Hurricane Irene hit Long Island, NY on August 27th and 28th, 2011. Though it wasn’t as bad as predicted, there were fairly wide-spread power-outages around Long Island and some communities got hit hard with flooding and downed trees. Last night, half-a-million people were still without power on Long Island, and as of this morning it’s still more than 300,000… some of which won’t get power back for five days. As seen on the news, most business were shut down starting, at latest, Saturday afternoon, and even the entire transit system shut down… all trains, buses and planes, including out on Long Island. The Long Island Railroad still isn’t running a full schedule yet.
We came through ourselves okay, though my brother’s girlfriend’s car was hit by a falling tree around the block from us. You’ll see it in the video. My mother was in an evacuation zone, and her and her cat are back home and okay. Several friends of ours are still without power, but we live in a neighborhood with underground wiring, and though it flickered a few times, we never lost power completely.
The video itself is a slide show (with a few video clips) showing what I saw before, during and after. You will see in several shots from before and after how calm the Great South Bay usually is… and how rough it really got during the storm. We never see the Bay look like this! A man was actually killed wind-surfing in the hours after the storm, when it was still very rough, in a town about 6 miles from here. Towards the end you’ll see some shots from this morning… now two days later. The cleanup is still going on… and yesterday and today a Pelican has been spotted, which is very unusual for this area. He has obviously been blown way off course by the storm.
Shot with K-5 mostly, and a little with the M8.
Music: My husband, Tony Medina, performing a cover-song of the Eurythmics, “Here Comes the Rain Again”