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Frankenstorm Reminds Us It's A Small World

Patch wants to know your connection to Hurricane Sandy. Are you glued to CNN, praying for relatives, or are they evacuating to your spare room?

It's a small world, and it seems a little smaller today. After all, one storm is blanketing the entire East Coast.

Hurricane Sandy is at times an F1 hurricane, and at other times just a tropical storm. Maybe not just a tropical storm, but the tropical storm—the superstorm. No matter, it has our attention. All of our attention.

Atlantic City has suspended gambling, so you know it's a big deal. New York City, which has issued an evacuation warning, suspended subway service Sunday night.

Here in the safety of 85-degree weather, we're wondering what your thoughts are about the confluence of factors that seems to have very nearly created a perfect storm.

Do you have friends and relatives on the East Coast? What are they doing? What are you doing to help them, support them, encourage them? Are you making your spare room available to anyone who has evacuated the storm's crosshairs?

The American Red Cross, which has already mobilized its resources in anticipation, is encouraging those in Sandy's path to download the Hurricane Mobile App for their phones (search American Red Cross in iTunes).

Let us know your connection to Frankenstorm.

Kathi October 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Heard of friends from church who as of this morning anyway were stuck in NY (1 goes to school in Boston & was visiting the other in NY city). My cousin's daughter who lives in VA (but from Fresno) is stuck out here in OC w a business group so she is showing them parts of OC, including In N Out. Other extended family live back in the East & may be affected.
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:36 AM
In this case, I'm not sure "stuck in OC" is a bad thing. It's amazing how, when things like this happen, families can be strewn all over the place. During a flood several years ago in Northern California, my brother was, naturally, on the other side of the river when the levee broke (he had a way of finding trouble). But everyone knew what to do, even if it meant taking the long way around: Go to Uncle Gene's house. Having a plan beforehand is always a good idea.
Laguna Beach Rotary October 29, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We're hunkered down in Solomons Island MD south of Annapolis on the Chesapeak. Heavy rains now but the big blow starts tonight. Our flight today was canceled, so we may be marooned here for awhile. Send burittos - they don't do them well in these parts. Jerry & Susan Immel
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I have a feeling this is one day that the burritos won't be delivered by the postman. As long as you have power, keep us informed of your "adventure." We're pulling for you!
jeff s October 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
HAARP - weather control device, ...perfect timing Obama, perfect timing indeed... Prepare for a decalaration of emergency and indefinite postponing of the election...
Susan Brewer October 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Just spoke with my son in NYC. He did not go to work in New Jersey today. Employer is closing the office at noon. Cool that people are taking the hurricane seriously and taking precautions. My son plans to stock on on food and cash. Last year in New Jersey they lost a car during hurricane Irene.
Kathi October 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
For those stuck in the affected area, was watching a piece on Foxnews.com that had a representative for World Vision there talking about their efforts helping already & preparing for the aftermath. 1 thing that she said that I hadn't heard before was to fill the bathtub w water. She mentioned she had previously been a news reporter covering a hurricane in S Padre Island, TX & they did not have water or electricity so it came in handy for bathing off a little, & she says now can serve as a source of water for their dog, etc.
Flores October 29, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Could they really postpone an election because of a storm?
Kathi October 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Heard awhile ago from sister in law that much of her family have evacuated NJ for MA. I guess that's less in the path. Yeah, those stuck out here have it pretty good, although not sure who pays for extended hotel stays. For some that could be tough on budgets. But I'm sure cousin's daughter is missing her family, especially the young children. But I have a feeling, knowing the family that Dad & Grandparents will make it a fun game for the kids. Praying that people are wise enough to get out of the way so we don't have another Katrina type disaster. I heard that 50% of Atlantic City had not evacuated & now 5' of water so others are having to risk themselves in boats & high water vehicles to rescue them. & here we are w such pleasant weather.
Susan Conti October 29, 2012 at 08:25 PM
We have relatives in New Jersey who are very worried about flooding - especially our older family. We are praying and very concerned. We also have business colleagues in New York, New Jersey, Rochester and Arlington, VA. We are hoping it moves out of the area as quickly as possible.
Kathi October 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
It sounds like the storm should have passed through before the election. Several states in the affected areas have cancelled early voting today & maybe on Tues. If its as bad as they are predicting, it is possible that it could affect voting on election day & they might need to make special provisions to enable displaced residents to vote. That would normally be controlled by the counties & maybe some by the states involved. I don't know of any legal power the President would have--although that hasn't stopped him w some other decrees he has issued for which there was no constitutional or other legal authority--to postpone any part of the election. At any rate, any postponement--which is not very likely--would be very short. & it appears that Obama would like the voting to happen sooner than later as it appears that Romney may be gaining. & in fact I have read that the early voters (maybe because that was before some recent info has come out?) were more pro-Obama than current voter sentiment.
