“In this handout image provided by NASA, Hurricane Irene is seen from space from the International Space Station, as it churns off the east coast of the United States, August 26, 2011, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irene lashed the eastern coast of the U.S. with wind gusts up to 125 miles per hour.”“Throughout its path in the contiguous United States, Irene is estimated to have caused up to $7 billion (2011 USD) in damage and at least 41 deaths, with the death toll still reportedly rising.”“Waves and storm surge pound the boardwalk and the beach at first light as Hurricane Irene slams into Asbury Park, New Jersey, August 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene knocked out power to 3.3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast, forced two nuclear plants to shut and idled oil ports and refining as it approached New York City early on Sunday.” Do you remember the Hurricane Irene from 1999?
Alan and I waited out the 1999 Hurricane Irene, huddled in the hallway of our Daytona beachfront resort hotel, watching the huge picture glass window literally bulging and vibrating against the force of the hurricane winds…and that was only a Class 1 hurricane.
Even so, the next morning we found that the windows and moon roof of our Saab turbo (rental) car had been completely blown out by the gale-force winds.The 1999 Hurricane Irene dropped 20″ of rain in Miami, caused eight deaths and 800 million in damages, which seemed huge at the time… but has been dwarfed by the unbelievable damage that has occurred this past week.Furthermore, last week’s Hurricane Irene devastated not only the southern Atlantic states, but the entire Atlantic seaboard.
“People gather at Hudson River Park at the end of the day in New York, Aug. 28, 2011. Irene swept through the New York City area on Sunday morning lacking anywhere near the force that had been feared, but still cutting power to more than a million people, toppling trees and flooding some parts of the city.” (Michael Appleton/The New York Times)My brother’s family lives in downtown Manhattan, and frankly, I haven’t been able to connect with them since the disaster, although I’m hoping they made it safely to their Poconos cottage. And, my Connecticut kids live far enough inland and high enough on a hill that they were safe (although a neighbor’s tree blew over). BUT, what about the hundreds of thousands of people who may not have had a car and a home to retreat to.
Where do more than a million displaced Americans go to get warm and dry?May we be praying for our people, and may they look up to God for help.“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).