Even if you don’t have cable like me, you should be aware of the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused the East Coast last weekend. While she tore up the coast from Florida to Maine, the majority of the damage seems to be here in New York and New Jersey. It’s absolutely terrible. Fortunately, northerners are very resilient and tough. Not to mention, we had so much warning before the storm that the city was prepared for what would happen. Granted, no one thought it would be this bad.
I spent last Saturday with my friend Kate at my family’s house on Long Island. My aunt, uncle, and cousins have lived there forever, and it’s where my parents grew up. My parents came into the city on Sunday, and Kate managed to have the one flight that wasn’t cancelled. I wish she could have stayed, but I’m glad she was able to get out while she could. So my parents’ flight was cancelled in the anticipation of the storm, but I’m glad they were stuck here with me. I’ve been homesick, and I loved being able to spend time with them.
When Sandy hit, Alex and I were prepared for the worst. We had food, water, candles, and a lot of wine. We were ready. But nothing really happened uptown except some wind. Then we started getting reports of what was going on. We don’t have cable, so we were relying on Twitter and live feeds of the weather. My office was closed all week because it didn’t have power, but we were fortunate not to lose anything. My family in Long Island was not so lucky. Their houses are completely flooded, and of course, the most important thing is that they are safe. But what I learned in the tornado in Tuscaloosa is that as grateful as you are for your life, it’s devastating to lose your home and memories.
I have two displaced friends, Kelly and Rebecca, staying with me which is nice because I love seeing them, I just wish the circumstances were different. We trekked down to their apartment yesterday, and while everything looked normal, it wasn’t. Buildings were still being pumped out and salt water residue was everywhere. Things are slowly returning to the fast-paced New York we know and love, but it’s going to take a long time to put it all back together. The city got lucky, but Queens, Long Island, and Jersey aren’t looking so hot. Every day another subway line reopens and more power is restored. It amazes me how quickly it’s all being fixed, but it’s necessary.
It’s beginning to get really cold with a Nor’Easter coming our way so I’m hoping everyone here has power and heat by then. Everyone needs to stick together in times of need, and this is one of those times. I remember how amazing the people in Tuscaloosa were during the tornado, and I’m seeing it again now.
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Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now working for an awesome company in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!