumeting_Sloath, anibundel, michigan_reader, K_Cox, Craig, Bookwoman (via me), Rhialto.

    • mythopoeia

       /  October 30, 2012

      David Litvak just checked in as well. I’m heading out in a few minutes, so will pause relaying further updates.

      • caoil

         /  October 30, 2012

        Didn’t someone say last night that sara_l_r was okay too, though they’d lost…cable? power? I’m drawing a blank here.

    • Thank you for this!

    • taylor16

       /  October 30, 2012

      Rosiland, scone, and JonF311 are also reporting in as safe.

      So glad to hear from the Horders. I could not believe the pics coming in last night. If there’s anything any of us can do from afar to help, let us know…

    • mythopoeia

       /  October 30, 2012

      Back in. BenjaminTheAss, carlosthedwarf, and Mian_Toris say they are fine.

  3. All is normal here. In Beverly this was the wind equivalent of a major snowstorm. Ailing trees fall down, some power outages. Our power stayed on here aside from a flicker when the first real wind hit, which is par for the course. Raging blizzard and three feet of snow? No problem. Random sunny day? BOOM. Storm surge wasn’t much thanks to the odd wind direction. Wind was REALLY odd. You’d have a stand of trees dancing, and 30 feet away, a stand of taller trees would be stock still, then the reverse. Standard wind tunnels were calm, calm places were wind tunnels.

    Points east were good. Saw a friend from Gloucester while getting coffee and they said they had a lot of wind, but no big tree incidents or power outages which is more surprising since Gloucester/Rockport is effectively an island. Lost cable and phone service was garbled, but that was the extent. Saw a few images from Plum Island in Newburyport, and that didn’t look good, but the houses there are right on the beach, so that’s not surprising. North of here is a lot more wooded and there seems to have been more outages up there around the Merrimack River.

    South of here was worse. Lynn had a voluntary evac of some low lying areas, with some spectacular stuff on the beach, but nothing crisis. My dad in Southie reported a lot more wind and debris, but never lost power as far as he said. Some of the lower lying areas got whacked, but nothing particularly epic. The further south you go, the bigger the problems. A friend is from the Vineyard, and I’m assuming they got onto the mainland. Heard they had hurricane force sustained there.

    • Thanks for the report. I spent a big chunk of yesterday realizing just how many people I care for were out there in the path.

      • The scope of this storm is truly epic. I mentioned it a couple times on Twitter, but for the last few days the Earth has had a Great White Spot. Look at any of the visible light shots from space of Sandy that have been posted, then go find a picture of Jupiter with the Great Red Spot on it. Sandy is calling the meteorological tune over nearly a quarter of the globe.

    • efgoldman

       /  October 30, 2012

      Here in Northern RI, well inland and well elevated, we are fine. Newport, being an island, not so much. Lots of flooding, power out, lots of ruination. I can’t find video right now, but here’s some from South Kingstown:
      http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/10/inundated-cottages-rest-on-the-sand-at-roy-carpenters-beach-in-south.html

      The sea wall was breached at Narragansett, and a historic restaurant taken out. No video, because police closed the road, even to reporters, for safety reasons.
      We lost power sporadically yesterday afternoon, but half our town is still out.
      All in all, we got off lightly (easy for me to say, my house is fine). What’s gone on/going on in NYC and environs is a whole other matter. Imagine the world’s mightiest city shut down for days by nature! They’re saying power and subways out for at least several days. Imagine all those people that live in high-rise buildings. When part of the subway got flooded in Boston in the 80s(??memory) it was weeks, not days, until it ran again.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 30, 2012

      In Arlington MA,

      Nothing much happened here, lots of wind and some rain. Some surrounding cities lost power (i.e. the In Laws lost power (Lexington)). A co-worker from Andover lost power and they still had no power today morning.

      • efgoldman

         /  October 30, 2012

        Is the T back?

        • baiskeli

           /  October 30, 2012

          Yes it is, at least for the Red Line. I think the Green Line might have had some issues but today morning buses and Trains were running as normal

  4. Holy Elvis–worlds WORST router.
    That’s all we lost in the storm–our router.Dug my old cheap ass router out of a drawer and pugged it in–it’s an old linksys hub that doesn’t actually have any security.;It is slow, it is weak and it dumps the signal every five-ten minutes. Blogging The Voice this morning was a trial.
    it is the ultimate first world hurricane disaster.

    • I looked at my hair this morning and thought: “Flat iron, stat! I look like Hermione!” And then I thought “non-Sandy-path-world problems.”

    • Our internet has slowed to such a crawl that the wireless link doesn’t even work, at least on an iPad. I don’t really know how the internet works so I don’t know what causes something like that.

  5. koolaide

     /  October 30, 2012

    If you want to read something non storm related that is heartwarming & makes you feel better about humanity…

    A pro athlete risks his job/career to donate bone marrow for someone he does not know.

  6. How much do I headdesk over the reporter standing outside yelling about how dangerous it is to be out right now?

    • koolaide

       /  October 30, 2012

      I would say not that much. Reporters do that w/ every single big storm/hurricane/etc.

      • I dunno. Last night I found myself seriously concerned that Erin Burnett was going to drown before our very eyes and no one would do anything.

        • mythopoeia

           /  October 30, 2012

          I swear to you that whatever news channel we had on this morning said something about “let’s cut back to our reporter trapped in a building in Hoboken…” and I was reduced to spluttering.

          • lasslisa

             /  October 30, 2012

            Well, heck, if you’re actually stuck there it makes a ton of sense to me. What else’re you going to do?

