Taking just a moment to remember those who lost their lives on August 29, 2005. All I had to deal with was a yard full of downed trees and no power for two weeks--at the time we had no idea what had happened in New Orleans or the Coast since we were pretty much cut off from the world, but once we began to learn what had happened we knew we'd been damn lucky. Katrina's eye passed right over us, and an evil eye it was.
Regarding Hurricane Irene, I know that a lot of people today are complaining about how they were told to evacuate when it turned out they didn't need to and that Irene was going to be a monster and it wasn't, and blah blah blah. Yeah, you were inconvenienced and maybe your cancelled commuter train will make you miss a day of work. The storm was bad enough for 25 people to have lost their lives and it's estimated that Irene was a $7 billion storm, which is apparently peanuts compared to Katrina, etc.
Hurricane season is HALF OVER. You can look at it two ways--we only have three more months to go, or we're only three months into it. And as we've learned, you don't need a tropical system to turn into a hurricane for it to get disastrous. Tropical storms may not have the wind, but if one of those puppies parks over your neck of the woods and drops a foot of rain on top of you, watch out nelly!
All I can say is: WINTER CAN'T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!!!