State-by-state look at Irene dangers, damage

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Posted: Aug 28, 2011 7:45 PM
State-by-state look at Irene dangers, damage

Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least 21 people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern seaboard:

CONNECTICUT

__ Irene made landfall Sunday afternoon on the state's shoreline with winds of 60 mph.

__ Power cut to much of Bridgeport, the state's largest city, because of flooding concerns at substations. Mayor imposes 8 p.m. Sunday curfew as crews deal with the problem.

__ Officials warned of possible flooding as a storm surge of 4 to 8 feet coincided with an unusually high tide in Long Island Sound.

__ Thousands evacuated along the shoreline, with more than 30 municipalities directing people to leave their homes.

__ State of emergency declared. National Guard mobilized.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

DELAWARE

__ About 31,000 homes and businesses without power as of late Sunday afternoon.

__ Apparent tornado damages 15 structures near Lewes. Another touched down in Wicomico County. No injuries reported.

__ Residents of a small coastal community were left isolated from their homes after an access road through Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in southern Delaware was washed out.

__ Governor says worst of Irene passed Sunday; he went on a helicopter tour of affected areas.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999; Tropical Storm Isabel struck in 2003.

FLORIDA

__ Hurricane kicks up heavy waves killing a 55-year-old surfer when he is tossed off his board; a New Jersey tourist, also 55, dies in rough surf.

MAINE

__ Heavy rains reached state Sunday.

__ More than 160,000 customers without power by Sunday afternoon.

__ Flash flood warnings in effect Sunday for northern and western Maine. Offshore, seas were expected to build to about 20 feet.

__ Strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph expected through the night and into early Monday.

__ Governor had declared an emergency prior to the storm. No evacuations were planned. Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage.

MARYLAND

__ At least 645,000 homes and businesses without power late Sunday afternoon.

__ State police report an apparent tornado touchdown on the lower Eastern Shore; no injuries.

__ National Weather Service warns of flooding in parts of southern and central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

__ Up to 12 inches of rain fell on Ocean City.

__Ocean City, following its first evacuation order since 1985, said Sunday morning that residents and tourists could return.

__ Maryland Transit Administration restored service Sunday after suspending it.

__Bay Bridge and other bridges reopened Sunday after being shut down at height of storm.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999; state was pounded by Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.

__In Queen Anne's County, an 85-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell into a chimney, which crashed into the sunroom where she was sitting.

MASSACHUSETTS

__ The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops would be activated Saturday.

__ Mandatory evacuations were not ordered.

__ Red Cross positioned emergency response vehicles, mobilized disaster workers.

__ Irene reaches southern New England on Sunday.

__ More than 500,000 power customers lose service.

__ Public transportation in Boston shut down Sunday.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

__ Drenching rain and high winds reach state Sunday afternoon.

__ More than 100,000 homes and businesses lose power.

__ No evacuations planned.

__ Governor urged people to stay off the roads and beaches.

__ The Red Cross planned to open four shelters.

__ Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors "it's one song for all the marbles."

NEW JERSEY

__ Irene makes landfall along the New Jersey coast near Little Egg Inlet with 75 mph winds, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in more than a century.

__ Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents.

__ More than 920,000 homes and businesses lose power.

__ 20-year-old woman who had called police to ask for help getting out of her flooded car in Salem County was found dead in the vehicle eight hours later.

__ Governor says more than 15,000 people in shelters.

__ New Jersey Transit trains and buses shut down.

__ Atlantic City casinos shut down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.

NEW YORK

__ Irene makes landfall Sunday near Coney Island.

__ Some streets flooded in Manhattan; two major thoroughfares closed.

__ More than 905,000 homes and businesses statewide lose power, about half on Long Island.

__ Southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway closed for 137 miles from Albany to West Nyack. Northbound lanes shut for 90 miles from Westchester County to Saugerties.

__ Bungalows float down streets in Queens. Rescuers search for anyone inside.

__ New York's major airports closed Sunday. Three to reopen for most flights Monday morning.

__ Before the storm, mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000. Order lifted at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

__ New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down until at least Monday. The five main New York-area airports also closed. As of 2:30 Sunday, there was no timetable for restarting subways or regional rail systems.

NORTH CAROLINA

__ Hurricane makes landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Highest wind gust of 115 mph recorded at Cedar Island ferry terminal. Highest rainfall amount is 15.74 inches in Bayboro.

__ More than 400,000 remain without electricity early Sunday evening, down from 560,000.

__Local officials reported a 13-foot surge from Pamlico Sound into Beaufort County.

__ The Neuse River poured over its banks and into the city of New Bern. Several dozen people were rescued from homes as up to 4 feet of water rushed in.

__Ferries carry supplies to Hatteras Island after the storm caused breaches in the road connecting it to the mainland

__ More than 60 shelters were opened open in 26 counties.

__ Nearly 1900 prisoners evacuated from three coastal prisons.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

PENNSYLVANIA

__ Flooding in several counties in central and eastern portions of the state.

__ Nearly 700,000 lost power across the state.

__ Governor declared state of emergency.

__ A half-foot of rain fell in Philadelphia. A state of emergency declared by the mayor on Saturday _ the first since one triggered by racial tensions in 1986 _ was lifted Sunday. The rainfall came on top of an already single-month record of more than 13 inches.

__ Mass transit serving Philadelphia resumed bus, trolley and subway service; regional trains set to resume Monday.

__ Philadelphia International Airport reopened Sunday afternoon but no departures scheduled.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

RHODE ISLAND

__ Irene made landfall Sunday as a tropical storm.

__ More than 270,000 customers lost power.

__ Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency said state weathered the morning high tide without widespread coastal flooding. But officials were keeping a close eye on water levels heading into the high tide expected at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

__ Federal and state emergencies declared.

__ Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities including Bristol, Charlestown, Narragansett, South Kingstown, and Westerly. Other communities have voluntary evacuation orders.

__ Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.

__ 300 National Guard troops on standby.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice.

SOUTH CAROLINA

__ Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.

__ About 5,000 customers lost power from storms in Irene's outer bands.

__ No mandatory evacuations ordered.

__ Irene moved away from the state Saturday morning.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.

VERMONT

__ Heavy rains began falling early Sunday, with flash flooding and evacuations ongoing in southern Vermont by late morning.

__ Flooding expected to occur in northern Vermont as the storm moves in that direction during the day. Rivers in northern Vermont should crest late Sunday night or early Monday.

__ The Red Cross opened shelters, with one in Brattleboro housing about 50 people by midday Sunday.

__ About 18,000 power outages reported by midday Sunday.

VIRGINIA

__ Nearly 800,000 without power early Sunday evening, down from a peak of about 1 million.

__ Officials say the scope of the damage may not be known for days because some roads could remain impassible and rivers have yet to crest.

__ Suffolk received 11 inches of rain and other localities east of Interstate 95 received about 5-10 inches.

__ Mandatory evacuations were ordered for at least 11 communities, including the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth.

__ The Navy ordered the Second Fleet out to sea to escape the storm.

__ Apparent tornado heavily damaged five homes in the Sandbridge area.

__ Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

__ About 30,000 homes and businesses without power.

__ About 200 trees were down around the city.

__ Washington National Cathedral officials say Hurricane Irene has not worsened any damage from last week's earthquake that caused significant damage at the church.

__ Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

__ Public transit in nation's capital never shut down.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.