Posted by: L. E. Barnes | August 27, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

It’s 8:00 on Saturday night, and Hurricane Irene is taking her sweet time leaving the area. My parents and I have been hunkered down here in the house all day as the storm pounded the area with raging winds and a deluge of rain. The power went off about 8:30 this morning, but it finally came back on an hour or so ago–praise be to God. I feared we were going to be roughing it for the next couple of days with no electricity. Thankfully, we’re no longer in the dark. And hopefully, it will stay that way!

Broken limbs, some shingles, and one of our birch trees litter the yard. I watched the poor tree as, having withstood gust after gust of Irene’s fierce breath, it could take no more and finally keeled over. Of course, this means that my parents and I will have our work cut out for us (literally!) next week as we have to clear the yard of Irene’s handiwork.

But the important thing is that we’re ok. If a bunch of limbs and a fallen birch are our worst losses, then I can’t complain. Plenty of other folks aren’t — and won’t be — so fortunate as the hurricane batters its way up the coast.

Irene leaves her mark on Atlantic Beach, NC.

However nice living on the beach might be most of the time, it's the last place you want to be when a hurricane strikes.

I'm grateful we aren't in the predicament this poor victim of the hurricane has found himself in.

This liquor store owner apparently decided that a little levity in the face of the approaching storm would be good for business.

Good night, Irene, I'll see you in my dreams... And that's the only place we want to see you!



  1. We here in Kentucky have been praying for you ‘guys’. Last night my sister and I prayed the rosary and the chaplet of divine mercy. Our prayers will continue to be with you.

    • Thanks for your prayers. Fortunately, the hurricane weakened to a category 1 before it hit us. It had been expected to be a category 2 or even 3–and I don’t want to think about how bad the damage would have been if it had been that strong.

      • Yes, we heard and were so thankful to God. God willing others will pitch in and help those in the path of the storm clean up and do whatever else needs to be done. I’m so incredibly grateful to hear that you, your family, and thousands of others are okay physically. May God give each of you peace of mind as well.

  2. They are pretty from the sky, aren’t they? We in NO are remembering Katrina this weekend. In some ways it was a lifetime ago; but its been six years.

    • Eastern NC had a lot of flooding in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd hit. Irene has proven bad enough, but at least it wasn’t as bad as Floyd or Katrina.

  3. I’m so glad you posted and that you and your parents are okay! I’ve been wondering how you fared with the hurricane. Those are some pictures!

    • Thanks for your concern. We’re all just fine. We spent the last several hours cleaning up our yard, but most of it’s taken care of now.

  4. Evan, glad you and your folks weathered the storm. Hurricanes and tornadoes are really scary. I don’t think I could live by the sea and take the chance of experiencing one of these or a tsunami, either.

    • Yes, living near the coast has its downsides, and hurricanes are definitely one of the biggest downsides! As I said, you don’t want to live right on the beach when one of those monsters decides to came barreling through the area.

  5. Glad you are all OK!!

    • Thanks!

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