I don’t think anyone on the east coast had an uninterrupted sleep last night.
Yesterday was continual dusk as if the sun itself was hiding behind a grey umbrella leery to come out in such a daunting sky. All we could do was wait and hope we were prepared. The sky rattled and spit cold rain onto the pavement. It started slowly with drops so disparate that they seemed to evaporate before they could leave speckles on my jacket. It was ominously calm. An eerie way to end October.
Around four pm the rain began to thicken and the winds to swell. I had just come inside from a short walk, trying to get one last one in before the inevitable lockdown that was supposed to persist for the next few days. The sky deepened to a murky charcoal and the air wheezed and shook the trees sending the last autumn leaves down into the yard.
We stayed in by our wood burning stove, fortunate to have warmth. I sat up worried about all of my friends and family in the New York City and New Jersey area who were being hit with massive gusts, whose apartments were flooding, who were without power and just holding on.
When I finally went up to bed the winds were whipping hard, rain pelting on the roof outside my window. I shut my eyes, covered my head and tried to will myself to sleep. It was an off and on rest, as if my mind were being operated by a switch that flipped with the most violent bursts of wind. During the worst of it, I felt my floor shaking beneath me. I kept my eyes closed the entire time trying to quiet my mind.
I awoke to a sky the color of molasses. The air held a lethargic haze as if it was in mourning. There were several trees snapped and fallen, but that seemed to be the worst of it. The winds and rain had subsided and the sun even hinted at coming out. We were very lucky here. We didn’t even lose power.
My heart goes out to the people who were hit with devastating force, the entire New York City and New Jersey area is in my thoughts today. I hope that the worst of it is over and that the damage will be quickly alleviated. My deepest sympathies to those who have lost a family member or friend due to Hurricane Sandy.