Just checking in to let everyone know I'm alright. My neighborhood in Brooklyn (I live approx. 20-30 minutes from Coney Island) got away fairly unscathed. It's started raining again and we're getting minor wind but nothing like last night. Wind gusts got up to 70 mph but the worst it did was knock a bunch of branches off the big tree out front and the rest of the leaves that hadn't yet fallen. Ol' girl held up fine though. XD We didn't even get a single puddle in the basement (this tree has roots all over the neighborhood, and it protects us a lot from basement flooding). It did get a bit hairy last night when the wind was gusting high, and our power was flickering on and off all night, but aside from an outage of about 10 minutes around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, we never actually lost power; our lines are all underground anyway, and the nearby transformer crackled but it never actually blew. All our windows are intact, and we lost a few roof tiles (or at least, somebody did, we can't tell which house at the moment). It could have been so much worse for us. Thank you so much for keeping us in your thoughts/sending energy/etc. We were feeling very much protected here.
Transportation is still FUBAR. The East River bridges opened back up but mass transit is completely fucked. The subway is totally flooded, buses aren't running (something like 7 depots were jacked up). The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel flooded in the storm surge with 12 ft of water. So...yeah I'm not going anywhere any time soon, heh.
We haven't gone outside to clear debris or really make an assessment of the wind damage because we're not trying to tempt fate with the tree. These were some pics I took out the front window and on the stoop.( Read more...Collapse )