TRINIDADIANS living in New York seem to have adopted the "God is a Trini" adage and, although they have prepared by stocking up on vital supplies, most didn't seem extremely concerned about the arrival of Hurricane Sandy yesterday.
Sandy caused widespread havoc in the Caribbean last week in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas during which a total of 69 people were killed.
As the slow-moving storm barrelled out of the Caribbean it touched on Florida's east-coast and then wobbled its way out, maintaining some strength as it headed towards New York.
The Express understands that by around noon yesterday, "Trini-New Yorkers" were already planning various "storm limes" in different parts of the city.
Around 1.30 p.m., the Express contacted Trinidad and Tobago national Stuart Rosales who said, "It's not raining here yet, just windy and when I went out this morning there were broken branches on the roadway and one or two trees were blown down but by 2 p.m. Some of the major roads would have been locked down."
Rosales said if Trinidad and Tobago nationals were concerned it would be about flooding and the transportation delays they will encounter as a result of sea water entering the New York City subway system due to storm surge off the Atlantic Coast.
Rosales said although most of the people he knew (in New York) were taking the arrival of Sandy in stride, the ones that seem to be doing the most panicking were concerned relatives in Trinidad and Tobago who were worried about loved ones in New York.
"I got a lot of phone calls so far as people home are very, very concerned about what is happening here," he said.
The Express also spoke to another person whose mother lives in New York.
She said her mother did not even know about Sandy until someone from Trinidad called her asking how was she preparing for the storm.
She said while speaking to her today the phone lines began giving trouble. She said, though, her mother had a three-day supply of food and water along with batteries in case the power failed. "They are concerned but they are not terribly concerned," she said.
Another Trinidad and Tobago national who lives in New York said, "New Jersey has 30- to 40-foot waves while in Atlantic City casinos, all schools, all subways, everything shut down. My kids live in New Jersey and well I'm terrified about my kids, you know?"
"This seems to be the worst since Katrina," he said.
Another resident contacted by the Express who lives in Queen's, New York, said, "We're pretty okay for now. We've had lots of rain and some very strong winds and everybody went out yesterday (Sunday) and bought stuff 'cause we figured everything would have been closed today."