Hurricane Irene Hammers the United States

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Hurricane Irene Hammers the United States

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Hurricane Irene wound up by most estimates as one of the top ten most destructive and deadly hurricanes to hit the United States since 1980. While ultimately not as powerful as many had predicted, the storm still killed at least 27 people along its path from the Caribbean to the eastern seaboard. Transportation was shut down all along the east coast, stranding residents and tourists in shelters, airports, and train stations. More than 5.8 million customers lost electricity, thousands of flights were cancelled, flooding washed out roads and destroyed homes, and evacuation orders were issued for hundreds of thousands. HURRICANE IRENE

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Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood on August 28, 2011 in Nags Head, N.C. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed by Hurricane Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," said Erin afterward . (Scott Olson/Getty Images

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A man wades through a flooded street after hurricane Irene hit Naguabo , Puerto Rico on August 22, 2011. (Ricardo Arduengo /AP)

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A resident rides a horse through a flooded neighborhood after the passing of Hurricane Irene in Nagua , Dominican Republic on August 23, 2011. Hundreds were displaced by flooding in the Dominican Republic, forced to take refuge in churches, schools or relatives' homes. Electricity also was cut in some areas. (Roberto Guzman/AP)

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Bill Olney, an electronics technician aboard a P-3 Orion turboprop named "Kermit", prepares a dropsonde to be sent into Hurricane Irene as the crew observes the storm. (Chris Urso /Tampa Tribune/AP)

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Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Fla. (Joe Raedle /Getty Images)

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Hardware store employees Richard Howell (left) and Farid Elattar load up emergency generators in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Virginia Beach, Va. on August 26, 2011. (Steve Helber /AP)

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Sentara Nursing Center Currituck residents are evacuated in response to a mandatory order in Barco, N.C. on August 26, 2011. (Jim R. Bounds/AP)

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Tybee Island Ocean Rescue lifeguard Andrew Robinson watches surfers with a pair of binoculars after closing the water to swimmers from the pier in Tybee Island, Ga. on August 26, 2011. (Stephen Morton/AP)

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Hotel workers put outdoor furniture in a pool to keep it from blowing away in preparation for Hurricane Irene on August 26, 2011 in Ocean City, Md. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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A family runs to make a connection at Union Square station as New York City's entire mass transit system shuts down at noon on August 27, 2011 to prepare for Hurricane Irene. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jackie Sparnackel has to abandon her van and her belongings near the Frisco Pier after she drove up to see how the storm-battered structure was doing on August 27, 2011 in Frisco, N.C. (Chuck Liddy /The News & Observer/AP)

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People shield themselves from blowing sand and rain as they look over the beach during Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Noy Chanthasri and her mother Suksan Chanthasri , who is visiting from Thailand, play "rummy" in the Norview High School shelter on August 27, 2011, in Norfolk, Va. (Bill Tiernan /The Virginian-Pilot/AP)

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Two men paddle a boat down a street flooded by Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Manteo, N.C. (John Bazemore /AP)

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Branches litter an alley after Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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Roads flood in Hatteras Island, N.C. on August 28, 2011after Hurricane Irene swept through the area cutting the roadway in five locations. (Jim R. Bounds/AP)

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Steve Egbert of Des Moines, Iowa reads from his journal at a shelter set up in Portland, Maine as Hurricane Irene made its way into the state on August 28, 2011. Egbert had been camping in western Maine for a week and was trying to get home, when both his bus and plane reservations were cancelled. (Pat Wellenbach /AP)

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Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette looks at a collapsed bridge on Route 9 in Woodford, Vt. on August 28, 2011. (Austen Danforth/Bennington Banner/AP)

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Janie Gibbs helps clean up a friend's destroyed home on August 28, 2011 after it was hit by Hurricane Irene in Columbia, N.C. (John Bazemore /AP)

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A man walks across a nearly-deserted 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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