August 29, 2011, 5:28 PM — Though its impact was less intense that TV weather casters predicted, Hurricane Irene still did a lot of damage, including 29 deaths, billions worth of damage from wind and floods and, most significantly for the greatest number, knocking out power for millions of people up the East coast as far north of Montreal.
Most of those people don't have the luxury of staying home to clean up after the storm. Most had to go to work today, though the lucky ones did it virtually. They found out working from a blackout zone isn't as easy as working from the road. It's more like being one of the zombies in a horror movie -- trying to get your share of brains while all the other ghouls try to elbow you aside, not always with their own elbows.
There are some ways to get ahead of the crowd, though.
Tips for working from the blackout zone: