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Obama to view hurricane damage on Sunday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will view damage from Hurricane Irene on Sunday in Paterson, New Jersey, site of disastrous floods sparked by the storm last weekend, the White House said. Thousands of people remain cut off by flooding in Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York in the…

Irene damages to U.S. more than $10 bn: firm

NEW YORK — Hurricane Irene caused more than $10 billion in total damages to the United States as it swept across the country’s east coast, a leading risk-assessment firm said on Wednesday. “Irene caused significant damage to property,” the firm, Eqecat, said in a report. “Eqecat estimates that Irene caused…

Floods strand thousands in U.S. after Irene

Thousands remained cut off by severe flooding across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York Wednesday in the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which has killed nearly 50 people. US President Barack Obama signed a declaration that a “major disaster” existed in parts of North Carolina and New York, paving…

Obama remembers Katrina, after Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the grit of the people of the US Gulf Coast, exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and inundated New Orleans. After a weekend in which Hurricane Irene tore up the US east coast, the president argued that federal disaster…

RAW Photos: Hurricane Irene devastates upstate NY

Despite major cities avoiding significant damage, the impact of Hurricane Irene was still felt very much across the Northeast region of the United States. Many areas are now experiencing major flooding, such as the upstate New York village of Scotia. Evacuations of some impacted areas continued Monday. Were you hit by Irene?…

NYC 9/11 memorial on-track for unveiling despite Hurricane Irene

The memorial built to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City remains on-schedule for dedication just shy of two weeks from now, despite Hurricane Irene’s impact on the East Coast. Prior to the storm, the memorial site’s location in lower Manhattan was pinpointed as a likely target for…

Guard rescues 21 at flooded New York state motel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. National Guard rescued 21 people trapped at a Catskill Mountains motel and campground on Sunday following flooding triggered by Hurricane Irene, authorities said. Residents of Moore’s Motel and Resort in the small Catskills community of Prattsville became stranded after fast-moving water flooded much of…

‘Smelly’ sea water inundates Coney Island

NEW YORK — The rain started to taper off, the sun began to come out of hiding and then with a sudden ferocity, dirty sea water poured into the New York coastline, sweeping up motorists who raced for safety. Save for a few motorists and the homeless, the beachfront beachside…

NJ Gov. Christie: Hurricane Irene damage could be ‘tens of billions’

NEW YORK — Hurricane Irene is expected to inflict tens of billions of dollars in damage before it concludes a three-day sweep that has left a trail of havoc from Atlantic beach resorts to Manhattan high rises, officials and others said Sunday. Assessments were just starting to come in, but…

LIVE: FEMA press conference on Hurricane Irene

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