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It was a day at the beach in Southampton

Children enjoy a beach day in Southampton after

Children enjoy a beach day in Southampton after Hurricane Irene. (Aug. 29, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

In August in the Hamptons, a sunny day is a beach day, it’s as simple as that.

On Monday, the fact that a tropical storm had just hit Long Island the day before was no exception to that rule.

“It’s gorgeous out,” said Molly Finnerty, who was at the beach at Gin Lane and Old Town Road in Southampton with her family, explaining that they spent the morning cleaning up her mother’s yard of debris so they could spend the afternoon at the beach.

“It’s actually better,” she said about the beach post-Irene. “It’s extra nice, extra clean. There are beautiful waves.”

Ann LaWall, who lives north of the highway in Southampton and said she was barely affected by the storm, brought a bag lunch to enjoy at the beach.

She sat on a bench with her feet dangling. The bench seemed to have been lifted from the ground because so much of the sand underneath it had washed away - the only sign of what had passed the day before, she said.

“It’s like nothing ever happened,” she said, as people on the beach lounged on towels, dove through waves and glided on boogie boards.

Mackie Finnerty, Molly Finnerty’s mother who lives in Southampton Village, said they had lost power during the storm and had to throw away a lot of food that had gone bad, but otherwise the storm’s biggest impact was keeping her grandchildren inside on their summer vacation.

“They are happy to be here today,” she said as three of her 11 grandchildren played in the waves. “At least they only missed one day.”

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