Homes that are devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy are seen at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonThis morning, my cousin and her wife in New York got power back. My cousin-in-law posted on Facebook that they were captivated by the images they finally got to see on their television of the scope of the destruction. It's a phenomenon lots of east-coasters are experiencing as electricity slowly rolls back on: The realization of the vast devastation at which they were at the center, but from the extent of which they've been disconnected by virtue of little access to news, as even mobile usage is held in reserve, lest the batteries run out.
Lots of people are still without power (including the Space Cowpokes, who are in New Jersey). It is, of course, the most terrible thing ever to say, and makes me a terrible politicizer of the first order to say it, but parts of the New York electrical system are 100 years old. And we have spent the past decade nation-building halfway around the globe.
This makes me very angry. But that is all I will say about that.
Below, some of what I've been reading this morning. Please feel welcome and encouraged to share links, resources, and news in comments.
BBC: Storm Sandy: Eastern US Gets Back on Its Feet.
Angela Greiling Keane, Frederic Tomesco, and Alan Levin at Bloomberg: New York Subway System Faces Weeks to Recover From Storm.
Jamilah King at Colorlines: Who's Going to Fix NYC Subways After Hurricane Sandy? Public Workers.
Alexandra Sifferlin in Time: Lessons from Storm Sandy: When Hospital Generators Fail.
AP: Storm Sandy Brings Snow to North Carolina Mountains.
Julianne Hing at Colorlines: Maryland Readies for Hurricane Sandy's Impact on Early Voting.
Susan Cornwell and David Lawder for Reuters: Obama, FEMA Hustle Federal Disaster Relief to Sandy's Aftermath.
Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog: How Not to Politicize a Natural Disaster.
Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly: Mitt on Emergency Management: Status Quo Minus.
Benjy Sarlin at TPM: Politics Bleeds into Romney's Relief Event for Sandy Victims.
Alex Seitz-Wald at Salon: Mitt's Useless "Storm Relief"
Zeke Miller at Buzzfeed: Ryan 'Packs' Hurricane Relief Donations in During Wisconsin Photo-Op.
Adam Peck at Think Progress: GOP Congressman Warns of Hurricane Sandy Relief Aid Going Towards "Gucci Bags."
Deeks also has some updates In The News.