So how did you fare through this storm?!
All of the photos in this post were taken near/around my parents’ neighborhood in Ocean Township (Monmouth County, NJ), where I’m staying. Their development is more or less near the top of a hill, so flooding isn’t a huge problem in this immediate area. Trees, on the other hand…
We just got our electricity back. Thank goodness for underground wires! My family was lucky: we only went ~42 hours without power, and we have no major structural damage to the house.
I haven’t been to my own apartment in New Providence since Hurricane Sandy started. But because it has overhead wires, and because it was out of power for ~6 days after Snowtober, I can’t imagine it’ll regain power before next week. (There go all my frozen veggie burgers.)
When the electricity went, our phone line— Verizon Fios, fiber optic— ran out of battery after a few hours, and we were without phone, too.
“No problem,” we shrugged, “we still have cell phones.”
NOPE. Twenty-five percent of AT&T cell towers were down, and calls weren’t going through… but we eventually discovered that we could send texts. (So I showed my parents how to text.)
If you can read this, you have internet access, so you can see photos of what’s left of the shore towns. I’m just looking at these photos for the first time, and crying, “I just jogged down the Belmar boardwalk last week!” (The Belmar boardwalk is gone.)
All these names that keep popping up in the news are my hometown stomping grounds: Asbury Park, Long Branch, Belmar… it’s really weird to hear these town names on national channels. And they’re… destroyed?
I want to go look at the beach for myself, but (a) apparently several towns aren’t allowing people east of the NJTransit train tracks (which are about 1-2 miles inland in this area), and (b) a lot of traffic lights are still unpowered, which makes driving at all a little sketchy.
My family went to our local Wegman’s supermarket yesterday… where apparently EVERYONE in town was, too.
Wegman’s had generators and solar power, so they had electricity, supplies, and ice!
I was wondering about the scraps of metal strewn about the parking lot, but didn’t give much thought to them; my dad noted that there no longer seemed to be any cart corrals. OH. Apparently the cart corrals were shredded to bits.
You can probably find this all for yourself, but here are some links I’ve been looking at:
- Transportation Nation: overall summaries for all transportation status
- NJ Transit main page (commuter rail service)
- NJ Transit Hurricane Sandy aftermath information
- Amtrak Alerts and Notices (commuter rail service)
- Amtrak Service Restoration Plan
- MTA (NYC subways, Long Island Railroad [LIRR])
- Port Authority of NY and NJ (PATH, airports, ferries, tunnels and bridges in/out of NYC)
- Google overall outage map
- JCP&L outage map (Central/South NJ)
- PSE&G outage map (Central/North NJ) (not currently working for me, but a general outage statement is available)
- Con Edison (NYC), and Con Edison (Orange and Rockland Counties)
- Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative (North NJ)
Let us know— how’d you make out?