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Sustained winds blew around 50-60 miles per hour and the trees toppled like blocks, often permanently altering Long Island's landscape. No one could imagine a New York storm this severe. Without anyplace else to go, many people resisted leaving their homes and were later sorry. More than 90% of Long Island was left without power for days. Some are on their second week without heat or hot water and it is cold outside. 

Jill Sackler

While we had no electricity for a week, my home suffered little damage. In fact, we had even less than in last year's storm when my basement flooded and a tree branch went through the kitchen window. The inconvenience of no phone, T.V. or computer paled in comparison to those suffering from the devastating loss of their home.

It wasn't difficult to get used to an "early to bed and early to rise" philosophy. We used the daylight hours wisely to plan our meals. In the evenings, my family sat by candlelight and entertained ourselves with crossword puzzles, card games and family sing-alongs. We jumped up and down a lot to aid blood circulation and tried hard not to notice that the indoor temperature read 51 degrees and was getting lower everyday.

My power is on now. Hot showers have never felt so good. Not everyone in the community is back to normal, though, and there are plenty of people who still need help. I'm trying to do my part by providing friends with a place to warm up, shower or sleep. Tomorrow, I'll get back on line to buy gas. No luck, so far.

I still can't quite believe this shift in weather patterns. Storms that were meant to hit every hundred years will likely arrive every year or two. Construction adjustments will have to be made to accommodate this new normal in the Northeast.





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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jill - you give a good, if vivid, description of your privations. On the spot and safe, you can let your light shine in assisting those less fortunate. Great example of community. Everything will be better.

Nov 04, 2012 07:27 AM #1
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

It's so good to hear that you're OK, Jill.  The storm ripped through here, but it only left us wet and without power temporarily.  It has been hard watching the challenges of our friends in NJ and NY.  Our prayers are with you. 

Nov 04, 2012 08:06 AM #2
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

so glad you personally didn't have much damage.. and glad you have power again.. it is gonna be a long road for most New Yorkers!! I hope all goes well for you and any family you have there.!

Nov 04, 2012 09:42 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Glad to read you are back in service Jill. We came back on this morning, but so many are still in the dark. Our family members who are now staying with us are without power and they only live a couple of blocks from us...

Nov 05, 2012 08:53 AM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Larry, Thank you. This, too, shall pass.

Mike - Thank you. I couldn't be happier to be back on schedule.

Hi Sheila - It will be a long road but New Yorkers are survivors.

Sheila - We have the same thing here. One block this way has power and one block in the other direction does not, yet.


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