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Beating Hurricane Sandy

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The National Hurricane Center is calling Hurricane Sandy the largest Atlantic tropical cyclone on record. The new billing and media squawking makes Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Katrina (2005) sound like wet sneezes in comparison, so what is it about Sandy that makes it so menacing?

Much like with real estate, Sandy's size wasn't nearly as signicant as its location. Although meteorologists decided it wasn't strong enough to be labeled a Category 1 hurricane, that didn't matter when it smacked into the densely populated Eastern seaboard - an area unsuited to the violence associated with Cat 5 devastators.

Please note, however, it's only the area that's unsuited. It happens to be inhabited by Americans who don't take storms - or much of anything else - lying down. Nobody in this country does.

Both Hurricane Ivan and Katrina made Category 5 status, which the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale defines as causing "catastrophic" damage. And, that they did. They also made landfall in an area of the country where hurricane parties are a tradition. That's not a joke. It's one part, "We better eat this food before it spoils when the power goes out," and two parts, "This hurricane is going to trash everything; let's beat it to the punch."

The point is this: We don't care what the scientists call it or where it lands. Mother Nature may have taken a mighty swing at the East Coast, but the people who live there will rise to the occasion. They have seen worse and we have faith that they will show us all a thing or two about how to triumph in the face of adversity.

That's just what they do, and we applaud them for it.

ATGStores.com would like to thank everyone who is responding to our friends, family and loved ones on the East Coast and all parts inland, and wish everyone well as they begin the journey toward recovery.
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