The Tiny Heart: Hurricane Sandy Update

11.05.2012

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hi guys. Thank you for all your comments, tweets, facebook messages, and emails asking how I'm doing. Today's post isn't going to be about fashion, but instead an update on the aftermath of Sandy.

Most of you know I live one block from the ocean on the Jersey Shore (I won't name the exact town for privacy). Sunday morning I made the decision to evacuate to my parents' who live inland in central Jersey. I begged my hubby to come, but he insisted on staying behind. Monday night the power went out here before Sandy even made landfall. As trees swayed from side to side, the sky lit up blue for hours with exploding transformers. Cell service began to get spotty. My hubby called and all I could hear was "the water is up to the stairs" and then I lost the call. He sent a text saying he shouldn't have stayed. The whole night I worried that he and the dogs wouldn't be safe. It was one of the scariest and longest nights of my entire life. 

 Before Sandy even made landfall, the ocean had already made it's way onto the entrance to the beach.

The next morning, I found out he and the dogs were safe. Miraculously, our apartment had no damage. Our boardwalk, like most of the boardwalks along the shore is destroyed. The beach is now flat; the dunes are gone. Even by my parents' house away from the water, it looked like a war zone. Trees down along every single road made it impossible to get around.


Flooding in Belmar, a town about 5 minutes from where I live

I was without power for 98 hours or so, from Monday night to Friday night. It's amazing how simple little tasks we on a daily basis become so difficult. My biggest worry was my cell phone dying. Without it, I couldn't talk to my husband. I am so thankful for the town of East Brunswick for opening up a local school on Wednesday afternoon. Powered by a generator, we were able to sit in a warm building, charge our phones, and feel normal again.

Mini Golf on my boardwalk before Sandy (image via):

After Sandy:
 
I have not been back to my apartment yet. Power is back on, but due to the gas shortage, I have to stay here for a little bit longer. I'm just thankful I actually have a home to go back to. 

My state needs your help! If you'd like to make a donation to the Red Cross to help those affected by Sandy, you can do so HERE.

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78 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to hear that you're safe and sound! Those photos are devastating, I think Jersey may have gotten the brunt of the storm.

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  2. I'm so happy you are ok and I hope you can see your husband soon!! It's so sad to see the state I love and that I'm originally from to be completely destroyed. A lot of my family still doesn't have power and one of their homes is flooded. It's so sad. I've donated to the Red Cross but I wish I wasn't so far away so I could more.

    xo,
    Angela

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  3. Glad for this update! Thinking of you! So happy the husband and dogs are safe.

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  4. Ugh I'm so glad you and your husband and dogs are okay! Hopefully this gas shortage thing ends soon, since everyone needs to get back to work!

    Life Unsweetened

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  5. Hey Sharon, I've been thinking of you and your family. I had a friend in college that was from Belmar and I went to visit one summer. What a beautiful place. I really do hope that NJ and NY get the help they need. Stay safe and thanks for the update!

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  6. Sharon I'm so glad you are safe! I've been thinking about you guys! what terrible damage and pictures those are. thankful you have power but I can't imagine going that long or being that nervous for my husband/house. glad you are safe!

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  7. I am so relieve you and the family are all safe! I can't even imagine going through that and seeing the destruction. Hopefully you'll be able to get back to your apartment soon. Thinking of you and everyone else affected! xo

    Alissa
    FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh my goodness! I am so glad you and your family are safe. I hope the gas issue is sorted out soon so you can go home. I'm glad your apartment was alright.

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  9. So glad you and your hubby are safe. I can't imagine what you have been thru. I hope you can return home and resume life as close to normal as possible soon. xo

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  10. send prayers your way xo
    Jamie
    www.candystilettos.com

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  11. I'm glad that you are both OK!!! I hope you are able to return to your apartment soon. I'm glad your building is OK but that is heartbreaking to see all the damage across your beloved town. :( I'm praying for a speedy recovery back to normal as soon as possible.

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  12. Thank you so much for updating us - I am so sorry for all you and your family has been through but so glad everyone is ok. My house flooded four years ago, and I still remember the horror of walking in it for the first time - but everyone I loved was alive and honestly that's all that matters. Please keep us updated!!

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  13. I am so glad you are ok. I cannot believe- 98 hours with no power. thinking of everyone affected.

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  14. I'm so glad everyone is okay! Sandy broke many hearts, but Jersey will rebuild!

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  15. So glad you are all ok. My thoughts go out to all those affected.
    Happy Monday Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  16. Sharon, I'm so glad you and your husband are safe. I'm also happy that your apt/home was ok, despite the flooding. I'm from New Orleans, so I know what it's like. Tell your husband if any storm bigger than that heads that way, NOT TO STAY! When Hurricane Katrina hit it wiped out all of the homes and casinos on the beach in Mississippi. There was nothing but slabs left. It carried everything out into the ocean. It's not worth staying.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  17. oh my goodness - i am just glad you guys are okay! thanks for the update, sharon! praying for you guys <3

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  18. Thank you for the update, I have been keeping you in my thoughts, especially when you said your hubby stayed behind. I'm so glad he and the dogs were safe and that you still have a home to go home to. I'll continue keeping you and Jersey in my thoughts as the cleanup begins. HUGS.

