I've seen from several 'blog buddies' that they have weathered Irene reasonably well. Still a few to check in but so far it looks good. I talked to Mom and she said my sister in the DC area called this morning. They are without power but with no damage. And my niece and nephew also out east are well.
I don't think V has heard yet from his friend Eileen how they fared. They are in Annapolis, MD. We are scheduled to go out to visit them the weekend of Sept 10 so we hope they are well. We've been waiting to make our flight plans until after the hurricane.
It seems that V's sister L has had the worst damage of anyone personally connected to us. They live in Philadelphia and at last word had four feet of water in their basement. She says that if it gets much deeper they will have to leave as they can't count on the foundation being sound. I do hope they will get through without to much damage. They have had minor flooding before so they had already moved many things out of the basement but still... four feet of water!
All in all, I'm so glad that things weren't as bad for many as they had predicted. It is terrible that there were lives lost. But it does reinforce that we are at the mercy of nature and will have to take whatever she chooses to give us.
I'm playing a game with nature right now. It looked on radar like there was rain coming and it got cloudy. Hurrah! Unfortunately, it was beginning to look like it was going to fizzle and the main band move South. So, I went out and watered the garden... that will make it re-strengthen, right?? Maybe I should wash the car as well....