It began in earnest around 8am this morning (Monday Oct 29th), and it began with a bang (probably my flower pot knocking rudely against my window). The wind was howling through the cracks of my balcony door, and every few minutes the windows and doors rattled ominously. With such an awakening, there was clearly nothing to do except to get up and check on the chilli that was happily bubbling away in my crockpot.
The weather gradually worsened as more and more reports of damage across the city emerged. But we were safe, dry, and warm indoors, enjoying our paleo bread (recipe here) dunked into our bowls of chilli.
Well, we were mostly safe, dry, and warm…
We did venture out for a walk down to the East River around 7pm. As I stepped outside, I expected to be blown away with every gust but found the wind surprisingly mild, although clearly most of the leaves had been blown off the trees already.
I didn’t risk taking my nice new Nikon D7000 camera with me, so that’s why the photos aren’t quite so great.
I thought I was the only crazy person walking around in the middle of a hurricane, but clearly plenty of other people thought it was a good time for a stroll too! There was nothing too dramatic by the bridge. The East River was very choppy, but no flooding, and no fearful gusts (at least not right then).
The wind did pick up later in the evening, and as I saw on the news and observed from my window, most of the bridges around NYC were shut down. Well, when else would I be able to take such a photo of an empty bridge?
Everything is rather calm outside right now (10.30pm) although the lights keep flickering like some crazy haunted house. Here’s hoping there’s enough power for me to publish this article!