Hurricane Sandy, the Unheeded Prophet

Sandy is the diminutive form of Cassandra.

In Homer’s Iliad, Cassandra was a Trojan princess blessed with the gift of prophecy. She had foretold the fall of Troy, but her prophecy was unheeded. And so the ancient city of Troy fell to the onslaught of the Achaeans (Greeks).

The ancient Greeks thought that the Trojan War was a historical event that had taken place in the 13th or 12th century BC, and believed that Troy was located in modern-day Turkey near the Dardanelles. By modern times, both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1868, however, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann maintained that Troy was real — a claim that is now accepted by most scholars.

In other words, the hurricane that became Frankenstorm Sandy bears the name of an unheeded prophet.

Michael Brown of Spirit Daily writes:

That the “superstorm” is prophetic can be seen in the simple images of water flooding onto the site of the new Freedom Tower. This was “Ground Zero.” Monday night, it was a series of waterfalls. It is also where President George Washington prayed for the goodness — and protection — of our nation (on the day of his inauguration). As in Isaiah 9:10, our response to the warning of 9/11 was to build an even taller tower, in defiance, instead of re-evaluation. And as a result, there is more to come. Just as a stranger was seen playing a trumpet eerily just beyond the barricades immediately after the September attacks, so too, now, as Hurricane Sandy approached, did a weatherman describe the wind howling through the Freedom Tower construction site as sounding like a “trumpet.”

Here are some pictures of the devastation inflicted by Frankenstorm Cassandra (source):

168-ft water tanker John B. Caddell lies grounded on the shore of NY’s Staten Island.

Burnt-out homes in the Breezy Point section of NY’s Queens borough.

People stand among the burnt-out remains of homes in Queens, NY.

Brian Hajeski reacts to debris of a home washed up onto a bridge in Mantoloking, NJ.

A flooded section of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Zoe Jurusik paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

A flooded car park in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site in New York.

The storm surge engulfs the Inlet section of Atlantic City, N.J.

A statue of the Blessed Mother of Christ stands unharmed in the midst of the fire-destroyed homes in the flooded Breezy Point, Queens, NY.

As of this morning, the New York Daily News reports that the death toll of Sandy has reached 74, more than 5.6 million homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:

Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT: Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 378,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE: Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Governor lifted state of emergency. Emergency shelters closed. Power outages: 1,700, down from more than 45,000.

KENTUCKY: As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE: Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remained dangerous with high winds. Amtrak’s Downeaster resumed service. Power outages: 3,500, down from more than 90,000.

MARYLAND: Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 33,600, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS: Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn’t worse. Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 46,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN: Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes resumed after waves of up to 16 feet subsided. Power outages: 35,000, down from 154,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Some schools and day care centers remained closed. Trick or treating postponed until Sunday. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 40,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY: Trick or treating postponing until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 14. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK: Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Schools closed all week. Two of three major airports in metropolitan area re-opened with limited flights. Limited commuter rail service resumed and limited subway service is resuming Thursday. Utilities say it could be
days before power is fully restored in the city and on Long Island. Deaths: 30, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA: The search continued off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina saw continued snow. Deaths: 2.

OHIO: High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 160,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA: The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 11. Power outages: 612,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND: Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities amid power outages and impassable roads. Some schools reopened while others remained close. Power outages: About 48,000, down from more than 122,000.

TENNESSEE: A route across the Smoky Mountains closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT: Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA: Navy sending three Virginia-based ships toward the Northeast in case they’re needed to help with storm response. Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 29,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems resumed full service. The National Mall reopened. Power outages: 70, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA: Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County — an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes — collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 224,000, down from about 271,000.


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7 years ago
7 years ago

The devastation in NY and NJ is unimaginable. I have a great deal of family and many friends there and only one person has power. I feel spared. Ocean City was hit hard but I think it was much worse in NJ. My daughter just joined us here with my granddaughter so they could have heat and warm food, etc. I have a friend who stayed on Long Beach Island and I don’t know how she and her husband were spared. Pray continuously.

7 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this post. I feel so very sorry for the victims of this storm. The devastation is terrible. It is also noteworthy that amidst the destruction of buildings et al., remains unharmed, the statue of the Mother of God, Mary, whom I ask today for her help and intervention in this crisis.

7 years ago

Chris Christie said he didn’t give a damn about the elections but mananged to preserve Halloween for Monday? What?? Also didn’t like the way he fawned all over Obama.