As rough as a lot of folks had it with Irene, I was impressed with how well most of the metropolitan area O.E.M.’s had things under control. Well, as much control as you can have in a hurricane. The unprecedented shutdown of mass transit in NYC and the evacuations initiated in anticipation of this storm were well executed and laudable. So many times our elected officials are caught flat-footed when Mother Nature inflicts her wrath, thankfully we had the time to prepare and make amends for past mistakes.
We’re extremely fortunate that the storm was downgrading as it reached the tri-state area. A lot of low-lying areas suffered dramatic flooding and wind damage but our little anchorage was relatively quiet except for a couple of dragging anchors and a couple of close quarter situations when one vessel would swing into the circle of another.
The first indications of clearing began late in the afternoon and progressed to the point where we could get moving again after a long 4 days of waiting. This video is just a small sample of how it looks to us as the anchor comes up into the hawse and we turn southbound for our discharge port.
Some folks suffered little to no effect while others lost everything. The season for crazy weather is far from over, hopefully this will be the worst we see this year.
I’m just glad to be moving and grateful to see another day.