The "Frankenstorm," also known as Hurricane Sandy, is bearing down on the northeast of the United States as I type this. Most of my family lives in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, so they're all hunkered down for this storm, whatever it ends up being. They're saying that this combination of a hurricane and a huge snowstorm has the potential to be the worst storm to hit the area in 100 years. I even read somewhere that flooding in some areas could be the worst they've seen in 500 years.
All of that in mind, my folks seem to be in good spirits. Prepared with extra gas for their generator, plenty of food, water, booze, and an expectation that they will lose power at some point (and possibly for a while)... they seem to be in good spirits. Hoping to hear from everyone in the affected area after the storm, as soon as they're able to get in touch.
Back here in Copenhagen, we've got some chilly weather, but nothing extreme. In fact, my husband tells me that the most extreme weather that Denmark generally is some heavy snow and wind that's no worse than Winters he saw when we lived in Boston. It's strange to feel like we're in this fishbowl of mild, predictable weather patterns while almost everyone I know prepares for the storm of the century.
Here's hoping it's just another media exaggerated frenzy that results in no more than a few downed twigs.