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Sandy has made land fall and has wreaked havoc in 11 states in the USA. All of us living longterm or temporarily out of the USA are today with heavy hearts. We wish a speedy recovery of all that has happened and send our hopes that your strengths come to the surface when needed. I address especially residents of New York. I know the strength of all the residents and I also know that in times of trouble, New Yorkers reach out to help each other. Please continue in this most beautiful and humane way to share a city.
Here at Gullringstorp our hearts go out to all who have been affected by Sandy and to name a few:
Marianna: Manhattan, NY
Alison: Manhattan, NY
Pauline and family: Near Battery Park, NY
Rhona : New Jersey
Valerie : Bronx, NY
Nicky and Ava Gardner and family: Upper East Side ,Manhattan, NY
Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake
NEW YORK (AP) — As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation’s largest city unusually vacant and dark.
New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.
The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.
The massive storm reached well into the Midwest: Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday.
“This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.
An unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater — 3 feet above the previous record — gushed into Gotham, inundating tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street, and sent hospital patients and tourists scrambling for safety. Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that partially toppled a crane 74 stories above Midtown.
Right before dawn, a handful of taxis were out on the streets, though there was an abundance of emergency and police vehicles.
Remnants of the former Category 1 hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the massive storm — which caused wind warnings from Florida to Canada — will continue to bring heavy rain and local flooding, said Daniel Brown, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain and high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.
Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, N.J., forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status — but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it was still dangerous to the tens of millions in its path.
While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.
Officials blamed at least 16 deaths on the converging storms — five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and one each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three of the victims were children, one just 8 years old.
Sandy, which killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, began to hook left at midday Monday toward the New Jersey coast. Even before it made landfall, crashing waves had claimed an old, 50-foot piece of Atlantic City’s world-famous Boardwalk.
“We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded” in the Northeast, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground, a private forecasting service.
Sitting on the dangerous northeast wall of the storm, the New York metropolitan area got the worst of it.
An explosion at a ConEdison substation knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan, said Miksad.
“We see a pop. The whole sky lights up,” said Dani Hart, 30, who was watching the storm from the roof of her building in the Navy Yards.
“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” Stephen Weisbrot said from his 10th-floor apartment.
New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients after its backup generator failed. NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman said patients — among them 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators — had to be carried down staircases and to dozens of waiting ambulances.
Not only was the subway shut down, but the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey was closed, as was a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans were closed due to high winds.
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.
Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel — whose slogan is “Uptown, Not Uptight” — when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.
“They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we’ll come back in two or three days,” she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. “I hope so.”
Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was canceled again Tuesday — the first time the exchange suspended operations for two consecutive days due to weather since an 1888 blizzard struck the city.
Fire destroyed at least 50 homes Monday night in a flooded neighborhood in the Breezy Point section of the borough of Queens, where the Rockaway peninsula juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Firefighters told WABC-TV that they had to use a boat to rescue residents because the water was chest high on the street. About 25 people were trapped in one home, with two injuries reported.
Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow.
Off North Carolina, not far from an area known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” sank when her diesel engine and bilge pumps failed. Coast Guard helicopters plucked 14 crew members from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot seas.
A 15th crew member who was found unresponsive several hours after the others was later pronounced dead. The Bounty’s captain was still missing.
One of the units at Indian Point, a nuclear power plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. Monday because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public.
And officials declared an “unusual event” at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J., the nation’s oldest, when waters surged to 6 feet above sea level during the evening. Within two hours, the situation at the reactor — which was offline for regular maintenance — was upgraded to an alert, the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system. Oyster Creek provides 9 percent of the state’s electricity.
In Baltimore, fire officials said four unoccupied rowhouses collapsed in the storm, sending debris into the street but causing no injuries. Meanwhile, a blizzard in far western Maryland caused a pileup of tractor-trailers that blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 68 on slippery Big Savage Mountain near the town of Finzel.
