Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath

Hurricane Irene, now downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene, has moved into Canada after moving slowly up the eastern seaboard of the United States. While most reports indicate the storm wasn’t as bad as it could have been, many East Coast residents are battling floods, damage and power outages.  More than twenty people lost their lives, from Florida to Connecticut, in the storm, and others were injured.

North Carolina

2200 residents of Hatteras Island have been cut off from the mainland.

East Carolina University in Greenville lost the roof on one of its buildings.

Many homes were damaged by wind and flooding.

Virginia

More than 600,000 Virginians were without power, currently more than 200,000 are still waiting for power to be restored.

Many homes damaged by wind and flooding.

Maryland

More than 300,000 remain without power.

Extensive flood damage.

New York

New York restored power to many residents, and has reopened public transportation, including airports.

Flooding has been and will continue to be a problem as bodies of water crest.

Long Term Effects

Insurance losses could be very high. As high as $1.5 – $3 billion, although not as high as was predicted before the storm hit, which was $10-$15 billion.

Gas prices may spike, after one refinery was forced to shut down temporarily.

Our thoughts are with everyone who is dealing with losses after the storm, and especially with the families who lost loved ones.

 

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[E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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