I've spent the past two days cleaning branches, twigs and a whole lot of leaves out of yard, garden beds and gutters.
By the time Irene made her way up the coast to Rhode Island, she was down graded to a tropical storm baring winds of 45 to 50 mph with gusts of 60 mph. That is a typical Northeastern winter storm for us....no big deal. Also, passing to our left, her outer bands were no real threat.
Amazing though, we (our house -- our town -- the Aquidneck Island) were, for the first time in over 20 years, without power for well over 24 hours. We have been through many hurricanes. Two of which were a direct hit with winds gusting over 100 mph, trees down, beaches shifted across 4 lane streets and flooding. Yet, in each of those storms, we lost our electricity for only 6 hours. Odd it is...
That being said, I am thankful that we weren't hit with much worse like that of, Virginia, North Carolina and Vermont. My heart and sincere prayers go out to all who were not as fortunate as we were.
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