Hurricane Irene taught me a new respect for hurricanes. Here in the Northeast we were hit hard. In many CT towns like Madison and Milford many of the beaches were wrecked and worse, so were some of the homes. Makes me think my quest for a beach town ought to be some place where storm damage is at a minimum. But then you look at California and Oregon beaches and those waves and storms are so powerful, that's not a solution. I guess if you love the beach like I do you just have to take your chances.