Irene came through Connecticut as a tropical storm, not a hurricane. The path moved westward, so Hartford didn't get a direct hit. We had 24 hours of rain, often heavy, but the winds were less intense than in past hurricanes. More than 700,000 customers in Connecticut lost power, a new all-time high. I lost power for ten hours. Instead of uprooting many big old trees, Irene seemed to do a light pruning of small limbs and twigs. The damage was not as bad as the forecasts predicted nor as bad as many past storms. We were lucky. In the next few days, flooding will be a concern.
Showing photos of twigs on the street isn't very interesting, so I am showing pre-storm photos today instead.
The Renbrook School occupies the former home of Frederick Rentschler, a founder of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. It is on a large wooded site on the West Hartford side of Avon Mountain. Renbrook is a private day school educating children from pre-kindergarten through the ninth grade.
With its severe historic architecture, the school looked pretty good on Saturday in the rains that preceded Irene's visit.