Tuesday, October 30, 2012

City Goes Dark


The storm outperformed. The winds were fierce and the rain came down, but it is the river water pouring over highways, rising over promenades and boardwalks, cascading down subway steps and pushing into tunnels that is most terrifying. Above a midtown luxury skyscraper, a crane partially broke off and dangled high above the city as if held by Damocles himself, forcing the evacuation of surrounding buildings. At around 9 p.m., a Con Ed transformer on 14th Street exploded, a huge fireball lighting up the sky and plunging the lower half of Manhattan into darkness. New York University Langone Medical Center's backup generator failed, and ambulances lined up in the rain, armies of EMTs loading patients on stretchers with wires and tubes attached for transport to nearby hospitals. In one neighborhood in Queens, licks of fire whipped from house to house in the high wind, with one hundred homes burning. And on the Jersey shore, residents watched their living rooms fill with water, their dining tables, dishes, refrigerators, armchairs floating.


We have not lost power, knock on wood, fingers crossed, whisper to God. Our children called all through the day and night, and my brother in Jamaica kept calling too, checking up on us. For us, the night has been mercifully uneventful. We are riding it out, hunkered down inside, marveling from a nervous distance at trees kneeling in the storm. So far, we are safe. But I watch the news along with the rest of the country, and I know tomorrow will bring a reckoning.






14 comments:

  1. Oh, it's good to hear from you at this late hour -- for me, but especially for you. Sending love and comfort to you all -- and dear, old New York City. xoxox

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  2. I'm glad you're safe! Those aren't your photos, I hope!

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    1. Steve, no, not my photos. They're from all around the Internet. Tomorrow I'll credit them. Tonight i'm going to bed. Night, friend.

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  3. my cousin matt is a 911 dispatcher in manhattan. i'm not certain but i think he's in midtown. anyway, he sent me a terribly, terribly disheartening message about three hours ago and i've not been able to sleep. i hope he's wrong. i hope he's just able to respond to all the terrible things a guy doing that job would hear and know about and is unaware of anything good or...less bad than the things he knows. i'm waiting for the sun to come up. i'm glad you're safe, angella.

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  4. Glad to see your post after waking this morning and I hope you are able to sleep safely through the night.

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  5. Thinking of you and yours, dear Angella. Sending much love - stay safe. xo

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  6. Good to hear you're fine. It's scary as ever here in Williamsburg, fires, floods, but we were spared. Stay inside!

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  7. Wow! Great pictures, whoever took them. The NYTimes stream had some great stuff, too. Glad you have weathered this Big Storm. Have a calmer, cozy day tomorrow. x0 N2

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  8. So glad you're okay. Thank you for letting us know what is going on. Sending positive vibes to you and your city.

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  9. I just can't believe that after being raised where you were raised that this is your first hurricane. Isn't that true?

    Yes. Trees DO kneel in the wind. That is the perfect description of how the wind tortures them. I remember as a child looking out my window at night during Hurricane Donna on the east coast of Florida and being amazed at how flexible trees actually were.
    Oh honey. I hope you don't lose power. I hope all is well for you. I have just been worrying and wondering so much.

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  10. Welcome to the Hurricane Survivors Family. As a member of that family since 1989, I have an idea of the emotional stress you are experiencing. Hold tight to those whom you love and thank God for sparing your and their lives. Pray for those who weren't. The damage will be repaired and fair weather will return. God will smile on NYC again and I look forward to your refelctive posts then of these perilous days now.

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