Irene is done and gone, and I am doing OK
I think we have all heard enough about Irene. She was a bad storm, wasn't as destructive as expected in some areas, but for others, it was a disaster. I had a bad weekend, including holding fort in our basement for an hour because we were alerted that one of the storms passing through my town could spawn a tornado. That did not happen, but I had quite a bit of anxiety waiting for the time to pass.
The rain came down in sheets but the wind gusts were not the 50 to 70 mph that had been forcasted. They were in the 25 to 45 mph range, but that was more than enough to put some of my trees in a slanted position.
There is quite a bit of flooding and some people chose not to heed the warnings and drove into water, only to have their cars stall or float away. You have to wonder what could be so important that they had to go out during a Category 1 hurricane. There are some very sad stories today because of mistakes people made.
|Reporter covered in possibly toxic foam reporting on Irene.
Newscasters were on the job for close to 72 hours. Weather junkies were in their glory. I know it was important to get the latest updates as this was a serious situation but it was constant and they talked ad nauseam, repeating the same stories over and over. The stations posted their people where the wind was the strongest, the water was the deepest or where the weather conditions were the worst.
|Boys just have to have fun
On Sunday, Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm and the rain subsided. Then at about 5 pm, the sun came out. We put the deck furniture out again and sat down for a "sigh of relief" dinner. It feels good to breathe out again.
Today, myself and those in Irene's path, bagan the cleanup.