Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Irene – Flood Warnings Issued

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(Best Syndication News) Although Hurricane Irene caused widespread damage all along the east coast, the harm was much less than expected. Forecasters had expected a more powerful storm.

There were 20 people killed and flood waters still threaten residents from Vermont to New York and into parts of the south. Although heavy flooding is expected in the north where the hurricane turned to a tropical storm before entering Canada, there are concerns as far south as North Carolina.

It is estimated that four million homes and businesses are still without power along the eastern seaboard. At least 20 homes were destroyed and many more were damaged.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for North Carolina along the Tar River. Expect dense fog until at least 8 am (EDT) with visibility less than one quarter mile.

On Monday there are flood warnings for Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, and Connecticut.

There is a high-surf warning for the state of Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. There is a high-wind warning for Maine as well.

There are no advisories issued for Washington DC, but President Barack Obama has signed declarations of emergency statements for the following states: North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island , Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

By: Julie Marcus
Science Reporter

Image: Courtesy National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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