Things are improving slowly but there are almost a million homes still without power here in the Northeast. Amazing how much damage an early storm can do - the heavy, wet, snow was simply too much for the delicate infrastructure up here. The schools are still closed and there are downed power lines and trees littering our neighborhoods even after 5 days, despite help from our neighbors in Canada. Restaurants have been packed because folks have no way of keeping food refrigerated. The temperatures have been in the fifties during the day and twenties at night so storing perishables outside isn't really safe. Still, I think people are grateful that the temperatures aren't in the single digits like they were in the terrible ice storm a few years back. We had to wear hats and coats to bed that time and we could see our breath indoors! According to the linemen who have been restoring the electricity, this storm caused far more damage than the ice storm. It looked like a war zone here for a few days. It makes me realize that we are totally unprepared for a major emergency here in the Northeast.
You know what cracks me up? The daily lines for coffee up here! I never saw anything like it! We are a bunch of caffeine addicts in this country :) Makes me glad I keep my coffee intake down to about half a cup a day! Lol!