We Made It Through Hurricane Irene

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We Made It Through Hurricane Irene


As Hurricane Irene was barreling her way towards Connecticut yesterday those of us who live in Morris Cove New Haven CT were under a mandatory evacuation to leave the area. The combination of heavy rains, intense winds, high tide and a new moon were the ingredients for a perfect storm.  Due to our location in the southeastern tip of New Haven bordering Long Island Sound the Mayor of New Haven John DeStefano ordered the evacuation on Saturday afternoon.

At around 4:00 police cars started driving through Morris Cove on bull horns advising all residents to evacuate the area.  By around 6:00 police were going door to door to make sure everyone was informed.  While many residents made the decision to evacuate there were also a number of people who decided to stay in their homes.

My husband and I decided to stay in our house and ride out the storm.  Just after midnight we lost power and began to reconsider whether we made the right choice.  We were lucky that about an hour later our power was restored but with Hurricane Irene pounding on the door we prayed we'd make it through the night without a further power outage.

It was a scary night but I am so very thankful to my friends here on Active Rain for their concern about our well-being and who kept in contact with me via email and Facebook last night and this morning. 


We Made It Through Hurricane Irene



Today we woke up to the continuing heavy rain and wind and were fortunate that we did not experience any flooding or damage from the storm but there were a lot of fallen branches in the street, on our cars and in our yard   As morning turned into afternoon the rain had stopped and the sun started shining through the clouds. People started making their way of their homes and going out to check out our neighborhood.



Seeing that it was safe to venture out I wanted to take a drive so I could take some photos.  The first place I wanted to see was the Pardee Seawall where I knew it would be full of people who would want to watch the waves crashing along the seawall.  Since we don't get the chance to experience big waves very often here I couldn't wait to get there.  It was mother nature at her finest.

Pardee Seawall Morris Cove New Haven CT

Pardee Seawall Morris Cove New Haven CT

Pardee Seawall Morris Cove New Haven CT

The spray from the waves as I walked along the fence was unbelievable.  I got totally drenched and loved every second of it!

My next stop was Fort Hale Park where I was able to walk right along the beach.  The pier  that I used to fish from when I was little was completely submerged in water and made me realize how ferocious this hurricane was.

Fort Hale Park Morris Cove New Haven CT

Fort Hale Park Morris Cove New Haven CT

Fort Hale Park Morris Cove New Haven CT

I've never seen anything so spectacular as what I witnessed today.  Hurricane Irene left her mark in Morris Cove and I was so glad that I got out today so I could see this!


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J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I'm one county over from you and it was the same thing over here. Lots of rain, some wind, and flooding, but the storm thankfully didn't live up to the hype. 

Aug 28, 2011 03:53 PM #1
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Phil - I'm so thankful that it didn't too!  I had been hearing on the news that Irene wasn't as going to hit us as hard as had been anticipated which was why we decided not to evacuate.  Hoping to see you in a couple of weeks at the meet up.

Aug 28, 2011 04:01 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, Donna. Those are some amazing photos. Glad things appear to be no worse than they were, and that the storm downgraded. Still lots of damage, power outages, and more.


Aug 28, 2011 04:02 PM #3
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Good to hear you made it through..great pictures..


Aug 28, 2011 04:08 PM #4
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Jeff - I took so many other photos but could never have put them all in this post.  We are thankful to squeak through this one however other areas near me were not so fortunate.  Lots of flooding and homes that were destroyed.  One town over from me in East Haven was devastated.  Tomorrow I'm planning to get over there to take some photos for a future post.

Pat - Thank you!  It was a scary few hours for a while last night.


Aug 28, 2011 04:18 PM #5
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Donna, Great to hear that you and your family survive the BIG Storm. Just losing power for an hour was not all that bad. Thanks for also sharing these photos and video of this storm too.

Aug 28, 2011 04:27 PM #6
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Jerry - I know Texas has had their share of hurricanes over the years.  We don't get them too often and this one was expected to be a doozy.  We lucked out but I'm so sad about the other areas in Connecticut and people up and down the East Coast who were not as fortunate.

Aug 28, 2011 04:36 PM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Donna.....I'm so so happy to know that tonight is a very different night for you.  We were very concerned about you and your husband.  Ahhhhhhh time to be grateful.  Big hugs, Anna

So thankful all our East Coast Rainers & their families are Ok!!!!!


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Aug 28, 2011 05:36 PM #8
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA

I'm thrilled that you are okay Donna.  Experience shows that you could spend the day calling all of your clients and friends to make sure they are okay and see if you can help them.  My clients still recall my similar actions during the CA fires; so I recommend it highly.  If if it is only them refusing your offer of help; they will never forget you called.

Aug 28, 2011 06:12 PM #9
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
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Donna- glad to hear that you and your family are ok.  Thanks for sharing your photos. 

Aug 29, 2011 04:17 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Donna, glad that you are safe and that Morris Cove fared better than what was expected.

Those were great shots that you took.

Aug 29, 2011 07:47 AM #11
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Donna - I'm glad to hear everyone is safe.  I've been through a few hurricanes and they can be extremely scary.

Aug 30, 2011 12:39 PM #12
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Donna - Great photos!  I put some up on my site as well.  Couldn't do that until today as we lost power just as the storm hit and only go it back this morning.

Aug 30, 2011 03:25 PM #13
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Great photos. But always stay safe. Keep it up New Haven Short Sale Agents.

Oct 18, 2012 11:45 AM #14
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