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Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy is a big deal.

As a I write this, Sandy is just hours from making landfall along the New York and New Jersey shorelines. This is the real deal. 400,000 New Yorkers have been ordered from their homes. Wind gusts could hit 80 miles per hour in New York City. Bridges there are shut down. The boardwalk in Atlantic City has been blown out. 

My daughter is a student at Syracuse...250 miles from New York City and all her classes were canceled for today and have already ben canceled for tomorrow. She says it reminds her of when she was a little girl and would get to stay home because of snow days.

I covered Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It was terrifying.  I was in Gulf Shores, Alabama as the category four storm roared ashore. I have been shot at in Iraq, detained in Romania and confronted internet predators in some of Milwaukee's worst neighborhoods.  The most scared I ever was, was standing outside in Hurricane Ivan. Winds hit 125 miles per hour and it rained sideways for hours and hours. And then after the storm it was chaos. Power went out. Grocery stores and restaurants were shuddered. Gas stations ran out of gas. I remember driving to the only gas station in the area that claimed it had gas. We got there, pulled into the parking lot and discovered that the tanks at the station were dry.  No gas.  We slept in our car that night and prayed that the tanker truck would show up the next day.  Thankfully, it did. After about a week in the hurricane zone, I don't think was ever as happy to get home.

My prayers are with all those in the path of the Hurricane. Godspeed!

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