Contrary to what I had hoped, Sandy was nothing like Irene.
We were beyond lucky - at a high elevation in Brooklyn so we didn't suffer the flooding. We never even lost power. Besides anxiously listening to the whipping winds all night, my family was fine. Actually, my family was asleep. I was the one anxiously listening to the winds.
I knew the flooding was bad because I was able to watch it on the news last night until we lost cable. But I never expected the news this morning. The awful fires in Queens, the unbelievably horrifying scenario at NYU medical center as they lost back up generators and had to move patients in the dark - including 20 infants from the NICU.
I can't even imagine having to pack up my family and flee from a fire in the night. Or having to move a newborn out of the NICU - in the middle of a horrific storm. My heart goes out to everyone that is dealing with the aftermath of the storm - but especially these parents.
The storm definitely wasn't over-hyped. What a disaster.