Oh Sandy!

Who knew a something with a name as gentle as “Sandy” would bring such a disaster to the tri-state area?  After a night full of whirling winds and rough rainfall, millions woke up with no electricity and damaged homes or neighborhoods.  Power outages, public transportation closures, and gas shortages have left people strongly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

At first, I hadn’t paid much attention to the storm watch that had been all over the news for days.  On Sunday afternoon, while I was out running errands, I noticed all grocery stores were filled with people in search of items in preparation for Sandy’s arrival.  Many stores were already selling out of water, batteries, and flashlights.  On my ride home, the cloudy skies, light rain, and heavy winds that literally almost blew me away, were indicators that Sandy was, in fact, making a grand entrance very soon.

Monday started out as a day of relaxation for me, especially since school was closed.  However, it quickly turned into a frantic, cold day once Hurricane Sandy officially landed upon us.  By Monday afternoon, my neighborhood, Springfield Gardens in Queens New York, no longer had power.  Luckily we have a gas stove in my house and we were able to cook.  Unluckily, my sisters and I had to take turns holding candles so my mother could see what she was cooking.  After dinner, there wasn’t much to do, so everyone went to bed, as the sounds of the winds and rain from outside rocked us to sleep.

The next morning, my neighborhood looked like it was a scene right out of a war movie.  Pieces of different houses were scattered across all yards and streets.  Many trees had fallen all around the neighborhood, blocking almost all roads.  A huge tree had fallen from across the street towards my house.  On its way down, the tree took the light post and electric wires with it.  My car was buried under the branches of another fallen tree.  I thanked the man above that the damage to my car was extremely minimal.  It could have been so much worse if that tree had landed on my car.

One of the worst parts about this disaster was not being able to get in contact with anyone.  Since power was all over the tri-state area, no one could call their family or friends.  And with the closure of bridges, tunnels, and the public transportation system down, no one could go anywhere.  You just had to sit, wait, and hope that everyone was okay and making it through as you were.

By Thursday, power was restored to my house and I was finally able to find out what the rest of the world was going through.  I thought I had it rough, however, after watching the news, I realized I was lucky. Besides knocking out power and trees, Hurricane Sandy also left 100 dead, sparked a fire destroying 80 homes in Breezy Point Queens, ripped up the boardwalk of Coney Island and Jersey Shore, and flooded the subway and rail system (to say the least).  I hope the area will be able to make a quick recovery from this disaster.

One of the most memorable moments of this disaster would definitely be the gas shortage.  People camped outside for hours, and in some cases, days, just to put gasoline in their cars.  Every gas station had a line of over 50 cars, plus a line of people physically standing out in the cold with gas containers to fill up.  Police cars were stationed at many of these gas stations just to keep the peace, and the Red Cross appeared at some, offering light snacks to those waiting in line.  I personally, am not a fan of long lines, and just decided to stay home and conserve gas until this shortage was over.  However, since the start of the work week is quickly approaching, and the gas shortage is still not over, I might have to reconsider this no waiting in lines policy.  Oh Sandy!

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