Hurricane, Super-storm, or Cyclone Sandy came and went leaving millions of people without power and possibly billions of dollars in damages. My wife moved from Albany, New York to Maryland approximately seven years ago and is definitely used to severe snow storms and hail. This was her first time living through hurricane, tropical storm force winds and rain. I lived in this area for years now I can’t remember how many of these type of storms I’ve witnessed, but the first storm that comes to mind is Hurricane Hugo. When the Derachio struck our area, D.C. Metro, earlier this summer we were all unprepared and for the two hours that the storm hit we saw incredible damage. Being at work and seeing traffic cones fly by my police cruiser wasn’t cool and seeing the lights go out made me think this wasn’t going to end happy.
Temperatures in our apartment reached well over 100 degrees making things sticky and moist to the touch. When we bought ice packs and bags from a 7-11 nearby during that week we stuck them in the bathtub hoping that the coolness of the porcelain would keep the ice from melting too quick. Well, that idea went down fast as a camel standing in quicksand. The bags of ice we brought melted within two hours after purchase and became water residue like we just took a shower. With my wife having lupus we couldn’t stay in the apartment long and had to go to a nearby hotel for a room that Sunday night, which was a week after the Derachio hit. I have to thank the hotel staff for helping us out that night and we made it just in time before her lupus flared up. It was definitely a bad time in everyone’s life for that week and something that we will keep in the back of our minds.
With Hurricane Sandy I don’t think it was as bad, but just bad enough to cause the same amount of damage if not worse. Some areas were hit worse than others, but unlike before our apartment complex was only out of power for maybe twelve hours. With out heat not working at the moment we have to use our electric fireplace to warm up the apartment. I would have to say the fireplace does a better job in most cases than our heat in the apartment. This time the temperature in our apartment, while Super-storm Sandy was blowing through our area, was near 55 degrees. Now for some people they would rather power go out during the summer time, but that would mean wood would encase the humidity, food would go bad quick, and constant sweat pouring down your face. My wife and I rather have the power go out in the cold as we can layer up and I still have some of the warmest blankets in the world that I brought from Afghanistan during my military tour there.
Seeing the damage that Sandy caused this morning in front of our building only caused us to think how bad it could be elsewhere. A tree to the right of our apartment complex was completely uprooted and fell on the dumpsters crushing the wooden fence. Another tree that is directly across from our apartment building started out leaning as its natural stance, but with the high winds and rain it ended up toppling over blocking 90% of the road passing our apartment. I can only imagine how the city of College Park is right now after this storm has passed. Right now our power is back on and the temperature in our apartment is now rising above 60 degrees. YAY! To everyone out there I hope that you continue to be safe and pray for those that have lost their lives in this storm. We should all consider ourselves blessed that we can still live and see another day.
Have a bless day!