As all here on the East Coast are probably aware from the wall-to-wall news coverage, we are currently headed for a bumpy ride tonight as a freak mish-mash of once-in-a-lifetime atmospheric events will create a giant Nor’easter/Hurricane, with snow slated for those further up north and west.
Friends of mine living along the Williamsburg waterfront have been evacuated. Friends around Wall Street barely made it into Evacuation Zone B, thus avoiding having to leave their homes for a few days.
For those of you who are curious, you can see from the blue arrow above that I am safe and sound, being just outside Evacuation Zone C. During Hurricane Irene, I was in Evacuation Zone B — and since this is scheduled to be an even worse storm, it just makes me wonder why I was more in danger last time than this time . . . Hmmmm . . . !
The wind has been gusting at 20-40 mph all day, heading up to 70-90 mph tonight. Yikes! A crane just collapsed in Midtown, and ConEd just robo-called me to say that Lower Manhattan may lose power as a “precautionary measure.”
New Yorkers are such a stubborn bunch. The news keeps reporting on people who refuse to leave their beach homes or their Hudson River-facing high-rises — which is just stupid in my opinion. Always better to be safe than sorry!
In the case that I do lose power, I am all set for the storm. I have stocked up on bottled water, batteries, Bourbon, and cigarettes!
Because you can’t smoke ‘em if you don’t got ‘em
All joking aside, everyone please stay safe the next couple of days!
For more updates, the New York Times has comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy here.
And for a little bit of dark humor, check out the fake twitterfeed of Miguel Bloombito, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Spanish-speaking” doppelganger. For those of you who have been cringing at the Mayor’s attempts to give out storm updates in Spanish himself, this will be hilarious.