Waiting For Hurricane Sandy

The moon over Broadway

In a couple of days the Eastern Seaboard will be hit by the most devastating storm in US history or, it won’t. Meteorologists are predicting a ‘Frankenstorm’ as Hurricane Sandy – currently barrelling up the Atlantic from the Caribbean – converges with two winter weather systems to bring winds gusting at around 75 mph, torrential rain and maybe even snow.

‘It’s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic,’ Jeff Masters,  meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground, is quoted as saying, warning that it could be as big, perhaps bigger, than the worst East Coast storm on record, a 1938 New England hurricane which killed nearly 800 people.

As of this Saturday evening on New York’s Upper West Side there’s no sign of Sandy. It’s warm and still enough for people to dine outside at the restaurants in Amsterdam Avenue. The windows are open in our’s and other apartments. A thin, hazy moon hangs over Broadway. The hardware store had almost run out of flashlights, but there was plenty of food left on Zabar’s shelves. The residents of our building are sceptical after Hurricane Irene’s no-show. All the same, no-one’s making definite plans for Monday or Tuesday.

6 Responses to “Waiting For Hurricane Sandy”

  1. davidronson@btinternet.com Reply October 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I hope you will all be fine re hurricane. Is Joel excited with his 1st big USA event ? Love Paula

    Sent from y HTC

    • Hi Paula. Yes, we’re all excited and very well prepared. And we’re safe – up a hill away from water! Love to you both, Elaine xx

  2. Good luck with it all! we’ll be thinking of you. G, L and A

  3. Batten down the hatches and keep safe y’all…let us know how it goes x

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