When Hurricane Sandy struck Bay Village

Fallen tree at Huntington Beach

During the wind and rain caused by Hurricane Sandy, over 225,000 Cleveland area residents lost power, including my family and I in Bay Village. When the power went out on Monday night, my little brother and sister scurried around the house trying to find candles and flashlights. After the house had a warm glow, our mom read us poems and we all told funny stories like we would at a campfire.

The next day we slept in because there was no school. We all bundled up and went outside to look around. There were branches and trees down everywhere. Down at the beach there was a huge pine that was lying in the middle of the parking lot, pulled up by its roots. It was so windy that I thought I might blow away.

We hopped in the car and went to IHOP where, after a two-and-a-half-hour wait, we enjoyed a warm lunch. Target was across the street so we wandered around looking for bits and pieces for our Halloween costumes. We had a supper of mac-n-cheese and potato soup from Panera then went out for a walk. Even though it was cold, it was cool seeing all the houses dark with little flicker of candle light in the windows.

On Wednesday it was still cold and the power was still out. We had no school again, so to pass the time my brother and I went outside and picked up most of the fallen sticks from our yards, also my sister and brother had a crazy dance party then we watched a movie on my laptop till it ran out of power. Then we got in to our costumes and drove to Chipotle where they were having a special deal. There were so many people in costumes some were clever and really funny, Afterwards we went to Caribou to charge our gadgets for the next day.

Even though it’s hard living without power, I actually like it because I don’t have to worry about school stuff and I get to spend more time with my family!    

Schyler Bennett

Sophomore at Bay High school, member of Key Club, Thespians, Literature Magazine and enjoys helping others.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012