Do you remember Irene?
On this day (August 25) in 2011, we we urging our listeners/followers to prepare for the worst as Hurricane Irene approached the US east coast. Evacuation orders for parts of Philadelphia and New York City would be issued the following day.
The storm eventually made landfall on the 27th of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, making it the first hurricane to landfall in the United States at that time since Ike in 2008. Early on the 28th, the storm emerged into the Atlantic from southeastern Virginia. It weakened to a tropical storm and made landfall again in Little Egg Inlet in southeastern New Jersey. A few hours later, Irene made its final landfall in Brooklyn, New York City. The storm eventually transitioned to an extra-tropical cyclone on the 29th, hitting Vermont and New Hampshire hard with record floods.
For many in the northeast, especially inland New Jersey, northeastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, Irene was far worse than Sandy.
Far inland from the ocean In Monroe Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, homes were washed off their foundation as creeks overflowed their banks and washed homes and cars away. In Pennsylvania, the storm claimed 5 lives: : three died as a result of fallen trees, one was killed in a weather-related traffic accident, and a woman was swept away by flooding in the Wissahickon Creek. In Manhattan, floods washed into the Meatpacking district, creating flooding problems that were eventually surpassed by Sandy a year later. Throughout Vermont, numerous covered bridges, many over 100 years old, were damaged or destroyed.
How were the impacts from this storm in your area?