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OT- Stay Safe

If any of you live in the path of the storm, please stay safe.

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Thanks Bonita :). Nothing here yet besides a little wind and rain..it's 400+ miles southwest of me right now...this is one large storm!

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Should be way south of us...but according to the maps we are still in the 'likely' area for power outages. Guess we'll wait and see! Admittedly we did not do much preparing because of how far way it is. I suppose that is a surefire way to make sure your power goes out.

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We are on the outer edge of the "possible" outages, so we will see. Much of my family live in NY and DC though, so we are keeping an eye on the weather.

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Thanks. I am in Maryland and we have been under a state of emergency. Schools are already closed as well as the MTA and other public transit. The military bases are also closed. I still won't believe the severity until I see it... I am stubborn Dirol

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Same thing here. Schools are closed, transit is shut down. We still have part of the day today to get anything else we are missing but I think we are fairly prepared. Flashlights, batteries, devices charged up, food and water, etc. We have a gas stove so we can still cook if we lose power. Hoping it won't happen, though. The flooding will be bad, it always is around here.

(We're right by NYC.)

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We're in the east part of central New York. I'm at work, a couple of our schools are still in session. Lots are closing early.
I'm more worried about my inlaws in Providence, and my family in PA. Last year my dad lost almost everything in the floods, and other family members lost alot. They really can't do this all again.

I'm with you Deniz...it's usually over the top with the news reports. We'll see! I'm hoping that's the case...

Good luck everyone Smile

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Same thing here. Schools are closed, transit is shut down. We still have part of the day today to get anything else we are missing but I think we are fairly prepared. Flashlights, batteries, devices charged up, food and water, etc. We have a gas stove so we can still cook if we lose power. Hoping it won't happen, though. The flooding will be bad, it always is around here.

(We're right by NYC.)

Yes, my sister is right outside of NYC too and their house floods terrible!

Hope everyone stays safe. I never get too scared from the storms that come to the Northeast but they can do a lot of property damage! Hope you all ride it out smoothly (I really think I'll be in the clear for this one)

ETA: I should add that I am not trying to downplay the importance of safety in a unique storm like this! I only mean that they do not frighten me. Obviously it can be very dangerous and threaten lives! (And sadly, already has)

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I don't really get scared either. We'll be fine. The worst of it will be flooding and a loss of power, but we will all be safe and sound no matter what. Our basement always floods when the rain is heavy but my husband already picked everything up off the floor there. We're hoping we have power for long enough to do laundry, get some work done (we're working from home) and bake some more goodies!

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Sorry for not responding to this sooner. I've been battling internet issues today. I just wanted to add my own well wishes for you all in the affected areas. My sincere hope (and prayer) is that the impact will be far less than the news is calling for and that none of you or your families suffer any damage.

Please do check in when you can! If any become in need of additional support, please feel free to contact me personally.

Stay safe!
~Missy (missyj@pregnancy.org)

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Our neighbors across the street lost power, so we have houseguests for a while! Funny, this happened last Halloween too. Good thing we like them so much.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Our neighbors across the street lost power, so we have houseguests for a while! Funny, this happened last Halloween too. Good thing we like them so much.

Wow. Hope you do not lose power as well.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Our neighbors across the street lost power, so we have houseguests for a while! Funny, this happened last Halloween too. Good thing we like them so much.

My sister is without power and she was told by a neighbor that the estimate is days before they get it back. Her house didn't suffer any bad damage aside from some significant flooding in the basement, which they expected. She said walking around some other houses in her town have some serious damage.

Hope you are doing all right where you are!

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My family is about to get pounded. My parents are right on the lake so they expect flooding as usual. My brother has a generator so that's good, but my parents don't. I thought that maybe they would have learned a few lessons after the ice storm in '98, but I guess not.

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It's all good here. Lights flickered but did not lose power. Overly exaggerated newscasts for this area.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

It's all good here. Lights flickered but did not lose power. Overly exaggerated newscasts for this area.

Glad you are good. Smile I wondered about you being down there. It was certainly overly exaggerated here too... but the pics of New York and New Jersey are scary!

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Hi all. We still have no power! I am at the office today for the first time, the trains are finally running again. We are fine but COLD. We have hot water, we have a gas stove, and some local businesses are open, so we are okay, but most of the time I have nothing but my iPhone. Cell service is spotty.

