Triplog

OCTOBER---Deltaville, VA to Fernandina Beach, FL

Getting Ready to Go in Deltaville:

Provisioning----a big task. Made four trips to Walmart for provisions. It takes a while to remember what to purchase for the cruising season. These four trips will hopefully mean fewer bus trips to Walmart, Sam's Club and Publix when we are in Vero Beach. Carrying all those bags of groceries up the step ladder wasn't fun. Found hidey holes for everything. It would be nice if I could store based on like items (maybe canned meats in one area, canned vegetables in another, etc). Instead I store based on where things fit so sometimes items are overlooked and repurchased because I think its gone!

One evening before leaving Deltaville,---Kris, Craig, Carl and I went to a really good Mexican restaurant in Gloucester Point---Juan's. Good food and the price is fairly reasonable. I ordered mahi mahi tacos which were oh so good: Carl had a plate of enchiladas (one each of chicken, bean and pork). What sets Juan's apart from other Mexican restaurants is their guacamole cart---rolled up to your table to prepare guacamole exactly to your taste. We did not do the guacamole thing but watched guacamole be prepared to the taste of the table next to us.

When our insurance claim was settled on October 3, DISCOVERY is ready to go (see Boat Challenges).. The first boat to be launched on October 4. Found a spot to anchor in Jackson Creek. Had the two headsails on the furlers and the dinghy launched by 11:00 AM. Arleen and Al (BLUE HEAVEN) and Dave and Toni (SEQUENCE) arrived in the anchorage in the early afternoon. BLUE HEAVEN is on their way south to the Bahamas. SEQUENCE was on their way to the York River. I drove Arleen to the grocery store in the afternoon. Around 4:00 PM, Carl took the car to where it will spend the winter. Met Kris, Craig, Al and Arleen at the screen porch for dinner. Did a load of laundry after dinner before returning to the boat for our last night in Deltaville.

Left Deltaville on October 5 headed for Norfolk.

Photos below---DISCOVERY in the lift on the way to the well to be splashed. Craig and Carl serve as "splash escorts".

 

Boat Challenges:

If you read September's log, you know about the electrical issues experienced this fall. Had to replace the electronic boards on the charger/inverter and the radar would not boot up. The Raymarine dealer that we took the radar to for service suggested we contact our insurance company. As a result, the boatyard did a complete evaluation of our electronics and a surveyor representing the insurance company looked at the boat. On October 1, the surveyor issued an email that was so confusing---it seemed like he contradicted himself a couple times and there was no conclusion. Carl was frustrated so he called the insurance company who said they could not settle until the surveyor made his recommendations. About 10 minutes after the conversation with the insurance company, the surveyor called. During this conversation, Carl negotiated a settlement. Never made a claim before so this process was new to us. The surveyor thought the boatyard that provided the evaluation and estimate was not reasonable in terms of the estimated hours and the labor charge. The final agreement was that Carl could do the installation himself which made him happy and we could purchase the chartplotter we wanted. On October 3, the insurance company called asking for an address to mail the check!!!! Carl then ordered a new radar dome and chartplotter for delivery to Oriental, NC. DISCOVERY was free to go!!! He also made arrangements with the boatyard to launch us the next day.

Because we are getting a new chartplotter and the new chartplotter comes with preloaded charts, Carl decided to sell the chart chips for our old chartplotter on eBay. He was really pleased with himself and even sold a couple of them. Had to tell Carl that I wanted to use the old chartplotter until the new one was installed. As a result, he had to remove his posting from eBay for the chip that I needed. I felt bad that he had to remove the posting but I needed the charts to navigate down the ICW. Carl had already removed the old chartplotter.....my request resulted in a re-installation of the old one. Because he had already modified the pod to fit the new chart plotter---he old chartplotter was secured to the pod with lots and lots of duct tape.

We left Deltaville on a Friday to start the 2012-2013 cruising season. Now......all sailors know that it is bad luck to start a voyage on a Friday. I convinced myself that we did not actually start the cruise on Friday. After all......we were launched on Thursday and motored from the well to anchor a hundred yards away. Well whoever is in charge of these superstitions (Poseidon or Neptune) determined that my Thursday start date did not count so there would be hell to pay for leaving on a Friday! Friday morning we left Deltaville and motored to Norfolk to anchor at Hospital Point. Made dinner and had a quiet evening.In fact, I sat in the cockpit enjoying the lights from the city Friday nigh thinking the Thursday start date was working.

