More than 80 percent of LIPA customers lost power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and many remained in the dark for several days, with a few waiting well more than a week for power to be restored.
On the one year anniversary of Sandy, we asked readers on our Facebook page how long they were without power and how they coped. Here's a few of the responses:
Sharyn Glowatz: I really think I have PTSD from the experience of no power for 2 weeks but compared to most, I was lucky.
Dani Elle: 2 full weeks with no power and I went crazy... I followed trucks around begging them to come fix our power. Finally they came, and within a minute, power was up and running. It was a matter of flipping a switch. OMG INSANE!!!!!! I'm still scarred for life over that.
Katherine Karanzias: No electricity for a month. Electric pole went down like a toothpick
Lorraine Nilsen Jordan: 11 days: LOTS of candles & firewood, jigsaw puzzles, 500 rummy, books & magazines
Simone Rofe Jacobs: 5 days but was lucky to have a generator to save my fridge and recharge phones...lost a tree...had to cut down two others..I would say I was one of the lucky ones...my kids flip out when the lights flicker
Pati Reginald: 15 days 15 looooong days. Horrible and cold I hope it never happens again. Thank you to all the out of state workers who came to help us and left their families home. You guys were awesome!
Tammy Strachan Severino: 9 days. Some of it miserable and some spent finding new, fun ways to spend time together.
Elizabeth Zanatta: We were out from the 29th my moms birthday and went back on November 10th my birthday we enjoyed time with the neighbors which normally would not have happened.... Playing cards building fires
We'd love to hear your Sandy story. Here’s how you can share.
Visit the My Sandy Story blog here and click on the open text box under the heading to create a post.
Or, from the homepage, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your Patch. (Click “Join” if you don’t have an account yet.)
- Click the "Blogs" tab, near the top of the homepage and then locate the My Sandy Story blog in the left-hand column. Click on it.
- Click in the box that says, “Write a new post” and then click on “Article” at the top.
- Give your post a headline, enter the body of the story and upload your photos.
- Click “Post now.”