Tens of millions of East Coast residents are preparing for what may be one of the “biggest storms to ever hit the U.S.”. Hurricane Sandy, dubbed “Frankenstorm” is still many miles out to sea, moving up the coastline at 15 mph, but effects of the “megastorm” are already beginning to be felt. With hurricane-force winds of 75 mph, the exceptional size of Hurricane Sandy means the heavy rains and winds starting Sunday and lastingas late as Wednesday.
Sandy has killed at least 66 people so far, including 51 people in Haiti, as it made its way up through the Caribbean and headed towards the United States. The hurricane is expected to bring “life-threatening flooding” to some states considering Monday’s full moon, which prompted the shutdown of New York City’s subway and widespread evacuations. President Obama called Hurricane Sandy “a big and serious storm.” Federal officials, he said, were “making sure that we’ve got the best possible response to what is going to be a big and messy system. My main message to everybody involved is that we have to take this seriously.”
This image of a man saving his cats is NOT from Hurricane Sandy. It is a reminder, however, that material possessions are just that, material possessions. I know it seems rough for some of you right now. It’s depressing and downright frightening. A lot of people who live is the areas that were hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy did not have flood insurance. How do you pick up your life and start over? Where do you even begin? Most of us just lost possessions, despite their value, they are just things. I’m sure that plenty of it was irreplaceable. Unfortunately, you cannot change the past. This image moves me for a few reasons. Look at the man in the background. His arms are filled with clothes, just stuff. The man in the front is working hard to save his two cats. Cats hate to be carried, and most of them are terrified of water. I can’t imagine how hard it was to carry both of them to safety. When faced with a natural disaster, belongings are just stuff. You can get more stuff. The things that are one of a kind or irreplaceable, unfortunately, you will have to count your losses. Lives can not be replaced. Lives are what matter. Things like Hurricane Sandy really help to put that into perspective. It’s a rough way to do so, it’s a hell of a wake-up call, but all the same, no matter how rough it gets, remember that lives cannot be bought.
Read how Hurricane Sandy could affect the elections on Tuesday in a BIG way, I mean RECOUNT way: http://www.examiner.com/article/hurricane-sandy-s-aftermath-and-power-outages-could-affect-voting-on-tuesday