However, in the morning tried to raise the anchor at 7:00 AM--- it would not come up. Stuck on something. Carl has diving equipment for this purpose but neither of us wanted him to go in the water ---albeit for different reasons. For me it is a matter of safety---current, poor visability and who know what the anchor was hooked on. For Carl is was a "too cold" thing. Anyway, he hauled out all his diving equipment from the bowels of the sail locker. Laid everything out and said, "I am going to take the dinghy to the marina to see if they can get me a diver"! Off he went and returned with a phone number. Called the number but no answer so left a message. Waited around for 10 minutes before he decided to dinghy over to the marina across the river to see if they could recommend a diver. Returned with a name, called and no answer. Waited another 10 minutes. Decided to see if any of the boats in the anchorage had someone on board who would do the dive! No luck there either. By 10:00 AM, Carl decided the divers were not going to call back so he called Tow Boat US. who came to help us. The tow boat pulled the chain in the opposite direction that we laid the chain when anchoring the night before. With tow boat pulling the chain---the anchor eventually raised enough that we could see it through the murky water. To our relief, the anchor wasn't mashed into some chunk of metal but was caught on a huge (3-4 inch diameter) line or cable. Carl jumped in our dinghy, took off his shirt to bend down into the water to tie a line to the front of the anchor (trip line). He leaned over the dinghy, head under water and slipped in up to his waist with his feet rising off the dinghy's floor. I was afraid his feet would go straight up and he would plunge straight down. Two tries and he had a trip line on the anchor. It was now simply a matter of dropping the chain while holding the trip line up and we were free. It was 11:30 AM!!! Was this problem related to starting a cruise on a Friday?????

It is always interesting to cruise through Norfolk. Usually have to dodge warships and submarines. I love all the different cranes--look like some kinds of transformer creatures. Photo on the right is Tow Boat US to the rescue!!!!

 

The next boat challenge---the last phase of the chartplotter installation. Everything was going so smoothly until it was time for the instruments to talk to the chartplotter. Carl worked all day Friday from sunrise until 10:30 PM trying to get the instruments to talk to the chartplotter. He was so frustrated. On Saturday, he hired a Raymarine Technician to work with him. The technician had some diagnostic equipment which helped him find a sodering problem within an hour. The project was DONE. Love the new chartplotter. Only one slight problem remaining. The VHF radio in the cockpit is too close to the chartplotter. If you use the radio to transmit---it will briefly cut off the GPS to the chartplotter.

The final boat challenge is more of a communication challenge but this is the best spot to record the problem. Carl has a pay as you go AT&T smart phone with a data package. It has worked for him flawlessly for 9 months. When we arrived in Fernandina Beach he could not pick up a signal. My phone (a AT&T pay as you go dumb phone) worked just fine. So....he used my phone to call AT&T customer service. Was told the problem was he had an "old style SIM card". Called the local AT&T store to see if they had the SIM card he needed---not in stock should be here any day. He called the AT&T store every once in awhile ....still not in. Called the AT&T customer service to complain that his phone wasn't working and he was losing money because the purchased megabytes would expire at the end of the month. This was a major point of frustration for Carl but not many options for resolving it. The customer service people told him that one possibility was to find a dollar store and buy an inexpensive AT&T Go Phone and use the SIM card from the Go Phone for his smart phone. One day while we were at Ameilia Island Yacht Basin, Kris' friend, Candy Cook, picked us up for a run to the grocery store. Carl asked her to stop at a Radio Shack (no SIM cards) and finally a Dollar General where he bought a inexpensive Go Phone for AT&T. Back to the boat to install the SIM card .....still didn't work. Called AT&T customer service and after about 30 minutes of diddling around it start to work. Yippee. Darn it only worked for about 12 hours and then stopped. Carl finally rented a car on October 31 and drove to the AT&T store to pick up the new SIM cards that finally came in. Interesting.......it wasn't the SIM card at all but rather some settings. Right now its working (knock on wood).

Sailing:

Only four opportunities to sail!

