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Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall in US

Hurricane Irene storms ashore in the eastern U.S. state of North Carolina Saturday, beginning its potentially devastating trek up the East Coast. Irene carried winds of 140 kilometers per hour as it made landfall and battered the eastern U.S. coast with heavy rains. The storm has already toppled trees, flooded streets and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.

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Alora Goldsmith, 10, battles the wind and rain as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, August 27, 2011 (AP)
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Alora Goldsmith, 10, battles the wind and rain as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, August 27, 2011 (AP)

Residents of the Far Rockaway section of New York City crowd onto a bus as they evacuate the area ahead of Hurricane Irene, 27 August 2011. (Reuters Image)
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Residents of the Far Rockaway section of New York City crowd onto a bus as they evacuate the area ahead of Hurricane Irene, 27 August 2011. (Reuters Image)

Resident Don Hurtig looks over an oak tree that blew over in his front yard as Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Morehead City, North Carolina. (Reuters Image)
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Resident Don Hurtig looks over an oak tree that blew over in his front yard as Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Morehead City, North Carolina. (Reuters Image)

Hurricane Irene hits Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Rodanthe, North Carolina. (Reuters Image)
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Hurricane Irene hits Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Rodanthe, North Carolina. (Reuters Image)

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