The Sand after Sandy: Weathering the Storm

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:

Mirabilis, Caladium. Bromeliads all intact! October 27, 2012 Vero Beach

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:

JayCee Beach, Vero Beach October 28, 2012

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.

Blooming Aloe, Jaycee Beach, Vero Beach, FL. 10/28/12

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:

Jaycee Beach the day after Hurricane Sandy

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:

Aloe arborescens, Jaycee Beach, Vero Beach, FL. 10/28/12

Stay inside and stay safe!

🙂 🙂

Until next time, check out this short video of Sandy blowing through Vero Beach:


11 thoughts on “The Sand after Sandy: Weathering the Storm

  1. Glad to see that you are safe. Great pictures of After Sandy. Your plants look so pretty, who would think a hurricane just came by, when they look so pretty. Thank you for sharing 😉

    • Thank you!
      Watching this storm intensify as it travels north (my sons still live in Boston) has been shocking! Luckily Boston wasn’t hit as hard as the mid-Atlantic,so all family members are now out of harm’s way!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • I’m watching the Weather Channel right now and I’m aghast at the damage along the Mid-Atlantic! Compared to that, nothing at all happened here!
      Thanks for dropping in and commenting. 🙂

  2. Inland, we missed the brunt of the storm, but the Eastern Shore took a pounding. I just saw Easton had over 12 inches of rain. And Ocean City’s historic fishing pier is all but gone. The record storm surges have likely taken a toll on the beaches.

    I don’t need to see another storm like this anytime soon!

  3. Good evening shBG…RE: Sandy. Pleased you got off lightly compared to new york. I am afraid your eroding sand is just a few summers away from total collapse into the sea. A gift to the gods of the ocean. Love your header , 🙂

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