Opportunity number one:----A great sail from Elizabeth City, NC to the north end of the Alligator-Pungo Canal. Winds from the northeast at 18-20 knots gusting 22 knots. One reef in the main and did not let all the jenny out. Left Elizabeth City with CAMELOT (Keith and Rose) ----taking different routes. CAMELOT was headed to the outer banks around Manteo then up the Pamlico Sound. Our route was the Albamerle Sound to the Alligator River. Eventually we would meet up again in Oriental. Lots of crab pots in the Albemarle Sound and a few in the Alligator River. It started to pour as we passed through the Alligator Swing Bridge---a small squall with one close clap of thunder and lightning bolt. It continued to rain off and on from the swing bridge to the Pungo River Anchorage at the south end of the canal (and through the night). Other than the rain---a fantastic sail mostly on a broad reach.

Opportunity number two---- Sailed from the Pungo River anchorage to just outside of Oriental, NC. Winds north at 15-18 knots. In some of the sheltered areas where the wind was blocked we slowed down to 3 knots but didn't turn the engine on. It really requires patience to creep along at 3 knots!

Number three000 Looked like it would be another fantastic day of sailing when we left Cape Lookout heading for Wrightsville Beach, NC. Wind was north at 25-28 knots gusting 30-32 knots. TILT took off like a rocket ship with these conditions. BLUE HEAVEN was also doing well. The two boats were out of the anchorage before my Captain was even dressed! The waves were a little wild at the beginning--a few waves slammed up against the side of the boat throwing water into the cockpit. By noon the wind dropped to 20 knots gusting 25 knots and the waves settled down. Now the bad news.......the winds continued to drop. By 2:00 PM the wind was less than 10 knots--turn the engine on to motorsail.

Number four: Left Southport, SC at 7:00 AM heading for Fernandina Beach, FL with TILT and CHARBONNEAU. Winds north 18-20 knots gusting 25 knots in the morning. Almost running with the wind but trying to sail on a broad reach. Beautiful sail until 2:00 PM---the winds dropped so could not maintain our target speed for long distances of 6 to 6.5 knots so its time to motorsail.. TILT called about this time saying they had a problem with their inverter so they were diverting to Winyah Bay and then most likely on to Charleston for repair in the morning. CHARBONNEAU also diverted to Winyah Bay. Saw the most spectacular green flash in my life that Sunday night! The winds continued to diminish and were directly behind us so continued to motor. (Note: TILT fixed the inverter issue while anchored in Winyah Bay. Hopped back out in the morning to continue on to Fernandina Beach). The next day the dolphins were with us almost all day doing flips and flops. Love those guys.

Stops Along the Way:

DISMAL SWAMP: When you leave Norfolk there are two routes: Dismal Swamp or the Virginia Cut through Great Bridge. We usually take the Dismal Swamp on our way south and the Virginia Cut on our way north. Just a little about the Dismal Swamp. In 1763, George Washington founded the Dismal Swamp Company, to drain the swamp and harvest the timber .Several African American groups lived in the Great Dismal Swamp during early American history-- runaway slaves who were seeking safety and liberty. You may be familiar with Harriet Beecher Stowe's second novel, "Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp". Construction of the Dismal Swamp Canal (22 miles in length) began in 1793 and was completed in 1805. The canal, and a railroad constructed through part of the swamp in 1830, permitted timber to be harvested. The canal deteriorated when the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal was completed in 1858. In 1929 the U. S. Government bought the Dismal Swamp Canal and began to improve it. It is now the oldest operating artificial waterway in the country and is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was officially established by in 1974. The refuge consists of almost 107,000 acres of forested wetlands. Lake Drummond is located in the center of the swamp, and is a 3,100 acre natural lake. Approximately 3500 boaters take the Dismal Swamp Route every year. In interesting fact about the swamp---it has one of the highest populations of black bears in North America. Used this route 5 times and never saw a bear (probably a good thing).

Deep Creek Lock is located at the north end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It is operated by Robert Peek who has to be the most out-going lockmaster in the entire world. Robert loves the Dismal Swamp, his job, cruisers and conch horns. In the Deep Creek lock, the water level is raised to meet that of the canal--a little elevator ride up. In the lock with OUTSIDER (Wendy and Ian) and ar TURUS. All three boats went to the free dock just south of the lock for the night where BLUE HEAVEN was already secured and ready to catch lines. Arleen asked us if we wanted to go for pizza in town. She also asked Dennis and Blair on ar TURUS if they wanted to go (OUTSIDER was invited but declined the invitation because they were preparing lamb for dinner). I have always thought of the swamp as being in the middle of "nowhere" so I was surprised when a short walk down a street we were in a good size town with traffic, a Harris Teeter grocery store and a fantastic pizza place. After pizza we stopped at Harris Teeter for a few fresh provisions before walking back to the boats.

