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Off topic to all of our friends in Frankenstorm's Path - Stay safe!

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John and I usually are the first to discount big news stories of weather predictions, but this one hosts lots of frightening elements. Take the recommended precautions and stay safe.

Take care of yourself and all your loved ones, including the four-legged variety! Prayers are with you all.

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Amen Alice! We've spent two days batting down the hatches - removing lawn furniture, flower pots, hoses & presidential election signs from outside the house so they won't become missles in the expected high winds. Bought non-perishable food and water for the very real possibility of being without electricity for several days (hope it's not longer), propane for the grill so we'll be able to cook, batteries for the flashlights and lanterns. Been doing all laundry so that will have been taken care of, cooking a few day's worth of meals that won't need to be refrigerated if the power goes. All done with the full knowledge that the hysterical weather reporters could be wrong in their predictions. So glad not to be thinking about cancer!

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Where are you located? Is it New York? I heard they've already closed the transportation system in New York. Are you on the water?

I was just at Petsmart stocking up for my pets, and John and I went grocery shopping yesterday, though we needed little. Since the shelves were mostly bare, good thing. Schools have already been closed for tomorrow. I don't usually worry much about forecasts, but there seem to be a lot of negative forces coming together on this one. Really hope it's just hype.

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I'm in Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. Latest news has Sandy making landfall just north of Atlantic City, about an hour and a half from here. Just starting to drizzle now! Thank God I'm not near water. Those folks are going to have a hard time. But I do have 15 towering trees that are upwards of 100 years old that I would hate to lose (not to mention the damage they could do if felled). Their age makes them vulnerable I fear. Fingers crossed. Hype would be a good thing. Here's hoping for hype!

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My daughter and 3 granddaughters are in Owings Mills, NW of Baltimore. They are on high groung so the big worry is if power goes out. At one time they were thinking of driving to Michigan which is out of Sandys range.

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Keep hoping it sounds worse than it is going to be. I live a block off Baltimore's Inner Harbor so we'll be watching the flooding reports closely. Stay safe everyone!

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Alice, they're not asking you to evacuate?

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They are expecting mostly high winds in Ct. I guess we are prepared. Those of you getting rain, be careful too. Kids here may be missing Holloween for 2 years in a row. How strange is that?

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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you further up the coast. We (Wilmington, NC) were spared this go around but I mailed my flood insurance premium today anyway. Ouch.

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Right now in the Northern suburbs of Detroit the winds are 36 MPH with gusts ro 60 MPH on the West side of Sandy . In Owings Mills 15 miles from the Baltimore nner Harbor the winds are 28 mph gusting to 40 mph. Our basketball pole from the 80's came down and took a slice off the side of our car.So far no storm surge in Michigan, but we are going to lose a lot of power with these winds and leaves on most of the trees..

Icemantoo

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We lost our power at 5:15pm. Now running on generator. I reside in Rockville, MD - two miles from the Human Genome Project and the heart of NIH...

Not sure how much longer our Internet access will stay up. The storm has still not reached its peak here.

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Wow-she's got even longer arms than I realized. I just heard part of the Atlantic City boardwalk had disappeared as had the fishing pier in Ocean City, MD. We are in official "stay in place" status with only emergency vehicles allowed on Baltimore streets. I'm amazed I can still post here and hope we continue to keep our power; know how fortunate we are.

Stay safe everyone. This is some scary weather.

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Have been watching reports on and off all night and still worried for you folks. I worry about power outages, dislocation of hospital schedules and infection risks during the clean-ups, in addition to the more obvious hazards.

It will be cheering for everyone here(CSN) if those in the hurricane's path can post to assure us you're OK.

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Well, we made it through the storm without damage. No property destruction or loss of power. Very fortunate. If anyone needs leaves, I seem to have collected a few. I have the equivalent of "Snow drifts" of leaves that collect where a vortex of wind circles and dumps them. I hope y'all are OK. Just another test.

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Well, the worst of Sandy is behind us and I'm still able to post -- don't need to pull out the wet vac -- and John and I are safe and dry. John is supposed to receive Votrient today and SANDY may delay delivery but we can deal with that. Overall, it could have been so much worse and we're both thankful it wasn't. Just hope everyone else has persevered as well. We're still restricted on going out (driving) but hopefully tonight that will change.

