New York City “the city that never sleeps” definitely hasn’t slept since Sandy a powerful Hurricane knocked our lights out on October 29, 2012. New York has worked around the clock in rescue efforts and stabilizing our city that has been severely damaged by this unexpected natural disaster. Sandy is responsible for the death of the very young and the very old, the rich and the poor, sick and healthy people. It’s responsible for leaving so many people immobile, homeless, hungry, thirsty, without electricity. She can be so generous but also take away everything that she has given us.
This time Mother Nature has really reminded us that she is the boss of the Natural World. She has taught us that her strength is much more powerful then we New Yorkers expect. In the last 5 years I have witnessed that the New York City climate is changing rapidly. In 2008, a tornado hit Woodhaven Blvd destroying cars and streets on its path. In 2011 we got an aftershock of an earthquake. That same summer of 2011 we got hit with Hurricane Irene. At the end of October 2011 it snowed. Surprisingly that winter of 2012 was one of the warmest I ever experienced.
My friend Fiorella (A NYC lifeguard at Far Rockaway Beach for 8 years) told me she never seen so many sharks and whales at the beaches as she did this year. She said it was due to water temperature that keeps rising each year. At the end of the summer of 2012, New York City got hit with 3 tornados. On Fall 2012, we got hit with Hurricane Sandy. This has become one of the most severe natural disasters to occur in the last 25 since I’ve been here. Another severe storm is expected to occur November 7, 2012 just 8 days after Hurricane Sandy.
All these events have forecasted Hurricane Sandy and are also forecasting what will occur the coming days, months and years. In the summer of 2011, meteorologist forecasted Hurricane Irene. Government warned and evacuated people from Zone A Areas. People all over tri-state got prepared and evacuated these areas including my family that lives in Howard Beach. She lives in Zone B. She didn’t evacuate but she did prepare for the worse. As it turned out, Irene didn’t do much damage. Her basement got flooded about 6 Inches of water. The water then created mold. A renovation of forty five thousand dollars was done to their basement.
No severe damage was done to their tanning salon business on Crossbay Blvd. After the hurricane, people criticized the government for creating commotion and chaos for a storm that wasn’t severe. This time around meteorologist forecasted that Hurricane Sandy was much stronger and severe. A lot of people ignored these warnings and did not prepare and evacuate these areas. My family in Howard beach did not ignore the warnings but did not evacuate. They also had the extra emergency supplies from last year. As the full force of hurricane Sandy approached at midnight, their block flooded up to about three to four feet of water in just minutes.
Their newly renovated basement was submerged in water. They told me that cars and houses were going on fire. People were running out of their homes. Some were carrying elderly people to safety. They told me it was like a scene from the movie A Day After Tomorrow. In the last twenty five years since I’ve been a New Yorker, I have witnessed Heat waves & Blackouts, aftershock of an earthquake, blizzards, Thunderstorms, Tropical Storms and Minor Hurricanes like Irene. This time Mother Nature went into full force over New York City and surrounding cities and reminded us that we should never underestimate the power of the Natural World.
She is mysterious and so much more powerful than any man made destruction ever known in History. You can’t compare the Big Bang with Nuclear Bomb destruction. New York City finally believes in Natural Disasters. New York City is better prepared for the next storm headed our way. I am sure New York City understands that warnings are not to be taken lightly. We must Understands that Mother Nature and the Power of the Natural World is not a tale because we have experienced it to believe it. .