Tropical Storm Irene passes over New York
Sunday, August 28, 2011
New York City at about 0900 local time (1300 UTC) today, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 65 miles per hour (96.6 km/h)., recently downgraded from a hurricane, passed over
Flooding has been reported in New York City, where the Hudson River spilled over its banks into Manhattan and the East River briefly flooded. Floods were also reported in Brooklyn. Water was reported to be insideand near the . The water level of New York Harbor is as much as four feet higher than normal, with a predicted storm surge of up to eight feet.
Elsewhere in the northeast, suburbs of Philadelphia also flooded; mayor described the scene in one area as "couches, furniture, all kinds of stuff floating down the street."
Up to eleven people have been reported killed by the storm, five in North Carolina, three in Virginia and one each in Florida, Maryland and Connecticut. Some three million people evacuated from areas expected to be impacted by the storm, and another three million are reported to be without power.
Irene made landfall in North Carolina on Saturday, bringing up to fourteen inches (~36 cm) of rain and a storm surge measuring four feet in the Cheasapeake Bay with it. At about 0530 local time today, the storm made its second landfall as it passed over, New Jersey.
According to New Jersey governor , the storm is expected to cause damage "in the billions of dollars, if not in the tens of billions of dollars."
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