We finally got to see aerial pictures of where Andy's grandfather's beach houses were (Ortley Beach at Seaside Heights). Both are gone, completely demolished. His grandfather actually built one of the houses with his father when he was a teenager so it had a lot of sentimental value to the family. The kids and I got to go stay there two summers ago and his grandfather sat with me on the porch telling me stories of WWII: watching the blimps fly over the water looking for German submarines and his grandmother walking around after dark ensuring everyone was following the blackout rules.
Andy's uncle's house had the first floor destroyed. His cousin lost her house and everything in it. His grandfather and aunt are without power and heat and they say it won't get turned back on until Nov 7th or so. With all of the damage, everyone is SAFE and unharmed so while we are sad about the stuff, we are soooo thankful that everyone came through safely.