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What are you doing to prepare for Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy)?

By AV . ·
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Oh no, here we go again! Another freak storm wreaking havoc on a large part of the east coast almost a year to the day of the freak October snow storm of 2011 that hit NJ.

Well, last year I had no power for 5 days . No water, except what I had in water jugs and the bathtub, no sewer, no lights and limited internet access through a 56k modem and a landline phone. I had firewood to keep warm. I lost the entire contents of my refrigerator and freezer.

I thought I could just stay in a hotel somewhere, but every hotel for 50 miles, except some real fleabag places, was booked solid. This time, because of the size of the storm, I will likely not be able to find a place to stay, so I will be on my own.

If you are affected by the storm, what are you doing to prepare? Do you have any good tips or ideas for me? I think I may be toughing this one out at home.

AV

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Keep us posted, if possible.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to The winds are so incredib ...

If you don't find the time or if the power's out, it's ok; when we run out of fingernails to bite, we have finger enough to last us a few days.
Going gets mighty slow once the nails run out.

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AV, you out there?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to What are you doing to pre ...

Let us know if you've dried out.

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I'm ok, but we're devastated here

by AV . In reply to AV, you out there?

We have no power of course. I'm amazed my house is still standing. We had about 4or 5 hours of 60-70mph winds. It took down a lot of trees and branches. Most people have no power in NJ and there is widespread devastation.

I have never seen such destruction in my life. I have no heat, no hot water and nowhere to go because everyone else has nothing either. I probably will have no power for almost 10 days. So I'm just taking it one day at a time.

Even our NJ radio station is out except for online. The best thing I did was turn my iPhone into a hotspot so I can use the laptop from time to time until the power runs out on it. I'll have to find somewhere to charge it.

Things could be a lot worse, especially if I lived near the ocean. The shore areas were hit the hardest. The funny thing last night when the winds were raging and I opened the door a crack, is that I could smell the ocean air and I live 50 miles inland. Very strange.

AV

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Glad your ok

by Slayer_ In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...

And that your house survived.

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Glad you're ok

by PurpleSkys In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...

We're praying that things get back to some sense of normalcy for you soon.

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Glad to hear you are doing well.

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...

Now the real work begins

Cleaning Up after the event. You have my sincerest condolences.

Col

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Ugh.

by cmiller5400 In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...

I have no power at home as well. The power lines behind my house came down and they were LIVE The local utility doesn't want to admit when they will be here to fix (we have called 3 or 4 times and they keep saying in 4 hours for the last 24 hours). All my neighbors around me have electricity X-(

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You might be lucky in a way

by AV . In reply to Ugh.

The power company will probably come to you first because you have live wires. I'm not sure where you're at, but I wish you luck in getting your power restored. I know I'm out of luck for a long while.

AV

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It is back on now, thankfully

by cmiller5400 In reply to You might be lucky in a w ...

But the power company came out immediately and shut it down. It took them 26 hours and multiple phone calls to get it restored. My biggest gripe was that they kept on giving me a time (4 hours) for repair. Well if it is going to take a day or two say so. Don't keep stringing me along, I know that you are busy so I can understand the delay, but be honest about it is all I ask.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone affected by this nasty storm.

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I'm happy to hear your power is back

by AV . In reply to It is back on now, thankf ...

I thought they might come to you first because of the live wires. I can't even imagine how the utility companies deal with millions of people with no power. What a job. I know its so aggravating to deal with them. I'd love it if they could give you a time, but they never do.

AV

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