Sunday, August 28, 2011
Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm today but not before inconveniencing the people here in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. There were high winds and rain, power outages, and these fallen trees that blocked the winding road to Cathy's house.Yesterday a serene Hampton Beach was scattered with beachcombers and colorful umbrellas. Call us crazy, but we decided to go have a look to see what it was like today. There were others there, too, not kids and surfers, but mostly adults in SUVs with cameras. The wind was still whipping around mixing sand in with the rain. The ocean was wild and frothy with huge angry waves, and if not for the seawall, I believe it could have swallowed us. We drove up to North Hampton where the mansions are and back down. There were quite a few police and blue lights around to keep the curious from doing anything too dangerous. Here is one picture I took from the window.