So the storm came and went. Throughout the night there were high winds and rain that walloped against the walls of our ancient building, and as we woke up earlier this
morning we noticed that we had suffered minor water damage – but nothing
As a precaution last night I removed the air conditioning unit from my window and shut the windows. I was expecting some power outages but luckily nothing happened. I haven’t had a chance to take a look around my neighborhood to assess how the storm affected other homes and trees, but as I look outside my window, the sun is beginning to come out of the clouds, and all I see are a few downed branches. People are taking walks around with their pets, and while we still have some sustained winds, the worst of Irene is now in the past.
It was a harrowing adventure – the anticipation, the warnings, responding to friends’ messages – but thank God that the hurricane did not affect New York as badly as it did other regions. There are no current reports – as far as I could see from TV and online news – of any deaths caused by the storm, but it’s too early to say anything.
So to friends and family around the world: we are fine, and ready to move forward. Thank you for all your concern, and I hope this is the last bit of foul weather to hit us in a while.