Well, that was a hell of a thing. It wasn’t too bad here in D.C., where only 21,000 people across the region lost power and we had this horse guy to distract us. But New York and New Jersey … well, they have a lot more water than we do at the best of times. Here are the most staggering images I’ve found, so New Yorkers with internet can marvel at what you made it through, and people in drier places can appreciate the magnitude of the storm.
Here’s video of that last one — it happens about 40 seconds in.
UPDATE: You’ll have to click the link, but this photo from Breezy Point is a real gut-puncher.
And now that you’ve looked at that, you probably want to look at this:
UPDATE: Nice one, Nature. We can’t stay mad at you.
If you’re moved to action, don’t try to donate stuff — after disasters, nonprofits tend to get more than they can process from well-meaning samaritans, and it bogs them down. Donate money to a large organization that can handle the funds, like the Red Cross (which operates emergency shelters) or the Humane Society (which cares for stranded pets). The Red Cross is actually asking for blood donations, because they had to cancel about 100 drives, so you type Os might want to do that — although blood donations after a disaster sometimes turn into a farce of people going “take my blood I want to feel helpful,” and the Red Cross going “we have too much blood go away!” (UPDATE: Buzzfeed has some more info about donations and how to volunteer for the cleanup effort.) And for god’s sake hug the next nurse you see.