It's very nice to be at the office but I'm not comfortable being away from the kids for the whole day...definitely leaving early.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Hi all. We still have no power! I am at the office today for the first time, the trains are finally running again. We are fine but COLD. We have hot water, we have a gas stove, and some local businesses are open, so we are okay, but most of the time I have nothing but my iPhone. Cell service is spotty.

It's very nice to be at the office but I'm not comfortable being away from the kids for the whole day...definitely leaving early.

Yikes! Glad you are ok.

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All my friends and family in the NYC/NJ area are being told they won't be getting their power back until the 9th or 10th at the earliest! Laurie, i hope you are luckier and get it back soon!

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"KimPossible" wrote:

All my friends and family in the NYC/NJ area are being told they won't be getting their power back until the 9th or 10th at the earliest! Laurie, i hope you are luckier and get it back soon!

They are telling us the 9th but they're telling everyone that I think, just in case. Some people in our neighborhood have gotten theirs back but no one on our street yet.

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Love it! This is what America is about Smile

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Agreed. Our community has been absolutely wonderful in terms of offering free activities for kids, places to charge up, etc. Also here in NYC there are food trucks heading to areas without power to give away free lunches. (The food truck business is big here.)

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That's awful about the power being out for so long, but wonderful to hear all of the stories of communities pulling together.

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That is some serious power overload in that picture!

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It's still really nuts here. My husband waited in line for an hour today to get gas, which isn't actually that bad compared to others.

I'm running out of "chin up"-ness right now, though....losing steam on the positive attitude. I know others have it so much worse but when you're shivering cold in the dark with your kids it's easy to lose perspective.

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... and then you hear stories like this. That is just wrong.

A team of Alabama utility workers said they were prevented from helping restore power in New Jersey because of regulations that required them to be members of a union.

Officials with Decatur Utilities told FOX Business that their workers were confronted by members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers when they arrived at a staging area to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Alabama team was given documents by IBEW officials that “required our folks to affiliate with the union,” said Ray Hardin, general manager of the utility.

“That was something we could not agree to,” Hardin told FOX Business. “It was our understanding and still is that it was a requirement for us to work in that area.”

The utility company said they sent a six-man crew to a staging area in Virginia. They were scheduled to repair electrical service in Seaside Heights, NJ.

While at the staging area, the team received documents from IBEW that implied the workers would have to agree to affiliate with the union while working in the New York City and New Jersey areas.

“We chose we could not agree to those documents and began looking for other areas that could use our assistance without those conditions,” Hardin told FOX.

Non-Union Crews Not Allowed to Assist in Storm Recovery | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

It's still really nuts here. My husband waited in line for an hour today to get gas, which isn't actually that bad compared to others.

I'm running out of "chin up"-ness right now, though....losing steam on the positive attitude. I know others have it so much worse but when you're shivering cold in the dark with your kids it's easy to lose perspective.

I'm so sorry. I hope they get it turned back on again.

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Latest update on us: STILL NO POWER. The temperature dropped significantly and I realized that I simply had to get the kids out of the cold. My primal maternal instincts went into overdrive. Thankfully, the company I work for (3 cheers for A&E!) is actually putting us up in a hotel near the office in Manhattan!!! Can you believe that? I am so grateful. It's a challenge navigating getting the kids back to Westchester to school but it's FINE because it's WARM!! We're all sleeping in one room but we are warm and safe.

Yesterday my son twisted his ankle and it's swollen and hurts so that was what pushed me right over the edge. Today is his birthday so I kept him out of school and my Dad is making sure he has a wonderful day today.

I'm still supposed to leave town on Thursday to go see my mom in BC so I'm not sure where that leaves the family, we're playing it day by day. Watching the election on tv and trying to stay distracted but we need a game plan because it's a lot to burden my husband with when I go. No idea when we'll get power back...maybe Friday?

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

It's still really nuts here. My husband waited in line for an hour today to get gas, which isn't actually that bad compared to others.

I'm running out of "chin up"-ness right now, though....losing steam on the positive attitude. I know others have it so much worse but when you're shivering cold in the dark with your kids it's easy to lose perspective.

How did I miss this post??? I am so sorry you are having to deal with this.

