Stephens student, Elsie Vieira gives Stephens Life an inside look of Hurricane Sandy on scene as it makes landfall in New York City.
A birds-eye view of the anticipated path of the storm as of Monday, Oct. 29. at 4:20:15 pm. (photo courtesy of nhc.noaa.gov)
Dubbed “Frankenstorm”, Hurricane Sandy has been making national news since its designation as a hurricane headed for the northeastern coast of the United States this past week. The category one storm is set to make landfall by midnight on Tuesday.
According to CNN, states from South Carolina up to Maine will be affected by this storm, and people are being warned to prepare and, in some cases, evacuate. The storm is gaining strength as it heads inward towards land, boasting winds of 90 mph or more.
Nestled in the middle of the Midwest, Stephens seems to be a safe distance away from the consequences of the storm. However, Stephens senior MPA major Elsie Vieira, a native New Yorker, will be dealing with the storm first hand over the next two days.
Vieira made the trip home to Brooklyn this past Thursday evening to celebrate her father’s birthday with family. Despite warnings that Hurricane Sandy was headed toward the coast, Vieira made the trip home.
Vieira and family was able to celebrate this past weekend without worry, but with Sandy quickly approaching, must now change gears to safeguard their home and themselves.
“Zone A is closest to the water… they are seeing 20-40 foot waves already,” Vieira said in a text message just after noon on Monday, “We are in zone B, so we don’t need to evacuate at this point.”
Vieira may be presently stuck in path of the storm, but she and her family have prepared for the worst and are ready to deal with whatever comes their way.
“Its just bad winds right now,” Vieira said, “We are ready to wait it out.”
Stephens Life will be receiving frequent updates over the next two days from Vieira as the storm moves closer to New York City and makes its way across the U.S. toward Canada.
For up to the minute updates on Hurricane Sandy and its progress, go to the national weather service website.
UPDATE: Vieira spent over a week dealing with the effects and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. To read her story, follow this link: www.stephens.edu/stephenslife/stephens-college-student-experiences-hurricane-sandy-first-hand