“It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here,” said Bill Wiltson, a Maryland State Police dispatcher.
Hundreds of miles from the storm’s center, gusts topping 60 mph prompted officials to close the port of Portland, Maine, and scaring away several cruise ships. A state of emergency in New Hampshire prompted Vice President Joe Biden to cancel a rally in Keene and Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, to call off her bus tour through the Granite State.
About 360,000 people in 30 Connecticut towns were urged to leave their homes under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. Christi McEldowney was among those who fled to a Fairfield shelter. She and other families brought tents for their children to play in.
“There’s something about this storm,” she said. “I feel it deep inside.”
Despite dire warnings and evacuation orders that began Saturday, many stayed put.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — whose own family had to move to the executive mansion after his home in Mendham, far from the storm’s center, lost power — criticized the mayor of Atlantic City for opening shelters there instead of forcing people out.
Eugenia Buono, 77, and her neighbor, Elaine DiCandio, 76, were among several dozen people who took shelter at South Kingstown High School in Narragansett, R.I. They live on Harbor Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.
“I’m not an idiot,” said Buono, who survived hurricanes Carol in 1954 and Bob in 1991. “People are very foolish if they don’t leave.”
Hays reported from New York and Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Delaware City, Del., Katie Zezima in Atlantic City, Emery P. Dalesio in Elizabeth City, N.C., and Erika Niedowski in Cranston, R.I., also contributed.
I had planned a really silly goat post for today but I feel this is a much more important message.
This storm sounds like something to be concerned about. It’s not everyday that New York is warned of such impending danger. There have been mandatory evacuations called for which means this is a storm to take seriously. But, I do know New Yorkers, they are resilient and strong and are hopefully prepared for what ever comes.
Even though all this is true, I would still like to say here that I am as concerned for the residents of NY and the east coast.
I have a regular reader whose home was also threatened by the storm. I have wished Seasonsgirl at http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com all the best as well as everyone in Sandy’s path.
From all of us at Gullringstorp, we are thinking of you and want you to please stay safe!
Hej from Gullringstorp!
My lovely goats have provided me with plenty of fresh goat milk. In fact, so much milk that I was able to launch my business making
100 % Natural Goat Milk Soap. Thank you to all my beautiful ladies for their wonderful milk.
I am pleased to announce that Li’l Sis has gone into her very first shop, here in Sweden!
Welcome to my website : www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
I felt snow in the air for the past couple of days. I never knew I would be able to tell when there was snow in the air, but I can ! How cool is that?
Leif has started to rake up the Autumn leaves after the rain finally stopped. I could see leaf piles appearing at Gullringstorp.
One of the first clues to the coming snow, was the gray skies, then the temperature.
I know it’s not much , but it was so wonderful to look out the windows at this snow as it fell. It was windy sand very cold so it was a beady snow. I watched the snow from my desk out my office window. It fell like tiny beads that were blown around by the strong wind. then it was fun watching a those beads of snow hit the roof of the garage and bounce off to a new destination.
First beads of snow then the flakes will come.
Our autumn is really beautiful and colorful, but much too much rain for my liking and that of my goats. Some goats don’t mind the rain , I was not so lucky, maybe just one or two of my goats don’t mind the rain. When this happens, especially for more than a couple of days, we must step in and assist our “house-bound” goats.
As long as Mother Nature delivers us rain, day after day, then there will be BRANCHES…
Welcome back for our Indoor Activities for rainy days! I feel like a cruise activity director, hee hee…
Gullringstorp comes alive with color during the Autumn months of October and November.
I hope you enjoy:
I hope where ever you live, you are able to enjoy the wonder of nature’s brilliant Autumn colors.
We have had lots of rain lately so our goats are not really going out. I have heard of people who had goats that enjoyed or didn’t mind the rain, but not Gullringstorp goats. They really hate the rain, so we have indoor activities instead.
