We don't know exactly how they categorize major storms, but any storm big enough to put a crimp in the US presidential campaign has to be as big as they get.
Sandy has been dubbed a "superstorm," and it hit the Eastern Seaboard Monday with great impact. It brought New York City to a virtual standstill, shut down the New York Stock Exchange for two days, and knocked out power to millions.
Even more impressive, it knocked President Obama off the campaign trail a week before the election.
Seriously, it was a major, dangerous storm that killed at least 39 people and is causing suffering to millions more. It reminds us all, during the unusually divisive period that our political campaigns have become, that we are one nation, one people. It is part of being American that when disaster strikes, we put aside our differences and come together to help whenever and wherever we can.
One way we in Minnesota can help is through the Red Cross. Donations of cash will be funneled to the right places to provide food, shelter, clothing and blankets for those in need. We can also be ready to give blood. The storm has interrupted many blood drives on the East Coast, and supplies are going to run short.
As difficult as this storm has made life for those in its path, we hope it has blown our priorities back into place.