Hurricane Sandy open thread

Wishing all our east coast readers well during the Frankenstorm (or, as it should more accurately be called, Dr. Frankenstorm's Storm).

From Robert Niles
Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Stay safe, east-coast Theme Park Insider readers. If you've got power and an online connection, check in here and let us know what you're doing to get through the storm.

Everyone else, please feel free to share a theme park storm story. Let's get through this!

From Betty Rohrer
Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
still have power so far but it is to get worse this evening

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
My office was closed today. All I've had so far is rain and some wind, but the heaviest impact is supposed to be later and tomorrow. some small areas of my city are being evac'ed. Bayonne is a peninsula, water on three sides. Just received a phone message notifying of a 6pm curfew.

From Brian Emery
Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:58 PM
Here in RI – I lost power for 1 hour today… So far so good…

Very windy and powerful wind swept rain..

All of the trees are losing their leaves quickly and the roads a covered with those leaves.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM
Just got the call that my office will be closed again tomorrow. Since I was out Wednesday-Friday of last week, I'll have a lot to ketchup on. I hate Ketchup Day...

On a more serious note, Atlantic City and most other Jersy Shore communities are in very bad shape. Jersey Central Power and Light is using Great Adventure's parking lot as a staging area.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted October 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Down in Brewster on my Xbox. So as far as I know being one of the only ones on my friends lost power but my lights are flashing a bit hoping for the best l.

From James Koehl
Posted October 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM
Luckily we're just on the very edge of it, but we've still got the generator ready. There's a chance of a bit of snow tonight, but right now it's just rain and wind. Up on the lake, near Cedar Point, I've heard that there are a lot of shingles flying off of roofs and they've stopped trying to evacuate the Lake Erie Islands- waves are too high for boats and wind is too strong for planes.

From Tony Duda
Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM
Just saw air photos of Casino Pier in Seaside Hts. NJ, the ocean end of the pier is gone and the steel coaster is in the ocean waves. Strangely, the coaster looks almost upright like it did when it was 20 feet higher and dry. The ocean side of Funtown pier has also collapsed along with some of the boardwalk north of the pier. I lived 5 blocks away and it looks like the whole area between ocean and bay was inundated with water and sand.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM
We lost everything in our furnished basement except for a giant screen TV that we got out when the water was only to our ended up at the hips. We haven't had power since Monday night. We almost sustained loss/damage to our cars, but got them re-located just as the wall of water was coming up my street.

The picture on the front page of today's Star-Ledger greeted me today (when I finally found a store that was open) with a picture of the Seaside Heights devastation Tony mentioned above at Casino Pier..specifically, the coaster in the Atlantic. I was just on the Seaside Boards a week ago today with my buddy, playing Skee-Ball (beat his ass) and Air Hockey (he whipped mine.) I also beat the hell out of him at miniature golf later in the day. It's ritual we used to engage in every summer until he moved to Utah. We would have included pinball, but the only open arcade had no machines :(

From Tony Duda
Posted October 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Sorry about your damage Mike. My cousin's ground floor apt in Little Egg Harbor which was next to a marina was completely engulfed and she said they lost everything. They are safe though. I saw Pt Pleasant was heavily damaged too. No wonder the Tiki Bar web cam stopped working. The roof of the Tiki Bar moved 100 feet away (saw on TV).

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