Home Sweet Home With Sandy (UPDATE)

**UPDATE** Thanks for the well-wishes. After a harrowing morning waiting for news... after seeing this video of over 50 homes burning in their neighborhood burning down and I still did not know if theirs was one of them or where they were... I learned that my youngest brother had braved the elements and them at a shelter where they had been forced to go against their wishes (thank god). They are safe if a bit traumatized,, the house? well its standing & has about 6ft of water in it.. but all is well because they are safe/ thank you all for your thoughts & prayers.

I grew up in a small beach community called Breezy Point, located on the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, between Jamaica Bay on the landward side, and the Atlantic Ocean.

There are many interesting things I could say about 'Breezy'; like it's history as the "Irish Riviera", or how it is home to the endangered Piping Plover, or perhaps I could elucidate on how it seriously lacks ethnic diversity.

Today, what is most interesting about my home town is this morning's video of the Jamaica Bay side of this little peninsula getting socked by Sandy... who hasn't even officially arrived.

My parents still live in the same home I grew up in on the Atlantic side of the peninsula and (as always) have not evacuated. Both they and the house have survived many storms and well... they (and the house) are stubborn.

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Comment by Hyblaean~ Julie on October 29, 2012 at 10:08am

that is going to be one hell of a mess to clean up. Hope everyone stays safe.

Comment by Joan H on October 29, 2012 at 10:15am

Why can't I see the video??

Comment by lorianne on October 29, 2012 at 10:23am

thanks jules.  

In 1960 my hometown was hit by Hurricane Donna, a category 5 storm. Donna  holds the record for retaining major hurricane status for the longest period of time. For nine days, September 2 to September 11, Donna consistently had winds of at least 115 mph. During that storm the ocean & the bay surged from opposite  sides of the peninsula and met in the middle. A good portion of the community was under several feet of water. It seems that having  survived that, no storm scares them much. Or maybe thats just my wacky family...

Comment by lorianne on October 29, 2012 at 10:24am

joan - ummm i dunno.  video link here:   http://youtu.be/6rOY7R9wEhw

Comment by lorianne on October 29, 2012 at 10:46am

Thanks rita - i think the possible loss of power is the worst of it really.  my sister expects to be w/o power for several days to a week should theirs go down.  yikes!

Comment by anna1liese on October 29, 2012 at 11:08am

Your parents remind me of mine.  Am hearing from so many of mine today all along the East coast.  If you love the sea ... you simply love the sea ...  My mom would be telling me how silly I was to worry at all.  I wish she were here to tell me once more.  Thinking of you and of your parents now.  Thinking of everyone watching and waiting and hoping for the best ...

Comment by Scylla the Rock on October 29, 2012 at 11:37am

Thoughts for their safety.

Comment by Harp on October 29, 2012 at 1:21pm

I hope they will be OK.   My best wishes are with them... and with you. 

Comment by Poor Woman on October 29, 2012 at 1:22pm

I do hope the storm's abatement comes before they said it will.

Blessings to you and your family, dearie.

Comment by TG DE VORE on October 29, 2012 at 1:47pm

Let me just add my good carma along with every one here in wishing the best outcome for your parents situation. We'll all be watching with our breath held.


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