I went to Facebook, where I viewed the destruction wrought by this storm on the site of a friend who lives in Western Mass, near where I used to live years ago. The place is terribly flooded, and in the hills, things are devastated. Those places are already poor. This won't help, especially now, when people are doubtless out of work at a high rate. They were out of work when I lived there too; in fact, I was as well for some time.
This storm may not be the huge one that was predicted, but it's bad enough, apparently. Hope things get back in shape for you Marly! I'm going to call R's parents. I'm worried.