What Are Your Thoughts of Irene Now That It Has Passed?
Residents share storm experiences and opinions on New England's brush with the hurricane.
Tewksbury residents learned over the weekend that it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Hurricane Irene churned up the East coast on Sunday, bringing with her heavy rain and tropical storm-strength winds. An estimated 22 people died in the storm, and Irene cause substantial flooding in Vermont, as well as an estimated $7 billion in damages, according to an L.A. Times article.
For Tewksbury residents, the effects were much less severe. Many residents who shared their thoughts felt that Irene didn't pack the punch they had initially thought she might. Irene felled trees across Middlesex county, and caused "widespread damage" to the Northeast's electrical system, according to National Grid. One day later, Tewksbury is still reported as having multiple outages on the company's website. Despite this, residents polled who lost power on Sunday reported it returning quickly or later that evening.
Patch checked in after he storm to gauge residents' overall thoughts of the area's latest weather phenomenon.