The stories of destruction along the east coast are pretty bad, but it looks like we avoided the huge loss of life that occurred in New Orleans a few years ago. Still, 13 dead in the US and another 68 in the Caribbean is tragic. We were pretty lucky here in southwestern Pennsylvania, just some steady rain, and the wind gusts weren't terribly strong, compared to other locations in the storm's path.
I was amused to see my sleepy little college town, Elkins, WV featured in a number of news reports, I doubt few across the nation have ever heard of Elkins before last night. They, along with much of the Appalachian spine, got socked with quite a bit of snow. Temperatures there are expected to climb into the 50's next week, so all that snow is going to melt pretty quickly and come flowing past my house, so we're not out of the woods locally!
I could do some blogging about the political effect the storm will have, but right now, I think its more important to leave the politics out of this, and concentrate on the people who need help now.
You and I can help by clicking this link.
Death toll now up to 50. Might be adjusted upward some more.