Our chickens, on the other hand seem to love the rain. Our Brahma chickens really like the rain and stay out till they are soaking wet. I always worry that they may get sick or something, but I think chickens can take it. No one has gotten sick yet and they really do get soaked.
Here are chickens, goats and a dog:
Welcome back for more activities at Gullringstorp !
Autumn has come and it really feels more like Winter. The temperatures have dropped and we have hit the minuses several days. This means that my husband Leif has had to build a fire a bit more often. Gullringstorp is heated by a big furnace in our basement. We burn wood to heat the water and send hot water to all the elements throughout the house.
Autumn here in Sweden is jut a hop skip and a jump away from Winter. Much has to be done to prepare here at Gullringstorp.
Here is a little peek into our world here at Gullringstorp during Autumn:
From The Local ( Swedish news in English)
While some countries marked World Animal Day on October 4th, Swedes were out in force to celebrate something completely different: National Cinnamon Bun Day.
The opportunity to sink ones teeth into a warm, tasty concoction of cinnamon-infused dough is also popular among tourists who happen to find themselves in Sweden in October.
“It’s a typical Swedish thing that a lot of tourists have heard about,” Isabella, a worker at the Gateaux coffee bar in Stockholm‘s Gallerian mall, told The Local.
Cinnamon Bun Day is a fairly recent tradition, created in 1999 by the Hembakningsrådet (Home Baking Council).
The group decided that creating a national cinnamon bun feast would be the best way to celebrate the organization’s 40-year anniversary.
Today, a mere 13 years later, most people consider Kanelbullens Dag as much of a Swedish tradition as Midsummer or the Nobel Prizes.
In Stockholm’s bustling Gamla Stan, Espresso House barista Jenny marvelled at the buzz Cinnamon Bun Day created among tourists visiting the Swedish capital.
“It’s a good day here in Gamla Stan because of the tourists,” she told The Local.
She explained that tourists remain captivated by Sweden’s famous cinnamon buns and are curious to find out how a pastry came to have its own national day.
While it’s hard to come by statistics on exactly how many cinnamon buns are downed in Sweden on October 4th, one bakery in Eskilstuna in central Sweden claimed that they sell 50 times more buns on Cinnamon Bun Day compared to a regular day.
“In my eyes, the cinnamon bun is the optimal pastry. It’s like everything fits. The shape, the flavouring…everything,” baker Magnus Spångberg at the Konditori Alexandra bakery told the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper.
I am also using the cool Autumn days or evenings to make soap with the milk my ladies provide:
Happy Autumn everyone!
Hej and welcome back for Part II:
Manhattan, New York is full of wonderful sounds and flavors. You are also assured of having visual pleasures like none other.
The city is a treat for the ears. Street musicians can be found everywhere:
This group can frequently be seen and enjoyed while sitting on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
New Yorker residents love , I mean really love their dogs and cats. They can be seen everywhere as you stroll the streets of Manhattan:
Here is a very special lady:
This is actually an common sight in Manhattan. There are special strollers made for dogs and I have seen them all over the city.
Ava Gardner was a rescue dog after being shot by NY police. When the policeman saw what has happened, felt awful and acted immediately. He quickly got this dog to the vet for treatment. This dog was lucky to survive the shooting which left her with only 3 legs, but even luckier to be adopted by Manhattan residents Nicky and her husband Michael.
There is a book”Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem . “It is a work of fiction about new york city and there are several crazy prominent characters in it and ava is one of them. The author fell in love with her classic pitbull grin and warmth “.
You can read a review of this book in this New York Times Review:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/books/review/Cowles-t.html
As you can see, at 7 years old, Ava Gardner is a very happy lady indeed as she views Manhattan’s sights from the comfort of her doggy stroller. Ava’s adopted daddy is a bookseller in Manhattan and here is a short film about him and his books:
Thank you Nicky for letting me take Ava Garner’s photo and thank you for sharing her story with me!
I hope you have enjoyed a tiny slice of New York , as seen through the eyes of a City Girl turned Country Gal on a visit to the City!