This man is still a super hero.
So this thread is now the Hurricane thread. Irene hit the northeast pretty hard, but I haven't heard a whole lot about Lee at this point. We also have a few other storms we have been watching (or should be):
TS Nate formed in the gulf, much like Lee did, and is heading right into Mexico now. They're concerned that this could strengthen quickly thanks to the warm gulf water, but right now it is still a tropical storm.
TS Maria is one to watch. It's out in the Atlantic, near the Western Antilles/Puerto Rico, and it's too early to tell if it will hit the U.S. Also, plenty of time to strengthen into hurricane status.
Katia was being very closely watched by the Northeast. All we needed was another hit by a hurricane, but it looks like Katia decided to just hang out in the pool.
So, Irene is a thing that happened. Lots of people all around the country laughed and said what a "nothing" storm it was, how it petered out, did nothing...
This policeman from Rockingham is delivering medication on Sunday to a person in need. Why on horseback? Because the bridge and roads into town were destroyed, and because he is a fucking superhero. And this is before the worst of the flooding really hit. Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel was the first to really talk about it on national TV, as far as I can tell, and that seems to be only because he grew up here (in a neighboring town).
Pictures to get an idea of what happened here in Vermont:
Lower Bartonsville, something is wrong with this covered bridge.
Quechee. This covered bridge is about 1/3 gone, and is only being held in place now by a pipe holding power and cable lines.
Jamaica, at the Emergency Command Center for the state. Needless to say, that moved.
Rt. 4 in Mendon
Windsor (this is right by my house. Normally there is about 30' between the bridge and the water. My wife and I were very close to evacuating).
Castleton State College
The plaza I used to work at. There is a Gamestop about a hundred feet to the left of the edge of that picture. It's closed for a couple months or so. The Kohl's there will be closed for the same amount of time they say, but probably more since the foundation has shifted. Penney's will not reopen, nor will some other stores there.
Things are steadily improving, but by "improving" I mean "the water level is lowering, some places a lot, some only slightly"
Thursday: VTrans workers in North Clarendon trapped by a flash flood. They were lifted out by helicopter.
Rt 107 from Bethel to Rutland
Bridge to Royalton
We have a number of communities who are cut off from the rest of the state, with their only way in or out via ATV, horse, or helicopter (last I checked was around 6, originally it was 13).
So, why make this thread? Partly because I needed to get this out in the open. There was a tad bit of surprise when I posted some of the above pictures in the Primary thread, and I think people need to see (and it will make me feel a lot better talking about it). Still, there is plenty to discuss. First, I'm going to reserve the second post for pictures from others in the thread. I can't be the only one affected, and I don't just mean Vermont. If you're in New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, or wherever, and your area was affected, please post pictures and I'll repost them in the second post.
As for what else can be discussed, there's the media calling this "nothing" while the state scrambles to save lives and evacuate the people who coordinate disaster relief
. We can also discuss FEMA, and the way Republicans (seemingly led by Eric Cantor) want to withhold aid to places hit by recent tragedy (or not so recent, i.e. Joplin).