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Posted: 31 October 2012 10:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 76 ]
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Thanks for checking in and the Info. One less to worry over. Fingers crossed for the others.

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Posted: 31 October 2012 10:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 77 ]
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Just to add a note… Don’t expect to hear from anyone on Long Island for quite some time… Most of the island is without power or a complete wreck… Not much is being said about it on the news, as most of the focus is on NYC and the jersey shore. Hopefully misty whiskey is okay, I believe she too lives near the water ( based on some pictures she posted last year during Hurricane Irene ).
The best expectations for power resumption is at least 10 days or longer… (If anyone from LIPA’s upper management is reading this… Thanks for “learning from Irene”!... Oh, and !&$?!@/$& you… Ok?).  Well, good luck to misty and all of you.

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Posted: 03 November 2012 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 78 ]
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Hi there…  We got our electrical service restored yesterday evening… we were almost out of fuel, we managed to ration it long enough by only running the generator for a couple of hours after dark… My kerosene shop heater came in handy, but I still managed to catch a really bad cold… probably because I was soaking wet most of the day the storm hit… 
Much of Long Island is still without power and there is virtually no gasoline available anywhere… one of bad features of living on an island, however long it may be, there really are only a few ways in, and those run through an even smaller island. 
I hope Misty and the other fellow NY/NJ/CT/PA/VA forumites effected by the storm are safe and warm… the temperature will be dropping soon and hopefully people will get power back before then.
Here are some pix I took the day of the storm at low tide, and the last three where the next morning as the tide was going out.

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Posted: 03 November 2012 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 79 ]
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These are the ones the next morning, with the tide going out…


Normally the water in these pictures is 6-8 ft below the level in the pictures… the one with the boats in front of the homes is actually a street next to a canal… the boats are floating over the street.

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Posted: 03 November 2012 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 80 ]
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Glad to hear you ‘ve got the power back lordvicore,wow those are amazeing pictures ......hopeing you are feeling better soon!!

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Posted: 03 November 2012 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 81 ]
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Thanks for updating us.  Hurricanes are not good experiences.  My goats are safe and dry in their Goat Shack here in central Texas.

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Posted: 03 November 2012 11:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 82 ]
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Thanks very much for the update, I know you must have gone above and beyond and I’m grateful. Missing Misty, uncertainty is a real joyless gorilla to carry round.

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Posted: 04 November 2012 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 83 ]
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I wish I had the ability to create the visuals (no render that would take under a week to set up would suffice) that I just had for “carrying around a joyless gorilla”...  But lets just say he is very large, sad and wearing a diaper.

Things are getting somewhat better in the more inland areas of LI… more towns are getting power restored and more shelters and food distribution/assistance areas have been set up. 
Fuel distribution is a total travesty though, no one was prepare or had a plan of how to get fuel here if the NYC bridges and tunnels were closed or damaged. Basically you’ll have to wait hours to get any gas… many gas stations have either police or national guard keeping order and even if you wait on line there is no guarantee that they have gas when your turn comes… first responders are running out of gas in some areas. 
This has become a very stupid situation, especially since there are many gas stations without power that HAVE gas but can not pump it… I have seen no plan on getting generators set up or emergency pumps set up to use that gas. The plan so far is “it will get better in a few more days”.  Tell that to someone with no lights or heat. There were so many lessons to have been learned from Katrina that went ignored. Very sad and annoying.

