I think the storm caught a lot of people off gaurd, and it is sad but many of the people who were hit by Irene seem to have recieved another dose of chaos with this one. Here in Northern Vermont we got off easy, again. Since the flooding in the spring (that was hell) we have avoided any major weather events.
However, the trend up here has been wetter for the last couple of seasons. Snow storms are getting more intense. Some of our wettest months have happened in just the last few years. Storms are getting worse.
I am going to echo the thoughts of many people here and seriously consider getting a generator. Money is tight, but I think it would be a good idea. If the power goes out, especially in the cold of Vermont, it would be a must have.
Time to start pinching pennies I guess….