Hurricane Irene update: Sunday morning sees storm's fury move north
Sunday morning saw a slightly diminished hurricane Irene continuing its move up the East Coast with wind, rain, and coastal storm surges hitting New York and New Jersey.
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For the most part, people in Irene’s path heeded the warnings of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and other officials and stayed hunkered down in their homes. Public transportation systems, airlines, and Amtrak had ceased operations in most places as well.Skip to next paragraph
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New York City anticipated the greatest possibility of storm surges and flooding Sunday morning at high tide. Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of the region as well, and one twister reportedly touched down near Chatsworth, New Jersey.
So far, Irene has knocked out electrical power for about three million homes and businesses in the storm’s path, including more than one million in North Carolina and Virginia and nearly a half million in New York and its suburbs.
Though its fury may have abated, Irene has not been without significant cost.
So far, ten people have been killed in storm-related incidents, and experts expect financial losses to range into the billions of dollars.
Irene is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit New York since Gloria in 1985.
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