Getting Through #Sandy: Reporting and Connecting During a Superstorm
As the huge post-tropical superstorm Sandy surged through the Northeast U.S. causing enormous damage and several fatalities, people have been reporting from the scene and connecting as they can via social media. If you weathered Sandy last night and this morning, please check in as you can in the comments and let us know how you're faring.
Coming Together in Crisis
People retweeted news reports, rumors and the debunking of rumors, pictures from the scene, cries of distress, and crucial official messages, as well as reliable information streams such as FDNY, WNYC, and #hurricanehackers -- helping out with storm-related tech problems.
“@davidshuster: NYU hospital update:patients evacuated to Sloan Kettering & Mt. Sinai hosp.Staff/Ambulance/EMT's saved many lives.”
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) October 30, 2012
— Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl) October 30, 2012
#ConEd - No Con Edison employees are trapped in a building. The story spreading is a rumor.
— Con Edison (@ConEdison) October 30, 2012
— Music Watson (@musiccaab) October 30, 2012
.@fdny gets Twitter. Not at all surprising, still good to see. It's so easy to do it right.
— Laurie White (@lauriewrites) October 30, 2012
— Chef Dorys (@foodcreate) October 29, 2012
Connecting and Sharing Well Wishes
I can't help but cry when anyone tweets about the NYU NICU nurses carrying those babies to safety. NICU was scary enough with no storms.
— Jane Patterson (@jelizap) October 30, 2012
Heard again from BIL, he's safe and warm. We're so grateful as he's not always the most cautious. Hope you and yours are safe tonight.
— Katie (@overflowinbrain) October 30, 2012
sandy sounds like the big bad wolf outside my house. blow blow blow my house down.
— danielle sipple (@FierceKitty) October 30, 2012
I am feeling way too freaked out to try to sleep. Heart in my throat. Bleah.
— Stacy Morrison (@bklynstacy) October 30, 2012
Guess what? The city was this dark before, during the black out. #dramaticbroadcasters
— suzannereisman (@suzannereisman) October 30, 2012
Going to bed after being glued to the news all night. Sending prayers for all the storm victims, God bless...
— Kathy Cano-Murillo (@CraftyChica) October 30, 2012
To all the nurses, doctors, first responders and hospital personnel at NYU, Coney Island, Bellevue and beyond, thank you.
— erinjudge (@erinjudge) October 30, 2012
Incredible Pictures and Video
— 911 OPERATOR(@911BUFF) October 30, 2012
Across the street from 92 8th Avenue where building facade collapse just happened. (ok to use, plz credit me) twitter.com/MegRobertson/s…
— Meg Robertson (@MegRobertson) October 29, 2012
I had to get over my own skepticism that the crushingly beautiful carousel pics could be real. But they are: bit.ly/W0L5q7
— Alexis C. Madrigal (@alexismadrigal) October 30, 2012
Vehicles in a flooded street in Queens borough of New York. Sandy, the 10th hurricane this year, is considered one of the strongest storms ever to affect the U.S. East Coast. (Credit Image: © Wang Chengyun/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)
The Political Impact
Just one week before the U.S. presidential election, President Obama and Gov. Romney both cancelled scheduled campaign appearances Monday. Romney's camp denied that he would abolish FEMA if he were elected. Meanwhile, pundits speculated upon Sandy's impact on the election.
— POLITICO (@politico) October 29, 2012
The Outrage and the Humor
People vented about Sandy-branded sales:
— Martine Joelle (@martinejoelle) October 30, 2012
— Christina S. Brown (@LoveBrownSugar) October 30, 2012
Others made jokes -- including the hashtag #RomneyStormTips and an innumerable number of Photoshopped storm images.
But the clear winner of Twitter -- besides the first responders and the well wishers, of course -- was New York Mayor Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Calas, who got a lot of adoration for her totally kick-ass, very animated signing of the mayor's emergency messages.
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Jokes aside: Please check in and let us know how you and your family are doing, or share your thoughts on the storm. Stay safe.