|"NO GAS" signs like this were all over. Most stations even blocked their entrances with cones and yellow caution tape to let motorists know they were closed.|
I'm fine and so is my family, which is the most important thing. Unfortunately there are a lot of people here who weren't as lucky. Just a few miles from my house a tree fell on a car as a local family tried to make it home during the storm and both parents were killed. This was the worst storm we have ever faced and it has changed the physical landscape of the Jersey shore forever. Entire communities and beaches were literally washed away and will most likely never be rebuilt.
|My 16kW home generator|
|Dozens of people stood on line for gas at every station|
|It's hard to tell, but this line is a 1/2 mile long|
|Many trees fell on my block taking down all the power wires|
|A Volt charges at Nauna's after the storm|
News that I was driving around unfazed by the gas shortage got around and I had quite a few journalists call me and ask me for an interview or to send them pictures. Brad Berman did this excellent piece for the NY Times and I also spoke to Peter Valdes-Dapena from CNN Money, Jim Montavalli who is doing a piece for Txchnologist and John Volecker from GreenCarReports also used my story for his site. If nothing else, perhaps some people can at least see the value an electric car can provide during these difficult times. Now if we can get the automakers to allow the cars to backfeed a home with vehicle to house technology, then an EV will be even more valuable in these times of crisis.
Here are some more random pictures I took except where credit was given:
|Snapped poles are everywhere|
|I had to clear the trees from in front of my house to get out|
|Roads closed everywhere|
|Thousands of trees were downed|
|Down the shore some people had 2 feet of sand inside their house! Courtesy of the NY Daily News|
|I'm glad that's not my ActiveE! Courtesy of Reuters|