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5:15am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Irene: Not A Monster, But Lots Of Damage

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 5:27 am

Flooding Sunday in Waitsfield, Vt.
Sandy Macys AP

Hurricane Irene is gone, but she won't be forgotten anytime soon.

As NPR's Larry Abramson said today on Morning Edition, "Irene did not turn out to be the storm of the century" and many beach towns "were stunned by how lucky they were."

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2:09am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene: Wet, Deadly And Expensive, But No Monster

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:29 am

A surfer in Long Beach, N.Y., passes heavy machinery Monday that was removing the remnants of a lifeguard shack that was knocked off its footing during Irene.
Craig Ruttle AP

The remnants of Hurricane Irene moved north Monday into Canada, leaving behind a path of destruction after raking the mid-Atlantic and northeast, where residents faced damaging floods triggered by hours of torrential rains.

While Irene's maximum wind speed might not compare with other legendary hurricanes, the storm had tremendous reach. A couple of days after it beat up on North Carolina, it still had enough strength to pummel Vermont and other parts of New England.

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2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Irene Spares Jersey Shore From Major Damage

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Politics: Irene Is Not Just A Weather Story

Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Some Areas Stunned By Irene's Mild Touch

While Hurricane Irene did not turn to be the storm of the century, it did cause millions to lose power, forced hundreds of thousands to be evacuated and resulted in a number of fatalities.

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