All is finally quiet here in the South Central part of Pennsylvania, as Superstorm Sandy has left town for good. Even though the eye of the storm passed directly over us, we lucked out in this part of the Country with little to no damage at all. In fact, we didn't even lose our electric.
With all the proper essentials needed for hurricane survival - flashlights, candles, bottled water, blocks of ice, thermos of coffee, warm blankets, wood for a fire, wine, etc., I was fully prepared for an extended power outage! It was a long grueling day and night of high winds and heavy rains. There were many people in my town that lost power. Many roads were flooded and trees, telephone poles and wires came down. Our town completely shut down. Even Walmart closed. But nothing compared to the devastation Sandy caused along the East Coast. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that we were spared Sandy's wrath. And now, I have enough ice to build an igloo! But, I'm sad to report, the wine is gone.
There was one point in the middle of night, I remember waking to silence. There was virtually no wind blowing at all and just a gentle rain was falling. I believe the eye of Sandy passed over us at that point in time. Science lesson : The "eye" is the focus of a hurricane - the point about which the rest of the storm rotates and where the lowest surface pressures are found, thus making it the calmest part.
The skies are gray today, but we are hopeful to see the sun shine tomorrow. God bless all those along the East Coast who were less fortunate. My heartfelt prayers go out to them.