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Hurricane Irene Hits US East Coast - Aug. 28, 2011

Days after withstanding a rare earthquake, large swaths of the densely populated U.S. East Coast have weathered Irene, a once-powerful hurricane later downgraded to a tropical storm. Irene drenched New York Sunday after coming ashore over coastal areas farther south. At least 18 deaths are blamed on the storm, which prompted a massive mobilization of federal, state and local governments.

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Eddie Lima, left, and Nancy Zakhary wade through a flooded area near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to take some pictures, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawa
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Eddie Lima, left, and Nancy Zakhary wade through a flooded area near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to take some pictures, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawa

A police officer is parked at the end of a flooded street in Brooklyn, New York, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan on Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing
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A police officer is parked at the end of a flooded street in Brooklyn, New York, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan on Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing

Waves crash over the shore during high tide during a storm surge from Hurricane Irene in Bayshore, N.Y., on Long Island, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Waves crash over the shore during high tide during a storm surge from Hurricane Irene in Bayshore, N.Y., on Long Island, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Pat Valent helps friends clear out belongings from their severely storm-damaged beach home in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, Va., after Hurricane Irene hit the region, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Irene inflicted scattered damage over such a broad area
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Pat Valent helps friends clear out belongings from their severely storm-damaged beach home in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, Va., after Hurricane Irene hit the region, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Irene inflicted scattered damage over such a broad area

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