Gusts from Sandy Are Beginning in Morris County, New Jersey

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Gusts from Sandy Are Beginning in Morris County, New Jersey

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pre-sandy as winds approach

FIRST PERSON | MORRIS COUNTY, N.J. -- Hurricane Sandy is a monster to be sure. My family and I have tied down everything we can outside. We have a make-shift camp in our basement for fear of downed tree limbs. We are as ready as we can be for power outages. We sit and wait for Sandy's approaching wrath.

Gusts have already started that will reach upward of 60 to 70 mph by this evening. The trees swaying in the back are a fearful reminder of the damage that this storm can bring to us in northern New Jersey. While we do not have the ocean to contend with, we do have many rivers and large trees that can damage our homes.

We are also hearing through our friends across the state that the power outages have begun. Most of us feel like it is only a matter of time before Sandy begins to punish our area. It will be interesting to see if these trees in my yard will survive the small easement river that will begin flowing with major rain and high winds. Hopefully those very trees will not be laying across my pool when I write next.

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