Posts Tagged ‘Superstorm Sandy’

JOBS sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.

By Henry Kerali

The U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in the month of October, with the unemployment rate rising to 7.9 percent, a 0.1 percent increase from September, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers come just four days before the presidential election showdown between President Barack Obama and Republican rival, Mitt Romney. With much of the political rhetoric this election season centered on the economy and jobs, the timing of the announcement could prove decisive. However, the statement from the Bureau concluded that October’s figures were essentially unchanged from that of the previous month.

And despite concerns to the contrary, the Bureau also confirmed that Superstorm Sandy, which struck the East Coast on Oct. 29, had no discernible impact in the recording of the numbers. Furthermore, the data collection of the figures were completed before the storm took place.

(This photo was taken by vpickering, via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)


Many trees in Tenlytown were uprooted as a result of the storm. (Photo by Gerard Calis)

By Henry Kerali

Residents seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief as life in the Tenlytown area of Washington, D.C., appeared to return to normal Tuesday. This comes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc across the East Coast late on Monday.

As the storm ripped through New Jersey and New York leaving behind untold damage, the District meanwhile, was left relatively unscathed.

The last few days has brought the East Coast to a standstill with millions of Americans forced to stay at home from work to seek shelter. In New York, the stock exchange closed its trading floor for a second day, while in D.C., the federal government was also closed. For the vast number of local businesses forced to close its doors, the overall impact Superstorm Sandy could have on them, and therefore, the economy, remains to be seen.

But in Tenlytown, stores and restaurants were open for business as residents went back to work.

Pedro Lazo, store manager at Robeks, said although the smoothie chain shut its doors on Monday, the storm didn’t have too great an impact on business. “It hurt us in a day,” he said. “It wasn’t too bad. We didn’t lose power. That’s the main important thing.”

However, Lazo added that on Tuesday business was slower due in large part to schools being closed. “Today hasn’t been so good,” he explained. “Because of the weather people have stayed indoors.”

Tayfun Uzun, general manager at Angelico la Pizzeria, shared a similar experience to Lazo. He said the restaurant had to close three hours earlier the day the hurricane hit. And while the pizzeria was lucky enough not to lose power, Uzum revealed that delivery sales were affected.

‘We were short on staff,” he said. “A few people didn’t show up. We were kind of jammed, but we were fine.”

While certain stores and restaurants in Tenlytown suffered slightly as a result of Sandy, not all businesses were affected by the storm. Daniel Marshall, a junior in International Studies and Film at American University, works at Hudson Trail Outfitters. He said the store thrived as the hurricane approached.

“There were lots of people freaking out about the hurricane,” he said. “They were coming in to buy headlamps and flashlights. We definitely benefitted from that.”

As the District gets back on its feet, WMATA announced that both Metrorail and Metrobus would begin operating again on a limited schedule from 2pm Tuesday, after suspending transit service on Monday. Furthermore, the transit authority said normal service would resume from Wednesday onwards. Furthermore, D.C. Public Schools and the federal government will also open on Wednesday.