Arleen (BLUE HEAVEN) took the following pictures of DISCOVERY entering the Deep Creek Lock.

 

 

DISCOVERY tied to the free dock just outside the lock. This is a great place to spend the night or heck a day or two.

 

In the morning, we joined Robert for "danish and coffee" along with Al, Arleen, Blair, Dennis, Wendy and Ian. Robert provided more than danish and coffee--a fruit plate, bagels & cream cheese, and frozen fruit with orange juice. Robert talked about the swamp and his love of conch horns. He can play a tune on it. All to quickly it was time for Robert to complete the first morning's lock so we headed back to our boats. Robert not only is the lockmaster but he is also the bridge tender for the bridge south of Deep Creak Lock. Ventured down the canal with about 4 good whomps from deadheads (hate that sound). Continued through South Mill Lock and on to Elizabeth City.

 

On the left is photo of Robert.....the most gracious, friendly and happy lockmaster in the world. On the right is his office .

 

Breakfast with Robert and the cruisers that stayed at the free dock the night before (left to right is Dennis, Blair, Wendy, Ian, Carl, Al and Arleen).

 

The photo on the left was taken as we cruised down the Dismal Swamp Canal.

 

The next two photos were taken as we motored down the Pasquotank River from Mill Creek Lock to Elizabeth City. The river was covered with all these green stuff (tiny plants).

 

ORIENTAL, NC: Oriental claims to be "The Sailing Capital of North Carolina". There are more boats in Oriental than people. That is the population is less than 900 and over 2000 boats claim Oriental as their hailing port and about another 1000 boats stay there. Many of the residents in Oriental are former cruisers. The town is friendly to cruisers and dogs (no law to require leashes). This was a big stop for us---picked up our voting ballots, new radar and chartplotter, insurance settlement check and some mail (all sent to Bill and Sandy Donaldson who own the Saga 43 named LUCILLE). Anchored in the harbor the first night and then moved to the town's free dock when CAMELOT left. Went out for dinner the first evening with Bill, Sandy, Keith and Rose. The next evening we met up with Steve Snyder (FINE LION) and Kathy and Mike Steere (SAPPHIRE) for drinks at the Tiki Bar and then pizza. Started every day with coffee at The Bean along with Bill and Sandy. Carl did his radar and chartplotter installation at the dock. If we didn't go out for dinner we still met Bill and Sandy for Happy Hour at the Tiki Bar. Our last night in Oriental, went out to Bill and Sandy's house for dinner (grilled steaks, broccoli, red skin potatoes and coffee ice cream for dessert).

Ah, Oriental where there are more boats than people. On the left is one of the town's banners posted on light posts. On the right is a photo of THE BEAN where locals and cruisers meet in the morning to talk over coffee. Bottom left is DISCOVERY at the free town dock. On the right the porch step to someone's house all decorated for October.

 

New equipment on the left and Carl installing the new radar dome on the right. A ladder on a boat???

 

Cape Lookout: First time to Cape Lookout National Seashore Park. It is the southern point of the Core Banks, one of the natural barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina,. Everyone says it is so beautiful and a wonderful place to anchor in the "right conditions". Not sure what the right conditions are but I think we experienced the "not right conditions" on our second night there. I tell you about that later in this section! Anchored here with TILT and BLUE HEAVEN. Al, Arleen, Carl and I took our dinghies across the harbor to the lighthouse. Have to say that Kris and Craig also wanted to go but their dinghy engine would not start. Carl gave them our little spare Susuki engine which was too small for Kris and Craig to get over to the lighthouse all though they started out but turned around. We should have turned around and picked them up.......sory that we didn't. The lighthouse stands 163 feet tall and is 28 feet in diameter at its base with 9-foot thick walls. It was made of red brick with a Fresnel lens emitting a fixed white light that is visible for 19 miles and was first lit in 1859. In , the keeper’s cottage—large enough to house two assistant keepers and their families. Because the four lights on the Outer Banks were so similar, the Lighthouse Board designed striking patterns for each to make them easily distinguishable. Cape Lookout was painted with large checkers that appear as alternating black and white diamonds. Following the traditional day-mark aids to navigation, the black checkers are orientated north and south toward the shallow waters of the shoals and around the headlands, while the white checkers are orientated east and west facing the deeper waters .Walked to the ocean side of the island and collected broken shells. The second night of our stay at Cape Lookout there was a pretty strong cold front that passed through. The winds were in the 20-25 knot range and the harbor is open to the northwest so lots of room for waves to develop. Plus there is a strong current so at times during the night we were perpendicular to the waves resulting in lots of noise. Did not get much sleep that night because of the lightning, wind noise, and slapping waves against the hull. Yes. this is a beautiful anchorage in the "right conditions"!!!

