Hey all! Since I'm not seeing very many threads about the winter storm that us north-easterners have just suffered, I've decided to make a thread
showing some of the destruction that the storm left in its wake. I'm assuming the lack of threads is due to many people still being without power, as
large parts of the northeast are still crippled and without power. Throughout this post, I will narrate some of the pictures I've taken over the past
44 hours that I haven't had power.
The morning of the storm (Saturday, October 29), my sister and I went to work. It hadn't started snowing yet, and it was a beautiful blue-skied day.
We work in a grocery store (she's a cashier, and I'm a cashier department head) and when we got there, it was absolutely packed. Usually, when a
meteorologist even whispers the word 'storm', it gets insanely busy. However, it was more than just insanely busy. Shelves were emptying, and it was
hard to move around the store. While I cannot say what our sales were, by noon we had already passed our average daily sales. A few hours later, and
we had already doubled how much we sell on our normal busy weekend days. When it finally started to snow (around 2pm), the store began to slow down,
and a few hours later we barely had anyone shopping.
My sister and I got off work the same time, and left for home (13 miles away). The streets were barely plowed, and there were branches blocking off
half of the road every few minutes. We were fortunate to be behind a snowplow, as it was very slick out, and the roads are very curvy anyways.
As you can see, half of the road isn't even plowed.
And parts of the road were blocked by tree branches, most of which the plows pushed off the roads when they weren't too big. Other branches, weighed
down by the weight of the leaves, hung over the side of the road, causing drivers to swerve to avoid hitting them.
That night, around 8pm, we lost power. The next morning, we awoke to a large accumulation of snow:
We decided to go out and see if there were any gas stations open, and the whole way, there were a lot of trees blocking the roads, with small paths
around them to drive through.
We passed quite a few homes that were largely affected by the falling trees:
When we finally got to the gas station (a 30 minute drive that usually only takes 10), we began to realize the impact of the snow storm, and how gas
was quickly turning into a precious resource (not that it isn't already). As I'm posting this, there's a 3-hour wait time to get gas, and only 7
gallons per customer.
On our way back, I managed to get some pictures of the culprits behind the power outages:
Two large, and very much alive, trees fell down in our back yard, which we're currently cleaning up:
At least the cats are having fun.....
Well, ATS, I hope this has opened your eyes to some of the devastation up here, since the MSM is doing a very poor job of it at the moment (I see lots
of OWS and political drama in the headlines, and a very small part dedicated to the northeast).
There are still hundreds of thousands without power, grocery stores and gas stations selling out, and towns completely shut down. Thankfully my small
western MA town has a lot of energetic individuals with chainsaws, so our roads are cleared and safe to drive on. But those who are stuck in their
homes still need the thoughts and prayers of the rest of the nation as we try to recover from what apparently doesn't warrant federal disaster aid,
despite the fact that utility crews from as far as Texas are coming up here to aid in the recovery.
Thank you for reading this post! I must now go take a nice, warm shower (a luxury I have not enjoyed in a few days).