I have lived on long Island al of my life. To me, long Island is a great place to live while growing up. I had it all, the beaches, the city and the quiet upbringing. I have been alive for 21 years and the only disaster I have ever witnessed around my home would be the September 11th Attacks. Other than that, Long Island has been a pretty quiet place for me.
That all changed this past week. It has been said for a while now that Long Island was “over due” for a hurricane. Last year we witnessed Hurricane Irene. She was given much hype, but didn’t bring much with her. The lack of power Irene brought and the hype that everyone gave leading up to her left many skeptical when it came to Hurricane Sandy.
A week later, hundreds of thousands of power outages, 48 deaths in New York, homes lost and devastation all around, Hurricane Sandy was not a joke.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to cover this storm. It was a long process. I did before, during and after. I started on Sunday, Oct. 28 and followed it until days after to document everything that occurred. It was an experience that I can’t even put into words.
BEFORE: Sunday, Oct. 28:
Pawel Bistram, a 34-year-old Sound Beach, N.Y. resident, kite boards at Cedar Beach on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, while the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy brings higher than usual waves to the north shore beach.
Higher than usual waves wash up on the shore line at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. The day before Hurricane Sandy was due to arrive, the north shore beach experience 4-6 foot waves.
THE START/DURING: Monday, Oct. 29
A Port Jefferson constable drives through the flooding on East Broadway in Port Jefferson, N.Y. hours before the rain and winds began to pick up as a result from Hurricane Sandy. Flooding reached 4 feet at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Mike Franquiz, owner of Artemios Salon in Port Jefferson, N.Y., checked out downtown Port Jefferson on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 to see the start of the flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Being a local business owner, he was “nervous about the damage that could be done to his salon.”
Downtown Port Jefferson, N.Y. is flooded on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Storm surges from Hurricane Sandy flooded the area hours before the strong winds and rain began. Floods reached 3 1/2 feet by Noon Monday. Businesses in the area put bags the sand at their entrances in hope of preventing the water from entering their stores.
A tree on the corner on Crystal Brook Hollow road and Junard Boulevard is uprooted as winds reach over 50 miles-per-hour from Hurricane Sandy in the afternoon on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 hours before the storm made landfall on Long Island. Residents called for help hoping to get the tree removed before the storm got worse.
AFTER: Tuesday, Oct. 30
A traffic light hangs down at the intersection of Route 347 and Jayne Boulevard on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 the day after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island with winds as high as 90 miles-per-hour. Suffolk County Police can be seen in the background directing traffic. Bumper to bumper traffic surrounded the area as many other surrounding traffic lights were out due to fallen trees and snapped power lines.
Crew from the town of Brookhaven fix the dangling traffic light at the intersection of Route 347 and Jayne Boulevard. Arriving at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the crew worked to fix the light that snapped of the wire due to the high winds Hurricane Sandy brought the night before. Police directed traffic while the crew worked. Winds reached 90 miles-per-hour as Hurricane Sandy ripped through Long Island.
The Walmart and BJ’s Wholesale Club sign that once stood at the entrance of the south Setauket, N.Y. stores was destroyed from Hurricane Sandy after winds reached higher then 90 miles-per-hour on Long Island. Taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the store remained closed for the remainder of the day.
An uprooted tree, snapped pole and downed power lines on Jayne Boulevard just north of Dillon Avenue in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. are a result of Hurricane Sandy . Taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the road was blocked off for most of the day and alternate routes were used.