Three years ago today, I was sitting at home on a very windy, very rainy day. The former National Underwriter office in Hoboken, N.J. — a short 15-minute drive from my house (without traffic) — was closed because of the predicted impact of the approaching Hurricane Sandy.

Working remotely, I kept refreshing news sites and AP Images, and saw that water was already rising from the Hudson River and gushing onto the streets of Hoboken. Eventually the power went out, and after watching a bootlegged musical by using what was left of my laptop battery, I went to bed.

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