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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Irene in hindsight

Hurricane Irene has come and gone and already, the recriminations are flowing in from those who say the press and the politicians made way, way too much of the storm. I was particularly amused by the write-up of the Daily Telegraph’s U.S. editor, Toby Harnden, who rigorously mocks the pressies who seemed crestfallen that more mayhem and destruction weren’t visited upon the Coast Coast.

While hindsight mockery often makes for delicious reading and, to be fair, the wall-to-wall coverage of the storm made it seem much worse than it really was, we got lucky. As it is, three out of four Dominion Power customers in the Richmond area lost power. The chainsaws in my neighborhood have been purring since yesterday, competing with the grinding of generators for attention. Open and operating gas stations and grocery stores are keen objects of interest.

It could have been worse. Count your blessings it wasn’t.

Norman Leahy blogs at The Score. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Norman Leahy  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2011

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