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Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Here in VA, (Hurricane, Tropical Storm, Extratropical Cyclone ... take your choice) Sandy has passed. How did you do? What is your situation now? What do you need now to recover?
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

This is the kind of storm that gives one a new appreciation of the difference between the less dangerious and more dangerous hemispheres. From perusing the news, there was much more damage from storm surge in NJ, NY, and points north of the track than south. But precipitation was much greater to the south, and the damage from flooding is still to come.

Sandy passed N.VA about 100 miles to the north, and was speedier than we thought it would be. Our winds were not as bad due to the greater speed of advance. According to the Fairfax County web site's blog for Emergency Information, around ~90 roads are closed in the County (fallen trees and early flooding), ~100 traffic signals are out, and ~60,000 have no power. Fifty three homes have been damaged by fallen trees and there are 42 power lines down (all as of 8:30 AM Tuesday). Given the magnitude of the storm, we got off easy here.

Our sailing brothers farther north are still dealing with this bad girl. We pray that all will be well with them.

Here around the house, no visible damage. We didn't ever lose electric service. I love underground power lines! The number of power interruptions in the 21 years I have lived in this house can be counted on one hand, and most of those were just a couple of minutes. I'll see about the boat and the motorhome just as soon as I can get out and about.

UPDATE: Flooding has been minimal so far in the D.C. metro area. The marina reports that water was up near the top of the docks at my marina but did not inundate them, and it lost no trees. My boat was 20 feet above sea level on the hard and is undamaged. I visited my old motorhome yesterday and it was undamaged too.

Overall I consider this area (and myself) blessed. We really dodged a bullet. I pray for my sailing brethern farther north. Television specials show awful scenes in NY and NJ, towns that stick up out of the water, debris that is on fire, and sand is everywhere. The correspondent walked across a swimming pool, but it was no miracle. It had filled with sand.
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

One more high tide to deal with tonight. 2-4 ft above mlw. A few people lost head sails in White Rocks as they're furler s let go. Water over our docks at high tide this AM. Haleakula
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Just got the word from White Rocks marina:
As of this morning all of the piers were under water. The tide is gradually going down. The electric and water has been turned off at all the piers. The water will remain off until the Spring. The electric will be turned back on when it is safe (after the tide goes back down and the piers dry out). Luckily none of the boats sank and none of the trees fell down.
Boy, am I glad I struck the sails and went on the hard!
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

I plan to go check on our boat in Deale, MD tomorrow, roads permitting. I figure we aren't done until after high tide tonight.

BTW, I'm in NoVA and didn't lose power either. I definitely think the underground lines are an advantage in most conditions.
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Rode out the storm in Oxford, Md with no problems. Tide never rose above the docks, came close each time, probably will this evening.

I always wonder about people who don't remove head sails before a storm.....
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

I stayed in the water and am having a bit of a hard time getting on and off the boat with the storm surge. But Tiki is stocked with food and drink for longer then any storm can last. Last night the rescue services launched a couple of their boats here to pull in a motor cruiser that had run out of gas and was having a bit of trouble staying put with the little anchor that it had on board. They managed to tow it in and put it here in the lift well. Did the rounds of the docks just now and one mainsail got out from under its sail vover and one bimini got turned into lace. Thats the sum total of the damage here in the Bohemia Marina.
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Nearly 6 ft surge flooded the first row of parking spots. Maybe 2 or 3 more feet and the docks would have departed, although, we were on the hard anyway. More worried about wind blown debris in 50 kt wind. However, all is fine. No vessel damage. Prayers answered again.
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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Bumped around in my slip all night. No damage for me. A couple furling jibs let go last night, but were wrestled into place. We had chili in the clubhouse, which was surely welcome.

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Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

I rode it out in my slip at Cobb Island like I did for Irene. Just a stroll through the park. Most of the wind was bow on & she rode real nice. One self furling sail blown up in the other marina.
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