Hurricane Sandy heads toward New York

Hello – Hurricane Sandy heads toward New York

On October 29 storm was approaching New York City. Many curious New Yorkers were
outside waiting for this super-storm. I went to East River State Park in Brooklyn where
yellow caution tapes were stretched across warning areas. It was raining and windy. The
monster was really coming.

Yellow caution tapes marked danger zones

Some shops were still open in afternoon and people were buying provision for three days
in case they will have to stay at home.

Because of Sandy we will be closed at noon

The wind was getting stronger and stronger. Yellow caution tapes which were put up but
were ignored and New Yorkers continue to coming to see East River. So did I.

People standing in the rain and stormy
wind on the East River in Brooklyn, waiting
for Tropical Storm Sandy to arrive

Parks were closed; the bench had to help to
see the river

People lean into the gale force wind in the
hours leading up to Tropical Storm Sandy

The city that never sleeps was shut down. Only brave ones were on the streets. It was so
surreal. Many Hasidic Jews were outside dressed in black rain coats and hoods. Wind
inflated their hoods and they looked like aliens.

Wind inflated their hoods and they looked like
aliens

Hassidic Jews brave the rain and stormy wind
on the East River in Brooklyn, waiting for
Tropical Storm Sandy to arrive

Wind was getting stronger and stronger

I was soaked to the bone. My cheap rain coat was flying around me in the air. Sometimes
it went over my head and I couldn’t see. I think one photographer snapped a picture.
Maybe I was in the news. At seven o’clock in the evening I walk back to my “home”.
My friends have been busy, the bath was filled with water, candles were ready to use,
and batteries for flashlights were charged. The fridge was full of food. Fortunately we had electricity
all the time and just lost cable TV and internet connection. It was cozy inside but scary
outside. The house was swaying in the big gusts all night.

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