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The Aftermath of Hurricane Irene
Monday, August 29th, 2011

Hurricane Irene may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, but she lashed the East Coast with high winds and rains. At least 20 people were killed by the storm and millions are without power.

The hurricane had an enormous 800-kilometer wingspan and packed wind gusts of 115 miles/h, knocking out power to 900,000 homes and businesses along the east coast, AP reports.

New York City, which feared a direct hit by Irene, was spared with flooding limited to low-lying areas. On Sunday, New York lifted its evacuation order for 370,000 people and said subway service, shut down for the first time by a natural disaster, will be partially restored Monday.

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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, Florida.

(Joe Raedle - AFP/Getty Images)
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In this handout image provided by NASA, Hurricane Irene is seen from space from the International Space Station, as it churns off the east coast of the United States, August 26, 201, in the Atlantic Ocean.

(Handout - AFP/Getty Images)
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The Hudson River churns under the early effects of Hurricane Irene August 28, 2011 in New York City.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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A passerby's hair blows in the strong winds as Maryland deals with the after-effects of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Hurricane Irene caused some power outages but no significant damage or flooding throughout the Baltimore region.

(Patrick Smith - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Hasidic Jew makes his way home as Hurricane Irene starts to hit in Brooklyn, in New York, August 27, 2011.

(EMMANUEL DUNAND - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man walks around in the rain in New York August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds.

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY - AFP/Getty Images)
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A taxi speeds by on 42nd Street at Times Square in New York as rains fall before Hurricane Irene hits August 27, 2011.

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A highway sign warns visitors they need to evacuate Dare County in front of Hurricane Irene August 25, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina.

(Scott Olson - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman and her dog, "Sparkle" wait on a bus, departing from Seward Park High School, a desginated evacuation center for citizens who were required to evacuate their premises due to Hurricane Irene, and headed to Intermediate School 131, which was converted to a seperate evacuation center on August 27, 2011 in New York City.

(Andrew Burton - AFP/Getty Images)
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Two men wear garbage bags to shield themselves from Hurricane Irene's heavy rain on August 27, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

(Brendan Hoffman - AFP/Getty Images)
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A local resident of Red Hook, Betty Walsh, crosses a flooded street in Red Hook August 28, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

(Robert Nickelsberg - AFP/Getty Images)
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High winds from Hurricane Irene knocked down five large trees in front of the East River Cooperative Village apartment buildings along Grand Street August 28, 2011 in New York City.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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Sea foam blows onto the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene arrives causing heavy surf on August 27, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland.

(Mark Wilson - AFP/Getty Images)
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Waves crash around a home as Hurricane Irene arrives on August 28, 2011 in Southampton, New York.

(Joe Raedle - AFP/Getty Images)
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Scott Richheimer, Kitchen Manager of the Allegria hotel, stands outside the flooded lobby when Hurricane Irene swept through on August 28, 2011 in Long Beach. New York.

(Mike Stobe - AFP/Getty Images)
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Mark Wade jumps into a puddle while surfing with his friend Craig Busick in a large puddle in front of the Board of Education in Centreville, MD, August 28, 2011, after Hurricane Irene.

(JIM WATSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Miguel Aguado and Claus Espinosa stand on a downed tree as Raul Hernandez leaps off it after Hurricane Irene dumped more than six inches of rain on August 28, 2011 in New York City.

(Mario Tama - AFP/Getty Images)
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Billy Stinson, his wife Sandra Stinson and daughter Erin Stinson walk out to watch the sunset from the steps where their cottage once stood August 28, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed yesterday by Hurrican Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head.

(Scott Olson - AFP/Getty Images)
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The sun sets over Jersey City and the World Trade Center site, with One World Trade Center to the right on August 28, 2011 in New York City.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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