You’ve undoubtedly seen photos of the destruction that Sandy wreaked in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Jersey shore. This storm was nothing like anything I have experienced before. I have been through quite a number of hurricanes in my 55 years, and flooding was ALWAYS the major issue. Except for Manhattan, Staten Island and the Jersey shore, flooding was NOT the big issue – the wind was.
We waited for the rains to come – and they did. Maybe 3 to 4 inches of rain? Not a lot by hurricane standards. The winds however, were unearthly. You know how you hear tornado survivors say the winds sounded like a freight train going by? That was what this was like. Laying in bed Monday night, trying to fall asleep and listening to the wind shriek and howl quite unlike anything I have heard before, was so unsettling.
Waking up Tuesday morning, the rain was falling gently and the winds were very calm – nothing like the night before. As I woke up to get dressed and get ready for work (yes, I was expected in), the world was dark and quiet. I decided at the last minute to bring my camera with me. My wife Marianne also took a camera with her later that afternoon when she took our dog Jesse, for his walk.
Here’s just a small sample of the sights we saw in South Plainfield, NJ. Our town looked like something from a war zone or a movie set. We took a lot more photos – and please note, this all happened within walking distance of our home.