Cigar Aficionado

Hurricane Sandy Impacts Cigar Aficionado

Hurricane Sandy turned the lights off for millions last week and blacked out much of Manhattan. The power outages were felt far and wide, with 8.5 million East Coast residents in the dark at one point. We at Cigar Aficionado magazine were no different.

Our magazine’s offices were closed for the entire week of October 29, and remained without power until Saturday, November 3. With no power in our servers, we were unable to post our daily updates to Even as electricity was restored to New York, the recovery process wreaked havoc on our internal systems, and kept us from posting updates to the site until this morning. No other disaster, natural or otherwise, has kept us out of business for so long.

The effects of the storm on a publishing business, of course, are trivial when compared to the big picture. Hurricane Sandy killed at least 185 people, 113 in the United States alone, rendered thousands homeless and caused an estimated $50 billion in damages. It will be remembered as one of the most destructive storms ever in this part of the world.

Many of you have expressed concern for us in this difficult time, and we thank you. The staff of Cigar Aficionado is safe, and we have returned to work. We are working on our January issue, which will ship soon, and making the final arrangements for our biggest event of the year, the Big Smoke Las Vegas weekend, which begins on Friday night.

Thank you for your patience, thank you for your concern, and please don’t forget those who are truly in need after this horrible storm.

"For some reason, my first post didn't show. Glad you are all ok down there at CA. Prayers sent your way. Regards," —November 7, 2012 20:28 PM
"Glad you are all safe there. Our prayers have been sent daily to your part of the Globe. Glad you are back in business with daily postings. Regards," —November 7, 2012 20:27 PM
"You guys are on it!" —November 7, 2012 15:13 PM
"Christian, That was an error--Cigar Insider is published twice a month, and the dates for November are 11/13 (next week) and 11/27. Cigar Aficionado News Watch is going out today, one day late. " —November 7, 2012 13:28 PM
"True as I was just busting your chops however the last Cigar Insider DID state that the next issue was on November 6th. " —November 7, 2012 12:54 PM
"Today was a scheduled day for Cigar Aficionado News Watch; that has been delayed. The next Cigar Insider ships one week from today--we did not miss an issue." —November 6, 2012 17:28 PM
"At least we are all safe that is what matters. I won't even sweat you for the lack of Cigar Insider. " —November 6, 2012 16:06 PM
"Glad to hear you guys are all okay. Keep up the good work. " —November 6, 2012 15:53 PM
"You guys be safe up there. Looking forward to you getting fully up to speed." —November 6, 2012 12:09 PM