Just some updates on what is going on on the Sourlands 8 days after hurricane Sandy.
It is SNOWING. Many, many centimeters. We are having a freaking snowstorm, another nor'easter storm. I just heard the snowplow go by on the road outside, which is a very good sign. (Both that it is a plow and that it is on a truck, i.e., trucks can get into the neighborhood now).
Our neighbors have their power back, it was fixed tonight. We got internet back around the same time, which is pretty amazing. The power and internet companies must actually have collaborated. Most likely the neighborhood is now accessible by fire trucks and the like. They weren't this morning, but if they fixed the lines, then now, after 8 days, we can feel safer. One road is probably still closed, but they are working on that too. Many of our neighbors do not have power yet though, because their powerlines were ripped out of their houses when trees feel on them. It will take longer for them and I feel really sorry about all their troubles. The township has gotten lots of letters and calls from us about the situation, and it actually made a difference. Good.
here, and yes, Obama won in the county too.) There is always The Swedish Party as an alternative for disillusioned Americans :)
Very good news - Obama won the presidency again. As someone said 'The republicans made sure that Obama would become a 2-term president'. Presidents here can only be elected for 2 terms, so now he can focus on doing the right thing and not get reelected. Like, put some bank fraud CEO's in jail, etc. :) Mitt Romney seems to have disappeared instantaneously.
The NJ railroad system suffered horrible losses. Just look at the railroad bridge after the storm in the photo above (more info here). Apparently they lost 1/3 of their locomotives and 1/4 of their passenger cars in the storm. Imagine that. That must be many hundreds of locomotives that are gone, so the commute to New York City will be hell for many months for many people.
And finally, just some images to really show how big this storm was.