My town is still dealing with the aftermath of Irene. 73,000 in the area are still without power, and majority of traffic lights on my route to work are still out. Overall though, I can’t complain. I have power. Both my local and New England dwelling families are safe.
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My brother was in Connecticut for a wedding when Irene hit. Sadly the groom’s parents, North Carolina residents, were unable to make it to their son’s wedding due to Irene. The wedding still went on in an old castle. My brother and his girlfriend safely made it back to their hotel through the weather and flooding. Safe and sound, right? Almost. Their hotel was hit, and was hit hard. Power went out, and the generator blew. At least they weren’t alone! My brother, the ever prepared, had luckily brought his miner’s helmet/light. Now why someone who works in finance has such a light, I don’t know. Though his girlfriend was certainly happy he brought it! They were in pitch black, as well as other guests. Dime emergency lights and my brother’s miner light was the only aid in helping them see in the dark. Like I said though, they survived. They are grateful, consider the damage the area of Connecticut they were in.
The death toll is now up to 41. While I understand this still is not the worst storm to hit the US, any time there is casualties, it is still sad. Take a moment to say a little prayer, keeping the victims and their families in your thoughts.