The comparisons to Isabel were made by many during the days preceding the arrival of Hurricane Isabel. In that storm, I lost eight trees on my roughly one acre lot. The ground was so saturated from the rain that they literally came up by the roots.
This year, I only lost one, down at the water’s edge. My neighbor wasn’t so lucky. As you can see from the photo (click to enlarge), their home is almost obscured by the branches of the tree. I can definitely relate: one of the 8 trees I lost in 2003 – an 80 foot pecan – landed on my house.
And while I lost power both times, this time I was out for a shorter period. I was outside cleaning up storm debris when the power, which went out around 4 Saturday, came back on, a little before 11am this morning.
Having witnessed both, Irene was not nearly as bad as Isabel was. Lake Whitehurst didn’t come nearly as far up in my yard as it did then. And the wind was not as bad.
Nevertheless, a hurricane is nothing to play with. I’m grateful to not live in Hatteras, where the road has been washed out, leaving hundreds stranded. Eighteen people lost their lives in this storm, including four in Virginia. My thoughts and prayers to those still dealing with the affects of Irene.Follow @vpaige