Hurricane Sandy aftermath - Philadelphia
The afternoon after Hurricane Sandy passed through has been quiet in Center City Philadelphia. SEPTA is just starting back up (buses, no trains yet), most workplaces are closed, and with some rain still falling not many people and vehicles are on the street.
In any case I wanted to stretch my legs and get out of the apartment of a while. So I took a walk to loop down to the Schuykill River to see how high it was flowing, and then up towards the Art Museum to see what sort of damage had been inflicted on the local area.
Given that less than the expected rain had fell I thought that the damage here in Center City would be relatively light compared to the outlying areas and suburbs where there are more trees, power lines, etc. to be affected by the high winds.
The Schuykill was running high, but the walking trail along the river was open and seeing considerable use from joggers, bicyclists, and people walking dogs.
Along the Ben Franklin Blvd near the Art Museum there was not a lot of overt damage. Lots of leaves and twigs blown around, but only four or five large branches seen down.
One exception was a tree that had blown over. But it was away from the road and into an open area.
The geese flocks that normally live on the river relocated into the trees and parking area near the Art Museum as well. Otherwise, the area looked much like a cloudy and drizzly autumn day.
All in all it looks like Philadelphia came off much better than New York City did. Both cities however will be heavily affected by the transit damage in New Jersey.