Looking forward to hearing from you safe and sound after the passing of Sandy:)
Hi Roy!! Well, I seem to have survived Frankenstorm!!
Thank you so much for your thoughts of me during this period!
Sandy tracked almost perfectly according to the major models. She accelerated prior to landfall and hit almost 4 hours ahead of predictions just before 6:00PM slightly south of Atlantic City. Coincidentally, I lost power only a few minutes after that. I thought I’d be down and out for days at that point, but bless Atlantic City Electric, they got it back on at 9:50PM.
While coastal areas up and down the eastern seaboard got HAMMERED, once she made landfall she seems to have lost a lot of power. There was no discernable “eye”, and they tracked it by what they called the “center of rotation” along with barometric readings.
The data at this point seem almost obscure, but as near as I can figure this “center” passed within 5-15 miles south of my house sometime between 11:00PM and midnight - and for me, the storm was effectively over. Winds, which had for hours gusted often to roughly 50 mph or so, suddenly dropped off to little more than a stiff breeze, and this morning there’s no wind at all. It’s just wet and dank outside.
Even the rain never reached what I would call “torrential”, although it was constant and heavy. I estimate 6” of rain fell at best over the 24 hr period. So for my immediate area, Sandy turned out to be more of a frankfurter - a little weenie - than a frankenstorm!
But lest I sound smug, I know I got lucky. Areas within a hundred mile radius of me were recording “record” wind gusts in excess of 80mph, and localized inland damage seems fairly extensive over a wide swath around me.
I’m gonna go make some breakfast now and watch TV to see how the assessment unfolds.
Thanks again for your thoughts, Roy! I’m safe and sound!