I don't know if it was just dumb luck that Sandy missd us directly headon or what, but I have to give Pepco props for their work this time.
I'll admit I don't watch TV news, could care less about their chicken little reporting. Likewise I've kept somewhat abreast of news online, and I don't exactly get it. We got the brunt of the rain, right? I mean the DC area got pounded with rain when others were spared. I've got a weather station at my house, we had a high gust of 78mph here.
Likewise I'm reading New Jersey is in ruins, without explanation for why. They couldn't have gotten that dramatically worse winds than we did, 80mph is pretty damn significant. So is it just a case of morons living on an ocean and then crying foul when the ocean comes a calling? We got brutalized with the "derecho" storm. We got far more rain than other locales with Sandy.
I guess I'm a cold hearted son of a nag. I don't want to hear people crying when the big one wipes out LA... And far as I've seen, the major impact of Sandy on NJ versus here is simply we don't live on the freaking ocean. It's horrible people are suffering, but at the same time... when I read people mourning two idiots who put a generator in their home and died of carbon monoxide poisoning as "victims of Sandy"? Okay... There's a reason I love this area, and its exactly because unless an asteroid destroys the planet, we don't need to worry about natural disasters. I'm sure the Romans living in Pompeii loved the pretty mountain sightlines, too.