I am weary tonight, but happy to have power and internet back after only a little over 24 hours without both. Amazing really if you consider the devastation my county suffered at the hands of Irene. Everywhere we went today, or couldn't go since we were unable to get out of our road until late today, you saw scenes just like this one. Trees down in numbers that were quite staggering.
My photos don't really do the destruction justice, but you can see that where there were once lush landscapes, there is now open sky and some of these trees were hundreds of years old and had seen more than their fair share of storms throughout the years. But Irene's killer combo of wind and saturated ground made for a bad combination.
I consider us to be some of the lucky ones, as we suffered no flooding, and no bad damage. The photo above was taken at my parent's home...yes the one that is due to close next month...sigh! There were several large oaks (that is a full sized shed, so that is a huge tree) that came down, and one did hit their house, but it was as if my parents gently guided it as it fell and it landed rather softly onto their roof. I have a photo of it, but I'm just too tired to find it at the moment.
And to those still in the path of Irene, I hope she bids you farewell quickly and without leaving damage in her wake!