At least 8 million residents of the East Coast were left powerless in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It was the most destructive storm in the 108-year history of the New York City subway system and destroyed the homes of many following a 13-foot surge of ocean water.
Some familiar Hollywood names were also caught in the crossfire of Sandy, many of who took to Twitter to recount first hand what the scene looked like.
Rosie O’Donnell posted a photo on Instagram of the destruction Sandy did to a dock outside her mansion in Nyack, New York along the Hudson River with the caption, “Dock is totally covered by water.”
She described the scene as it happened around her writing, “2 huge branches down –broke the fence…just saw another huge sailboat flailing down the Hudson on high white swells.” While it passed, she concluded, “All is well here by us. Damage to the dock and flooded craft house – all fixable.”
Donnie Wahlberg gave his account of Sandy from his New York City high rise, which was leg deep in water with kitchen cutlery afloat all around him. But he kept it all in perspective. He had his safety and wrote, “Safe & Sound on Higher Ground! Don’t worry about me. Material things are meaningless. Check in with those you know in the storm!”
Some were forced to evacuate their homes altogether like Michelle Williams and Jason Segel. The two actors and Michelle’s daughter had to relocate from their waterfront loft in Brooklyn because of the damage.
Melissa Joan Hart found herself in the basement of her Connecticut home with the rest of her family because of “too many giant trees falling” she wrote. Like other residents of the area, they were also left “without power for a long time,” she added.
Others who were part of the blackouts included Alec Baldwin (“No lights here, no Internet,” he wrote, then added “Possibly leaving our home to check into a hotel. #powerless”) and Kelly Ripa (who tweeted a shadowy photo of her three kids, “Full blackout mode in effect.”)
Debra Messing, the “Smash” actress, found herself using a fireplace to keep the lights on. She posted a photo of it, writing, “All I need are s’mores and a book and I’m set for #sandy,” and added, “Thanks for all the concerned tweets… Thank goodness we are all okay… Thinking of those who aren’t.”
Surely these stars caught in the eye of Sandy are counting their blessings right now considering there are many hard working Americans who don’t have second homes to flee to following the storm and with no funds to rebuild.