Hurricane Sandy Storm Coming to Maplewood NJ
Whether you believe in climate change/global warming or not, you have to admit “Mother Nature” has been acting a bit strange lately. Last October, Hurricane Irene swept up the eastern seaboard and unloaded a heavy snow that didn’t accumulate much in inches, but the storm wreaked serious havoc nonetheless in areas like Maplewood, NJ.
Because it was still early in the fall season, the leaves had not finished their journey from branch to ground level. The hurricane swept in with a temperature just at the freezing point, causing a a very soggy weighty snow. Between the heavy snow and the leaves it was too much to bear and trees fell on cars, roofs, streets, sidewalks and power lines in Maplewood and throughout the rest of the state of New Jersey.
Hurricanes never used to have enough momentum to travel all the way up to the northeast. That is –until recently. Their momentum takes them a greater distance because the ocean’s water temperature has warmed about 1 degree F. And that 1 degree is enough to send “tropical storms” on trips to the New England area.
Today, we brace ourselves for the potentially treacherous “Frankenstorm.” This one is a double whammy. Hurricane Sandy is traveling up from the South, and a winter storm is traveling east from the Midwest. This is a lethal combination and none of the experts really know what to expect.
It feels like we just finished bailing out our basement from last year’s storm, but now we are getting smarter. Home Depot took a sound measure and limited the purchase of batteries to one pack per family. Way to go Home Depot! Many of us have purchased portable generators since last year many towns in the area were without electricity for a week.
But worst of all, is the loss of business these unexpected storms create in our respective downtown areas. Restaurants lose their perishables, clothing stores lose their inventory, basements get soggy and need to be torn out- what a mess. But today, I saw small business owners in Maplewood, NJ fighting back. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… well– you get the point.
Hurricane Sandy Storm Coming to Maplewood NJ, get ready and stay safe. Updates about Hurricane Sandy Maplewood NJ Realtor, Amy Harris.