Live in metropolis with natives and immigrants who’ve never experienced a hurricane and freak out collectively. Not a surprise since we had an earthquake a few days earlier.
It’s day 2 after Hurricane Irene. It wasn’t very strong in New York like I was certain it wouldn’t have been however, I took the proper precaution and prepared like I normally would have for any hurricane:
Gathered all my flashlights (all 5 of them), packed an emergency bag (first aid kit included), double-check my canned goods (I always have canned food for an emergency not just this hurricane), store a container with water (if power goes, water won’t pump to certain floors in some building in NYC and I can’t go very long without a shower), charged all my devices, relocated valuables that were too close to windows and wait.
Although many tweets and status updates were about how lame or how ineffective this storm was, many of the people who wrote them weren’t watching the news. A few people died because of Hurricane Irene and although the damage in North Carolina was in the hundred thousands, in Vermont it was near a few million. Many locations flooded and power was lost to a few people, even here in New York City some places haven’t gotten power as yet. The rivers in the city also overflowed and some streets flooded causing some fear in a few folks who had to evacuated from those zones. Although Irene was a Category 1 storm (I’ve been through a Category 5 before), it wasn’t a storm to reckoned with. Hopefully if NYC has this experience again it will run just as smooth.
Yesterday was quite interesting commuting. The trains were emptier than normal and many people worked from home at my job so when I got in the work day was slower than normal.
In all, how to survive a hurricane? Shut down the MTA service and force people to stay indoors: I got a great deal of work done (like cleaning my apartment) and had a very nice “staycation.” A few tree branches unfortunately fell a few street over from my street crushing a few cars however thankfully nothing happened to anyone.
How was your hurricane experience?