I live more than 900 miles from where Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. But this morning at 3 a.m., I awoke to the sound of howling winds and breaking branches. And today, along the Western shores of Lake Michigan, people lined Lincoln Memorial Drive to watch as the wind pushed the water up over the breakwaters.
It’s nothing at all compared to what people on the East Coast are dealing with, of course. But it illustrates just how large this weather event is. From those who are merely rattled and inconvenienced to those who have lost everything, we are a country reminded of how vulnerable we are in the face of Mother Nature…. but also how resilient we are when we stop squabbling and focus on each helping each other.
The road to recovery will be a long one for many people. If you can find any money to spare, please consider supporting the American Red Cross or Salvation Army as they are providing clean water, food and shelter to the thousands who cannot go home.
Photos taken with an iPhone from approx 1/2 mile away.