The dinghies gathered over by TILT before heading to the lighthouse. As previously mentioned, Kris and Craig started off with us .....turned around and then because of miscommunication BLUE HEAVEN and DISCOVERY continued on without them.

 

Photos of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Keeper's House.

 

Scattered in the beach grass are the prettiest flowers. Also, the pine trees have a longest needles I have ever seen.

 

Walked over to the ocean side. Lots of people on the beach gathering shells, walking or fishing!

 

Wrightsville Beach, NC: A good place to stop. Kris and Craig took their dinghy engine in for repair. The four of us walked to West Marine and Harris Teeters while the engine was being repaired. Had lunch at Tower 7 which is an excellent Mexican restaurant. Stayed in Wrightsville Beach four nights. Every day we would take a walk on the beach otherwise just hang loose and relax. From Wrightsville Beach took the ICW to Southport where we stayed in a marina one night leaving the following morning for an outside run to Fernandina Beach.

 

In Wrightsville, Carl went up the mast to install a new VHF antenna. I sent the camera with him!

 

Fernandina Beach, FL: Fernandina Beach is on Amelia Island and is one of the eight municipalities that comprise Metro Jacksonville. It is the only US location to have been under 8 flags (French, Spanish, British, Patriots, Green Cross of Florida, Mexican, Confederate and US). The 50 block area of downtown Fernandina is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of it's preservation of late Victorian architecture. Fernandina is also considered the birthplace of the shrimping industry. The shrimper trawlers move about the waters from sunrise to sunset dragging their nets. The goal is to catch 250 to 500 pounds of shrimp per day. Amelia Island is where 80% of Florida's Atlantic white shrimp are harvested (approx 2 million pounds for Fernandina annually).

I should have taken a picture of the big shrimp trawlers. Had many opportunities but did not think about doing it. I took this picture because this guy passed through the anchorage several times a day always, always with hundreds of seagulls at the stern!

On Wednesday, Carl's left elbow which has been swelling up and getting red and hot. He has a circle about 4 inches below the elbow on the fore-arm that is swollen and red (looks like a goose egg) plus his left hand is about twice the size of the right hand.The skin on the left hand is tight as a drum. Took a taxi to the Amelia Urgent Care Center. The doctor said he had a staph infection---prescribed some powerful antibiotic.Note: At the end of the month, the goose egg and the elbow was still red and hot to the touch one week later so he went to the urgent care center again. This time the doctor removed a lot of fluid and prescribed another week of antibiotic. Hope this takes care of it.

Back to good times in Fernandina---Kris has a friend, Candy Cook, who lives in Fernandina Beach. Kris and Candy know each other through a professional association that deals with shipping hazardous materials. We had the opportunity to meet Candy this year. She is one funny lady and very gracious and sharing. Our time together started on Wednesday October 24. Candy picked the four of us up in the marina parking lot. She drove us to Harris Teeters where we picked up fruits and vegetables. Then she took us to the condo that she will be moving to (as soon as they finish it). Next stop was Dog Star Tavern for drinks. Candy told the bartender to take care of us (our drinks went on Candy's tab) while she went to pick-up her friend, Cheech. Kris and Craig had met Cheech before.six of us sat around talking and drinking for at a couple hours. Had such a good time. Kris and Candy have some wild stories to tell. After drinks, Kris, Craig, Carl and I went to the Salty Pelican for dinner. I ordered a shrimp taco; the other three people ordered blackened fish tacos. Good food.

Drinks at the Dog Star Bar. On the left is Carl and Craig. On the right is Candy and Kris.

