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Irene: State by State Damages, Death Toll

A List of Irene's Havoc

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    Storm surf continues to batter a fishing pier after waves destroyed the end of the pier as Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Morehead City, North Carolina August 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene howled ashore in North Carolina with heavy winds, rain and surf on Saturday on a path threatening the densely populated U.S. East Coast with flooding and power outages.
By R. Leigh Coleman, Christian Post Reporter
August 31, 2011|1:22 am

Residents in the East are coping with the lingering effects of Irene, the deadly storm that swept up the coast, first as a hurricane and later as a tropical storm.

Here is a state-by-state look at its impact:

CONNECTICUT
- Two deaths.
- 499,000 customers without power at midday Tuesday, down from a peak of about 770,000 on Sunday.
- Close to 1,000 roads were not passable because of downed tree limbs and power lines.
- "Clearly this could have been worse, but it was pretty bad out there," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

DELAWARE
- Two deaths.
- 3,500 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- A washed-out road in Prime Hook area left residents without their only route into and out of a development.
- "We had certainly prayed that our state would get through Hurricane Irene without the loss of life, Gov. Jack Markell said.

FLORIDA
- One death.
- No power outages due to storm.
- Minimal impact on the state.

MAINE
- Two deaths.
- 68,000 without power as of Tuesday afternoon.
- The 14 municipalities in Androscoggin County put their preliminary damage estimate at $184,000, but the overall costs for the state will likely reach into the millions; two bridges washed out on primary road near entrance to Sugarloaf ski resort.
- "It's been long and laborious," Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Budway said about efforts to restore power and clean up after the storm.

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MARYLAND
- Two deaths.
- 250,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Many schools closed.
- "I think none of us are satisfied and won't be satisfied until everybody gets turned back on," Gov. Martin O'Malley said.

MASSACHUSETTS
- One death.
- 190,000 without power as of Tuesday night.
- Flooding in western Massachusetts; about 55 people still in shelters; 1,800 National Guard troops deployed to help.
- "I'm hoping we can save some of it, that's all. We have to start all over again," said Marion Bender of Greenfield, whose apartment was badly flooded.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
- One death.
- More than 26,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Portions of 10 state roads closed because of flooding.
- "Someone asked me if the leaves were affected, but they were not, since it was an early storm with little wind, and the leaves in August are still firmly attached to the trees," said Jayne O'Connor, president of White Mountain Attractions.

NEW JERSEY
- Six deaths.
- 300,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Major flooding even as most floodwaters recede; new evacuations in the city of Paterson; Trenton railroad station closed, halting Amtrak and commuter trains.
- "I lost everything. My pictures. Everything that means something - they're in the garbage. I don't have anything to tell my daughter, 'This belonged to you when you were 2 years old,'" said Olga Rivera of Lodi, N.J., whose apartment was flooded.

NEW YORK
- Nine deaths.
- 528,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Several roads and bridges washed out or damaged in the Hudson Valley, Schoharie Valley, Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains; floodwaters receding, though some rivers, creeks and streams still over their banks.
- "To get back to some semblance of normal, it's just staggering to think about," said Richard Ball, owner of Schoharie Valley Farms.

NORTH CAROLINA
- Six deaths.
- 145,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Channels newly cut through the northern portion of Hatteras Island damaged the only road to the mainland for residents of the 30-mile-long barrier Island that includes Cape Hatteras.
- "It's kind of like a mini-vacation," Hatteras florist Sydnee Slaughter said of the sudden lack of tourists on the vacation village at the end of Hatteras Island. "But an uncomfortable vacation because there's no air conditioning."

PENNSYLVANIA
- Five deaths.
- 154,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Some roads and low-lying areas flooded in eastern Pennsylvania; numerous felled trees being removed.
- "We have to get people back into their homes," said Gov. Tom Corbett.

RHODE ISLAND
- No deaths.
- 100,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Extensive tree damage in places; some damage from coastal flooding.
- "We got spared in a lot of ways," Gov. Lincoln Chafee said. "Now we just have to work hard to get the power back on."

SOUTH CAROLINA
- No deaths.
- Power restored to all customers.
- Damage confined to downed power lines, tree limbs and beaches; beach erosion in the middle of the coast; dune walkovers on Sullivans Island and Folly Beach damaged; Folly Beach County Park southwest of Charleston closed because of damage.
- "Certainly you don't need to flee the coast and panic," said Gov. Nikki Haley who decided Thursday that no evacuations in South Carolina would be necessary.

VERMONT
- Three deaths; one person missing.
- More than 18,000 without power Tuesday.
- Hundreds of road closed; scores of bridges destroyed or damaged.
- "We haven't seen flooding like this, certainly since the early part of the 1900s. The areas that got flooding are in really tough shape," Gov. Peter Shumlin said.

VIRGINIA
- Four deaths.
- More than 400,000 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- Gov. Bob McDonnell said Richmond appeared hardest hit due to the number of toppled trees and power outages; Nansemond and Blackwater rivers in Hampton Roads cresting at moderate flood stage.
- "We really had prepared for the worst, and I think we fared better than expected," McDonnell said.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
- No deaths.
- 3,500 without power as of noon Tuesday.
- 2 million gallons of rain mixed with raw sewage overwhelmed pumping stations, poured into waterways.
- "We fared much better than we could have," Mayor Vincent Gray said.

(Source: Washington Post).

 

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