There was a strong wind last night that kept waking us up and making us wonder how our family and friends who were really in the path of Super Storm Sandy were doing today.
When we got up we started calling and checking on them.
Our first call was to Linda's parents. Tony and Mabel are both 87 and living alone in Fairfield, CT, a town on Long Island Sound. Sections of the town had a mandatory evacuation. They didn't have electricity so we called Mabel on her cell. At first we couldn't get through, but eventually we did. Everything was okay.
Mabel said it was dark and wet and cold and windy. Then she chuckled and told us she made instant coffee with tap water. It was still warm. Kind of.
Lillian told us that school start up here in Danville, VA, was pushed back by a couple of hours.
Linda's brother Bruce who lives in Milford, CT, within walking distance of the Sound was okay too. He was on his way out to clean up the debris that was blowing around his yard.
I also got a note from Gregory F. Tague, a friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Here's what he said:
Four trees down on our block alone. One tree split in two. Trees on houses. One car totally smashed. Multiply that scenario across the city, across the tri-state area. Subways flooded. Bridges closed. Tunnels flooded. Breezy Point on fire. Lower Manhattan and Red Hook (Brooklyn) flooded. Unprecedented power outages - millions affected. A tanker ran ashore (onto a road) in Staten Island. Have never seen anything like this before.