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Good Riddance to Hurricane Irene

Updated on August 29, 2011
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Is she gone yet?

Hurricane Irene came along like an annoying family member that overstays her welcome. She came along like a grump and caused a path of destruction everywhere she went. Irene only moved at about 13 - 14 mph. She was quite a wide, big hurricane, so Irene was able to cause a lot of damage.

Many people all across the east coast do not have power. In Maryland, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is stating over 500,000 homes lost power during Irene's visit last night. It is currently August 28th, Sunday morning, and BGE has already been able to restore power to over 100,000 homes. They are working as fast as possible to restore everybody's electricity.

If you are reading this on Sunday, many newscasters are advising you still do not leave your home yet. There are still gusty winds and a number of trees and limbs are down. Also, there are plenty of power lines down. If you see a power line or wires, DO NOT touch them! They are likely to still have some currents surging through them. Stay in your homes if at all possible.

Also, it is being recommended you do not get rid of your sandbags yet. The newscasters just kindly reminded everyone that hurricane season is only beginning. It is possible more hurricanes just like Irene could visit us this season. I don't know about you, but that makes me want to cry. I will be glad to say good riddance to this hurricane, and I would be perfectly happy never to experience another one.

Hurricane Irene and the damage she caused...

Based on a number of conversations I've had with friends and family members along the east coast and different news reports, I believe Hurricane Irene really outdid herself. So far, here is the list of damages Irene caused:

  • Trees fell down in roads, on houses, on cars, and completely destroyed many yards.
  • Several tornadoes touched down
  • Windows broke
  • The power is off in many areas
  • Leaky windows and air conditioners
  • Floods
  • A number of items are missing that were left out in yards.

Sadly, there were a number of reports of deaths caused by Hurricane Irene. So far, reports are stating at least 11 deaths are being contributed to the hurricane. Most of the deaths were caused by trees crashing into houses or cars. This hurricane was very serious. At this time, Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene. She is now in the upper part of the east coast ruining lives up there.

Please keep in mind, she is almost gone and we can celebrate Irene leaving the U.S. soon. Hurricane Irene is very evil and I personally can't wait to say good riddance to her forever. Before you begin your "Good Riddance to Hurricane Irene Celebrations," remember it is still dangerous out there. I am personally concerned the electric will still go out since the high winds continue at this time. So don't dump out all your extra water and ice just yet. Furthermore, you might want to keep it and offer it to the people the next block over who do not have power. Be safe and help your neighbors. Most of all, let's happily say goodbye to Irene!

UPDATE: Sunday Night, August 28, 2011

  • Tropical Storm Irene is still hitting the U.S. right now. Let's not forget the folks in the New England states. They are just getting acquainted with Irene now.
  • At least 21 Hurricane Irene related deaths are being reported at this time.
  • Over 800,000 homes are without power in Maryland. Millions of homes and businesses are still without power on the east coast.
  • Tropical Storm Jose formed today over the Atlantic Ocean. Jose is expected to turn into a tropical depression soon and I am sure we can all agree we are happy Jose will not be the next Irene.

Goodnight, Irene


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  • Katharella profile image

    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Yeah hearing limbs NOT over my house hitting the roof was scarey. When you watch for them, remember this one came way earlier than normal, and the fact when they start it's far out into the ocean and no way to tell which path they'll decide to take. That's when to start watching, their path. Right now there's a little bit brewing off the coast of Africa but not given a name yet. Hopefully it'll fizzle out. Yes, please go to a shelter next time. I already keep my really sentimental things in case of a fire close by my door as a part of my decor, at least you'll know what to grab easy. Ultimately glad you are safe :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you wrote a hub about the experience. For now, I am just so glad it is over. If another one comes by, I would be more likely to try to find a shelter. Listening to my windows crack all night was no fun at all. I thought they would burst. Hopefully, there will be no more hurricanes!

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Hi, yeah I finally did make a hub on it. After a pretty mean newscast of how people were taking advantage of, not just each other but the system and making things worse for people who got hit. I think it might be on the angry side, but really I feel so sad about the whole thing. Like you, I know they're more brewing out there. I heard a mother and her child stayed in the middle room behind the fireplace like I did and mine cracked, but theirs caved and crushed them. Still waiting on insurance. You do have a safe place in case another get this close right? I hope so, it is scary when you know it's right over. Nobody here seems to be helping anyone. Take care if we get more, I'm glad Irene is gone too!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for your comment. I take it you are glad Hurricane Irene no longer exists, too.

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    lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

    Thanks for the great hub

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, the deaths do continue to climb. It is terrible. I can't image how bad it must be to live in the northern states with all the flooding. They really do not get this type of weather. Maryland at least sees a hurricane every few years or so. I heard there are new hurricanes developing and I want to freak out. No more bad weather!

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    nycgrl 6 years ago from New York

    It goes to show you that it doesn't take much to affect society in the north east. We just aren't as prepared for this type of stuff as the south is. This type of hurricane in Florida would have not even have caused much a dent in worry to them but up here we just aren't cut out for it. Similar to what would happen if it snowed in Miami, they wouldn't know what to do where as we are very used to that. And the deaths continue to climb, think the number is closer to 40 or 50 now because of all the flooding.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am really sorry to hear about all the damage. Hurricane Irene was a nasty, evil hurricane. It annoys me how some people talk about it as if it was nothing. About 1/3 of the people I know are still without power. I know people who have suffered from severe flooding and damage from trees. I am lucky I had a bunch of leaks and that was all. I seriously thought my windows were going to shatter Saturday night. I was so scared!

    I am glad you are OK. I hope everything goes back to normal for you soon. I am sorry to hear about all the damage. Thank you so much for reading and for the comment. And you never know, you may someday feel a lot better if you do write about it. All I know is, I will never think of the name Irene the same way again.

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Glad you endured. Sorry if you lost anything in this. We will be without power until Friday (they think; no promises) I'm right inside the Outer Banks of NC and, still in a hotel room. Insurance still has to assess damages at my house then FEMA picks up where they'll leave off. I've not made a hub, not really sure I can. Of course if I did, sadly I don't want to bring a smile to anyone's face.

    I was in the eye and creeped to view out the window, none of the pictures during the storm turned out, just some "on it's way out" and after pix. Glad you are getting some therapeutic value in writing about it as well. I wish it was over for me and people around me too! One thing I learned. Who my friends were, and who they weren't. I also learned who has a real heart that feels for others. Some had no one come to their aid. It's sad to learn the hard way who really has a heart.



    p.s. Remember if you think you're going crazy you're probably not :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the votes and comment! I found that writing these hubs helped prevent me from going crazy. I am so glad it is over!

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    Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Great hub Jeannie, you have kept everyone very well informed through this whole ordeal.

    Voted up


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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for reading. It is dangerous out there and if you don't need to go out, you just shouldn't. I am so lucky to still have power. Thanks for the votes and the comment.

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    SEXYLADYDEE 6 years ago from Upstate NY

    Good hub. I live in upstate NY and we have roads out, loss of power and you are so right to tell people to stay in. Bridges are closed and roadways are dangerous right now.

    Voted useful, interesting and up!


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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for the comment. My parents also live in southern Maryland and they currently have no power. My mother said the sound of the generators all over their neighborhood is really annoying. Hope your parents are doing well and thanks for the votes!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    I better call my parents in southern maryland to see if they're okay! Voted up and useful, Jeannieinabottle.