With Hurricane Irene, now a tropical storm, going relatively easy on Gotham, some New Yorkers are feeling ripped off. The New York Times quotes several locals furiously white-whining about extra batteries, too much tuna fish, and the general "buzz kill" of not being subject to death and property damage. 

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But don't worry, New York, plenty of other people and towns got destroyed! There was the good Samaritan who died saving a 5-year-old, and the 20-year-old woman who drowned in her car, and at least 24 others.  Vermont experienced its worst flooding in a century. Above, you can see floodwaters overpower a covered bridge near Hartland, Vt. That one ended up mostly washed away — if you need to see what that looks like, here's another video of a 140-year-old bridge succumbing to the flood. And at about 2:38 in this video, you can watch a car get washed downstream. (Update: The Atlantic has also collected some staggering pictures.) That media hype — pretty powerful!

So basically: No chair pictures this time, sorry guys.

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