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    Wishing everyone on the east coast luck!!

    I hope that it isn't as bad as the fear the media are hyping suggests, keep safe, warm and dry, and good luch weathering the storm!
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    Keep safe everybody!
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    The joy of Ocean front home ownership

    Our home is pretty much going to be ground zero +/-20 miles. Was down on Saturday to start preparations. Town pushed up the sand to raise the dunes. Have hurricane windows but put up ply wood anyway. THe house it self is sitting at 17 fee above mean high tide, has 45 40' poles underneath the house, 200 foot of 20 foot sand dune and 150 foot of beach, which is long gone by now. Finished this past spring and built to the highest storm codes, but erosion is not something we can control. Worst will be at high tide on a a full moon tonight. Risk you take when building on a sand bar, also known as barrier islands. Likely will not be allowed to go see the damage until Thrusday or Friday. On the bright side the family is fine, the house is replaceable.... Took the flag down, I am sure the pole is down or gone already...
             

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    Fingers are crossed for a miracle!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouray View Post
    Our home is pretty much going to be ground zero +/-20 miles. Was down on Saturday to start preparations. Town pushed up the sand to raise the dunes. Have hurricane windows but put up ply wood anyway. THe house it self is sitting at 17 fee above mean high tide, has 45 40' poles underneath the house, 200 foot of 20 foot sand dune and 150 foot of beach, which is long gone by now. Finished this past spring and built to the highest storm codes, but erosion is not something we can control. Worst will be at high tide on a a full moon tonight. Risk you take when building on a sand bar, also known as barrier islands. Likely will not be allowed to go see the damage until Thrusday or Friday. On the bright side the family is fine, the house is replaceable.... Took the flag down, I am sure the pole is down or gone already...
    Where are you? We have a home in SeaGirt.

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    Mantoloking. Just heard, survived the first high tide with some dune damage. The more the sand bar builds up the less the damage from the waves. Let's hope the storm surge is not too bad. Good luck.

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    friends of our's live on Ocean Ave. in Mantoloking. Good luck!!!!

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    Good luck everyone.

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    Hang tight out there, guys.
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    Well- shockingly we never lost power. But we did lose our internet- Im writing this on the hotspot. Works pretty well.

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    Glad you seem to have weatherad it all pretty well. Hope things get Back to "normal" soon.

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    That's great news - I hope Ouray fared as well out on the Barrier Islands, it sounds like his area took the brunt of Sandy's landfall. Fingers crossed he'll make it through ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    That's great news - I hope Ouray fared as well out on the Barrier Islands, it sounds like his area took the brunt of Sandy's landfall. Fingers crossed he'll make it through ok.
    I've been worried about him as well.
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    They got hit really hard. Let's hope for the best.

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    My thoughts are with you but as Ouray said, the house can be replaced. People cannot.
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    It is unreal- the waterfront property has boats littered across it like the boats were toys. The power of Mother Nature is not to be underestimated. We did lose hot water because the fresh air supply to my boiler (a fan) stopped working (probably due to a power surge) and that made it impossible to send the "fire" signal to the boiler- until I wired around the fan- I just left the door to the boiler room open and put up a barrier so the pooch and kids wont get too close.

    Here are some pictures from around my area. It is like a war zone. Things wont be back to normal for some time. I think the kids will be out of school until next monday. All authorities have postponed Halloween............... Im just glad no one here is hurt. We had a tree fall over but it was in the back corner of our property and it fell into a neighbors back yard where they have nothing but yard- so all things considered- thats really lucky- and we know it.
           

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    Glad you're safe and comparatively unaffected, Jerry.
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    Thank you Rifle.

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    What a force, what a destruction...glad you and your family are in one piece !
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    Its normally such a beautiful time of year in the Northeast, what a shame. Lets keep good thoughts until we hear from all the East Coasters. Its frustrating not being able to help from here in the middle of Texas.

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    This is terrible, I just saw it on the NOAA, and also on the BBC.
       
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    Yes- this is "the big one" for my area. Its really sad. Where I am, the damage is no where as bad as that- but its bad. I don't understand how so many wouldn't fill up their vehicles and go to the ATM for some extra cash.

