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Update: Still Dealing With The Aftermath Of Irene – VIDEO

Update: Still Dealing With The Aftermath Of Irene – VIDEO

 

The latest numbers from Irene show the country-wide death toll has risen to at least 43, making the it the third-deadliest hurricane to hit the U.S. since 1980, behind only Hurricanes Floyd and Katrina. Historic rainfall totals continue to stream in, with Vermont unofficially breaking its all-time single-day rainfall total that occurred during Floyd.

Meanwhile, the National Climatic Data Center released a report saying that the fallout from extreme weather had cost the United States $35 billion so far this year. Because of Hurricane Irene, that number has just gone up, making Irene the 10th billion-dollar weather event of 2011.

Vermont Still Struggling To Recover

The states still suffering the most on Tuesday seem to be Vermont and New Jersey, where rescue workers rushed to get aid into flooded communities, with many residents remain stranded in the aftermath of Irene.

From CNN:

Thirteen Vermont towns were inaccessible by roads early Tuesday. By late afternoon, Route 100 into Stratton and Rochester had opened and officials said they hoped to have the remainder of those towns accessible soon.

In Grafton, Vermont, 800 residents were stranded. “It’s one massive mess,” said Tara Taylor, who came out of Grafton to nearby Rockingham, along with her family. “There’s no words to describe this.”

While part of Grafton has maintained electricity, much of the town is running on generators, she said. But as far as she knew, people were well, and no one had been hurt, Taylor said. “We’ve been very lucky with this.”

Mark Bosma of the Vermont Office of Emergency Management said officials were working to bring supplies to cut-off communities, turned temporarily into islands.

The National Guard operated two helicopters, doing drop-offs where needed, delivering such necessities as food, water, medicine, diapers and formula.

Search-And-Rescue Teams Go Door-To-Door In New Jersey

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, search-and-rescue teams went door-to-door by boat in flooded communities, transporting families from their homes to higher ground.

In Paterson, New Jersey, water in the street was as high as 15 to 18 feet, with some one-story buildings fully submerged.While people had been warned that river levels were rising and flooding was likely, some stayed in their homes overnight because they didn’t realize the water would come gushing so quickly.

An estimated 2.85 million customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Energy said. That included more than half a million each in Connecticut and New York, more than 400,000 in Virginia, more than 300,000 in New Jersey and more than 250,000 in Maryland.

Tropical Storm Katia – Another Destructive Hurricane!

It’s too soon to tell, but just days after Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast, another powerful storm system may have the eastern seaboard in its sights, according to a report on LATimes.com.

Tropical Storm Katia could become a category 3 hurricane by the end of the week as it makes its way up from the Cape Verde Islands, located off the west coast of Africa, the report said. As of this morning, the storm was packing winds of up to 45 mph, the report said. But its ultimate path and threat to the East Coast is still too early to project.

You can watch the effects of Irene in Vermont here:

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12:48AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

@ Phil W.
Maybe fewer Australians are daft enough to go for a walk during such a storm, but mostly the higher death toll will be down to the fact that Irene hit densely populated areas and affected 65 million people... as opposed to the mere 400,000 who were in Cyclone Yasi's path.

1:40AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Maybe, Hartson... or is he telling us to stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere? It all used to be so much simpler when he employed talking bushes to convey his message.

10:59PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I'm not sure how a cat 1 storm can kill so many people.
I live in North Queensland - Australia - our last cyclone was a cat 5.
- one person died from asphyxiation after running a generator in a sealed room.
That was it - lots of damage but no death.

10:08PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Hey maybe that Repub was right. Maybe this is God telling us to focus on home and stop killing people in the middle East.

8:06PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Yes , upset by the pets and animals just left behind to fend for themselves. People it's a hurricane what do animals know about remaining safe in a hurricane??? NOTHING!!!!! Family member deployed to N. Carolina this morning.

3:38PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Pamela, while I agree mostly with your well-built vs. poorly built structure opinion, older homes WERE well built at that time. Decades later, most don't continue to be called well built, especially in this area where we rarely have hurricanes. In NJ, the ground was already saturated by record-breaking rains in August. No matter how well built my house is, 30 yr. old maples and evergreens brushing the roof was not my builder's fault....sadly, it was mine. Then again, back when I planted those saplings, we weren't in a hurricane area, and I never expected them to grow so large as to threaten my home.

2:31PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I wish them all well.

2:16PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

keep them in your prayers

1:44PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Natural disasters are always scary -- but more so when they happen in areas not prepared for them! I hope all is well with those affected.

12:33PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Well built structures will survive the storms with minimal damage. Poorly built (i.e. "cheaply built" structures raised for profit only) are the most likely to be damaged. Same everywhere. It is time to hold builders accountable.

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