Monday, 29 October 2012

Thinking of our friends across the pond

Good morning. Beautiful sunny morning here. I've just been reading up about Hurricane Sandy which is due to hit the east coast of the USA, it could be the largest storm ever to hit New York. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, people are boarding up their properties, millions will be evacuated. My heart goes out to all those affected, I pray that they will be safe.

I have received an email from Elaine, she sent me the book of cat cartoons. I copy and paste it here.

Hello again, Ilona. Happy to read that the book got there finally. Seems as thought it must have been brought by a very tired carrier pigeon. Have fun giggling at the cartoons.

Upper Darby is just outside of Philadelphia. "Philly" is midway between New York and Washington and 90 miles from the seaside (Atlantic City) but no Salty Sam there.

We're all hunkering down, waiting for what the weather men are saying will be the biggest storm/hurricane/flood in recorded history. "Sandy" they're calling her. A couple of MILLION may end up being told or asked to evacuate! I'm terrified my home/house will get flooded again; it will be the fourth or fifth time, five or six feet or more of cloggy, slimy, stinky runny goo in the basement/cellar. Big losses, lots of damage. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Ta ta for now.
Elaine

Please, everybody keep their fingers crossed for Elaine and everyone who may be affected. We moan about our miserable weather, yes it's unpleasant, yes it's miserable, but hell, we are so lucky not to be in the path of that frightening hurricane.

Thinking of you Elaine, keep in touch. Love from me and all our bloggy friends.

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  1. we are lucky indeed, I can't imagine the fear our friends must be feeling and the devastation when their homes are affected.

    Thinking of you, sending much love and many good wishes to our American friends xx

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  2. We are so lucky.

    Mr Sft and I are thinking of everyone on the East Coast.

    Sft

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  3. We moan about our weather but we are so lucky really.

    Thoughts and prayers for all those across the waters, may you be safe and your homes stand firm against this terrible hurricane and all the problems it brings with it.

    Thinking of you all and especially Elaine.

    Sue xx

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  4. Oh Elaine, it sounds like a really frightening situation. I have everything crossed for you and will be keeping my eye on the news and weather. Good luck and take care.

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  5. Poor Elaine, she's going to be in the thick of things. As I just posted on SFT blog, even we are going to be affected by the storm as it's that big. I am in Southern Ontario, Canada, and an eight hour drive from New York. It certainly is a big one. I to am praying that everyone will be fine and there is little damage to both life and property.

    Gill in Canada

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  6. Thank you for this post! I am in NYC in one of the boroughs, but inland, thankfully. However, it has been reported lately that the brunt of the storm's water surge will most affect Connecticut's southern shore. Prayers obviously for all the shorelines! Right now it is 8:15 am and we have rain and wind, but not windowpane rattling wind. I will pray for Elaine and ask God to have much mercy. Prayers for all!

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  7. Well, maybe a few more storms like this ( Irene was bad also) and a few more droughts here in the mid-west will persuade our leaders to start to address climate change - has nt been mentioned ONCE during these campaigns.
    It does nt look like the recovery will be the complete cock-up that Katrina was, though, the White House and East Coast Governers are ready for what is coming. Now If I can persuade my family in Maine to hunker down...................

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  8. Keep safe Elaine, and all in the storm area. Thinking of you all.

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  9. Blessings and my deepest thanks to all of you. You warm my heart and give me courage. Sunday afternoon/evening and Monday are supposed to be the worst. Going out now to see if I can buy some more squeeze-in expanding styrofoam to add around the back door in the door frame. Elaine

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  10. Thank you for remembering us. My daughter and her family moved to Fairfield Connecticut this summer. It is a beautiful town and the people have been lovely. My grandkids are 4 and 5 years old. I am so concerned about their safety. This storm will last into Wednesday and I fear that they will be so very frightened by violent winds and relentless rain/snow. The loss of power is a big issue as an Artic storm is bearing down from the north and a winter storm from the west. Some states may get up to 50 inches of snow. We will get flooding from Lake Michigan here in Chicago as a result. It is indeed a "Monster Storm". Many thanks for your prayers and concern!
    Bonnie

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  11. Thank you for sending thoughts & prayers, I'm on the coast in Connecticut, so far we still have power, we are well stocked with candles, flashlights, and batteries, as well as anything that will hold water is filled to the brim. Fingers crossed we don't get hit as bad as Irene, without power for 9 days.