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    Hearts go out to all

    Grew up on that section of the Jersey shore from age 1 onward. So many fond memories and friends still there. Terrible pictures of devastation.
    I just sent Bill Stuart a note of support and hope that he, his family and team in NJ are all OK and coping.
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    Sorry for the long delay. No power still and no Internet. Add no gas and cell phones just starting to work again for Internet. The picture of the washed out bridge is one mile from our shore house. We cannot get there as it is under Marshall law. You have all seen more then I have at this point. Our beach house is still standing from the pictures I have seen but had four feet of sand and water I main level. Cannot get a good read on the ocean side at this point. Next door neighbor's house is in the street in front of us now. The storm surge must have been fierce. Our home was just completed this past spring so built like a fort but I do not know if it has strucural damage

    Unfortunately our main home 70 miles away was also hard hit but by wind not water. 100% of the town and the one next to us is with out power. Just starting to see some power restoration now. On the bright side I have a home generator so we have power and heat. I feel really bad for the guys who built our home as many are year round residents on the island and quite a few had there homes literally washed away. Word to the wise if you ever get a storm evacuation message pay attention to it. I know a few people who stayed behind. All lived, but all thought they were not going to make it through the evening. Typing this on my iPhone so sorry if any typos.
     

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    We should all be grateful that we survived. Forty-one in New York alone did not.

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    While the hit on the house we hurt we are very fortunate that it is not our main house or as it was for many thier retirement savings plan. I wish all those who have been impacted well. It is a devastating event, especially since so many of us have spent every summer since being born down at the "shore" that Bruce Springsteen and BonJovi sing about One last note while not always a fan of Governor Christie he has been the "man" we need in this storm. Very much like Rudy Giuliani after 9-11.

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    That picture is terrifying, good luck getting everything back to normal.
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    The images on the news are just heartbreaking but as I said before, things can be rebuilt and replaced, people cannot. Everyone out here is thinking about all of you and we all hope you can make a speedy and full recovery.
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    Having gone thru Hurricane Hugo and rebuilding I know what lies ahead. Time will allow folks to rebuild but for many it will take years. Glad everyone on this site is physically ok. Progress is slow but the shore will come back. Take care

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    We didn't have any damage, but the town didn't fare as well. I can't believe that the wind snapped a Flagpole with nothing on it!

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    The force of nature really is humbling!
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    Wow, looks like a mess, but fortunately fixable. Good luck

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    Was just notified that I can take an escorted trip to my home on Friday. All of the storm created inlets from Ocean to Bay have been closed up. The bridge that ended in the ocean is now connected to a road and we have to take a bus to and from the site. Can get there at 9 and have to leave by 4. I have a long day ahead of me on Friday and am not sure what I will find but am anxious to get there.
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    Good luck. My friend, who lives there, has damage to the basement level. His daughter's house, five doors away, is gone.

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    I'm so sorry guys, it really is humbling to see how insignificant our dreams and desires are in the face of nature's raw power. Kevin, what a heartbreak to just have finished your home too., I really hope that you, and the community can recover everything and return to enjoying that beautiful strip of land as quickly as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEA2 View Post
    I can't believe that the wind snapped a Flagpole with nothing on it!

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    This reminded me of comedian Ron White about hurricanes.

    "There was a guy down in Florida who said that, at the age of 53 years old, he was in good enough physical condition to withstand the wind, rain and hail of a force-3 hurricane. Now, let me explain somethin' to ya: it isn't that the wind is blowin', it's what the wind is blowin'. If you get hit by a Volvo, it doesn't matter how many sit-ups you did that morning".

    Always made me laugh. On a more serious note. I am glad that enough warning was given so that many lives were saved. My wife's recent BMW M3 crash was a big reminder people can't be replaced. I wish all my East coast Z8 brothers a speedy recovery.
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    Ouray, Im really sorry for the hardships you will have to endure. And for all those who have lost their lives, their way of life, their homes.

    Joe, just seeing the pics now. OMG. Glad you are OK. What a mess.

    Let me tell you guys something- the news says the leaders have done a great job here as compared to Katrina.... they have not. The difference is they managed to convince the media they are doing a good job. By and large the job they have done is mediocre at best. That there are people who are homeless and shelterless in our area is criminal.

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    Media wants to put the most positive spin they can on what is being done. Think it may have anything to do with who they want as president?

