Everybody’s been storm-watching for the past 24 hours or so. They all remember Sandy and, from what the weather reports say, Joaquin is even more powerful. But the wind and rain that’ve battered us today aren’t his fault: A Nor’easter has worked its way along this part of the coast.
|Joaquin, as of today...we hope!|
Sandy became a “superstorm” when merged with a Nor’easter before making landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey. It doesn’t seem that Joaquin will do anything like that: He seems content remaining out to sea, well to the east of Montauk Point. Still, he could gift our Nor’easter with even more wind and water than it might have whipped against, and dropped on, us: As meteorologists tell us, the course of a hurricane is one of the most difficult things to predict.
There seems to be an interesting divide in how much concern people who lived through Sandy’s ravages are expressing about the prospect of another Nor’easter, hurricane or—superstorm?! From what my own admittedly unscientific observations, the folks on the South Shores of Staten Island and Brooklyn, and in the Rockaways, are bracing themselves. Whether or not they’re making actual preparations, they are taking the reports and warnings seriously—more seriously, some admit, than they did when Sandy approached.
On the other hand, residents of Long Beach and other communities on the South Shore of Nassau County—which, arguably, incurred even more damage than Brooklyn and at least as much as the Rockaways—seem more blasé. As one man said, “I lost everything then. I’m not worried now.” But people in other devastated areas also “lost everything”. In fact, in the Breezy Point area of the Rockaway Peninsula, houses that weren’t blown apart or washed away burned to the ground when water wreaked havoc with the electrical wires. I recall seeing people who were able to retrieve only family photo albums before fleeing, or upon returning.
As for me: I am watching the storms. Aside from not having classes for a week, I wasn’t affected much by Sandy. I want to make sure I can say the same thing about Joaquin or the Nor’easter.
Then again…Joaquin couldn’t possibly affect us as much as Sandy did. After all, Joaquin is a male name, while both males and females are named Sandy. Hell hath no fury like that of both genders, combined!