As far as foliage is concerned...there was not major leaf loss. The winds were not that high...just heavy, heavy rain.
Tony: I'm worried about T.D. 12 possibly following fast on Irene's heels. It looks like upper air patterns may support it coming in to the east coast. Obviously, Vermont can't take any more water for a long time. What are your thoughts on what the end of the week may hold for this new storm?
Right near my place is a scene of utter devastation as the Walloomsac River jumped its banks over a wide swath. Amazingly the Silk Road Bridge is intact. Near the Paper Mill Bridge I saw part of a road that had buckled like a vinyl record left in a hot car. There were trees snapped all over with debris in them. I saw homeowners shoveling rocks off their front lawns.
We drive by the Roaring Branch near the intersection of Branch and Gage Streets. I literally gasped as we approached because I could immediately see that the river was twice as wide as it had been before.
Check this out: http://g.co/maps/fvgf
The river doesn't actually follow that course near the bridge any more! See those trees in the backyard of the house near where it says "2 Sweets Ln"? Those trees are all gone and the river is still rushing in a torrent through the guy's backyard. Amazingly the house is still there and the bridge is as well (though it is closed).
Last night I discovered that I had a major hole in my personal preparation for a storm of this sort.
The storm started out seeming like a fizzle here. It was raining, sure, but the winds weren't that bad and we hadn't even lost power. Then we did. It came back on, then went out again. A neighbor told me it could be out 2-3 days. We've never had anything like that before.
We were ready to lose power in terms of things like light and keeping the freezers cold and so forth, but I didn't think about my sump pump. I tried to jury-rig some way to keep the thing going using my wife's computer's UPS but that didn't last long, and the inverter run off the car didn't work either. I spent a couple of hours manually baling the basement and was really upset at the thought of having to do it all night ... a 5 gallon bucket every few minutes without sleeping. Miraculously the power came back after about 8 hours. I cannot recall ever being so happy to see lights in the house come on.. I was literally shedding tears of gratitude. Getting a backup system of some sort will be our first priority.