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Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett wasn’t nearly as devastating as it was in New York and New Jersey, although here along the edges of Sandy, her power was certainly felt. Let me start out by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered loss and continue to recover from this life altering event. I wish I could do more. In any event, living just outside of the mandatory evacuation zone, my family and I decided to stay around and ride out

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett

When I was camping with my father as a kid in the late fall, before a predicted storm arrived the next evening, I recall something he thought me and I’ve always found to be true. If it is a clear night and the moon is out the evening prior to a storm arriving, you will see a ring around the moon. He told me that the size of the ring or distance away from the moon, will give an indication on how big the storm will be. We had a fun Halloween party on Saturday night and as I pointed out to many people that evening, there was the most spectacular ring around the moon that night, which was by far the largest ring I have ever seen in my lifetime. It was an incredible sight and a clear sign that a very mighty storm was on the way.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

On the morning of Monday, October 29, 2011, my kids and I took a walk down to the seawall to see how angry the seas were. We found conditions to be very similar to that of Hurricane Irene during 2011, with lots of howling winds, crazy waves and foam flying around like it was snow. We got to watch Stephanie Gosk doing her broadcast on the Today show, which we had watched an hour earlier. At that time, waves were just beginning to against the seawall, creating a lot of flying water and foam. There were also a lot of spectators, catching a glimpse of mighty Atlantic as the storm made it approach.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Something we did last year during Hurricane Irene, was to walk under the archway of the historic Narragansett Towers, located adjacent to the Coast Guard House, which acts as a giant wind tunnel during these storms. As you walk through, the winds are howling so much, that you can virtually stand at an angle with the wind supporting you up. Around the corner at this time, there were actually some children playing in the foam along the seawall, an area that would soon be pelted with rocks the size of baseballs and footballs.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett, Rhode Island

After the tour, we decided to return home and along the way observed numerous tree limbs already down, a clear sign of things to come. When we got home safely, we made some final preparations, fueling the generator, running power cords, replacing mantles on lanterns and getting dinner ready for later cooking. Sure enough, within two hours of doing this, the power went down and night time quickly approached. Having lived in Rhode Island for many years, hurricane preparedness is something you learn early on and some longer term preparations paid off big. Two big things you should get in the off season: 1) a generator and 2) a dual fuel stove fueled by propane. These things allowed us to get our refrigerator up and running and allowed us to cook with both stove-top and gas grill, which beats Sterno any day!

Even though I took a lot of storm pictures that day, the next picture has to be my favorite. Despite the 50-75 mile an hour gusts blowing around most of the day and trees and large limbs falling and flying around everywhere, the trusty United States Postal Service kept up its moto and delivered the mail with a big smile and pictures of the storm’s wrath to show what had crossed her path. Truly loyal and dedicated! She and they get a lot appreciation from me, especially being a philatelist.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Anyway, after checking out my first fallen tree limb, although it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, I decided to take another walk to the seawall once my family was secure and ready for the evening. My wife couldn’t resist coming along. We were smart and cautious in our travels and luckily had no issues, but boy what a ride. By that time, gusts from Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island were topping out at 90 mph. It was very hard to walk and the wind had no problem pushing around my 200+ lb frame. The sound of trees cracking were abundant along the way and the amount of trees already down and the lack of anybody in sight, was a scary sight.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Once we arrived down at the seawall, we really couldn’t believe our eyes. High tide was still two hours away, and yet Ocean Road was living up to its name, with the Ocean relentlessly crashing over the walls and completely flooding the streets and nearby parking lots, condos and well known field gazebo. Water consistently flowing under the arch of the Towers at that time was at least 2 feet deep in places, with a current that couldn’t be crossed, as waves constantly hammered and eventually penetrated the Coast Guard House and flooded Ocean Road. The heavy flow included lots of debris and the mighty sea had no problem tossing large rocks and stones over the wall like they were pebbles. I’ve included some photos here and will be posting some other photos and some insane videos very soon, so be sure to come back! Although I must say, having watched them a few times, while they do convey a sense of magnitude of Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island, in reality it was even crazier, especially since my wife and I were the only two nuts out there, making this probably something you have’t seen yet.

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

It was very hard to keep still to take a picture!

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

It was even harder to keep the camera lens dry!

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

It was a bit scary, as those waves in the ocean appeared as though they could swallow us up at any moment!

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

You can see in that last one how high the waves were out there and how the winds were twisting everything!

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Check out these videos

Sandy 1
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Sandy 2
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Sandy 3
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Sandy 4
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Sandy 5
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Sandy 6
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

After shooting these, we were happy to get home and dry off, as we were pretty wet, despite the gear. We proceeded to have some dinner and play some cards by candle light (actually lantern light). Loosing power is no big deal if you’re prepared, although being without television, we had no idea what had happened to New Jersey and New York for several days, which was the most frustrating thing. After a restless sleep and a 3:00 AM generator refuel, it was time to wake up and assess the damage, which was apparent in every yard in the neighborhood. Luckily for us and our neighbors, nobody was hurt and everything could be cleaned-up over some time. There were some crazy sights as we went about, a couple of which I’ve posted here.

Again, while Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island was nothing like it was in New Jersey or New York, I wanted to post this blog to show just how much of a punch this storm packed, as we were only on the edges of this storm. I really appreciate you taking the time to check this out and would love to hear from you!

Hurrican Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurrican Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurrican Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurrican Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurrican Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island
Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island – Notice the deer standing directly beneath the hanging wires! What a night he must have had!

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy in Narragansett Rhode Island

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