It's the worst type of déjà vu on the 5th anniversary of what was dubbed Superstorm Sandy. So many folks living on the East Coast will remember, but would rather forget it, including my brother, his family, friends and many others we know in NJ our home state.
We were living on the VA eastern shore at the time, and remarkably did not have any storm effects. While we may have been out of harm's way for that storm; it's not so this weekend. A major rain and wind storm is expected to strike the northeast and New England, where we're now living. Near hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rain are expected to batter the Northeast on Sunday
That storm dubbed Tropical Storm Philippe formed near western Cuba a few days ago and was racing up the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast early today. It's expected to bring torrential rains and strong wind gusts. Estimates are for 1 to 3 inches of rain to fall through Sunday and into Monday morning.
On this anniversary date, we remember when "Superstorm Sandy" made landfall in the U.S. on Oct. 29, 2012 and struck near Atlantic City, NHJ with 80 mph wind gusts.
Hurricane Sandy (as it was also called) had been the most intense storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and had formed in the Caribbean Sea north of Panama. As it moved northward, the hurricane lessened into a massive "superstorm." According to meteorologists, what differentiates a hurricane from a superstorm is that a hurricane occurs in warm, tropical conditions, and a superstorm refers to cold, nontropical weather.
"Superstorm" has no formal definition, but that doesn't matter to those affected by its devastation. The storm hit the NJ shore very hard and causing widespread damage in places we knew and formerly visited when we lived there.
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Many will remember this image of the JetStar Roller Coaster that topled into the ocean in Seaside Heights, N.J. during Superstorm Sandy.
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Streets were flooded, trees and power lines knocked down and the city's famed boardwalk ripped apart. People were stranded in their homes along the Jersey shore, More than 80 homes were destroyed in a fire in Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Subways and roadway tunnels were flooded in NYC.
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At the same time, we're keeping everyone including ourselves, in our thoughts with the approach of Philippe. We hope all will be safe.