In the immortal words of Seinfeld's George Costanza, "The sea was angry that day, my friends."
Sunday, August 28, 2:30 pm—The tailwinds of Hurricane Irene. This is East Wharf, the beach I use. The storm surge was about 6-8 feet, and you could actually see the difference in the horizon and landfall area. Notice the waves reaching the attic level of these beach houses. Click to enlarge.
The wooden boardwalk going out to the stone jetty on the left, is gone. Sea level is usually lower than this jetty. You can see the height of the storm surge, raising the entire Sound 6-8 feet.
The foam-like, or snow-like material you can see on the small roof on the left, and floating in the air, is seafoam, whipped up by the high winds and high seas. It was as light as cotton-candy, and blowing all over this home and area of the beach.
This is what the little road Pink Gardens is located on looked like early Sunday afternoon. There is a one lane paved road under that thick carpet of green leaves.
Closer to the fallen trees. There were 4-5 trees and tree-sized limbs that needed to be removed. June and I scooted underneath these on our way to town to take these photos. There are still two trees that are hanging on the Comcast lines. We're on a LONG list to have them taken care of. At least the service is still working, regardless.
A bit of color in a landscape of green. These mushrooms, which weren't there the day before, appeared under the fallen trees on our little road. I guess the humidity and ample rain caused these spores to grow so quickly. The large one on the right measured almost nine-inches in diameter!
The beach road had numerous "interruptions" like this.
The house in the background was just sold a couple of weeks ago. Nice housewarming present!
June and I went under, and over, and around, many fallen trees like this on our way to the beach. At first we were almost the only people walking, but within a half-hour, there were small crowds wandering around. By late afternoon, aprés-hurricane cocktail parties were springing up along these neighborhoods, with "to-go" cups for those that made it through the storm.
Electric service is still not restored to this area of town.
This meticulously paved driveway has seen better days.