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  12. I am in the Northeastern part of New Jersey (USA). We are getting very bad windy weather right now and also some rain. It is supposed to get much worse later in the day and into tomorrow. I am so scared my tree in the yard will break. I keep watching it and praying it stays away from the house. We will be flooded in our basement too but I'm more afraid of the tree and the damage it could do.
    Thanks everyone for your good wishes and prayers.

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  13. We have high wind warnings over here in Michigan with rain and possible snow tonight and tomorrow. I worry about the large trees behind my house. Have lost three trees in as many years but they have all fallen away from the house. This time the wind is blowing toward it. Power outages are another possibility. Just saw a great idea posted on a message board. During a power outage, they take in their outside solar lights at night to use to light up the stairs, etc.
    Stay safe everyone on this side of the Pond!
    Joan

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  14. I just hope for all these people over there, that it won't be so bad as expected.

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  15. My sister is in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is going to retreat to her basement (nicely finished as a little studio apartment) with her dogs and supplies. She is very lucky to have such a space.
    Her husband, who works in The Bronx, may have to stay in the city overnight as travelling would be madness.
    God bless all of you who are on the east coast and worried about your loved ones and your property etc. Stay indoors (preferably in the basement!) and i'm sure you will be fine.
    You will all be in my prayers this evening.

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  16. My daughter and her children live in NYC, about 1 mile from the ocean. I am terrified for her and her daughter and son.

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  17. My love, thoughts and prayers to everyone in the path of this hurricane and also to their friends and relatives.

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  18. Wishing friends in the US and cousins in Canada blessings and safety in the coming days.

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  19. I send best wishes to Elaine. I remember the hurricane we had here in Sussex 1987. I was in it, infact. Lost a folding camping trailer with tent in that night. Ours had been situated on a campsite near Arundle. We spent that night huddled with other campers in the shower block of the campsite. That was the only safe place to be. We watched the hurricane windhose circling the block. It was pretty frightening, as I had two small children in tow and was pregnant with a third.
    The devistation afterwards was imense. All the campers had lost their caravans that night. Ours had ended up wrapped around a nearby tree. We had just escaped from it in time, and had made it to the safety of the shower block 2 mins before the camper was tossed over in the winds.

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  20. Thank you everyone. I am 6 miles from NYC. I live in NJ but very close to NYC. The winds have picked up here tremendously in the last hour or so. It is 6:30 pm. I am so scared. We still have power as you can see but the lights are flickering on and off. I hope they stay on for awhile at least til we go to sleep tonight. My tree in the back yard is swaying to the right and almost bent in half.
    As long as it doesn't hit the house, I don't care.

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  21. OH GLORY BE!!!!! NOT ONE DROP! Apparently it was my turn, and my neighborhood's turn, not to be a weather victim. We're bone dry with no wind damage, no fallen trees, no loss of electricity. I can hardly believe my good fortune. Thank you everyone for your good wishes. And now I send my best wishes for rapid recovery to the millions around me, especially in and around New York, who have flooding, wind damage, power outages, closes bridges and public transit systems, fallen trees, and huge financial losses to deal with. Bless everyone.

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  22. Thankfully, my daughter's family has escaped the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. They may be without power for a week or longer, but they had little damage and no flooding. There was sufficient warning, so my daughter brought in a good supply of canned and packaged food as well as water. They have a fireplace and an outdoor cooker also. I am sure that they will do well until power is restored. Fortunately, the temps are mild. My heart goes out to the people of New Jersey and New York City. There have been over 60 deaths and the property damage is enormous. I think Planet Earth is pretty unhappy with our messing about... Many thanks for the prayers and kind words.
    Bonnie

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