Within 48 hours, Hurricane Irene was downgraded from a Category 2 to a Category 1 to a Tropical Storm by the time it passed through New York City. City officials along the East Coast called for historic evaluations, and grocery and home improvement stores were stripped bare in some areas. People prepared for the worst, but the worst never came. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan and NPR's Joe Palca talk about why Irene didn't live up to it's billing of a storm that could have caused cataclysmic damage.
On Friday night, Kevin Boyer was at Venter City Beach near Atlantic City with some buddies. They'd just bought a bunch of beer — Yuengling and Miller Lite. But when it looked like Hurricane Irene was going to be pretty serious, he decided to ride the storm out at home, with his parents, who live a block from the beach. They drank his dad's scotch, instead.
This morning, when Tod Clissold walked into Poor Richard's, the bar he owns in Manteo, North Carolina, the first thing he noticed was the smell. Like a lot of East Coast residents, Clissold is in recovery mode after Hurricane Irene left homes and businesses flooded and powerless from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks with Clissold and several others, plus the latest from NPR's Jennifer Ludden, Joe Palca and Joel Rose in New York.
Assessing Irene's impact from North Carolina to New England. Many local officials are relieved the damage wasn't worse, but power outages and flooding remain a concern for coming days. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports on the storm's impact.