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Good Night, Irene

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Hurricane Irene is now history. The 2011 Farmers’ Almanac predicted this hurricane, which stated in the Southeastern U.S. and moved through our headquarters in Maine, before finally crossing the border into Canada.

The major media certainly played it up to be a storm of historic proportions. When you live in Maine, you always get the end of a hurricane. We have seen only three hurricanes in the last 50 years. Technically, Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit New England.

Today, the debate is over whether or not this hurricane was over-hyped? There is no question that the damage was significant, even with winds of 40 — 65 mph. In a 24/7 news world, what might have received some attention years ago, now gets analyzed, dissected and explained by dozens of experts.

Maine is the most treed state in the country, and it doesn’t take much for pine tree branches to snap and down power lines. So we are digging out today. As I watched the storm pass, I couldn’t help but have admiration for those who live in the Gulf States, Florida and the Carolinas. They routinely experience storms with winds that top 100, 135 and even 200 mph. I don’t think New England could prepare for such a catastrophe. I am in awe of those who have survived Katrina and other catastrophes.

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What do you think of the Hurricane Irene media coverage? Was it too much or just what we need to do to be safe and secure?

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1 comment

1 Frutero { 08.29.11 at 11:32 pm }

I have lived in Florida most of the time since 1956, in Dade County until 20 years ago, and since then, in Volusia County. No hurricane the size and strength of Irene is ever overhyped. She came ashore in Killdevil Hills, N. C., a fairly sparsely-populated area that had already been evacuated, and the force of her winds was spent by the time she passed over the Mid- Atlantic states. Nonetheless, far more hurricane deaths are by water than by wind, and she brought plenty of that. A zig instead of a zag, and she could have been Katrina; a little less precaution, and New York City and the whole coast from Wilmington, Delaware, to Cape Cod, Massachussets, could have put New Orleans in the shade. Dumb snowbirds have hurricane parties. Old sandsuckers like me have long ago learned to treat hurricanes with respect, and those who want to get as old as me should do as much.

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