Hurricane Irene has come and gone, I am one of the fortunate ones that my only "damage" was a few branches in the yard. Our town was under mandatory evacuation because we are so close to the water but we decided to bunker down and stay put. Around 11 am this morning when the worst of the storm had passed, my mother, sister and I ventured out to assess the damage in town.
Most of the village is under water, without power and according to LIPA will be that way for at least 6 days. Long Island as a whole has over 470,000 people without electric at this time and the numbers are expected to rise. The next few days will be full damage assessments and clean up in most places, thankfully the weather is supposed to be sunny and warm.