    On a side note, when I voted this morning, after giving my name and address I asked the lady behind the table if she needed my ID. She replied "Democrats don't need that. That's a Republican thing". I was astounded by her comment. Apparently, if you know someone's name and address, you can walk in and vote in their place.
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    Yes- I think very much so.

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    Please see my edited posting above.
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    Its also an astoundingly biased comment from workers who are ***supposed to be*** non partisan.

    In that case, I hope you did the Democrat thing and voted not just early, but also OFTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can see it now, California goes for Romney, Car broker to the stars to blame!

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    Macy's is stricter on showing ID than voting in a presidential election. I just don't get it.
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    Well as you know that has to do with the fact that in ye olden times voter ID laws were used to discriminate. I think we're all against such things but yes, it is kind of amazing that theres more scrutiny when you go to use a credit card than to vote.

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    Thanks for all of the kind thoughts. We are fortunate compared to many so no complaints coming from us. Now in about six months I may have some frustration with the rebuild.....
    I was first in line to vote in my town this morning. Polls opened at 6 I was there at 5:35, by 6 there were 70 people in line. Difficult to say if that was an increase from the past because of the challenging commute these days or an increased interest in the election.....

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    Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayvenhurstkid View Post
    when I voted this morning, after giving my name and address I asked the lady behind the table if she needed my ID. She replied "Democrats don't need that. That's a Republican thing"
    ... upon which, I presume, you handed her your ID.
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    Today we are having a Northeaster with some snow. The Gods must be angry!!

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    Let's just say my choice for president came in second.
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    Yeah the weather is nuts.

    (as is the electorate! )

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    Same here, but so destracted by weather etc. that I will hold me depression for a few weeks... In the meantime, finally had our electricity turned back on. We have a generator but no one else on our street does so they all just left for hotels. Very strange living on an empty street....
    Tomorrow I get to visit the beach so hopefully I will have decent news. House is definitely standing, but have not seen any
    ocean side pictures, that is my main concern at this point.

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    My friends got access and their entire lower level is destroyed and there were foxes living there. How they survived, I don't know? The town has not assessed the structure yet.

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    Good luck Kevin. I hope once you get there it isn't too bad.
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    Ditto that, so sorry for you, and everyone out there.
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    Good luck Kevin and Joe and to all our friends. What a mess.

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    First visit

    Today was the first day that we were allowed to visit our home and I was pleasantly surprised about our house. The devastation on the island is worse in person then you see on TV/internet. The Police/Army and many other people have done an amazing job of making it possible to get out so soon after the devastating storm. In addition every single person you met that was working offered to help you if you needed it. Our house being less then one year old was built to the top standards for V zone (i.e., if you are silly enough to build house on a sand bar in a hurricane zone we will force you to protect yourself, for which I am grateful) The end result is that our house is standing has no physical damage to the house itself but did experience some flooding at the entry level/garage. Looks like three feet of sand and a bit more water came into the garage and that much water in the entry level. The garage is a mess with everything having floated around and landing in a tangled mucky mess. The deck loss a flight of stairs and some facia, and all landscaping is gone, as is four feet of sand from the oceanside of the house which is now on the street side. Attached is a picture of my next door neighbors top floor which is 40 feet from where his house was, the first and second floor have vanished and last is a picture of a friend I found to help me move some sand today....

    I will have more pictures in the next day or so as my brother took many more of the island on the way in and out. Truly heartbreaking to be on the school bus with half the people excited that their home was not totally destroyed and the other half devastated that their home was totally destroyed.
         

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    Wow, that really is an unimaginable mess!
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    Unbelievable. I hope you make a quick recovery.
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    OMG Kevin. Heartbreaking is right. I can only imagine the wild fluctuation of emotions you must have felt. I'm glad that your new house was clearly built to a very high standard.

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    Kevin asked me to share these shots with everyone, and also to mention that despite the devastation he feels he and his family were incredibly lucky.
     
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    Just astounding. Sixty Minutes just had a story on a town in New York near The Bronx that was also devastated but it is both amazing and heartwarming to see the spirit of the people who live there and the others who came to help. It will take time but I have no doubt these strong families will recover.
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    Wow Kevin. Wow. And yes that was a good story on 60 Minutes.