Remember this movie a few years' back? It popped into my head around 1:00 AM this morning, as I
|Start of a long night, about 7:15 PM Sat., 8/27/11, looking out my front door|
The "city that never sleeps" -- well, they just pulled the plug on us completely. Never in all my 57 years did I remember precautions like this. Mandatory evacuations of entire neighborhoods in flood-prone areas, hospitals and nursing homes evacuated. Metropolitan Transit Authority powered down the entire subway system. All buses stopped running. All three airports shut down. Turnpikes in Jersey closing, not allowing southbound travel. The lights on Broadway were off! The show must go on? Not with Hurricane Irene in town. Iconic NYC department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's had their storefronts boarded up and were closed, the malls, closed! What? No hurricane sales?? Atlantic City shut casinos, that never happens. Supermarket shelves bare, and "D" batteries, they were a hot commodity.
I am so thankful, because the stuff the news media was reporting (which I learned you have to take some of it with a grain of salt sometimes) didn't happen in my development. I am so thankful for not losing power or cable. No signs of flooding. Not much of a clean-up around here.
|View from my door at 7:15 AM Sunday 8/28/11|
My fig tree took a whooping, but she is now standing almost straight again.
|small price to pay for which I am thankful|
This photo was emailed by my friend T., who lives in Raritan, New Jersey, taken from the balcony of her apartment complex. You can barely see the sign post for the complex peeking out of the flood! And she had her power and cable, thankfully!
|Look closely at middle tree to see sign post|