Skip to comments.After Irene: Little damage seen in many places
Posted on 08/28/2011 8:25:32 AM PDT by mandaladon
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions. But with rivers still rising, and roads impassable because of high water and fallen trees, it could be days before the full extent of the damage is known.
More than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. But as day broke Sunday, surprisingly light damage was reported in many places, with little more than downed trees and power lines.
"I think it's a little strong to say we dodged a bullet. However, it certainly could have turned out worse for the Hampton Roads area" in Virginia, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Montefusco.
At the same time, officials warned of the possibility of severe flooding over the next few days as runoff from the storm makes its way into creeks and rivers. In some parts of the Northeast, the ground was soggy even before the storm because of an extremely rainy August.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett cautioned: "The rivers may not crest until Tuesday or Wednesday. This isn't just a 24-hour event."
Irene brought rain of six inches to a foot to many places along the East Coast. The storm was still pummeling the New York City area on Sunday morning, dropping below hurricane strength but still dangerous with 65 mph winds and heavy downpours.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had initially warned that Irene could be a "catastrophic" monster with record storm surges of up to 8 feet.
But in Virginia Beach, the city posted on Twitter late Saturday that initial reports were promising, with the resort area suffering minimal damage.
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He was on the job at the Hurricane Warning Center. He saved us from certain doom.
I have watched this five times and I can not stop laughing.
The best part is the weatherdude pissing and moaning that he’s not the only one outside enjoying the storm. How dare common folk make a mockery of his Geraldo! moment.
that is freaking funny.
Remember when all hurricanes were named female names...and then there were protests that men’s names should also be included? I’m waiting to see Muslim names for hurricanes.
We have no damage that we can see but still no power since last night.
Political Correctness is all such a sick pathetic joke.
The photo-shoppers should put the Looter Guy in there taking a Heineken off of the table.
============================================= As a veteran of several hurricanes, a Cat 1 should not be written off as “mere” as this author has done. A Cat 1 can inflict some pretty damaging results...a Tropical Storm can, too.
It is a blessing that the storm has, so far, inflicted less than expected damage, but several people died and the water runoff to come can be pretty damaging.
============================================ Still, Obama, is so in control that the eastern states avoided Cat 5./s ============================================ If only we could avoid him. And, how is Martha's Vineyard? Michelle still drinking her "likka" there or has she come "home" to "likka" up?
But put 0bama’s face on the Looter Guy. Beer Summit on the Hurricane.
Irene prolly saved more lives than she took. Look at how many murderous criminals were prevented and how many drunken drivers stayed off the highways. She’s more of a heroine than a villain. Plus she made fools of the media and politicians. Could have been named Sarah.
“Don’t look Ethyl!”
The storm seemed to break apart quickly once it crossed into the New England area. Looking at local/regional/national radar screens, by this morning it was only “half there” (i.e., not the “full spinning circle” of a hurricane any more).
Here in western Connecticut just off the NY state line, at 12.30pm the rain has stopped, the wind pretty much died down, and the sun is trying to come out again.
There are some trees down and power outages. Just heard a couple of street pole power transformers blow within the past hour. Power never went off here.
Seems like the fiercest “blowing winds” from Irene came from the hysterical media and clueless politicians like Bloomberg in New York....
Two words: AWE-SOME! LOL!
Caption: “You guys blown up that damn Death Star yet???”