Sunday, October 29, 2017

Storm Anniversary

This weekend marks an anniversary. It's not one that sparks happy memories.

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.
(Photo credit: Greg Thompson)

Many will remember this image of the JetStar Roller Coaster that topled into the ocean in Seaside Heights, N.J. during Superstorm Sandy.
(Photo credit: Jana Shea)

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.
(Internet source: Breezy Point, Queens, NY)
Remembering this superstorm that struck our home state of NJ and neighboring NY and affected those we know and love and so many others. 

At the same time, we're keeping everyone including ourselves, in our thoughts with the approach of Philippe. We hope all will be safe.


mamasmercantile said...

Hope the storm abates and that everyone remains safe. The devastation these storms/hurricanes cause are heart breaking, my thoughts and prayers go to all those affected.

Emma Springfield said...

Sandy was a horrible storm. So much loss. With the new storm coming please stay safe.

William Kendall said...

That was a monster.

My name is Erika. said...

Sandy was a bad storm. We didn't get much damage here in NH, but after it destroyed the NJ coast and coastal NY, it went into Vermont. They still talk about it there too. It's really sad to see those photos and all the damage, and knowing it's still not all back together again yet. I didn't realize it was the anniversary this weekend. Stay dry my new friend with all this rain. hugs-Erika

Michelle said...

Sandy was a bad storm. Stay safe in the upcoming weather.

Anvilcloud said...

I haven't been following the storm or why we're having a ton of rain, but we are.

Red said...

I hope everybody stays safe.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Yes, Sandy was terrible. Keeping you and everyone else in prayer during Phillipe. Stay safe!

Denise inVA said...

A real interesting post and oh boy, another storm heading up the coast. I remember Sandy well. Sure hope everyone stays safe. It is raining here and is supposed to be windy until tomorrow morning.

Denise inVA said...

Pressed publish too soon. Just wanted to say stay safe.

baili said...

That is terrible storm my friend!

how destructive and harmful, my heart feels for those who were in the way .
such huge natural disasters leaves so many painful memories behind.
in 2008 October 5th near my native town a devastating earthquake vanished a whole city in seconds and took more than 880,000 lives ,
it still gives me shiver as it was so close where my parents lived then.

DUTA said...

I'm scared of storms from childhood; any storm is traumatic for me.
We cannot control the climate , but we can at least decide where to live. I would avoid the coast line or any place that usually gets devastated by natural disasters.

Sandra said...

I saw the predition for Phillipe on TV and hope it will not be as bad as Sandy. I had hoped it would head out to sea, but saw this am it is not. prayers for your safety..

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