As videos and photographs hit the airwaves over the past few days, it became difficult to understand why anyone along the east coast would have stayed in their home. They had had plenty of notice about this huge, freak storm. The weather maps at the end of last week showed the world that hurricane Sandy, a Canadian front, and an artic front were going to hook up and cause terrible havoc. It was being called the “Frankenstorm,” but up and down the coast many people remained, foolishly confident that “it won’t be that bad” or “we have plenty of supplies.” Having been through two hurricanes (Carla and Celia) in Corpus Christi, TX, there’s no way I would have stayed in Sandy’s enormous path.
Last night’s weather map showed the massive system swirling deep into Canada, down towards the Gulf of Mexico, and west to Chicago. Holy cow! Early snowfalls, flooding, fires, power outages, winds, rains, homes and businesses destroyed, and lives lost have been slow-moving Frankenstorm’s legacy.
Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected. Let us flood the Red Cross and Salvation Army with donations to help. The massive clean-up in so many states will need thousands of volunteers, but this is America and that is what we do. We give.
And Mother Nature takes…