As most of you know, I live in Jersey City, NJ — very close to the Hudson River. We live in a quaint brownstone neighborhood that is quite friendly, and had been planning a neighborhood Halloween party for Sunday. It is an annual event that brings 2,000 to 3,000 people. I was supposed to man a booth in a witch costume, and was looking forward to the festivities. Well, that has been canceled along with about everything else around here — all thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Newscasters are calling it “Frankenstorm,” and I didn’t need any scary name to make me any more nervous.
We have monitored the situation through the Internet and cable news in the past few days. But it wasn’t until today (Sunday) that this whole mess became a reality.
The PATH train (which is our main source of transportation) is being shut down tonight. The NYC subway system will close as well this evening. All NJ Transit will be stopping by 2 a.m. According to the Wall Street Journal, anyone in our area living on the 10th floor or above on a highrise needs to evacuate and seek lower ground with winds up to 90 miles per hour feared.
Being from Iowa, I’m used to preparing for tornadoes. Weather not to fool around with. This isn’t either. We live in a basement apartment and have put all of our new furniture up on plastic boxes. We have filled up our bathtub with water, stocked up on non-perishable goods and gallon jugs of H20. We loaded up on hand sanitizer, batteries, flashlights, as we are told there is a likelihood of losing power for days on end.
We went to Target and Shoprite (our supermarket) on Friday night which was pretty nuts. The water section was completely picked over and crowds of people clamored over the battery section. Today, we decided to venture to our corner grocery store for some essentials (chips and dip, frozen pizza), and wow. You could not walk down the aisles. There was barely anything left and everyone was in panic mode. I cannot imagine what the box stores look like right now.
It’s 4:30 p.m. as I write this, and the wind has picked up and the air is chilly. There is a definite feel that bad weather is on its way but only a few drops can be felt from the sky.
I’ll keep you updated on the situation as we sit in our new furniture (lawn chairs) and watch our beloved local station for more weather alerts.