Well, Sandy’s full wrath is being felt on the East Coast, which means the media is out covering the events as they happen.
And it’s fantastic.
First off, if you’re reading this and you live on the East Coast, consider yourself lucky to still have your power. Plenty of others in the area have seen theirs go out — and in a short period of time
There’s been some awfully awful things happening in the public sphere — awfully funny, and awfully terrible. We’ll share them nonetheless.
First up is this nice .gif showing the difference between Sandy and Hurricane Irene from last year. Irene brought some serious damage to our area last year and people seemed more concerned with that system. Sandy is going to/already is packing quite the punch. Nothing shows the difference better than this:
Irene was powerful but compact. Sandy is stretching from Florida all the way up to Maine. Weatherpersons have said the clouds stretch somewhere in the range of 750-850 miles (depending on which station your watching).
The line of the day for me came out of Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley. In a story posted on the Washington Post‘s website, O’Malley offered up this ridiculous quote: “There will be people who die and are killed in this storm. We’re right in the crosshairs.”
How positive of the state’s governor. Too bad in this election season, he’s not on the ballot. I’d be way too interested to see how a possible challenger would have put those words into an attack ad. That might have been the end of his run as a governor right there. Lucky him.
The Associated Press filled in some blanks:
O’Malley said Monday morning that the forecast has worsened for the state, which will now see some of the hurricane’s most intense winds. The Democratic governor also says flooding from the Chesapeake Bay could be worse than expected because of winds pushing water up into the bay. He compared the anticipated damage to Hurricane Gloria in 1985 or even Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
Then there’s this.
Chaplain John McTernan, clearly a troubled individual, placed the blame for Hurricane Irene (because anyone besides Mother Nature determines what kind of weather catastrophes happen) on the LGBT community. McTernan, on his website, had this to say:
“Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it! … 21 years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection. … If God is trying to punish the gays, he sure doesn’t know how to do it.”
Crazies, I tell you.
Be awesome and share other ridiculous Hurricane Sandy news in the comments below. And be thankful that you have electricity to do so!