If you’re in the path of Hurricane Sandy I hope you’re prepped and ready!! On Friday night she passed offshore, screeching wind, spitting rain, and howling at an unseen moon, and so I feared the worst. Reluctantly, I raised my blinds the next day, and was dumbfounded:
Nothing damaged!!!! Of course, the only plants I’d left outside were the short, the stout, and way too heavy, but to see the passiflora trellis standing? Sweet relief!
A few hours later, I went to check on Jaycee Beach:
Quite a bit of sand erosion from pounding waves (note the embankment along the left) and a much higher water level than normal. With each tropical storm, this poor beach loses ground it never completely gets back! Three years ago, it was a lot wider!
As you can see below, this staircase (and 2 others along the boardwalk) was damaged several steps disappeared from the middle tier and the bottom railings weren’t secure.
The ramp access fared much better, but a bigger surprise was how flat the ocean looked within a few short hours of Sandy’s passing:
Walking back to the parking lot, I was struck by the tenacity of life in the face of tremendous odds. A palm, bent early in life still grew with a flourish and a few orange petals refused to let go! Each stood up to the wind with a powerful will to survive…Definitely worthy of a picture:
Stay inside and stay safe!
Until next time, check out this short video of Sandy blowing through Vero Beach: