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
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, 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.