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HURRICANE SANDY/ 7 text messages from New York tell the tale of the storm

RIRO MANISCALCO communicates with ilsussidiario.net during the deadly Hurricane Sandy, currently ripping through the East Coast, while sitting in the flickering light listening to the radio.

New York in the dark with the coming of the hurricane  (infophoto) New York in the dark with the coming of the hurricane (infophoto)

Last night we were expecting an update from Riro Maniscalco in New York City on the situation there in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. Instead of an article via email, we got 7 text messages, and they did not arrive in order. We have reconstructed them, and this process makes us even more aware of what the situation is like and what impact it has had on the lives of Americans. Here are the messages.

I am writing from my Blackberry... which is not the best, but it is all I have as a link with the rest of the world, because the Internet went down, as well as the television, at around 6:15 pm, the estimated time of the “landfall” of Sandy.

At this point you know more than I do. I could do like Dafoe during the plague of London, and tell you what I cannot see and know, using my imagination. Meanwhile, the wind beats down strongly outside, and sometimes the light flickers, and shows signs of giving out. Will Bay Ridge endure or will it collapse like so many areas of New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, where over three hundred thousand were already without electricity more than two hours ago?

I wonder if, after using my thumbs to write until they hurt, I will be able to send this message. It is strange to be suddenly cut off from what has become a sort of additional extracorporeal blood flow. Communication.... Until recently, I could not help it, and used email, Facebook, Blackberry Messenger, what's up, etc. Not Twitter, that I never did.

Everyone was asking, was worried, and sent words of support and comfort. Now nothing; everything is silent. Where is the world? The latest images on TV were striking, showing flooding, trees crashing down, stray objects tossed by the wind, a crane broken in two and teetering in the middle of Manhattan, the downtown deserted and spooky.

Let's go back to the radio. It is like when we were children, and the family gathered around the radio to hear that the water in New Jersey has gone over the dunes, and is flooding the villages. We listen to 1010 Win, the most popular station in the region. We listen to them because, as a major station, they have generators, but the journalists are in the dark, and they tell us this from Manhattan where they are located.