Hurricane Sandy Hits New York Area, and Stars Respond With Defiant Tweets

Stars Brace for Sandy
Celebrities' initial tweets anticipate the hurricane.
As Hurricane Sandy began to batter the greater New York City area on Sunday night and Morday morning, stars reacted pluckily, tweeting words of advice and moral support, news of their own storm preparations, and words of defiance.

Noted meteorologist Lindsay Lohan, who insisted on calling the storm Sally, suggested that the real force churning the winds was anxiety over the storm. “WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i’m calling it Sally)..?” she tweeted.  “Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace. “

The threat of potentially deadly flooding, gale-force winds, and lengthy power outages led much of New York show business to shut down. Many movies and TV shows halted production, and Broadway shows and other live performances were canceled. Still, some stars were determined that the show must go on. Late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel (who picked an unfortunate week to take Los Angeles-based Jimmy Kimmel Live on a week-long road trip to Brooklyn) both tweeted that their shows would air as scheduled. Fallon tweeted a picture of a coupon for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, saying that everyone in his audience Monday would get a free frozen treat from the gourmet ice cream company — not a lavish gift, considering that (according to the same tweet) only 10 people had shown up to watch the taping. As for Kimmel, he tweeted Monday that it was “starting to get windy here in #Brooklyn…I hope our shows don’t fly away”

Broadway thrush and Glee regular Idina Menzel, who was to perform at Carnegie Hall on Monday, had to postpone her concert for a week. She complained via Twitter that “Frankenstorm has spoken,” and that only could have shut down her show. “So sorry to the out of towners I feel horrible. I hope next Sunday works for most of you? ” she tweeted.

Ivanka Trump posted some eerie photos (including the one at the top of this article) of Manhattan on Instagram, with ominous clouds and deserted streets. “The calm before the storm,” she wrote.

With the Garden State directly in Sandy’s path, the stars of Jersey Shore naturally had a lot to say about the hurricane. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi responded “Lol u wish” to a tweet suggesting that Sandy’s trajectory was a sign of God’s wrath over the show and Snooki in particular. She also tweeted, regarding her newborn son, “Lorenzo’s first storm! Holding him tight.”

Here’s what other stars had to say about the storm as it approached New York and New Jersey:

Ashley Greene: In light of the hurricane coming my way…I bought two pairs of boots, a purse, and a jacket…

Khloe Kardashian: Praying for everyone on the East. ♥

Bette Midler: Gotta go fill the tub. I am exhausted. Hope Sandy doesn’t do too much damage. Global warming costs big bucks!!!

Andy Cohen: in case you’re worried – my friend Jackie just called from Barney’s & she said it’s business as usual there.

Lena Dunham: My dad re: the hurricane: “I have tons of cash and a salad”

Deena Nicole Cortese: watching the news..the waters going crazzy on the east coast! starting to get real windy here! haven’t lost power yet thank god! #newjersey

Bethenny Frankel: I am praying for all of your safety. Your tweets sound like sandy is bitchier than any housewife could ever be.

Mia Farrow:  Thinking of friends here on the East coast. Come hell or high water- we are so in this together. Stay safe.

For the latest on Hurricane Sandy, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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