Adding insult to injury in the wake of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, some New Jersey residents experienced an earthquake this morning. The small quake, which registered at a magnitude of 2.0, was centered in the town of Ringwood and rattled the towns of Mahwah, Wanaque, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, West Milford, and Paterson.
And making matters even worse -- if that's possible -- for New Jerseyians (and New Yorkers), a Nor'easter is currently on track to reach the area on Wednesday, which very well may cause more power outages.
No weather pun intended, but man, when it rains it pours.
The town of Ringwood, like many New Jersey towns, is still in the midst of dealing with the aftermath of Sandy -- trees are down and power isn't on in all neighborhoods yet. According to police, there are currently no reports of damage, but those on the upper floors of home likely saw objects shaking and vibrating. Life-threatening? No. But scary nonetheless.
As for the Nor'Easter -- meteorologist Joe Pollina said: "Prepare for more outages. Stay indoors. Stock up again." According to Pollina, the storm, thankfully, won't be nearly as strong as Sandy, but could bring winds "stronger than usual, even strong for a Nor'easter."
What is going on?
These poor people can't catch a break. On a normal day, things like small earthquakes and potential Nor'easters are manageable. They're not fun, but they're things that can be dealt with. But when they're compounded with devastating storms like Sandy, it's just too much. It's just not fair.
Please, weather gods -- if you're reading The Stir -- spare the East Coast this time around. Yeah, we're tough, but even we have a breaking point.
How are you preparing for the Nor'easter?