"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Latest update on us: STILL NO POWER. The temperature dropped significantly and I realized that I simply had to get the kids out of the cold. My primal maternal instincts went into overdrive. Thankfully, the company I work for (3 cheers for A&E!) is actually putting us up in a hotel near the office in Manhattan!!! Can you believe that? I am so grateful. It's a challenge navigating getting the kids back to Westchester to school but it's FINE because it's WARM!! We're all sleeping in one room but we are warm and safe.

Yesterday my son twisted his ankle and it's swollen and hurts so that was what pushed me right over the edge. Today is his birthday so I kept him out of school and my Dad is making sure he has a wonderful day today.

I'm still supposed to leave town on Thursday to go see my mom in BC so I'm not sure where that leaves the family, we're playing it day by day. Watching the election on tv and trying to stay distracted but we need a game plan because it's a lot to burden my husband with when I go. No idea when we'll get power back...maybe Friday?

I am so sorry! Yay for staying in a hotel! I hope you get power back ASAP. Last April we had a lot of damage from a tornado and went 5 days without power. It was not fun, but at least it was a good temp.

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Laurie I'm so sorry that your home (and so many others!) remain without power! I hope that they are able to restore it sooner than expected.

Hooray for A & E! What an awesome thing to do! I am sure you all felt much better with a warm bed (and bath/shower!)

Sorry to hear of Nathaniel's ankle. I hope he has a quick recovery and an absolutely wonderful birthday!

Wishing you all the best! If you visit your mom, safe journey!

~Missy

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Thanks guys.

I need to go see my mom as she doesn't have a lot of time left...we had terrible medical news the week before the storm hit and so we are all trying to get to see her while she is still ours to see. So I will get to her somehow, storm or no storm. It's not the kind of trip I can put off, I want as much time with her as I can get.

All of that piled on has definitely pushed me to places I don't like to visit, but being supported by family & friends keeps me going. Thanks so much.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Thanks guys.

I need to go see my mom as she doesn't have a lot of time left...we had terrible medical news the week before the storm hit and so we are all trying to get to see her while she is still ours to see. So I will get to her somehow, storm or no storm. It's not the kind of trip I can put off, I want as much time with her as I can get.

All of that piled on has definitely pushed me to places I don't like to visit, but being supported by family & friends keeps me going. Thanks so much.

Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear that. Safe travels. Go be with your mom and your family. I'll be thinking of you!

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Laurie -

:bigarmhug:

I'm so sorry that you are going through any of this, let alone all of this at once. I hope that you have a very safe trip to see your mom and that your power gets turned back on and you are able to go home soon.

Happy Birthday to Nathaniel too. I hope his ankle heals up quickly.

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Laurie~all I have is hugs. Been thinking of you a lot lately.

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Big huge hugs, Laurie!!

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My dad and his husband gave Nathaniel a wonderful birthday. They took him to lunch and to the movies, and we all had a lovely dinner together at a restaurant Nathaniel has been dying to go to near our dark cold house. Our former nanny and her husband joined us and it was just lovely. Today he's back at school but his ankle is still swollen.

Rumor has it we're getting power late tonight but how they'll do that during a storm eludes me. I hope they can.

We keep reminding ourselves that our house problems are temporary and will ultimately be resolved.

At least I was happy about the election. Woke up at 3 a.m. to check results, we all go to bed early since we're in a hotel room together.

I am so so so lucky that my company is taking care of us!!!! I booked us for another night and they had no issue with it.

Thank you ALL of you for the kind words of support. It means a lot...brings me to tears, to be completely honest.

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Laurie, I've been brought to tears thinking what a horrible situation you were put in. How are things now? You're work sound amazing!

xx

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Finally a happy update. We needed one after the BLIZZARD hit on Wednesday, Oy!

We got power back yesterday and the kids came home after school today with great joy. I am in BC with my Mom and my husband is restoring the house and gutting the fridge and the whole neighborhood is restored, all of our neighbors too.

The school is even organizing efforts to help schools in other areas that were affected more severely. I think we will participate in that.

I thank all of you for all the support. I'm so glad to be with my Mom, who isn't doing very well, very weak. But she's glad I'm here and she expects to feel better soon, at least for a while, and I can't wait to see my kids and my home again in a few days.

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Glad you have power again.

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Laurie, if there is anything that you guys need, let us know Smile

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

Laurie, if there is anything that you guys need, let us know Smile

So sweet. We are fine. I just talked to the kids and they are very happy.