Hallowed-een in New York
The latest hurricane to hit New York leaving (48) dead is a timely reminder that nature is the power of all powers and to underestimate it you do so at your own peril. For it to coincide with Halloween is also food for thought.
Screaming gales exacting their vengeance on a helpless city must have been more frightening for the hardy that did not evacuate than being in hell itself.
Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. On a visit to Universal Studies in Florida some years back to experience 'Earthquake'; the finale of the themed extravaganza was the flooding of the subway. For it to happen as fact and not as a movie is food for thought indeed.
The catastrophes that have hit New York in recent years (including the man-made attack on the World Trade Center) have led some to believe that the city is cursed.
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The cost of repair for 'Hurricane Sandy' is thought to run into billions when Americans are already feeling the pinch.
Then we had 'Hurricane Irene' that hit the East Coast of the US in 2011 that caused mass flooding.
Although the meteorological office and NASA can detail scientific explanations for natural phenomena like hurricanes (in that they originate off the African West Coast) why do they occur?
Could the believers of all things ghostly or supernatural argue that hurricanes are the biggest poltergeists of all?
The Gaelic festival of Halloween (or Samhain) in ancient time was thought to be a day in the calendar when the dead returned to voice their torment.
An eerie post-apocalyptic silence has now descended on the once bustling metropolis of New York.
No wonder it's the city that doesn't sleep.