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  19. I'm so happy to hear your safe, I've been worried about you! Tht before and after picture made me tear up. Hang in there girl! I hope you can get to your apartment soon!

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  20. Everything in this post just gave me chills. I am so glad you and your husband and pets are safe. Those photos you shared are so sad :(

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  21. I am so glad y'all made it through alright, and I hope you can get home soon. I've lived on the Atlantic or the Gulf for most of my life and I wouldn't give it up for anything, but hurricanes still scare me and make me sad. The things we put up with living on the coast!

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  22. I'm still speechless about everything that happened. It's so sad. I'm glad you, your husband, dogs, and apartment are okay.

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  23. The important thing is that you and your family are safe! I hope you can make your way back to your apt soon.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  24. So glad to hear you all are ok. Hopefully you'll all be together soon. It's so unreal!

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  25. Oh Sharon I been thinking about you since your last post and glad that you are doing fine and that you and your family is safe. It may take time to get back to your apartment and I hope it will be very soon.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  26. Those pictures just break my heart, but I'm very glad and relieved to hear that you and your family are safe. I hope you can go back to your apartment soon. My thoughts and well wishes are with you.

    XO,

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  27. Glad you, your husband, your dogs, and your apartment are ok. Thank you for the update. My thoughts are with you and everyone else impacted by the hurricane.

    Jess
    http://messyjessc.blogspot.com

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  28. I am so sorry about the damage to your town and all the stress you have been through. It sounds like a complete and utter nightmare. I am very happy that your husband, dogs, and family members are safe. I hope your town is able to recover quickly...

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  29. Oh wow, I am so glad you and your family are okay. That sounds unbelievably scary. Keep staying strong!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

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  30. I am so happy you, your husband, and dogs are okay, and that you have a home to go back to. It must be so hard seeing your town like this! :( Just know that you will come back even stronger.

    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  31. One doesn't always take note of where bloggers are from and I hadn't realized you were in harms way. I am so sorry. I have contributed to the Red Cross. I hope that everything is ok with you and your husband. I would have gone without mine, too, but that is so hard to be apart. You were brave.

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  32. Sharon I'm so sorry about all the damage so close to you! I'm glad that you and your husband are safe. I've been thinking of everyone on the east coast, and I hope you can return to your home soon!

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  33. it's so heartbreaking. i am glad and relieved you are all safe, but i am sorry for all of the loss!

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  34. Sharon, so so sorry to hear about your town, but glad you are OK! Your husband is nuts...I would have dragged him by the ear to come with me, what was he thinking!?!?! We're all thinking and praying for the east coast!!

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  35. Sharon, I am so glad you, your hubby and the dogs are ok!!! I cannot imagine how terrified you must have been and I wish I could give you all huge hugs. Keeping my fingers crossed that you can go home soon, and that the rebuilding is swift and smooth.

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  36. I am so thankful you are safe and sound. I was thinking about you all week. having grown up on the Texas coast, I know what's it's like to go through this. My family and I have been through several hurricanes. It's awful and the aftermath is so disheartening, but your city will rebuild and the entire country has your backs! Sending you hugs!!

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  37. I don't have power back yet either but I am glad you are safe!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  38. oh my gosh~~ can't believe you aren't back home yet. but glad you have a place to go meanwhile!! hope recovery is smooth~~

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  39. I'm so glad that you are okay Sharon! And that your husband is okay too.

    Amy

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  40. You made me so nervous when you said that your husband stayed behind. I would have been so anxious and afraid. God is good and he had your family in mind. I donated supplies to my work hoping they reach someone in need. Take care Sharon, so glad you are safe. sincerely, dawn suitcase vignettes xo

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  41. I was just wondering how you were doing. You had mentioned before that your hubby was staying behind so I was thinking about your family and worried for them. Glad to hear you're safe! Those pictures are so heartbreaking!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  42. I hate to hear and see all the devastation, but I'm so glad that you and yours are safe and your apartment was alright. We all need to stick together in these tough times. Hope you are able to make it back soon!
    -XOXO-
    Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

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  43. Wow... watching the storm was insane but it's crazy when you actually know people who have been affected. I really hope that you're able to get home soon and the aftermath is cleaned up a little quicker than it seems... Without power for that long is crazy and unbelievable. So glad to hear you and your husband + pups are safe.

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  44. I am happy that you and your family are ok. I still can't even believe that what happened to all of the beaches is real...it is so horrible!