 

Thursday we decided the mooring was not the place to be in possible tropical storm winds (56 to 63 knots) or even hurricane winds (74 knots and up). Moved to Amelia Island Yacht Basin. TILT with their 7 foot draft was placed against a wall that was exposed to northerly winds. Our slip was further in the marina on G dock which was ideal. We had two huge steel buildings to the north of us that blocked most of the northerly wind.

Celebrated my 60th birthday at the Somewhere Bar and Grille located at the marina. It was not the greatest restaurant but certainly met my needs. Ordered a mahi mahi sandwich and received a complimentary piece of cake for my birthday. Kris and Craig helped me celebrate my birthday along with Denise and Buford on MANANA (just met them in the marina). My location on during my birthday celebration was 30.37N/81.28W while Sandy was at 27.3N/77.1W!

Kris and Craig on the left at my 60th Birthday Party. Carl and I are on the right.

 

Carl told me that he had my birthday present delivered to me at Fernandina......a yacht called "My Marilyn". Funny, funny, ha, ha!

 

Saturday, did my laundry and washed the deck. There was only one washer and one dryer for the entire marina and Saturday was the day everyone choose to do their wash so it was a lot of waiting. In the evening, Carl and I went over to TILT to play our first game of Sequence for the season. We played until Candy arrived with great pizza and salad for dinner. Once again, Kris and Candy have some good stories to share. Candy was tired so she left fairly early---continued to play Sequence until the girls won!!!

After Sandy passed, DISCOVERY and TLT returned to Fernandina Beach to the moorings. Yes, Sandy passed by it was still windy.....25 knots gusting 30 to 35 knots Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The howling wind are getting old. Spent a lot of time on the boat but would get off every day for a walk and a hot shower. On Tuesday we went to lunch at T-Ray's which is a neat little restaurant in an old gas station. They did not remove the gas pumps or the sign that states the price of fuel. Most people would pass this place and not even know it is a greta spot to eat breakfast or lunch. I ordered a hamburger, Carl ordered the shrimp plate and then we shared!

Sandy:

First starting hearing about Sandy about the time we left Southport. Followed the weather very closely. Based on the early forecast, thought one of Fernandina Harbor Marina's mooring would be a good place to sit out the passing of Sandy. On Tuesday, October 23---Chris Parker was forecasting Sandy to tracks across Central Jamaica the next day and making landfall in Cuba that night. passing west of Jumentos (Bahamas) Thursday afternoon. Chris's email message said the following: "I know lots of folks are really excited to be moving, or preparing to move. If you're anywhere along the US E Coast (from Florida to Maine to NovaScotia) to Bermuda to the waters N of Caribbean, including Bahamas (in other words just about everyone who might be reading this), and you're focused on an upcoming voyage, I recommend you re-read my Interim Tropical from this morning! I'm serious." At this point, we started to rethink the decision to stay at the mooring. Called Amelia Island Yacht Basin to see if we could get a slip......yes there was a spot for TILT and DISCOVERY so we relocated. on Thursday. By noon on Thursday, Chris Parker was more than serious. He was forecasting a major storm for the entire US East Coast.

Chris Parker's forecast for northern Florida was as follows: Friday winds NNE@30 clocking N@35-45 with squalls to 55k Friday night persisting from N but backing NNW Saturday and NNW@35<25 Saturday night. Winds NW-NNE@20-22 gusting 27 Sun28 through Tue30. May rebuild WNW@25 gusting 30 late Tue30.. This forecast got our attention and we were glad to be safe and sound tied to a dock at Amelia Island Yacht Basin.

Photo on the left shows the Sandy's feeder band--heavy squalls. They passed just east of us. Our location is the small circle with a cross in it. Photo on the right is the regional view of Sandy. Both photos were taken Saturday afternoon (10/27).

Sandy was a huge powerful storm. Some statistics---Sandy's barometric pressure at landfall was 946 mb, tying the Great Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938 as the most powerful storm ever to hit the Northeast U.S. north of Cape Hatteras, NC. New York City experienced its worst hurricane since its founding in 1624, as Sandy's 9-foot storm surge rode in on top of a high tide to bring water levels to 13.88' at The Battery, smashing the record 11.2' water level recorded during the great hurricane of 1821. Damage from Superstorm Sandy will likely be in the tens of billions, making the storm one of the five most expensive disasters in U.S. history. Saw on CNN homepage that there are currently 60 storm related deaths in the U.S..

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Marilyn Thoreson
November 02, 2012