Mother nature dropped a huge storm on us New Jersey resident’s. I have now spoken with all of my family members who live in NJ via. by social media, cell phone or word of mouth from other family members and everyone is safe as in not injured. Still have a few family members with no power as on this night at 7pm. They will get power eventually but there are so many downed tree’s, telephone poles and flood damage for the first responders to deal with. The whole week leading up to this nasty storm was frightening to tell you the truth. It was worse than hurricane Irene for sure. More destruction has been done to all our shore’s in NJ. Chunks of our boardwalk are gone and to be honest, all the boardwalks should be closed till inspected for safety. Don’t want to walk on the boardwalk and it crush’s to the ground.
All of the shores got flood damage and some was just completely under water. It was scary watching the news knowing family and friends was constantly in harm’s way and all I could do was stay inside my apartment and use social media to give updates and receive them.
I was ready for this hurricane, got all my supplies incase I was to lose power for a few days. Watching our governor news conference, the mayor of Atlantic City, NJ disregarded his orders to evacuate the people out of Atlantic City and into shelters off the island. The one shelter took in water and the folks who thought they was safe had to bunker down on the higher floor’s. At a certain point of time last night, our governor said that he could not put the first responders in harm’s way trying to rescue people who thought they could ride out the storm in their house’s along the shore. He gave these people more than 1 day’s notice to leave the island for higher ground and warned them multiple times during his many press conference’s. The people who didn’t listen got what was coming to them. (Yea, that was a mean but I would choose safety over my home)
I want to show you a video that I did not take nor any of my family or friends was involved, this is live coverage of how you should never be near windows during a hurricane or high winds.
I don’t care about staying right where the hurricane is going to hit just to get pictures to try to get them on the news to get bragging rights…etc I will not put my life or families life in danger and will leave when the state official(s) say to leave. 2 day’s before hurricane Irene hit us the other year, I was in Maryland on vacation with the family on the beach when the lifeguard held an emergency meeting on the beach. He said everyone needs to be off this island by midnight. Well we all packed up and left the beach after that meeting and got out of Maryland by midnight because we had 3 hour drive back home to NJ to hurricane proof our homes in the morning. That was a vacation to remember.
Anyways, hurricane Sandy passed by us fast but the high winds stayed around late night and right now there are still wind gusts that could make it hard for the workers who fixing the electrical lines and removing downed tree’s to get there work done safely. There still some creeks flooded in NJ and ton’s of basements filled with water, tree’s on cars. We NJ residents not out of this mess just yet. As the days go by, you will hear stories of rescues, deaths, flooding records and many more horrible stories.
One thing I have learned is always listing to the government officials when they say to get out, be prepared to bunker down in your home for a few days without electric or running water. You never know when the worse that could happen will happen to your home. My thoughts and prayers go out to my NJ residents in a speedy recovery and to rebuild our shores to make them even better.
Have you been effected by this hurricane Sandy or know someone who has?