One thing I learned here is, there were a lot of plans… yes, some were actually good… but while someone had there plan on pages 5 and 6 and the other guy had his plan on pages 8 and 9, there was no page 7 where they overlapped and everyone knew what to do if the other plan started started to run rough. 
If you live in a coastal area, or any area prone to some sort of natural disaster, have a plan on what to do… not just during the emergency, but in the days following… Sometimes the disasters are not that obvious… you may not get a hurricane or an earthquake, but you might get that “once in a hundred years” ice storm that takes out all the power, drought induced forest fires, heavy rains that cause landslides that haven’t really been seen in decades or even tornados that are not common for your area… many places that people now live were sparsely populated a generation ago and few people are aware of what can happen or has happened back then… which does not mean it won’t happen again, if not worse than the last time.
Don’t get caught unaware. Look into you area’s past and what could be a problem for you… I’m not talking preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse, but what you’ll do if your area has no basic services for a week or two… don’t ever expect that someone else did what they were supposed to or had a plan in place… when it is dark and cold “we did not foresee this sort of event” is hardly consolation. What will you do with your garbage? Where will you do if the water is not working… not just drinking water, where will you go to bathroom?  What will you do if you have to go to shelter? Will they allow you to take Mr Mittens or your 20 ft python?... look into emergency animal shelters too… before hand, and also know if they have a plan that extends beyond a few days… have an idea where disaster zones extend and make plans where you can find supplies like gas and food even in “small emergencies”.  I’m surprised that so few people realized that all the gas we get on long island must first come through NYC and if the bridges and tunnels were out that after a few days we would be screwed royally… I’m talking on the level of town officials.  Don’t expect better where you live… do your best to take care of yourself and your loved ones.  It never hurts to have a bunch of camping supplies around “just in case” or have a place to keep your valuables and irreplaceables safe and dry. You may not be able to carry your family photos and your auxiliary hard drive with you when you have to flee your home in a flood… but if you secured them in a heavy duty 18 gallon storage container sealed with a layer of QUALITY duct tape, even though you may have lost the carpeting and furniture, at least you’ll have your family photos and valuable data.
By the way… I actually tested it and a fully loaded 18 gallon HEAVY DUTY storage container, competently sealed in a layer of QUALITY duct tape can be submerged under six feet of water for a week without leaking.
There are many things you can do to be prepared… see what is appropriate for your area and take steps in advance to be safe and to keep your life running as smoothly as possible.

Just be prepared and never take anything for granted.

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Posted: 04 November 2012 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 84 ]
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Here in my part of WV, we didn’t have much in the way of wind and definitely no storm surge to deal with…but we had snow.  Lots of heavy, wet snow (I had about 26”). 

You can’t go more than 30 ft without encountering snapped tree limbs.  There are areas nearby that got well over 3 ft (I’ve heard some local reports of 5 ft in the more mountainous areas).  There are still between 50,000 and 100,000++ people without power.  I was without power, phone, internet, heat (sort of…) for 108 hrs, and there are areas where the best estimate for the power coming back on is Friday, November 9th.  In some of the more isolated areas the National Guard was doing air drops to get supplies to people.

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Posted: 04 November 2012 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 85 ]
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I don’t know where Misty lives, but I have a friend all the way out in Suffolk County (but not near the shore) who only lost power for about 24 hours.  I had spoken to her around 4:30pm on Monday (during the storm), but couldn’t reach her at all the next day.  I finally spoke to her on Wednesday, but an online map I was looking at (don’t recall the link or I would post it) that showed all the areas in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties that had power outages.  I do know the LIRR only has 4 main branches running again, so commuters who use the other smaller branches are still out of luck because that service is still suspended.

I also spoke to a friend who works at my old firm in downtown Manhattan, and the building is still closed, so they will be reporting to work tomorrow (after a week off) at temporary offices in midtown for the duration.  Also there were 80-100 homes in Breezy Point on the Rockaways Peninsula adjacent to the southern shore of Queens and Brooklyn Counties within the city limits, because the firefighters couldn’t get there to put the fires out with all the flooding in the streets.

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Posted: 05 November 2012 12:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 86 ]
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...Misty, if you are OK please chime in.

I’m worried.

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Posted: 05 November 2012 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 87 ]
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Miss B - 04 November 2012 03:48 PM

I don’t know where Misty lives, but I have a friend all the way out in Suffolk County (but not near the shore) who only lost power for about 24 hours.  I had spoken to her around 4:30pm on Monday (during the storm), but couldn’t reach her at all the next day.  I finally spoke to her on Wednesday, but an online map I was looking at (don’t recall the link or I would post it) that showed all the areas in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties that had power outages.  I do know the LIRR only has 4 main branches running again, so commuters who use the other smaller branches are still out of luck because that service is still suspended.

