Immeasurable Destruction? The Worst Has Yet To Come

Posted by M ws On Friday, November 2, 2012 0 comments
Not only am I relieved, I am also thankful to be Malaysian. Whilst millions are suffering in the eastern US, we are blessed in this land we call our tanah air because there is food on the table, jobs are still available and we have not been hit by a natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Yet, I am not sure if many of us are aware of the tough and difficult times ahead. How the impact of Sandy on  US will affect the rest of the world, you and me and our loved ones.

Despite the decades of reading and research I have undertaken circa 1977, I never expected it to strike in this manner. I doubt any of us did. And the domino effect will be devastating. Try calculating the immeasurable loss of property, lives, infrastructure, businesses, investments etc. I doubt any one can compute a figure. Perhaps they main have to coin a new word. The Fukushima earthquake is minor compared to what we see. The worst has yet to come.

Nothing I read or studied in the past ever prepared me for this. There will be food shortages in the weeks to come. Prices of food, necessities, medicines, anything and probably almost everything will escalate. Businesses, corporations, conglomerates in the west will collapse. Can you imagine for how long the ripple effects of Sandy will last? It is not going to be for a few weeks, or a few months, but probably years. Perhaps they may never recover ...

You might think I am exaggerating. For sure, I am not. The devastation goes beyond the photographs of floods or fires or looting or the damage we see from afar. Tragically, even though times are a-changing for the worse, man has not changed for the better. Read the following post carefully and also all the comments in the post. If you depend on medication manufactured in US, please stock up. No joke. Take care, watch and pray. I worry for my friends who are in N.E. part of US. Friends in Canada have already indicated to them that their homes are open for them to take refuge.


It is hard to put into words the absolute devastation that we are seeing along many areas of the east coast right now.  Boats have been washed ashore, homes have been razed, some coastal roads have been essentially destroyed, and large numbers of people are still trapped in their homes by flood waters.  

It is being reported that more than 50 people are dead and more than 8 million people along the east coast have lost power.  Those without power might not get it back for a week or more.  

In New York City, an all-time record storm surge of almost 14 feet caused incredible destruction.  It is going to take months for New York City to recover, and along the Jersey coast things are even worse.  Hurricane Sandy really did turn out to be "the worst case scenario" for much of the eastern seaboard.  At this point more than 15,000 flights have been cancelled, and nobody knows when subway service in New York City is going to be restored.  More than 4 million people a day use that subway system, and right now many of the most important tunnels are absolutely flooded with water. Sadly, this crisis is far from over.  

The storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy has moved inland over Pennsylvania where it continues to do a tremendous amount of damage.  The full extent of the destruction caused by this storm will probably not be known for weeks.

We have truly seen some unprecedented things during this storm.  For example, a 168 foot long tanker was driven ashore on Staten Island.  Right now the tanker is sitting on Front Street.

In the beachfront Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point, a massive fire broke out and burned just about everything that was not already flooded.  The blaze destroyed close to 100 homes, and by the end of the fire more than 190 firefighters were battling it.

Some areas in the West Virginia mountains have already had up to 3 feet of snow, and yet it just continues to fall.  When all of that snow starts to melt in a few days, tremendous flooding is anticipated.

The northeast has never seen a storm quite like this, and the ripple effects are going to be felt for years to come.

The following are 18 startling quotes about the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy...

#1 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

"The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."

#2 MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota

"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. 

It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. 

The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. 

In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal."

#3 Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer

"The Hudson River came in and filled half of Hoboken like a bathtub"

#4 Little Ferry resident Leo Quigley

"I looked out and the next thing you know, the water just came up through the grates. It came up so quickly you couldn’t do anything about it. If you wanted to move your car to higher ground you didn’t have enough time"

#5 New Jersey resident Montgomery Dahm

"I mean, there's cars that are just completely underwater in some of the places I would never believe that there would be water."


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