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Still without power here but no other real damage. Just a lot of yard work ahead of me. The power issue is frustrating - it is only out along my street (effecting about 50 homes). My neighbor across the street (on a different feeder) got his power restored within a few hours. My neighbors behind me (also on a different feeder) never lost power at all.

Well, at least our generator and Internet access still works. Now we get to see how long it will take PEPCO (our much reviled local power company) to deal with our little problem...

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and hope you haven't pegged out - please confirm all ok (on all fronts!).

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Thanks for wondering where the heck I was. All is well outside Philly with the one exception of having no power. Trees are still upright (I love my trees). No house damage. No flooded basement. Steve & I are sitting in a Starbucks busily communicating with family & friends 'cause our cell phones don't work - a tower must be out, or maybe gazillions of folks are all trying to call out & text at the same time, overwhelming the system. Feeling fortunate though. Our doggie child was a nervousness wreck last night and the drenched mess in the yard still kind of freaks him. Cardinals and bluejays were busy rebuilding their nests all morning,which was fascinating to watch. Yes, Sandy is officially old news.

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Thank you all for your concern. Lower half of Manhattan is still completely without power, so it is a difficult and unusual situation. Hope you and your families are all safe and sound.

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Where are you located? Do you have power?

Been watching the news and heart goes out to our New York and New Jersey neighbors. Looks like you're on stage once again to show the world that New York grit. Know we have your back. Have a sudden yearning to hear Alicia Keyes sing New York!

nyc_girl
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I'm located in midtown Manhattan, above 42nd Street. Everyone below 40th Street lost power - the rest of us got lucky. Two hospitals had to be evacuated because their backup generators failed. They are hoping to have the power restored to lower Manhattan by tomorrow. Most of my family and friends in the suburbs are still without power. Didn't get much rain in the suburbs, but those huge old trees come down like dominoes in the wind and they knock out the power lines and transformers. Those on the coast (Long Island, Staten Island, Jersey Shore, edges of lower Manhattan) got the worst of the damage from the incredible tidal surge. Thank you for thinking of us and for your encouraging words. Where are you located? Were you affected by the storm?

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We live a block off Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Baltimore was pretty much spared the devastating damage you guys are dealing with. Personally, we did not endure any direct damage. Very lucky. We have three huge skylights through the middle of our townhouse and there were times during the storm we thought the wind would pull them out or the rain would break through. But again we were blessed. Time for the rest of us to rally round our less fortunate neighbors. I'm glad you and yours are safe.

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One tree took out electricity, cable and gas for the neighborhood. How did it take out gas? The high-tension electricity found a ground wire to the gas pipe and punched a hole through it. They turned off the gas for a few days while doing the repair.

Not until elec and gas companies were through could the cable company move in, so we were without cable for four days.

As a sign of the times, the neighbors all agreed that of the lost utilities, the one we missed the most was cable. Not only was the TV not working but we couldn't even get news from the internet. All we heard about what was going on in NYC was by word of mouth!
Radio news isn't satisfactory because they assume you are getting news from cable!

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It sounds like you were lucky not to have a gas explosion. So glad you're safe; I had missed you on the Board.

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I live in Port Jefferson on LONG ISLAND....it is mass devistation. I was in the hospital during the storm until wed.(pneumonia, pleural effusions) OUR house lost electricity for only 2 days and one of our cars was totaled by a tree....UGHHHhh....but we have housed many family and friends providing food and shelter and warm showers. I am glad we can help. It is crazy here but we are all pulling together helping doing food drives and clothing drives. I am about 8 miles to the south and 2 miles from the north of all devistated areas. Its sad a lot of my friends lost everything. I feel grateful to have my home and family !!! This kind of stuff puts life into perspective...I have been struggling with all this cancer **** as i am only 10 weeks post op/diagnosis this storm was a major distraction and i will continue to help as much as I can. !!!

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Thank goodness you got through Sandy relatively unscathed, though having a car totaled is no joke. And being in the hospital during a "storm of the century" is stressful when you're separated from family and you don't know how they are faring. The devastation on Long Island looks mind-numbing, but familiar. I lived through Hurricane Andrew, a category 5 storm that flattened South Forida in 1992. Dozens and dozens of co-workers and friends lost their homes and everything they owned. Mother Nature's good at giving the unexpected kick in the ass, isn't she? Glad to hear your family is well and you're home is intact.

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