Tropical Storm Irene woke me up at 6am on Sunday. The power went out at my house at 6:15am just as the first few drops of coffee were starting to brew. It was surreal hearing the crack of the trees breaking, watching the trees swaying violently like they did in the Bahamas. Neighbors ventured out of their houses in the afternoon, some with wide-eyed kids in pajamas, surveying the damage.
By Monday morning, 24 hours into the power outage, we decided to take Central Hudson's advice and "make other arrangements" as it could be several days. We booked one of the last available rooms at Hampton Inn on Ulster Avenue. (A nice hotel I never payed much attention to. Blog post to come shortly!) It was a splurge, but well worth it! We moved in with family in Long Island Day 3 of the power outage. When my neighbor emailed me yesterday to say that the block had power, I couldn't wait to get back home. It felt extra good to be driving west on the LIE on Labor Day weekend.
There is definitely a different post-Irene vibe in Southampton. Like it never happened! I only overheard one man complain that he still didn't have power. (His kids had endured a week of sleepovers). There are still a few trees and wires down, but compared to what I've seen around the Hudson Valley, just a scratch. It will be sad to see the flood damage in Phoenicia, Shokan, Boiceville, and Catskill in person. I'm used to seeing devastation on TV everywhere else, not in my own backyard. I look forward to going to Wenchell's in Shokan again for the best pizza around!
Jo Ostrander documented the devastation really well in this video. I will post a few photos I took that day tomorrow.