When it started a FD truck, police officer, and a journalist were actually got stranded on a small area of ground at high tide during the storm surge. They had a special crew in boats rescuing those who hadn’t evacuated, but there really was no way to stop the flames - especially since the winds were still 50+ miles/hour and on that point of the island they whip around like crazy on a normal day - or so they reported. The FD had to evacuate again at high tide this morning and spots were still popping back up. They couldn’t turn off the gas, according to some reports I heard.
There were also other fires popping up around the same time in other areas of that neighborhood - at one point the reported pointed to four different fires around where they were, and more red glowing areas in the distance. The video feed is like a scene out of a horror movie when it was at its worst last night. Basically all they could do was contain it given how fast it was moving.
Sorry if the above is jumbled - trying to remember details to the best of my ability. It’s like “late night” to me right now as my schedule is screwed up, and I’ll be retiring for some rest in a bit. :)
It sounds like some kind of nuclear war, end of the world sci-fi movie.
Must feel like it, too.
My oldest daughter was considering grad school in NYC but ended up in CA instead. Good thing, too.
Of course, with the way I watch the weather, I would have insisted she pull out ahead of time, just in case. But she knows quite a few people still there. She said they were proud of the fact that they had prepped for the storm and had food and water for a few days, but that is not going to be nearly enough. There are a lot of people who are going to have to leave because no food, no water, no electric, no services, and the problem is, no transportation, flooded roads, flooded subways, last I heard Amtrack quit running, airport is probably still closed. About all that’s left is feet or bikes.
And where are all those people going to go and how are they going to eat and survive until they get there?
I don’t think they’ve begun to see the worst there.