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In Focus: Hurricane Irene

OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 28: Large waves from Hurricane Irene pound the Ocean City pier on August 28, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. During the night Hurricane Irene past by the small resort town causing power outages, with minimal flood and wind damage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

August 29, 2011

Over the past week, Hurricane Irene grew from a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean to a Category 3 hurricane as it blew north along the East Coast of the United States. High winds and tremendous rainfall downed trees and battered shorelines, leaving millions without power and causing some 26 deaths across nine states. Though Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall in New York, the heavy downpours have caused flooding problems across many states that are still unfolding. Collected below are some images from the brief, eventful life of Hurricane Irene.


Betty Walsh crosses a flooded street on Sunday in Red Hook, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, after Tropical Storm Irene had passed by. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

A NASA photo taken by an Expedition 28 crew member aboard the International Space Station shows an image of Hurricane Irene off the East Coast of the United States on Friday around 4:30 p.m. EDT. (NASA/Expedition 28 - ISS/Goddard Space Flight Center/Handout/Reuters)

A man surveys the damage around a friend's home in the background as a sailboat is washed ashore as Hurricane Irene arrives on Sunday in Southampton, N.Y. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A man stands in the middle of a deserted Broadway in Lower Manhattan early on Sunday, as Hurricane Irene hits the city with rain and high winds. New York City resembled a ghost town after 370,000 people were told to evacuate flood-prone regions, including areas near Wall Street and at Coney Island. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Two men push a cart through a deserted Grand Central Terminal in New York on Saturday. Metro North suspended service and Amtrak was running on a reduced schedule due to Hurricane Irene. (NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Marjorie Anders/AP)

A New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee fills an "AquaDam," placed across the Long Island Rail Road tracks at New York City's Penn Station, on Saturday. The temporary barrier was installed to help keep flood waters stirred up by Hurricane Irene out of the station's tunnels. (New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, John Kettel/AP)

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

Boats sit in an almost empty channel as Hurricane Irene pushes the water out in to Albemarle Sound on Saturday in Nags Head, N.C. (The News & Observer, Shawn Rocco/AP)

Abandoned beachfront houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., on Saturday. (Gerry Broome/AP)

A surfer braves the wind and waves at The Washout at Folly Beach created by Hurricane Irene in Folly Beach, S.C. (The Post And Courier, Sarah Bates/AP)

A crayfish walks along a gas station parking lot in Millsboro, Del., early Sunday. The hurricane unloaded more than a foot of water on North Carolina, spun off tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, and left 3 million homes and businesses without power as it moved up the East Coast. (The Wilmington News-Journal, Suchat Pederson/AP)

A shopper passes by empty shelves while looking for bottled water at a Stop and Shop at Rockaway Beach in New York on Friday. (Allison Joyce/Reuters)

Waves break along the pier, which was damaged during Hurricane Irene, in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

A destroyed home sits near the shoreline of the Pamilco River near Aurora, N.C., on Sunday after Hurricane Irene hit the North Carolina coast. (Chuck Burton/AP)

A deer wades through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, on Sunday, in Lincoln Park, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)


Waves sweep over a beached sailboat in Bogue Sound as the backside of Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Morehead City, N.C., on Saturday. (Steve Nesius/Reuters)

An Eyewitness News SUV is covered in sand and mud left behind when Hurricane Irene swept through on Sunday in Long Beach, N.Y. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The American flag flies in tatters above the U.S. Capitol after Hurricane Irene moved through the nation's capital on Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Janie Gibbs helps clean up a friend's destroyed home on Sunday after it was hit on Saturday by Hurricane Irene in Columbia, N.C. The storm killed at least 14 people and left 4 million homes and businesses without power. (John Bazemore/AP)

Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge are hit by Hurricane Irene, in New York, on Sunday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Elijah Gothard, left, and Amanda Tanguay, right, interns at the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island, help move turtles out of the center on Friday before the worst of Hurricane Irene hits the island, in Surf City, N.C. (The Wilmington Star-News, Matt Born/AP)

Jackie Sparnackel has to abandon her van and her belongings near the Frisco Pier after she drove up to see how the storm-battered structure was doing on Saturday in Frisco, N.C. Friends tried to tow her out but she was caught in an overwash. Hurricane-force winds from Irene were battering the island, where power has been knocked out. (The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy/AP)

Streets of Long Beach Island, N.J., are flooded after Hurricane Irene moved through the area on Sunday. (Rich Schultz/AP)

A young boy leans into powerful wind gusts near the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan just hours after Hurricane Irene blew through the city on Sunday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Neighbors look at a scene where a large tree crushed a car on Sunday in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

An unidentified male hangs on to a branch in a rain-swollen creek as he waits for rescuers in New City, N.Y., on Sunday. He and three others went tubing in the creek and had to be rescued by New City and Stony Point fire departments' water-rescue teams. With the rains and wind of Tropical Storm Irene heading north, some people went out for recreation in the unusual conditions left in the storm's wake. (The Journal News, Peter Carr/AP)

Darrell Tarte, a property estimator with Erie Insurance, surveys damage from a tree at a home in Port Republic, Md., after Hurricane Irene passed on Sunday. (Steve Ruark/AP)

Melvin Flores uses a pail to scoop floodwaters out of his utility room in his apartment after rain from Hurricane Irene on Sunday in Little Falls, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette looks at a collapsed bridge on Route 9 in Woodford, Vt., on Sunday. The remnants of Hurricane Irene dumped torrential rains on Vermont, flooding rivers and closing roads from Massachusetts to the Canadian border, putting parts of two towns underwater and leaving one young woman swept away and feared drowned in the Deerfield River. (Bennington Banner, Austen Danforth/AP)

A pine tree collapsed after Hurricane Irene passed on Sunday in Jacksonville, N.C. (The Jacksonville Daily News, John Althouse/AP)

Police and fire officials look over the scene of fast-moving floodwaters overlapping parked cars on Ferry Street in Trenton, N.J., in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on Sunday. (The Trentonian, Jackie Schear/AP)

Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood on Sunday in Nags Head, N.C. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed by Hurricane Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," Erin said afterward. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sand covers the boardwalk after Hurricane Irene passed through in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

Mark Wade chases his friend Craig Busick, center, as he surfs a large puddle in front of the Board of Education building in Centreville, Md., on Sunday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mel Martin joins a crowd watching the raging Whetstone Brook surge over the falls in downtown Brattleboro, Vt., on Sunday. (The Brattleboro Reformer, Chris Bertelsen/AP)

A person searches for anyone who might be occupying a building as raging floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene cross Route 100, closing the main road to traffic in Waitsfield, Vt., on Sunday. (Sandy Macys/AP)

A resident walks through floodwater on Coney Island after Hurricane Irene hit, in New York, on Sunday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

A Fairfield Beach Road home is submerged in Pine Creek in Fairfield, Conn., as treacherous weather caused by Tropical Storm Irene came through the area on Sunday. (The Connecticut Post, Cathy Zuraw/AP)

A woman walks off the Long Beach Park beach as the sun sets and the sky clears from Hurricane Irene in Long Beach, N.Y., on Sunday. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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