Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets, subways and buses and waited with an eerie quiet.
Meanwhile, soap stars were talking about Irene on Twitter. Here's a sampling of what they had to say.
@beth_chamberlin (Beth Chamberlin): Power still out, but at least we will have hot water in an hour. Forgot to say, came back from VT to leaking, broken water heater.
@ColleenZenk (Colleen Zenk): Irene devastated my world. Her flood destroyed family pics, history, my children's memories & belongings. Career artifacts, too. Trying to dry family history. Thousands of photos. Childhood memories may not survive. No power for at least a week.
@MarthaByrne10 (Martha Byrne): Everyone is ok in my house...We have power and a few trees fell down. Staying inside today and getting kids closets in order for school. Hope everyone is safe and sound!
@_MelissaArcher (Melissa Archer): My street looks like a swimming pool!!
@JillLorieHurst (Jill Hurst): Yesterday I was hypnotized by news coverage, today must try and do something...well, something different.
@joancollinsobe (Joan Collins): Serious flooding in New Jersey & power outages. Very scary
@MattyFnWalton (Matt Walton): Prepped in every way for #Irene except for my morning cup of hot coffee. Guess it's lukewarm RedBull instead. Stay safe all!
@hbsguya (Hillary B. Smith): Irene just started in Maine and is banging on th edoor in NJ. I am sending lots of love to those in NC, VA, DE, and NJ, NY MA NH & above. Just started raining here in Maine. Very light. It has been raining in NJ but nothing aerious as yet.
@BrandonBarash (Brandon Barash): MoheganSun...you rocked. Always a pleasure to play for you. PLEEAAAASE drive safe and don't take any $%&! from Irene.
@KassieDePaiva (Kassie DePaiva): For those asking... We are upstate and fine. Just raining here right now.
@goconstance (Constance Marie): I hope everyone on the east coast knows we are praying for you!!! #TakeCare
@JoshuaMorrowYR (Joshua Morrow): hang in there East Coast!!!!!
@BethAnntastic (BethAnn Bonner): ...trying NOT to freak out about my wifey & our babies "camping out" in our Brooklyn apartment without ME there... (ugh)
@NancyLeeGrahn (Nancy Lee Grahn): impressed with organization and cooperation of hundreds of thousands dealing with Irene. Maybe Republicans in Congress can learn something
@greg_vaughan (Greg Vaughan): For ALL those in IRENE's path everyone's praying & thinking about...if only some of that rain could cool off this 100 degree temps in Cali!
@crystalchappell (Crystal Chappell): Happy Saturday...stay safe east coasters....stay cool west coasters..whew!
@mollydollyy (Molly Burnett): What a crazy weekend! Home safe in Colorado! Keep safe east coast!
@krisalderson (Kristen Alderson): My dad just texted me "Irene called, she's on her way"lol #sillydadjokes
@TerrellTilford (Terrell Tilford): praying for peace... of mind... of safety... of my easterners... of you... of me... for perfect peace...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Stay safe everyone! If you've been impacted by Irene, let us know how you're doing.
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