According to The Seattle Times, Hurricane Irene has now claimed 38 lives, not to mention leaving cutting off power to millions of people. To some, the damage was less than expected, however, as mentioned in the Seattle Times the biggest surprise was the damage caused to inland communites in Upstate New York and and New England.
Some people, especially journalists and politicians took this event too seriously as mentioned in the UK Telegraph.
Then again, some people didn't take the hurricane seriously enough...
...who'd a thought a hurricane was an occassion to hold a wet T-shirt contest?