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What Do You Remember Most About Hurricane Irene?

Where were you when she hit?

With Hurricane Isaac wreaking havoc way down south, memories of our own brush with a strong storm this time last year come flooding, pardon the pun, back.

It was on August 25, 2011 that Governor Christie declared a state of emergency and mandatory evacuations were ordered for L.B.I. and the Barnegat Peninsula, as well as all of Cape May County and Atlantic County shore communities east of route 9.

It was the one time you couldn’t DO AC because it was Atlantic City’s first evacuation in history.

Tolls were dropped south of the Raritan River on the Garden State Parkway.

When she made landfall in New Jersey as a tropical storm, Irene was packing 65- to 70-mph winds and dumped nearly 10 inches of rain in many places.

I live west of A.C. and the GSP in Atlantic County, and the storm actually didn’t do as much damage to our area as the Derecho storm last July, but I won’t soon forget Irene because she took out power to only one house on my street: mine.

She decided she’d take down a loose neutral wire that not only cut off power but did thousands in damage (due to sustained power surges leading up to the power failure) to many of my electrical devices.

Still, so many others had it much worse, especially further north.

What do you remember most about Irene?

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