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Monday Madeleines – The Underwater Edition, September 5, 2011

by Mistina Picciano  ||   2 Comments

Hurricane and, subsequently, Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc from The Bahamas through Vermont. Affecting literally millions of people, we felt it appropriate to create this special video edition of Monday Madeleines. So take some time and look back at this historic event with us as we travel north along Irene’s path. If you were in her path, please comment and let us know how Irene affected you and yours. If not, we’d still love to hear from you! Happy Labor Day!

Hurricane Irene Video – Nassau, Bahamas – Part 2
Mike Theiss of Ultimate Chase documents Hurricane Irene from Nassau in the Bahamas on Aug. 25th, 2011. This was Irene’s early stages with some of her strongest wind gusts before hitting North Carolina and moving up the coast.


Hurricane Irene – Outer Banks, NC – 2011
Here’s a look near where Hurricane’s Irene U.S. landfall began. One of the comments on this video just about says it all: “Yes anytime you live near water, flooding is a possibility, but many of the places flooded from Irene had never been flooded before as far back as anyone can remember. And it wasn’t just here, the damage extends up the east coast to inland areas well into New England.”


Hurricane Irene – VA Beach
Not many others had discovered this video yet when we found it. Maybe it’s not as earth shattering as others, but the music is good and we didn’t want to go overboard and hammer away at you with nothing but doom and gloom.


Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath (Middlesex, NJ & Bound Brook, NJ)
First-hand accounts from residents in the area dealing with Irene’s aftermath along with some soothing background music, “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”


Quechee Covered Bridge: The little bridge that stood (Hurricane Irene)
A before and after look at the Queechee Covered Bridge in Queechee, VT, near Simon Pearce Glass & Restaurant. An inspiration in the aftermath of Irene, because even though the road is gone and destruction is everywhere, the covered bridge still stands.


If you were in the path of Irene, how did it affect you? We lost power at about 4:30 am Sunday and were warned off by power company notices that we’d have power ‘in the next few days,’ so we fled to my in-laws’ place to save our perishable food. Power was restored around 7:00 pm Sunday, but Monday morning we discovered that most roads leading home had been blocked, so we stayed put for awhile. We’d love to hear your experiences.

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  1. While we weren’t directly affected by Irene (other than a few branches down), the video of the bridge in Queechee Vermont was very touching to me. I spent a fun time there on a photo shooting adventure a few years back. I remember the bridge, the dam and the Simon Pearce factory and restaurant. This is an idyllic place that was largely destroyed by Irene’s wrath. Several other Irene videos I’ve seen seemed to suggest that this covered bridge was destroyed – I’m really happy to see it survived and will be there when I get back.

  2. It’s devastating to see the local business owners cleaning out the wreckage. Our entire downtown area was submerged in 20 inches or so of water. But many of the businesses have reopened, and the community is flocking in to show their support.

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