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.