A and very large storm, Hurricane Irene passed through the east coast of the country. It hit us starting early Sunday and went through at is slow pace battering everything in its path. We could see the impact of the wind on the trees all around us; luckily they all survived. You will see in the photographs below the large pine tree in our backyard and the maple in the front being blown in all directions. I took the photographs mostly on a tripod and longer than usual exposures, about 20-30 seconds to record the movement of the elements affected by the wind against the steady appearance of houses, fences, etc.
We and most of Warwick lost power around mid-morning on Sunday which would not return until mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Soon after our land-line telephone service was cut off. An experience like this makes our extreme dependence on electricity painfully clear. Nothing worked, no TV, no computer, no recharging of devices like mobile phones, no light, no hot water, no AC, no cooking. After dark, reading was difficult so we listened to some radio talk shows (thanks to the battery powered radio) until they became repetitive or silly. Then we went to bed, much sooner than usual. And this repeated for 3 nights and almost 4 days.
The next evening after supper I took a walk around the block to see the extent of the damage. There was debris all around, from small twigs to large tree trunks all around. At the end of our street, Spring Green Rd, where it met Narragansett Parkway there were two major points of damage. One electric pole had its top broken and dangling down, and on the other side, there were wires across the parkway. Those combined cut our electricity and they have just restored it this afternoon.
Anyway, Irene is now a memory for most people on the east coast. Although some are still without power, we are hoping that they will return to normalcy soon. Here are a few moments during the storm and its aftermath.