Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Photo of the Day: Storm Damage From Isaias

During the fierce couple of hours that the tropical storm Isaias blew through my area of Bergen County, NJ, yesterday, I braced myself as gale-force winds lashed the trees outside my house. I’m not sure when I saw the trees sway so helplessly.

Oddly enough, sunlight rather than diminishing winds was my first clue that the weather was settling down. I was thankful to see, after a quick circuit of my yard, that nothing more substantial than branches had come down.

It was not the same elsewhere. On an early morning walk this morning in my hometown of Englewood, I came upon the downed tree in this photo I took—one of two in Depot Square Park. A couple minutes away, the fallen trees were large enough to force the closure of several streets.

Then this afternoon, I had to drive carefully through intersections where the lights were not working—and several businesses (and, I hear, a number of homes) were still out of power, 24 hours after the storm.

There, but for the grace of God…

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