Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hurricane Irene Long Beach,NY

I thought I'd share a few pictures of how Hurricane Irene affected us here at Long Beach, NY. Some people are annoyed that Irene didn't live up to the weather report hype.

Well, it was more than enough storm for me!I'm glad we didn't get a full category 1 Hurricane come through our area.

This is the ramp leading to the beach on our block at the height of the storm during high tide.

This is the same ramp as the storm surge washes in.

This is my wife going down the ramp. She wanted her picture with the water in the background.

She didn't realize the depth of the water because of the foam covering it. It had filled her boots.

I hollered to her to get out of there but she said take the picture first. A second later she got walloped with a surge of water that was almost up to her waist!

This photo is a split second before she got knocked off her feet. She managed to hang onto the railing and I ran down and dragged her back up the ramp.

This is the boardwalk on our corner showing the flooding caused by the storm. We were lucky that the dune sand and wooden planking held!

The surf broke through the boardwalk planking on this street.

You can see where the water washed over the dune under this section of the boardwalk and then smashed through the wood planking.

This couple were on the Lindell Blvd. beach checking out the water. Even though the storm had passed and the tide had receded the surf was still kicking up.

The decking around the concession stand on Grand Blvd. was broken apart by the storm.

One of the metal lifeguard chairs which are set out just beyond the high tide mark washed up the beach by the force of the surf.

The playground at Magnolia Blvd. showing where the storm surge punched through the cinder block wall.

My Mom standing on the boardwalk at National Blvd.

National Blvd. and the Allegria Hotel completely flooded!

A tree on our corner felled by the storm. Our area of town was without power for a day and a half. We were very fortunate. We got no flooding or damage to our home.


  1. Thanks for the pictures. I'm glad you faired ok. It was enough storm for me too...

  2. wow, I have to agree with you, why would anyone want it to be worse.....thanks for sharing the photos, I am always amazed at the hand of God...hope your day is awesome!

    enjoy *~*

  3. I am glad you and the Missus are ok! I can't believe she got down that ramp and you got to take her pic right before she got knocked down! Glad she is ok!!!

    We have a leaky roof, leaky bathroom, a messy yard, water in the basement and our pool looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon lives there!!! We are still cleaning up!!!


  4. Good to know you didn't have much damage and that your wife didn't get washed out to sea! Very scary!

    Even though the news/weather people had everyone thinking it was the end of the world, y'all are lucky it wasn't a cat. 2 or higher. Those are NOT entertaining, interesting, or fun. People should not be disappointed.

  5. Yikes. All things considered, it looks like the damage was not horrible. The second of your wife was frightening; I can only imagine how anxious you must have been!

  6. Thank you for sharing your "storm" photos. Good grief! Your wife is a very lucky lady. Nature certainly has the upper hand when it comes to strength. Glad she wasn't swept away. We were praying for all of you on the east-coast. The news made it sound horrific. We were relieved when they downgraded the on-coming storm, but the aftermath looks awful. Can you imagine what it would have been like had Irene blown through at full force? Ghastly. Our prayers continue for one and all.

  7. I agree with everything that has been said above. Scary, it proofs nature's force is not to be underestimated, and my thought where with all in her path. Even though she died out along the way, so they said, it stills seems to me there is a lot of damage. Thank God you and your wife are OK. Best of luck with all the repairs

  8. You guys got hit much harder then we did in the Philadelphia area. Irene seemed to take mercy on us for some reason (for which I'm quite thankful). I hope that your town is able to get back to normal as quickly as possible ... and I'm glad you made it through safely.