Hurricane Irene made its second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, N.J. around 5:35 a.m. That means New Yorkers woke up to howling winds and pounding rain,
reported the NPR news blog this morning.Perhaps some New Yorkers woke up to that; in Queens the winds would be better described as breezy gusting to brisk. The rain is far short of pounding. We have not yet had to close the windows at the Mead manor; we are enjoying the fresh breeze and the rain is not even blowing through the screens.CNN reports that thunderstorms are expected in the New York area soon; perhaps if enough New Yorkers wake up late enough today the NPR story will make sense. The 8:05 AM radar update from the Weather Service, however, makes it look as if the storm has almost passed us by. Much of Long Island is already in the clear.