I guess I was in hurricane denial, since I figured I couldn't even fathom losing my roof or my Mom losing her roof or something while trying to survive. So I mostly avoided the hurricane coverage. Until just now. I had seen Atlantic City's boardwalk getting torn up, Wildwood all sloshy with five feet here, ten feet there. But no real panic in the streets.
Can't believe the state of New York City. What a difference there. How are New Yorkers going to go "weeks" without the subway? The neonates being moved on "sleds" down stairs and out of NYU Hospital during the evacuation. Nearly 700,000 people without power. Depressing and disheartening stuff.
I guess give money to the Red Cross if you have it. I guess that would be the main charity.
I think Bloomberg did a good job with all the precautions. I saw the press conferences yesterday. I had this feeling they were overreacting but I was completely wrong. It was just my magical thinking and stupid optimism.
Nothing like a hurricane to remind us we might as well be living in 1812 on some days, some nights. For all the good our defenses do in certain circumstances.
But then there are countries where this sort of flooding takes hundreds of thousands of lives almost every other year, so...reality/realism sucks.