Irene almost seems like a dress rehearsal now, doesn't it? Hurricane Sandy has come and mostly gone, leaving a six alarm fire that destroyed dozens of homes in Breezy Point, flooded subways and tunnels throughout the New York area, and a tanker ship sitting on a beach in Staten Island.
Fortunately, if any city can handle the damage to its infrastructure, it's New York. This city has dealt with plenty, and a little rain and wind won't be much more than a speed bump in the long run. For individuals however, the cleanup process and rebuilding of homes and lives starts now.