Hurricane Irene was an "interesting" experience. Damage in my neighborhood was minor, although my next-door neighbor had a tree come down in his yard, narrowly missing my fence. However, there was no significant damage.
We had heavy rain for a while and winds of perhaps 30 to 40 miles per hour, far less than hurricane force. The weather was worse to the south and west of us.
The biggest problem was the loss of power for about 28 hours. I lost Internet connectivity, the old-fashioned telephone service, and the VoIP phone service for the entire 28 hours. However, cell phone service remained available all during the hurricane so I was never without communications.
I was able to log on to the newsletter web site and keep an eye on things by using either the iPhone's wireless connection or with the Sprint 4G/3G wireless modem. I did check the newsletter's web site several times during the power outage but performed only minimal tasks, preferring to save the batteries in case of a real emergency. Luckily, no such emergency arose.
The weekly mailing of the Plus Edition newsletter was delayed, however. Plus Edition subscribers will probably receive the Plus Edition newsletter late this evening, assuming no further power outages.