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  45. I am so glad that you are ok and so is your husband and dogs! I was thinking about you and wondering if your town was hit....I hope things will be normal soon.......

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  46. Glad to hear you and your family are safe! I can't imagine what everyone there must be going through. Keeping all in my prayers.

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  47. I'm so happy you are safe. I work at DSW and we are collecting donation for the red cross. Send tons of prayer your way.

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  48. What a crazy week for you guys! So glad you are all safe! Hang in there!
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  49. Sharon,
    I am so happy to hear that you, your hubby, your home, and your puppies are safe. Such a blessing... and I am sending even more prayers of healing and safety as you get closer to headed back to your home at the shore.

    xx
    Here&Now

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  50. I'm glad that you have a place to go back to, all of the photos that I've seen are just horrific! Glad that you all are safe. Take care. xx/Madison

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  51. God, it looks sooo creepy!
    I'm glad you're safe

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  52. I'm so glad to hear you and your family are safe. Send lots of prayer.. p.s. I just email you a portrait of my giveaway, and hope you like my drawing. xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  53. WOW GIRL. I feel for you. I will keep you and your state in my thoughts & heart, today. Hope it starts getting better soon and so glad you have still a home to go to. =)

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  54. I'm glad you and yours are safe - I lived in Belmar for a few years when I was little so I am so saddened that the area has been hit so hard, my fam and I were just there this summer. I hope you will be able to get back home soon - at least everyone's OK, and that's the important thing!

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  55. That must have been terrifying! I'm so happy you and your family are safe! Keeping you and everyone else in my prayers!

    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  56. I'm so sorry you had to go through this Sharon. I'm really glad your apartment wasn't damaged. Hoping that normal life returns soon!

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  57. I am crying Sharon. You must have been terrified for your husband and dogs. The photos break my heart, too. I was thinking about you just knowing where you live. I'm so glad you are all safe. xx Niki

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  58. :-( Sending you a hug...but glad you and your family are okay. What an experience!

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  59. Glad you are all okay! I know its a tough experience but we must be strong in times like this! God bless you always and your family! :)

    THE UNCANNY GIRL
    ARM PARTY GIVEAWAY

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  60. this sounds SO scary. Im so glad to know your loved ones are ok. *hugs* xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  61. My prayers are with you! Those pictures are just horrific and it's hard to believe how much damage occurred. Stay safe - right now family and safety is most important!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  62. So sorry to hear how badly you were affected Sharon - sounds awful. So glad your hubby and pups are OK :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  63. Wow, I'm just so thankful that you and your family are safe. That must have been the longest night of your life. I couldn't imagine worrying about people I love like that.

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  64. Such a tragedy!!! So glad you and your family are ok! My best wishes to you dear!
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  65. My heart and thoughts are with you. I hope for a speedy recovery of the city and donated and spread the word to help Red Cross! So glad your husband and dogs are safe.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  66. Sharon, I am so glad to hear you and your husband and dogs are all safe, thanks for the update. The damage is truly devastating and I hope you are still doing OK today as another storm makes landfall.

    Stephanie

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  67. I am so sorry to hear about all the hardships that you had to go through during hurricane Sandy. I am so glad your husband and pets are safe. It can be so scary, as a new yorker I can relate. I am doing a post on Sandy tomorrow and how you can shop for relief and would love for you to check it out! Be well.
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings 

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  68. So happy you kept safe from the storm. The pictures are just devastating!
    Stay warm!
    xo TJ

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  69. Those pictures are devastating. I will continue to pray for you all in the north and help in any way I can.

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  70. I'm so glad to hear that you, your husband, your dogs, and your home is safe! You are so very lucky that everyone in your family is okay. I hope you get back to your home soon <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  71. Holy cow, I can not even begin to imagine how awful that first night must have been for you, worrying about your husband and your dogs, that is just terrifying. (I'm so happy that they're doing okay and that you didn't have damage to your apartment.) I feel so awful for all of you went through that storm and for the aftermath, having no power when it's cold out is horrible. I hope the clean up goes well for all of you down there and take care dear!

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  72. So sorry to hear about the devastation. Really happy to hear that you are in fact OK. Hurricane Sandy impacted us as well (with an apartment in Brooklyn and our family home on Long Island), so we more than sympathize with the way you're feeling. Hopefully everything will start to feel more normal soon. Thinking of you!

    ox
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  73. OMG I hope you are ok and now things must be going back to normal. Stay safe x

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  74. So sorry you had to go through this! We're pretty used to it down here in Florida, but it's always scary when it's that bad. And not knowing about your husband and dogs must have been so difficult. I hope everything is back to normal soon!

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  75. Sending prayers to everyone that has suffered a loss due to this devastating hurricane. I'm so glad that you're doing okay and that your family is safe. Hugs...

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  76. So happy you're alright! Stay safe and take the time you need!

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