Hopefully this time tomorrow we look back on Irene and think; could've been worse, but what a mess. Luckily, it seems that she didn't pack the punch to the east coast (though it did hurt) that we were afraid it would do. No one can say we weren't prepared and absolutely no one can say we weren't warned... 24/7 for the last few days.
We heard from Tucker and our friends at Wild Tamarind—everyone is okay.
Wild Tamarind seems to have lost an east facing dock, but that and some damage to the vegetation is about all. We're sure Leonora, Artemio, and crew will have that repaired in no time.
Tuck has no damage at all (except to our Sat Dish) boat, dock, houses, everything good... as Preston would say. We may be heading back over with some supplies soon and to bring the net back up.
Boy did we get out of the islands and head to the right place or what? We almost took Istaboa back up to the Chesapeake again this year... That wouldn't have been a good move.
We almost stayed at Compass Cay. That would've been interesting. Maybe too interesting for our tastes.
Found some pics of the Abacos and it looks like they did okay... again, just a mess and loss of power, but nothing like we've seen in the past. e.g. Hugo, Wilma
Pics here http://www.local10.com/slideshow/weather/28974547/detail.html
Now we read that New York City has escaped major damage and the storm is subsiding.
PS... Totally off the subject, but an interesting article out of my hometown... Grew up with the dancer... Bet he's not dancing now.