IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE IRENE, WE’LL HAVE SOME TYPICAL LATE AUGUST WEATHER… MY NEIGHBORHOOD RECEIVES NEARLY A FOOT OF RAIN

Hurricane Irene is now moving into the Northeastern states and now it is clean up time for folks in SE VA and NE NC. Rainfall totals were quite impressive across the area. Some places received nearly 15 inches of rain. I would estimate that my neighborhood received about 10 inches. The center of the storm passed just to our southeast. The winds remained strong well into the night (Saturday) even as the storm was moving away. Luckily. the hurricane weakened to a category one storm. It could have been a lot worse had it been a category two or higher. Dry air interfered with the storm’s structure weakening it early Saturday. The hurricane was an unusually large storm and has affected a huge area. The good news with all this is that the fire in the Great Dismal Swamp has been mostly extinguished. There are still some hot spots that are smoldering, however. Power outages are a huge issue and I am sure that Dominion Power will do its best to get everyone back on-line as soon as possible. Major stories with this storm was the boy that was killed in Newport News by a tree falling on his apartment and the three houses that were severely damaged in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. This may have been as a result of a tornado that spun up out ahead of Irene.

The week ahead looks dry and seasonal for the most part with just a chance of a shower or storm Tuesday or Wednesday. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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