Happy Halloween everybody! It sure looks spooky around these parts thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy – dubbed Frankenstorm here in the northeast. On Monday, I posted a bit panicked about how our favorite coastal town of Cape May, New Jersey would fair. Well, I am here to report that Cape May won the battle with Sandy. Hooray!
Unfortunately our neighbors to the north did not make out as well as Cape May. My heart goes out to all of those folks just up the coast.
Ironically our home town to the west in Pennsylvania seemed to be more battered than Cape May as well. We lost power in PA on Monday evening and as of writing this have not had it restored just yet. Our town is full of beautiful, mature trees – one of the draws of the neighborhood. However, not all of the trees withstood the wind gusts. Some toppled over on our power lines. We were nervous for the large trees surrounding our house but they all stood strong.
After about 36 hours without electric and heat we decided to venture back east to Cape May. That is when we learned that ironically the coastal town was in better shape than our Montgomery county town.
And that we had internet. Hooray again!
It is amazing what lack of electricity can do. I forgot what day it was, never knew the time and flicked the light switch on a ridiculous amount of times out of habit. Living in the dark is not fun. Oh and neither is wearing 2 pairs of pants to sleep.
Anyway, back to the positive news around Cape May…
Boarded up beach houses suffered minimal damage
For the most part, sand dunes did their job as barrier
Only a few roads were sand covered
Everyone’s favorite Cape May landmark, Congress Hall, overlooks the sea
Sandy makes a grand exit leaving town with a show of clouds
A little bit spooky for Halloween
A flock of beautiful cranes bathed in the storm’s remnants
Again, I can’t stress how fortunate we are. We have some flooding around the house. Ok, our front yard is a pond but nothing we can’t manage compared to what others are experiencing.
I hope you are your family are safe, dry and warm this Halloween.