With the death count rising to 16 as of early Tuesday morning due to Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm), millions of people without power will not be donning Halloween costumes or trick-or-treating on their flooded streets.
President Obama, Mitt Romney and even the U.S. Supreme Court canceled plans for Monday and Tuesday in order to pay attention to a weather event that has taken the eastern portion of the nation for a literal and figurative ride. Even Lady Liberty has rolled up her welcome mat and declined visitors on both days following a recent home renovation project.
So it's no wonder that the season's spooky holiday is getting canceled too for this part of the country.
Although it isn't an "official cancellation" by any stretch of the imagination, it isn't rocket science to realize that who in their right minds will allow their children to roam streets where the sea surge created as much as 30-foot swells off the Jersey shore?
An on-the-ground Fox News reporter (who was really in a building high off it, but on site) talked of white-capped waves rolling down the Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey streets--and how there was so much more to come before dawn Tuesday. His weather-beaten face continued to be pelted by 75 m.p.h winds and rain making some wonder why he was continuing to brave the storm from his room perch above the frenzied madness.
And some think the scary Oct. 31 celebration up North will still happen?
Even if candy in homes did manage to survive the flood waters affecting tens of thousands on the East side of the country, there is still the little matter of finding it when power is out in as many as 6.2 million people's homes Fox reported. And on top of that there's the little matter of as many as 375,000 people who aren't even in their homes in lower Manhattan due to the storm. Ditto for 50,000 from Delaware and 30,000 in Atlantic City, NJ.
The Eastern states affected by the Frankenstorm has already had their monster mash, without the fun and sweets to mark the event--and it came early. And like the regular Halloween holiday each Oct. 31, they also saw tragedy strike during it, with different news agencies giving conflicting death totals from a dozen to 16.
It's too bad that hurricanes can't be canceled, but D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says government offices certainly can, and he suspended early voting on Monday and Tuesday, as well as the closing of all government offices for those two days.
Will one of the 2012 presidential election candidates eventually try to say that the Nov. 6 election results are incorrect (once tallied) due to the storm's influence this week if they lose on election day? That would be a monster of a national problem too, if they do.
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