tiny October 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Suprise.
Kathi October 29, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Yes, & we can pray that maybe the other events that they say will make this so bad don't all converge right at the same time. That the hurricane strongest part does NOT arrive at the time of the high tide this evening. & that the cold front & the cold storm maybe are delayed some so they aren't all magnifying the effects at the same time. Hopefully many of your family have moved away from the worst areas--especially the older ones as did my sister in law's family from Whiting, NJ. Looking on the maps it looks like the storm was going to go right over that area & also the cone looks like it will pass right over the part of VA where my cousin & family live (they are actually Californians).
Lucie October 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM
i am praying to thank god that obama is our president. because if romney was elected he would make FEMA become for profit and then they would only help rich people like bush did during katrina here is how romney will make it for profit private sector http://youtu.be/OhXyJeKaj8E
Kathi October 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Its sad that you have to use this for political points that are wrong anyway, making up your own stories. Mitt Romney has actually been reported to be a real helper to those around. He gives of his own $, unlike Obama who uses his African relatives in his book, but then can't be bothered to lift a hand to help lift them out of extreme poverty, including his illegal alien Aunt who lives in the govt projects in MD or somewhere in that area. W Katrina it was the Dem mayor who instead of providing ways to evacuate those people living in low lying single family residences just said to evacuate vertically. That would only have worked in high-rises. & so many people drowned. That was the mayor's fault--not Bush's. Romney has never advocated making FEMA for profit, although I think now its under Homeland Security & seems to be diluted. But on this, I'm sure that both candidates care about the people in harms way & would do all they can to help them. So you might want to actually look at their individual records while in office to see what they might do in the future--not what some talking heads on the media say they say!
Kathi October 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Well, looks like at least one good thing which is that the storm arrived well ahead of high tide. So recent reports say that while it sure sounds bad, it could be well inland before high tides. Also its now not a hurricane, but 90 mph winds or gusts at least. So I thought that would make it a hurricane. I can not imagine what it is like with over 11' of storm surge in NY & other areas. Earlier I had read that it could get into the tunnels where the subway is & also where a lot of the electrical stuff is. That could take awhile to recover from I would think. I hope & pray that in those areas with the high storm surge, that those who were seen walking around earlier have had the sense to flee to much higher & safer ground.
Charles October 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I asked my pastor what my opinion should be and what I should think about FEMA and privatization. He told me my opinion should be that all the rich people steal the FEMA money from the poor (and the SLA) to build special freeways and missiles. So, therefore, we should take all the rich people's (especially those who snort the marijuana stuff) money and give it to FEMA to stop selling drugs to the Soviets and build more schools in the inner city.
Kathi October 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
RED ALERT! RED ALERT! No diapers or wipes, hurricane outside. Switching to dish towels and and kleenexes! This is a Facebook post from 8 hours ago that I just saw from my cousin's husband in way N VA. But Grandma told them to come on over as they have wipes & maybe some diapers & a generator. But 4 hours ago he posted a link about some some Russian ship w 700 tons of gold being lost. So I guess they aren't in a lot of distress. He also said it was mostly just windy & rainy then. & I guess they must have power for them to be posting on FB. At least 4 hours ago.
Kathi October 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I should point out that he has quite a sense of humor. I didn't see his wife posting on his page yet today (the one who is out here in OC). So she must be pretty confident that they are ok.
Gabrielle Block October 30, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Actually, the explanation that I've heard for the early voting trends is that the a lot of the people who have been going in for early voting are in demographic groups that tend to be more Democratic than the population as a whole - for instance, young first-time voters. It's not a case of an overall swing in voter opinion. I'm not sure whether the election could be postponed, and I think it is very unlikely that the President could do so unilaterally. The Constitution is very specific about when the election is to be held. I realize that the President (and the Federal government as a whole) do a lot of things that are not specified in the Constitution, but generally those are things where the Constitution doesn't say something or only says something in general terms, not cases where the Constitution specifically says to do something else.

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