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State-by-State Look at Irene Dangers, Damage

Sunday, 28 August 2011 02:44 PM

Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing more than a dozen people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern seaboard:


  • Irene made landfall Sunday afternoon on the state's shoreline with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
  • One person was killed by a fire in Prospect that was apparently caused by downed wires.
  • Officials warned of possible flooding as a storm surge of 4 to 8 feet coincided with an unusually high tide in Long Island Sound.
  • Thousands were evacuated along the shoreline, with more than 30 municipalities directing people to leave their homes.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.
  • State of emergency declared. National Guard mobilized.


  • At least 36,000 homes and businesses without power.
  • Apparent tornado damages 15 structures near Lewes. Another touched down in Wicomico County. No injuries reported.
  • Governor says worst of Irene passed Sunday and he plans helicopter tour of affected areas.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


  • Surfer killed after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by hurricane. Officials say a New Jersey tourist also died in rough surf.


  • Heavy rains reached state Sunday afternoon.
  • Thousands lose power.
  • Governor declared an emergency.
  • Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.
  • No evacuations planned.
  • Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage amid expectations of 30-foot seas.


  • More than 830,000 homes and businesses reported without power.
  • State police report an apparent tornado touchdown on the lower Eastern Shore; no injuries.
  • National Weather Service warns of flooding in parts of southern and central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
  • Up to 8 inches of rain on lower Eastern Shore.
  • Maryland Transit Administration suspends service.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


  • Irene reaches southern New England on Sunday.
  • The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.
  • In Boston, public transportation was shut down Sunday.
  • Mandatory evacuations were not ordered.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.
  • Red Cross is positioning emergency response vehicles, mobilizing disaster workers and preparing supplies.
  • Forecasts placed the storm's track through western Massachusetts.


  • Drenching rain and high winds reach state Sunday afternoon.
  • More than 100,000 homes and businesses lose power.
  • No evacuations planned.
  • Governor urged people to stay off the roads and beaches.
  • The Red Cross planned to open four shelters.
  • Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors "it's one song for all the marbles."


  • Irene makes landfall along the New Jersey coast near Little Egg Inlet with 75-mph winds, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in more than a century.
  • Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents.
  • 20-year-old woman who had called police to ask for help getting out of her flooded car in Salem County was found dead in the vehicle eight hours later.
  • Governor says more than 15,000 people in shelters.
  • New Jersey Transit trains and buses shut down.
  • Atlantic City casinos shut down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.


  • Irene makes landfall Sunday near Coney Island.
  • In Manhattan, some streets flooded, and two major thoroughfares closed.
  • More than 905,000 homes and businesses statewide lose power, about half on Long Island.
  • Southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway are closed for 137 miles from Albany to West Nyack. Northbound lanes are shut for 90 miles from Westchester County to Saugerties.
  • Local and state police report other closures and suggest people stay off the roads.
  • Bungalows float down streets in Queens. Rescuers search for anyone inside.
  • Mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000. Order lifted at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
  • New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down until at least Monday. The five main New York-area airports also closed. As of 2:30 Sunday, there was still no timetable for restarting subways or regional rail systems.
  • Taxis in New York City switch from metered fares to zone fares.


  • Hurricane made landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Storm surge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feet along Outer Banks.
  • At least five people killed.
  • More than 560,000 people lost electricity.
  • The Neuse River pours over its banks and into the city of New Bern. Several dozen people had to be rescued from homes as up to 4 feet of water rushed in.
  • More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.
  • 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.
  • Ferry service suspended until winds subside.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.
  • Governor headed out on aerial tour of hardest-hit counties.


  • One man killed in Palmyra when a tree limb fell on his camping tent.
  • Flood and flash flood warnings in several counties in central and eastern portions of the state.
  • More than 500,000 lost power across the state.
  • Governor declared state of emergency.
  • A half-foot of rain fell in Philadelphia. A state of emergency declared by the mayor on Saturday — the first since one triggered by racial tensions in 1986 — was lifted Sunday. The rainfall came on top of an already single-month record of more than 13 inches.
  • Mass transit serving Philadelphia resumed bus, trolley and subway service, but regional trains to the suburbs still closed.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


  • Irene made landfall Sunday as tropical storm.
  • More than 200,000 customers lost power.
  • Officials warned of tidal surges that could bring significant coastal flooding during the evening high tide Sunday.
  • Federal and state emergencies declared.
  • Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities including Bristol, Charlestown, Narragansett, South Kingstown, and Westerly. Other communities have voluntary evacuation orders.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice.
  • Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.
  • 300 National Guard troops on standby.


  • Irene was moving away from the state Saturday morning.
  • No mandatory evacuations ordered.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.
  • Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.
  • About 5,000 customers lost power from storms in Irene's outer bands.


  • Heavy rains began falling early Sunday, with flash flooding and evacuations ongoing in southern Vermont by late morning.
  • Bad conditions and flooding were expected to spread northerly through the day, with rivers in northern Vermont cresting late Sunday night or early Monday.
  • The Red Cross opened with shelters, with the one in Brattleboro housing about 50 people by midday Sunday.
  • Utilities reported about 18,000 power outages as of midday, with more heavy rain and high winds expected.


  • Millions lose power.
  • Officials say the full extent of the damage may not be known for days because some roads could remain impassible and rivers have yet to crest.
  • Suffolk received 11 inches of rain and other localities east of Interstate 95 generally received 5-10 inches.
  • Mandatory evacuations ordered for at least 11 localities, among them the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and for low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth.
  • Three storm-related deaths reported.
  • Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.
  • Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003.
  • The Navy ordered the Second Fleet out to sea to escape the storm.


  • At least 36,000 homes and businesses without power.
  • About 200 trees were down around the city.
  • Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
  • Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.
  • Public transit in nation's capital was to run on schedule Sunday.

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