Re: Hurricane Irene
My Dad will be without power for a week but he was well-prepared. They have a generator and are getting by just fine. Lost one small tree (a redbud, which grieved me), and that seems to be the extent of it. I suffered some minor inconvenience with having to drive around flooded intersections in the Hudson Valley, but that's it. Oh, and the Port Jervis rail line has been washed out in several places and will not be operational for months.
I travel quite a bit and some of my most favorite places have been severely impacted. The Outer Banks, Vermont, the Connecticut and Rhode Island shore communities, certain summer camps and small towns in the Adirondacks. A friend of the family is vacationing a a cabin in the 'dacks and both ways to get to it are washed out. He will have to hike out and his car will be stuck there for months while they re-build the bridge.