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Guest Post: The "Real" Apocalypse of 11/7/2012
from an email received Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM
(Mina lives in New York City. Readers who also enjoy Keepapitchinin, will recognize her as a regular commentor. I am sharing this with you, with her permission.)
|From the New York Post Website|
I got your lovely little card today. I'm sure the Holy Ghost prompted you to send it at just the right time (I am only half kidding). It was just the boost I needed after a terrifically hard day. One of the worst days ever.
I don't know if it is really being reported how terrible the devastation is on Long Island. I had to go to campus yesterday---the faculty have been arguing with the administration about reopening because so many students are still without power and the gas shortages are .... apocalyptic.
When I got to campus it looked like a war zone. Trees down, branches uncleared from buildings and roadways, no heat in many buildings. No power in the two annexes where all the technology classes are taught. My office had a window out and no way to stop the storm that was blowing in.
I saw very few students. I emailed with students who were worried about the storm and having enough gas and told them to stay safe at home and we would make it up next week. The students I did see were shell shocked and frantic about missing work and not being able to complete the semester. All day the lights flickered, the internet on campus would drop out. I think I saw one building on fire (I'm not kidding).
The storm got progressively worse throughout the day. I cancelled my five pm class and emailed students to STAY HOME and not risk running out of gas in the terrible storm.
|From The New York Post Website|
I got off the expressway as quickly as I could, but got stuck on a service road in the dark because THE LONG ISLAND INFRASTRUCTURE IS JUST GONE. Everything was dark. Power was out, I couldn't read street signs, people were panicking there were accidents left and right. I pulled my car over and talked to one of the few police officers working an accident. He called a private tow truck company for me (AAA had already told me their rescue vehicles were out of gas and not working). I stayed in my car for about an hour and a half, but got worried the tow truck just wouldn't be able to reach me and I actually feared freezing in the cold (I was soaked from walking around campus earlier). I hitched a ride from the first people who stopped for me who said the road had been blocked and I should just let them take me down the road to at Starbucks where I could wait out the storm and call other tow trucks. A two minute lift took an hour and half because of an accident blocking the road we were on. Meanwhile trees are collapsing under the weight of the heavy snow and falling on the cars around us.
When I got to the Starbucks, I found no tow trucks with gas or operating in the storm. I called some friends who I thought lived kind of close by (I really had no idea where I was on Long Island at this point). It turned out they were very close and had just enough gas to rescue me. I spent the night with them, but today found my car had been towed --- by the police I assume. So far, I haven't been able to locate it because the police are all backed up with blocking roads and towing cars.
|From The New York Post Website|
I learned today that they actually shut down the Long Island Expressway not long after I got off it. People had to abandon their cars or wait it out. Also the trains were shut down and people were left to fend for themselves at whatever stop they happened to be at.
So it coulda been worse.