Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irene Leaves more than 40 Dead in the U.S. - 30th Aug 2011

At least 40 people have died after Hurricane Irene lashed the east coast of the US. Around five million people are without power while the total cost to country's the economy could reach $20bn.

As Irene passed over the US into Canada, thousands of homeowners were left surveying its destructive power.

New Jersey and Vermont suffered their worst flooding in decades after Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, slammed an already soaked region with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighbourhoods underwater.

New York City was spared from the worst of Irene and many people returned to work on Monday.

Airports in New York, Boston and Philadelphia have reopened but officials estimate it will take a several days to get hundreds of thousands of stranded travellers to their final destinations.

Overall, some 5.1m homes and businesses were still without power, from North Carolina to Maine, and utility companies say it could take days to restore electricity in more accessible areas, and weeks in the hardest-hit regions. Read More