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McKinstry: Sandy proves that common sense isn't so common

A wall of water comes into Rockaway Beach,

A wall of water comes into Rockaway Beach, Queens during Hurricane Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

With round-the-clock coverage of Sandy, it’s hard to miss the latest developments on flooding, power outages or some reporter getting swept away by the heavy winds.

One of the more absurd tales of Sandy, however, is the one about a guy – some might even say a “dope” -- riding his jet ski off Manhattan’s waterfront.

City Council speaker Christine Quinn aptly said he was “out of his ever-loving mind.” She was being nice.

Apparently some folks aren’t heeding the calls or warnings for evacuation, to stay off the streets, or the couldn't-this-could-have-gone-without-saying tip of staying out of the water.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie pulled a “we told you so” just before 6 p.m., when he announced that emergency crews couldn’t evacuate people from the barrier islands because it would put workers in jeopardy. He warned those who stay put to look for high ground, “hunker down and stay safe.”

Some worthwhile advice?

“We need some common sense,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said earlier today during an afternoon press conference with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Then he asked why it was so hard for people to stay off the roads.

There’s a saying that common sense isn’t all that common. The problem with some of these examples is that when people don’t apply it -- or at the very least listen -- they put others in danger.

Hopefully, these lessons won’t be costly ones.

Pictured above: A wall of water comes into Rockaway Beach, Queens during Hurricane Sandy.