            • mythopoeia

               /  October 30, 2012

              It was difficult to avoid the impression that they’d sent her out into the teeth of the storm to report and gotten her stuck there.

  7. Today I saw a video from yesterday, of Lake George FREAKING OUT as the wind got pushed to the south end. 300 miles away from landfall in southern Jersey. If this storm had been even a couple of dozen miles further north, we’d have been utterly screwed here in the rural NE for the second year in a row. I’m just glad it turned out OK for the area I’m in. (And there is UNIVERSAL relief that the NYS Capitol crane was taken down a couple of months ago, nearly a year ahead of schedule.)

  8. urgh. “as the wind pushed the water to the south end.”

  9. David L

     /  October 30, 2012

    Just donated to the American Red Cross. I encourage folks who have a little extra to spare to do the same.

    http://www.redcross.org/

  10. caoil

     /  October 30, 2012

    If you need a cuteness distraction: Daily Corgi has a costume contest on today!

  11. (I will have you know something that usually takes 2minutes to xpost to ABLC? Took 25. *throttles router*)

  12. My random and jumbled post-Sandy thoughts (Warning! Here be anxiety!): https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/thoughts-both-random-and-jumbled/

  13. David L

     /  October 30, 2012

    I was craving fish and chips for lunch. I ended up with a tuna sandwich and a bag of Baked Lay’s. Which manages to simultaneously be exactly what I wanted and nothing like what I wanted.

  14. chingona

     /  October 30, 2012

    My mind keeps going back to that neighborhood in Queens where all the homes burned. Basically the better part of a community – just gone. Fortunately, it sounds like any injuries were minor. There was an amazing rescue by boat of some 25 people in the upper stories of a house. Firefighters were wading through chest-high water but had no water to fight the flames (couldn’t use sea water).

    Sully had a good round up of the coverage of the situation.

  15. My daughter is home sick today (in part – but only in part! – to assure that she’ll be well enough to enjoy the festivities tomorrow. I mean: She’s 9, y’all) and has so far spent the day watching the entire Halloween Town oeuvre (well, she watched the first one [of four] yesterday).

    Say what you will about those movies, at least Marnie wasn’t required to win a battle of the bands, on top of saving the world.

    :: shakes fist at current Disney TV movies ::

    • caoil

       /  October 30, 2012

      I will have to look this up, as I’ve no idea what Halloween Town is!

      • socioprof

         /  October 30, 2012

        Debbie Reynolds is in Halloweentown. What else must be known about these movies? They are rather magical (-; The family and I watch them every year as if we did not watch them last year.

        • They are really much, much better than they have any right to be. I love the little sister saying “Someone’s coming.”

  16. CitizenE

     /  October 30, 2012

    Website flogging for my b&b, finally; also, first blog entry–mostly breakfast menus. If you are interested in coming down to TX now that tornado season seems to be over, and the weather, is quite lovely, the res service is listed on the first blog.
    http://www.besbandb.com
    Thanks.

    • SWNC

       /  October 30, 2012

      Cool! My aunt lives in Dripping Springs, and my folks often take a day trip to Fredericksburg when they stay with her. I’ll have to encourage them to make it an overnight trip at your place instead!

    • SWNC

       /  October 30, 2012

      Also, I could really go for huevos rancheros, refritos and home fries right now. Your breakfasts look goooooooood.

  17. And we’re baaaack.

    We only lost power for about 24 hours, which was so much better than what I was expecting. We did, however, also lose cell phone service for a while, which was odd. Sort of like being back with the 19th C, but without the mandatory bowls of gruel.

    The dog did not explode. It’s hard to know who’s more relieved about that.

    • doginajacket

       /  October 30, 2012

      Glad you’re okay! Our dog wanted to go walkies really really badly. We finally put on rain suits and walked her about a block and a half, then we got too scared that a tree would fall on us so we took her back home.

      • I salute your dog’s bravery, if not good sense. I shoved my dog out the door (into a fenced yard) a couple of times and he would have none of it. And by “none of it” I mean he turned around and hurled himself against the door demanding to be let back in. He went something like 12 hours without a proper “out” and yet somehow did not make a mess in the house.

        • doginajacket

           /  October 31, 2012

          9 months old, 64 pounds, two speeds: sleep and ZOOM!!1!

  18. wearyvoter

     /  October 30, 2012

    Glad the East Coast Horde is getting through this okay. I’m in the process of knitting a big rectangular something in bulky, huge, yellow yarn to send to the offspring for her offspring. My knitting skills are rusty, so it’s basically 80 stitches across and however far down two skeins of yarn on size 13 needles gets me. Fortunately, it’s the kind of yarn that camouflages one’s stitching errors. (Garter stitch all the way, people.) It’s going to look like it’s made out of Big Bird.

  19. Tenar Darell

     /  October 30, 2012

    Driving home tonight along rte 128 the moon was shining so brightly after the thunderstorms that went through around 8 pm that it was hard to believe we were just brushed by a hurricane.

  20. My apologies for not checking in here. I totally forgot yesterday.

    Everything’s fine at my place, except for Mom’s dog’s neuroticism having quintupled. Power kept going out Monday for 20 seconds at a time, every 20 minutes or so – just enough to drive the DVR and computer batty. But all is fine now. Went back to work yesterday, even, because I needed a break from Mom.

    • Glad to hear you (and your Mom, and your Mom’s neurotic dog) are all OK.

    • I’m so sorry I didn’t reply, other than in my head! I was so glad to hear back from everyone, and thank you for letting us know how you are. I said all that in my head, and only just now realized I hadn’t *actually* said it. Good luck with the Mom, the dog, and the neuroticism!