cars floated on Wall Street

After remaining fairly benign all day, the storm took a sudden turn earlier this evening, and – as you’ve probably read/seen – things went downhill fast.  The storm surge filled NYC up with water – cars floated on Wall Street, water poured into subway tunnels, a river formed in the Lower East Side – and the wind tore off a piece of my friend’s roof and dropped it in his backyard, ripped a crane off a skyscraper in midtown and threatened to drop it onto the street below, and ripped the front off of a building on 8th Avenue.  I thought it would be a bad storm, but I never imagined it would be this bad.

It wasn’t until the wind started in earnest that I felt any real fear.  It had been blowing casually all day, and then at about six or seven it announced itself in our apartment by blowing down the chimney and knocking my roommate’s fan onto the floor.  Then it really started to come –– not the strongest wind I’ve ever encountered, but it was relentless – it toppled garbage cans and rolled them down the street, set off car alarms in the neighborhood, and shook our apartment building just enough to be unsettling.

They’ve been saying for years that NYC is totally unprepared for a catastrophic flood, and while I think that Hurricane Sandy certainly reinforced that theory, I think that said catastrophic flood is still to come.

I’m not happy with this post, but I’m tired so it’s going to have to do.  Read the NY Times if you want the whole story.

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