Tropical Storm Irene slams the Connecticut Coast! Photos!

Irene Slams the coast

photo i took along the point look out in Milford, ct waves smashing the coast, this is one of the higher coastal points in Milford.
photo i took along the point look out in Milford, ct waves smashing the coast, this is one of the higher coastal points in Milford. | Source


I still have Power! As Hurricane Irene slowly moved up the coast into New England, we prepared for a week without electricity. Connecticut even set an all time record power outage today (August 28, 2011) with more than 500,000 customers without power, yet mine is still on. I am very lucky to have access to not only electricity but the Internet as well! Add in the bonus that I got to ride by the beaches to take some photographs and now have Internet access to share! The following photos are ones I took in Milford, CT this afternoon at high tide right as the center of what is now Tropical Storm Irene moved to the west of us. The pictures are impressive, especially since the coast line is use to waves no bigger than two feet. Long Island sound is usually calm due to the protection of Long Island but when storms move up the coast in the right way we can get storm surge like we did today. Some early estimates say today's storm surge which is still receiving is close to that of Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and that of a winter storm in 1992. I have more photos i will post later under different subjects, including photographs of fallen trees and more coastal flooding! Check out more photos of the storm under Hurricane Irene Slams Connecticut! more Photos! and More Photos from Hurricane Irene in Connecticut.

Wave after Wave

beach side of melba street, disasterous flooding! taken from down the coast a bit waves splashing over three story high homes
beach side of melba street, disastrous flooding! taken from down the coast a bit waves splashing over three story high homes | Source

Short Video near the beach!

Coastal Flooding - Storm Surge

flooded anchor beach in Milford CT, car flooded in parking lot, beach is way down the street, notice debris.
flooded anchor beach in Milford CT, car flooded in parking lot, beach is way down the street, notice debris. | Source

The above photo of the the flooded parking lot is an example of storm surge. The accumulated water is not from the heavy downpours of rain but from Long Island Sound rising up above the beach and across the road. Learn more about STORM SURGE HERE!

Submerging Pier

dock at gulf beach, usually the water is calm and 8-10feet below the dock, milford yacht club in the back ground and entrance to milford harbor
dock at gulf beach, usually the water is calm and 8-10feet below the dock, milford yacht club in the back ground and entrance to milford harbor | Source

Flooded Road

gulf street in milford,ct flooded, down this street a little farther and Long Island sound washed over completely into Gulf Pond!
gulf street in milford,ct flooded, down this street a little farther and Long Island sound washed over completely into Gulf Pond! | Source

Flooded Street

flooded street by the beach, debris
flooded street by the beach, debris | Source

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daybreak 5 years ago from Atlantic Coast of North America

The pictures really show the severity of this storm. National media did not mention CT much and obviously they missed their opportunity.


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

A lot of people would agree with you Daybreak. So many people in Ct feel like that not only were we ignored by national media during the aftermath but also before the storm, they would talk about the impacts in New Jersey, New York then Mass, no mention about the impacts of Long Island Sound and the buildup of water. The good thing is many areas along the coast evacuated as a result of local and state govt. thanks for the comment


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great Hub! The pictures are beautiful.... We were in Ashford, that summer and saw it first hand. We were not hit as bad as the coast, but lost power all around us, and trees had fallen all over. We were the lucky few to have electricity and water!

Enjoyed your picture..... Voting up!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks for the comment LaThing and I'm glad you enjoyed them! I was also very lucky to never lose power even though most of the state did!

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