After every hurricane I swear I'm leaving before it arrives and then when the next one approaches I find a reason not to leave. In the past the howling of the wind for 6-7 hours just wears me down but Irene's sustained winds didn't seem to reach the howling threshold but gusts did reach 60-70 knots. It had been very dry for the last month so the gusts didn't roll any trees out by there root ball but did break many branches. The winds and gusts on the backside after the eye moved past were as strong as before the eye arrived--this was unexpected. I spent the day cleaning up but only two broken limbs required a saw to cut but there were literally hundreds of smaller branches. I braced the weeping threadleaf arborvitae again for northeast winds which worked until the winds came from the northwest and a restraining line helped but it is leaning. I'm sure it will recover. Here are before and after pictures.