Gordy Frack waited 30 minutes Tuesday morning to get an essential commodity – hot, black coffee.
"It was worth it," Frack said after his wait to get two cups of joe at the Wawa on E. Broad Street and Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem. "I don't think I have anywhere else to go today."
Frack, who lives in the 900 block of Spring Street, lost power at about 9 p.m. Monday and he isn't sure when it will come back. He said other than losing power, and missing work, the worst part of the storm was the long wait for coffee.
"We made it to halftime (of Monday Night Football)," Frack said. "It all went south from there."
Just a few blocks from Frack's west Bethlehem home, an enormous oak tree, and part of another, laid across the intersection of W. North Street and 14th Avenue. Homeowner Steve Smith said his tree fell at 9:30 p.m. He lost one oak tree in last year's October snow storm, all three trees had lined the sidewalk of his property along W. North Street.
"We clear out because of these trees," Smith's neighbor, Pete Carpenter, said of their strategy of parking cars a block or more away. Big hardwoods and a few evergreens line W. North for block after block.
"We were on the other side of the house and we heard a big crash," Carpenter said of the tree coming down Monday night.
Center Street in Bethlehem was still shut down Tuesday around 9 a.m. for a gigantic pine tree that fell across the roadway between Dewberry Avenue and Macada Road.
An old oak smashed the front of a home at 1757 Linden St. in Bethlehem. The tree clobbered a power line and dashed the roof and front porch of the house, but didn't knock out power to next-door neighbor Nelson Greenleaf's home.
"My wife heard it," Greenleaf said. "I walked out and said, 'Holy (crap), a tree fell on the house.'"
Greenleaf said his neighbor, an elderly man, was not home and likely was out of the state Monday night. Greenleaf said his house went untouched, a far cry from last year during the Halloween snow storm when one of his trees crushed his side porch.
Branches and other debris lay scattered along many roads in the city and in places blocked portions of lanes. Crews were seen throughout the city attacking the worst of the damage.
Much of Upper Bucks County was without power Tuesday afternoon. All but a handful of traffic lights from Hilltown to Coopersburg on Route 309 were out and most stores on the commercial strip were dark The sign at the newly opened Faulkner-Ciocca Chevy in Quakertown was shredded, with plastic shards strewn onto the roadway. Long lines snaked around the few fast food restaurants such as the Wendy's at Route 313 and 309, that were able to open. A utility pole, wires hanging, blocked one northbound lane at Route 309 and North Pumping Station Road.
Quakertown's Stephanie Rosenberger, 17, was at the Lowes Home Improvement store on Route 309 at around noon with her aunt Bonnie.
The hurricane left Rosenberger's house without power, and destroyed the family's old-fashioned outhouse. The rest of her family's plumbing was knocked out too because Sandy cut power to their well. Thinking ahead, they had filled their bathtubs with water.
She said she came along with her aunt, who is from Coopersburg, for something to do.
The number of downed trees, blocked roads and darkened storefronts surprised her.
"I've never really been through a hurricane," Rosenberger said.
For Jim Layser, of Palmer Township, waiting in line was a last resort. In the dark since around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, he searched for coffee all morning.