With a sliding glass window parted open on the first floor, feeling gusts from a storm over nearly 700 miles to the East, reports from the news are intense as Sandy makes landfall. Areas in lower Manhattan have already recorded record floods, power is flickering throughout most areas, and even the news is forced to run emergency power. The face of one apartment building collapsed and a crane, at one point, was one powerful gust from crashing.
Even though Cincinnati is relatively safe from (no longer a Hurricane) Sandy, which is projected to cut upfield through the middle of Pennsylvania, some players are being affected by this storm. Chiefly Bengals long-snapper Clark Harris, who has a home in Manahawkin, New Jersey.
"My house is presently in the process of being demolished probably by this hurricane," he said. "I'm right on the shore. I got water in my backyard and everything. It is probably going to be in my house by, probably about now."
Harris told reporters on Monday that his flight back to Cincinnati on Sunday had been canceled. So the industrious long-snapper rented a car and drove his wife and four-month old child back to Cincinnati. As Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News notes, considering the impact the Hurricane could have on his home, Harris was "in a chipper mood."
"I was just telling people back home during the bye week if I don’t get interviewed I’m doing something right," he said. "Then I turn around and there’s all of you."
He's not alone.
The family of Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey evacuated their Far Rockaway home in New York, well ahead of the approaching storm. Several players noted lengthy layovers in airports around the country Sunday night, namely fullback Chris Pressley, linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy and defensive end Carlos Dunlap.