Hurricane Irene was much nicer to Gooseberry – and this region in general – than it was to the people who got hit hardest in the Carolinas, or the people in upstate New York and Vermont who are still contending with floods from the torrential rains.
Of course there just isn’t much to damage on Gooseberry and since it reach out into the ocean as point and doesn’t take the waves broadside, I think it tends to escape the kind of damage East Beach Road received.
I suppose the main question with Gooseberry would be did Irene do serious damage to the causeway? And the answer – at least to my casual eye – is “no.” There are some small rocks and sand and seaweed on top of it. A few of the large rocks were moved around a bit. But I imagine a few days clean up will put everything in order.
There was a sign and saw horses as soon as I got across the Rt. 88 bridge announcing that the beach was closed and encouraging people to turn around. There was another sign at the start of East beach – much harder hit – that said the road was closed to through traffic.
And I was happy to see lots of healthy bird life as well.
Meanwhile, far out in the Atlantic following a path not unlike that I Irene, or the ’38 hurricane, is Katia – but, of course, it is a long, long way off and many things can happen before it becomes any sort of threat. But I have a feeling we’re reverting to the hurricane pattern of the 1950’s when a lot more storms than usual threatened the East Coast.