I'm probably going to be up all night tonight. A dear friend lives in Sussex County, New Jersey. And as of a moment ago, her landline phone was unreachable (and she doesn't have a cellphone). If my reading of the news is correct, Sandy made landfall less than a hundred miles from her home - full-force. During an earlier storm (Hurricane Irene), she lost electricity for 10 days. And not that long after Irene, Sussex County had a snowstorm during which she lost electricity for another 2 weeks.
Jeez ... watching MSNBC which has live coverage from Atlantic City. And they've lost contact with their reporters 3 times so far (as long as I've been watching). So far, 3 dead - one in Maryland, one in Connecticut, and one in New York - the last two due to falling trees, the first an auto accident.
Sending positive thoughts to everyone on the NE coast and inland.
J. Alec West