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.
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.
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.
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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