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or August is normally dull for news. Thank goodness for Irene! Reporters braved winds to bring you the latest in hurricane hype ... leaving viewers all wet. Irene also gave politicians a chance to look good for the cameras. Wow! Look at Michael Bloomberg do his mayoral thing! Across the river, Chris Christie looked the man in charge and dare we say presidential? Christie also weighed in with his own evacuation orders. Hurricane hype set off panic buying at area stores, providing a big boost to some businesses. But it hurt New York City's food and beverage and tourism industries. A mass transit shutdown a full day before the storm left passengers frustrated. Was Bloomberg overcompensating for something? Meanwhile, Typhoon Nanmadol hit Taiwan on Sunday. It's one of many we expect to see this year. Pardon us if we don't get as excited.