Monday, October 29, 2012

Awaiting Hurricane Sandy

Awaiting Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The wind woke me up this morning. It was still dark outside. Moments later, rain started splashing against my window. Daylight made its way in shy slivers of dim light... and offered a hint of the reality of the day. Sandy Day. Yet each hour turns the day darker and grayer, heavier with water and wind. Then waves start spilling over, splashing the waterfront.

Here are a few images taken while awaiting for Superstorm Sandy:

Before Sunrise: Manhattan cityscape before the arrival of hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Morning of the Storm--Before Sunrise: NYC cityscape before the arrival of hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
As I post this image, there's nothing left of the calm before the storm of this morning. The wind has intensified. Water levels are not that high, but the waves are. Everything is grey and wet. The only sound around is that of the wind, a furious wind ripping through the city... My fingertips, slightly tapping the windows, can feel its rage.

A few people are still on the streets, taking pictures with the wild waves as background or going home, hands full with grocery bags.
While awaiting Hurricane Sandy, waves reach people taking pictures on Jersey waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Hurricane Sandy: High Waters. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. I had to crop this image. Only hours from the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, Hudson waves splash and spill over Jersey waterfront, while, a few steps, people (one with a small child) are taking pictures.
Police arrived at the scene, flashing lights and siren and everything. Told them to leave. They returned a few hours later. Police returned, too...

Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, taking over piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hurricane Sandy Photography: Piers under water--Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Still, earlier today I saw a guy on a bike, people walking their dogs, just one more time...

In preparation for hurricane Sandy, pipes were pulled in on Jersey waterfront, ready to be used. Photo by Alina Oswald.
In preparation for hurricane Sandy, pipes were pulled in on Jersey waterfront, ready to be used. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Water levels are rising. Boats are still on the Hudson. Police trucks carrying sand bags take over the streets, only for a moment. Then the sirens vanish away.

Wind is picking up. So does the water. Is it time to get serious?

Be well, stay safe!

Thanks for visiting!

Alina Oswald
Author of SANDY TALES: SNAPSHOTS FROM A HURRICANE