Monday, August 29, 2011

GOODNIGHT, IRENE: The story of the hurricane

Two semi-cheesy cultural references in one header? Yup.

Got dark fast for a lot of people on Monday night. At last check (about 11:30 p.m. on Monday), 37 percent of Connecticut was without power.

Staggering numbers, but kudos to Connecticut Light & Power for the really comprehensive data on their site (check out the interactive map here).

What does this mean for sports? No practice in a lot of places on Monday, like Cromwell, because the district shut everything down. East Hampton was still 100 percent without power. Get more from staff reports and our friends in New Haven here.

Meanwhile, the hurricane has opened up a pretty interesting discussion on the 24-hour news cycle. Comprehensive or over-the-top? My sister and I had the discussion earlier, and I said that it did exactly what it should have: gave people important and necessary information. She said the relentless coverage sensationalized it all.

I don't necessarily disagree with that, either, though. Hunting down pics of damage and destruction often takes away from the perspective of the coverage. Don't lead with a six-column pic of the one house in town that got  battered by a tree. Tell the whole story.

This story?

Or this story?

Great pic/cover from Worcester's Telegram & Gazette Monday, too.

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