I know that Irene caused flooding and wind damage elsewhere, but in my little corner of Brooklyn, it was generally a dud.
It rained late Saturday night through most of Sunday morning, but with much less wind than I had been led to expect. The power even stayed on. It seemed like any of a hundred storms with no name and no press agent.
At 9:00 am yesterday, I put on my rain slicker and headed out. There was moderate rain and some wind, and the Gowanus Canal was about 5′ over its normal level, causing some local flooding, but nothing dire.
In the afternoon, the report came that the subways might not be running for Monday morning. The MTA posted pictures of flooding of their train yards near Coney Island and in Harlem.
In the evening, I went out for a walk with my wife. The setting sun was finally breaking through the clouds, and it was windier than earlier in the day. Weird.
And as I write this on Monday morning, the news reports that the subways are running again. Let’s hope….