Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene Was No Isabelle

Storms, like all politics, "is" local


Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.”   Indeed, so it is with storms.  The devastating floods from NJ up into New England are storms of the century for those parts.  Here in Tidewater, we had a Nor’easter in November 2009 that was rougher than this Hurricane.

Still it is awful if your family or friends had the fatality.  It is hard if you lost your house, part of it or car.   It is tough if your power is still out.

Yet, from my local Tidewater perspective a few hundred yards from a creek that goes to a river that goes to The Bay,  it was just another strong storm.   Or,  as written in the leaves of John Bowden’s Bible about Isle of Wight County, Virginia – in the 1760s “thar blew a great wind.”

This Irene was no Isabelle at my home.   Hurricane Isabelle in September 2003 was a significant emotional experience for our town of Poquoson.  No deaths, Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, but plenty of damage.

I’m grateful that Irene was no Isabelle for so many folks I know.  I regret that it was so damaging to our northern neighbors.   I hope, at least, they get to see some of the spirit of courage and community – and lovingkindness I saw here after Isabelle.

May the Good Lord bless and keep them – help them in their time of trouble.



  1. I agree. Grateful to Him that it wasn’t worse. Sincerely hope that the hype by some in the media won’t give people a false sense of security during the next storm.

    Glad you and yours were ok.

  2. Reckon y’all did okay as well. Another storm. More to come from nature and in life.

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