Hurricane Sandy

Within hours of Superstorm Sandy slamming the East Coast two years ago, Americans opened their wallets to help — donating millions to the first charity that came to mind: the American Red Cross.

President Obama, like most elected officials and celebrities, vouched for the organization, encouraging people to give.

The Morning Cram [meet me tonight in atlantic city edition]

From NPR: It’s a month after Hurricane Sandy, and Atlantic City wants its visitors back. Very few of the tourist attractions like casinos and restaurants suffered damage although television coverage of the storm left many potential visitors with the idea that the boardwalk was destroyed. Now the city is taking action to show that all is well and up and running.

Blood donations have been in high demand since Super Storm ‘Sandy’ struck the eastern seaboard.  As part of a national network, blood gathered by the Lexington-based Kentucky Blood Center has been sent to disaster areas.   Blood Center spokeswoman Denise Fields says some blood products collect in the commonwealth have already been sent to New York.

Hurricane Sandy is the largest Atlantic tropical system on record, stretching from the Caribbean to Canada. She flooded heavily populated areas, left millions without power, claimed 87 lives overall (so far), and closed Wall Street. Sandy is now a post-tropical cyclone moving northwest. See our Sandy Tracker.

It’s Tuesday, October 30

Today’s the last day of the Make A Difference Community Food Drive in Paducah.  The food drive stocks the pantry at Paducah Cooperative Ministry to help local households in need. Bring nonperishable food items to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry at 402 Legion Drive.  For more information, call 442-6795.