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Irene Claims Hoyer's Trees, Barn

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

RENO, Nev.—House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was no luckier than his shorn Maryland constituents when Hurricane Irene roared up the Eastern seaboard this weekend, he told National Journal today.

"Seventeen trees I lost. The house, luckily, wasn't a problem," Hoyer said when asked how he fared during the storm. "I lost the northeast corner of my barn, and the roof is hanging there. I've got guys looking at it right now to make sure it doesn't fall down."

Hoyer flew over his district on Sunday to survey the damage, a view he said didn't fully demonstrate the extent of the damage. The view on the ground, he said, was much worse thn it was from the air.

More than 24,000 people are still without power in Calvert, St. Mary's, Prince George's, and Charles Counties, according to Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative.

Hoyer attended a clean energy forum in Las Vegas on Monday before flying to Reno to campaign with Nevada state Treasurer Kate Marshall, the Democrat running to fill an open House seat. Hoyer and Marshall stopped at a green energy company in Sparks and a senior center in Reno. Hoyer will attend a fundraiser for Marshall this evening.

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