Preparation for hurricane Irene was overwhelming. Many restaurants boarded their windows, vehicle owners taped their windows, and everyone stoked up on food. Was NYC over prepared due to the accusations it received from residents about the 2011 snow storm? Well, there is no real answer. One thing certain is that the media over exaggerated the power of the hurricane. After watching the news in the morning I noticed that there was no serious damage done. Some trees were knocked down and some signs flipped over. There were many branches on the floor and mild flooding in urban residential areas, but nothing which could not be swept away.