Okay, so I didn’t come up with the “Aunt” part on my own. Stewart Chiron (@cruiseguy on Twitter) is the one that told me “looks like you’re staying put! Aunt Irene coming to visit” is the funny guy behind the title of the hurricane rockin’ the North East.
Mayor Bloomberg said that this it is a big deal because it’s only the 4th time in decades that a hurricane hit the city and mandatory evacuations were set for 5:00pm today.
All bus, train and airline traffic out of various cities along the East Coast, including New York City, where I spent last night, were closed as of 12:00 noon today. One TSA employee that came in today to help on her day off said that she doesn’t even know how she will get back home to New Jersey because the George Washington Bridge that she uses to get back and forth would be closed when she got off.
Luckily for me and many other crew members, I checked my schedule this morning earlier than I normally would. Last night when I checked the computer, my line still showed me working a flight to Jacksonville, Florida from the La Guardia airport in NYC. Not sure how that was going to work, I just imagined a very bumpy ride to Florida and then going straight home from there. Instead, I would fly with others trying to escape the approximately 5 mile wide hurricane, to Cincinnati via Detroit.
Last night, I took a walk to a local grocer and then a small fish place (Redd Light Fish & Chips), I managed to catch the calm before the storm hit New York City. This shot was taken just outside of the airport there.
View of the airport this morning..okay, for someone like me I didn’t find it that news worthy so I do apologize. It simply looked like any day NYC airport. The views outside on Times Square was a bit eerie though as the normal flocks of people trying to get onto the tv sets in homes around the country just were not there. The news stations did report that some people were still out walking their dogs and drinking their coffee as if nothing were going on, while others waited in massive lines for fuel.
Of course, I checked out the live webcam of Times Square at 5:30pm and people were walking around like it was just a little rain! Am I missing something? Now at 8:34pm, there are still some people just standing on the sidewalk! This just as the ‘tweets’ are coming in as terrible, horrible and evacuate now. So, what’s the real story?