The queue at this grocery store in Washington, D.C., stretched down down the aisle as people stocked up on food, bottled water and other items as they prepared to hunker down during the superstorm.
By Edith Leung
Sandy, downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm, blew through DC on Monday night, leaving at least 11 dead and 5.3 million people without power. President Barack Obama canceled his campaign trip to Florida and rushed back to the White House to deal with the Sandy emergency.
The president warned East Coast Americans that “this is going to be a big and powerful storm,” but he believes all across the eastern seaboard appropriate preparations were being made.
The so-called “superstorm” is hitting tens of millions citizens living on the East Coast of the United States and has made landfall in New Jersey. In Washington D.C, the storm is strengthening as shops stay closed.
By Jennifer Tang
We are quite used to typhoons in Hong Kong, but we have never experienced a “Frankenstorm” or “superstorm” like Sandy before. And, truthfully, we feel it’s a bit unfortunate that the storm is coming to Washington, D.C., after we traveled all the way from Hong Kong. Still, we are treating this as a sort of extraordinary experience for us all.
The Metro and other public transit are closed, so are schools, and federal government services. It seems like the situation is pretty bad. Before things got worse, we rushed to McDonald’s to grab some food. After, we walked to the CVS pharmacy, and that’s when we experienced the strength and power of Sandy.
Heavy rainfall, strong winds, falling leaves, trees being taken down etc — that’s the power of what some in the media call the Frankenstorm. Some of our umbrellas even broke in the storm.
It’s a pity we cannot do much under such a situation, but hopefully the storm will soon be gone, and fine weather will return so that we go back to election-related stories.
By Wendy Chan
It was not the typical scene in Washington D.C., especially on a Monday morning. Except for an occasional passing taxi cab, the streets seemed eerily empty. The Metro (D.C.’s version of the MTR) is shut down as are the buses. By 12:30pm the wind was blowing so fiercely that the sidewalks were blanketed with gold, orange and red leaves from heavily swaying trees. The Starbucks was open as was the McDonald’s and the hotels, but restaurants, stores, universities, companies and yes, federal government buildings were closed. Hurricane Sandy, which some have dubbed Frankenstorm, was coming.
The media loves a good storm story so little surprise that in flipping through the channels, the news was on the storm.
“New York City is very quiet,” a reporter from Fox News said. New York shut down its mass transit and schools were closed. According to television reports, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have canceled campaign events in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
One of the TV channels, WUSA9, provided a web link for the public to get the most up-to-date information in case the power was cut off and so people using tablets and cellphones could stay connected with the latest news.
There were numerous live broadcasts about the hurricane where reporters managed to interview some adventurous souls who were intent on surfing in the waves. The adventurers considered themselves “crazy” but very excited.