Greetings from the East Coast! This last weekend I was able to add another thing to my list of life experiences, a Hurricane!!! Hurricane Irene tore through the east coast, hitting 13 states and the District of Colombia. Leaving behind an estimated $2.6 billion dollars worth of damage. After the storm hit over 8 million people were left without power. Irene is being blamed for 43 lives and this number is still climbing. With the threat of this storm all buses, subways and trains stopped running at noon on Sunday and didn’t start running untill Monday morning. This was the first time that this has ever happened.
Being from Kansas, the only natural disasters I have ever faced was tornados and blizzards, and I was not sure what to expect. I started preparing on Friday, after it was certain that Hurricane Irene would have a direct hit with Conneticut. I went to the grocery store and stocked up on non-perishable foods. I was shocked when I saw that the peanutbutter, chips, flash lights, batteries and water were sold out. I made sure that my car was full of gas and I went to the atm for some cash. On Saturday I made sure that my windows were all sealed up. Then I packed up my house and headed over to my coworker Allison’s apartment.
I slept on the couch and woke up several times in the night checking on the weather. When Irene hit Conneticut at midnight on Saturday, it was down-graded to a tropical storm. There was a lot of heavy rain and wind. One time when I woke up I heard a large boom and then the sky light up green. I knew that a transformer just blew, leaving us without power. Thank goodness that Allison’s apartment had a generator. The rain and wind continued on and off through the night and ended about noon on Sunday.
After the storm passed we went out to check out the damage. There were a lot of down trees and power lines all over town. We tried to drive down by the coast but couldn’t get very far because the streets were flooded. We went to my apartment and I found out that I didn’t have any power and that there were only a few limbs down around my house. I was without power until Monday afternoon and since Pepperidge Farm was without power until Monday afternoon as well I got a “Hurricane Day.”
I am very blessed on my outcome from Hurricane Irene. I hope that you keep in mind those who have lost their loved one and homes because of this storm.
By Kayla Dinkel