I also spoke to a friend who works at my old firm in downtown Manhattan, and the building is still closed, so they will be reporting to work tomorrow (after a week off) at temporary offices in midtown for the duration.  Also there were 80-100 homes in Breezy Point on the Rockaways Peninsula adjacent to the southern shore of Queens and Brooklyn Counties within the city limits, because the firefighters couldn’t get there to put the fires out with all the flooding in the streets.

I did some detective work, and I believe she lives in Brookhaven.  I know that last year she didn’t have ‘net access at Home, only at the office, so we might not hear from her until her workplace is back in order…...

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Posted: 05 November 2012 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 88 ]
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OK, if she’s in Brookhaven, that’s right on the shoreline, just across the bay from Fire Island (which was totally evaced by Sunday night), so it’s possible that Brookhaven and the communities just east and west of her were also evaced.  She may not even be home, and if she works in Manhattan and needs to take the LIRR, she may not even have a means of transportation in to her office whether or not it’s open.

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Posted: 05 November 2012 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 89 ]
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Brookhaven is a very large township (530 or so square miles), broken up into the villages of Belle Terre, Bellport, Lake Grove, Mastic Beach, Old Field, Patchogue, Poquott, Port Jefferson and Shoreham… each “village” would probably equal a large town in many other parts of the US… the town is further divided into 50 or so “Hamlets” (very misleading since they are not actually made of ham at all). It also runs from the North shore to the South shore (the south shore is the “Atlantic ocean” side and the North shore is the “Long Island Sound” connecticut facing side)  of the island (BTW-Long Island is big, roughly 30 miles wide and like 130 or 140 miles long… bigger than some island nations, it also is home to NYC’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, for those of you who are only familiar with LI from crime dramas and comedy shows featuring Ray Ramano)...
Brookhaven is the next town over from me (even though I’m in Bayshore and it is part of Islip…. look, realistically nobody here really understands what is going on with all this township stuff, they know where they live and are happy to find their way back home most days)... anyway… I’ve been all over Brookhaven these past few days (till I started running low on fuel… did I mention everyone is running out of gas?), Some parts of Brookhaven never lost power and some are still out, some are a wreck and some look just fine…
If Misty lives in Patchogue, Bellport, East Moriches, Shirley, Bayport or Mastic, she may be out of power for a while longer… these are some of the South Shore villages that received storm surge damage as well as wind damage.
If she lives inland more, she is probably better off and only dealing with power outages and wind damage. North Shore towns are having issues right now getting power restored because it seems a lot of trees came down there.
I would guess that she probably does not live on any of the barrier islands like Fire Island, since most people who do are fairly wealthy or have decided to make it their lifestyle choice by spending their life savings to buy a house the size of a garden shed, located on a windy sandbar… besides, you said she works in NYC and I never heard her mention owning a hovercraft (otherwise it would take like 5 hours one way to get to NYC).
The power situation here is still a mess, there is a strip of houses a 1/4 of a mile from me that have no power… even though everyone else for a 1/2 mile around does, my in-laws house which is only 3 miles away is also part of a patch of darkness too… and there are some houses down by the water that LIPA, will not turn the power on for because they feel to do so is unsafe… I’m pretty sure Brookhaven is going through something similar.
I feel bad, being so near to where Misty probably lives and not being able give her shout to see how she is doing… but, for that would be weird and stalkerish to track her down to see if she is okay.
Well, I hope she is okay.

Edited to add- I just came back from a short foray outdoors…. Dang! It has gotten cold in the last few hours! It will probably approach freezing in this area tonight. To make matters worse they are predicting another Noreaster for Wednesday, with heavy rain and winds of around 50 mph… the power company LIPA is saying to expect more outages… YAY!
I hope Misty has a nice bonfire going!

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Posted: 05 November 2012 08:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 90 ]
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It took more than a week for everyone to surface after the fires here a few years ago, people get scattered and communications stop working, the emergency services people have a lot on their hands and it takes a while for the Red Cross to do their thing. Must be a great many people affected by Sandy, my heart goes out but until you hear from friends and loved ones the heart stays in mouth a little as well.

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