Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath

Hurricane Irene Blows Out The Outer Banks

In Greek mythology Irene was a goddess who personified peace.

Irene the hurricane was a selfish bitch who wreaked havoc from the Caribbean to Cape Cod, leaving billions of dollars of carnage in her wake.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina took a direct hit and suffered the most severe damage. Highway 12, the only road connecting the banks to the mainland was sliced in four separate locations, isolating thousands of people and their homes.

Highway 12, decimated

Highway 12 on the Outer Banks, decimated

Worst of all, Irene left little in the way of surf to gloat about.

Says Michael Dunphy, “I drove from Virginia to Maryland Sunday morning with Nat [Young] and when we arrived had to wait for the bridge to open. Alek [Parker] was already there telling me the waves are going off so of course we’re freaking out. We finally arrive mid day and the surf had gone to crap, so we drive three more hours to Jersey to get in the ocean once before the swell died completely. Shocker.”

According to Transworld SURF senior photographer Seth Stafford, they didn’t miss much in Jersey either.

“Irene came through with a lot of hype and wind. The waves were beat down quick by the hard offshores Sunday. We did see the first decent barrels since May, so we can’t complain too much. Here are a few photos from the day. Until next time…”

Except Irene will never have a ‘next time.’ Her days are over. After inflicting an estimated 7 billion dollars in damage the name Irene is being officially retired.

That bitch Irene. Peaceful at last.

Nat Young's reaping the rewards after an all day hurricane chase.Photo: Stafford/SPL

Nat Young reaping the rewards of an all day hurricane chase. Photo: Stafford/SPL

New Jersey. Photo: Stafford/SPL

New Jersey. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Michael Dunphy, finally tubed after an 8-hour drive. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Michael Dunphy tubed after 8-hours of driving. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jamie Moran. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Jamie Moran. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Balaram Stack. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Balaram Stack. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Wrong wave, dude. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Wrong wave, dude. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Atlantic City. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Atlantic City. Photo: Stafford/SPL

North Jersey saw moments of fleeting perfection. Photo: Stafford/SPL

North Jersey saw moments of fleeting perfection. Photo: Stafford/SPL