Hurricane Irene, One Year Later: What Do You Remember?

There are plenty of storms to recall, but surely Irene is still fairly fresh in the minds of area residents.

Chances are last year at this time, you were scrambling to get a generator, or stocking up on bottled water, maybe even calling relatives to see if the family could move over there for a bit. 

Irene hit the edge of North Carolina on Aug. 27, 2011, as a Category 1 hurricane. It was the first of its kind to hit land since Ike two years earlier, and most of the East Coast felt its effects, with 2.3 million under mandatory evacuation orders. 

Patches in the area covered the effects of Irene,

Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey felt the most severe impacts from the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The National Hurricane Center reports that 49 people were killed as a direct result of the storm, 41 of them in the U.S., as reported in the Huffington Post. The damage totaled $15 billion.

In late July, Attorney General Martha Coakley's office announced fines of $16 million against National Grid for its handling, or mishandling, of the tropical storm Irene in August and the snowstorm last October, according to the Worcester Business Journal.

What do you remember about Irene? Did the storm prompt you to buy a generator? How long were you without power? Are you more equipped now, should another massive weather pattern be headed to your property?

Share your memories of Irene, other storms, and respond in our comments section below.


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