I’m happy to report that my family and I came through the storm safely. Our full-time home was well inland of the coast of New Jersey, but we were still in the path of the hurricane once it made land. The rain started on Sunday and continued on into Tuesday, but Monday was the worst, with winds that were steady around 60 mph with gusts up to 70 mph and very heavy rain. We were so fortunate not to lose power at all during the storm. Millions are without it now, and I certainly don’t take for granted that I’m sitting in my house with the lights on and the heat going.
My husband’s family lives in North Jersey along the coast, and we spent Monday night in that awful state of limbo where we wanted desperately to help them, but were not able to. Helpless isn’t a word that you like to use during emergencies, but we certainly felt helpless as we waited for texts and phone calls from them. Our families made it through the storm safely, which we’re very thankful for. Although my brother-in-law’s home will need extensive repairs, and my sister-in-law is still without power, they’re in one piece and that’s what matters most.
Our shorehome was not so lucky, however, and it’s not the first time that I’ve been grateful we don’t live there full-time. The home, which I detailed in a blog post in August, is on a lagoon just minutes from the bay, a half hour from Atlantic City and the ocean. Our shoretown was right in the path of the hurricane. Sunday, we did all we could to secure our belongings by stacking furniture on top of furniture, turning off the power before we left, and emptying the refrigerator. In the end, though, our efforts didn’t matter much, as three feet of water got into the small home during the highest part of high tide. Our roof will need to be replaced, the walls cut out and replaced from the water damage, and everything except one television was lost to the water. But as we kept reminding ourselves during the worst of the storm…things can be replaced, but people can’t. Three homes on our street caught fire and burned all day long, a frightening reminder that when they evacuated the town because of the hurricane, that even the first-responders weren’t able to get out to help.
Through all of it, I received so many amazing emails and comments on Goodreads, Facebook and the blog, from some fans here in NJ and PA, around the states, from Canada, and the UK. The outpouring of support was humbling and wonderful, and I thank all of you for your kind words and prayers. We’re now going to begin the process of getting involved with the insurance agency and then cleaning out the ruined things and then…finally…repairs. We’re fortunate to have a friend in construction who stepped right up to say he would handle it for us, which is one less thing for us to worry about. So thank you all again for everything, and for those of you that were in the path of Sandy or are still dealing with the effects of the storm, I wish you safety and a quick return to “normal”. XOXO, R