Hurricane Irene ~ August 2011


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HURRICANE IRENE Hurricane Irene of August 2011 was an Atlantic hurricane that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean , the United States East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada . The ninth named storm, first hurricane and first major hurricane of the 2011 season, Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. It developed atmospheric convection and a closed cyclonic circulation centre, prompting the National Hurricane Centre, to initiate public advisories on the tropical cyclone late on August 20. Subsequent convective organization occurred as it passed the Leeward Islands, and by August 21, it moved very close to Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The next day Irene made landfall at hurricane strength near Puerto Rico, where high winds and intermittent torrents caused significant property damage. Irene tracked just north of Hispaniola as an intensifying Category 1 hurricane, skirting the coast with heavy precipitation and strong winds that killed several people. After crossing the Turks and Caicos Islands, the hurricane quickly strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane while passing through The Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of extensive structural damage in its wake. Curving toward the north, Irene skirted past Florida with its outer bands producing tropical-storm-force winds. It made landfall over Eastern North Carolina ‘s Outer Banks on the morning of August 27 and moved along south eastern Virginia, affecting the Hampton Roads region. After briefly re-emerging over water, Irene made second US landfall near Little Egg Inlet in New Jersey during the morning of August 28, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 1903. Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its third U.S. landfall in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York, at approximately 9:00 am on August 28. Considerable damage occurred in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and in Vermont, which suffered from the worst flooding in centuries.

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Hurricane Irene passes over Puerto Rico (NASA)

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A resident rides a horse through a flooded neighbourhood 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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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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Billy Stinson and his wife comforts their 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. (Scott Olson/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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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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A surfer passes the broken end of the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C. on Aug 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene spent 12 hours scouring the coast, killed at least forty people, brought pockets of flooding that required rescues along the sounds, and left nearly a half-million customers without power. (John Rottet /Observer/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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A group of sailors run through the streets of the nation's capital during pouring rain in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Mark Wade chases his friend Craig Busick as he surfs a large puddle in front of the Board of Education in Centreville, Md. on August 28, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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A resident in a Battery Park City high rise apartment building tapes his windows ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 26, 2011 in New York City. (Chip Somodevilla /Getty Images)

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Workers walk in a nearly-deserted Grand Central Terminal in New York on August 27, 2011. (Marjorie Anders/NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority/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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Branches litter an alley after Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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A deer wades through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011, in Lincoln Park, N.J. Irene was just the third hurricane to come ashore in New Jersey in the past 200 years. (Julio Cortez/AP)

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Henry Walker (right) plays around with friends Keron Roundtree (left) and Barry Gurley as rapidly rising floodwaters covered in leaking kerosene fill a neighborhood in the South Ward district of Trenton, N.J. on August 28, 2011. (Chip East/Reuters)

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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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A man walks on a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, N.J. on August 28, 2011. (Mel Evans/AP)

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Nick Siragusa works on keeping the sump pump unplugged as he helps remove the water from the flooded lobby of the Allegria hotel as Hurricane Irene swept through on August 28, 2011 in Long Beach, N.Y. (Joe Raedle /Getty Images)

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