National Weather Service issued flood warnings in Windham, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds. PECO worked on restoring power by mid-week. Christie urges people to skip work Monday if possible as so many highways blocked by flooding, downed trees. NJ Transit trains idled by floodwaters. [32] Later that day, all of the Dominican Republic was placed under a hurricane warning, with the tropical storm watch for Haiti upgraded to a warning and a tropical storm watch initiated for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. [citation needed] Preliminary estimates indicate structural damage could be as high as $500 million (USD), with additional losses due to the three-day labor suspensions pinned at over $60.4 million (USD). Maryland Transit Administration says there may be no parking-lot lights or working ticket machines at some MARC stations, and some station tunnels have minor flooding. [119], Across Puerto Rico, heavy rains caused extensive damage to roads while hurricane-force winds toppled many trees and utility poles, which led more than 1 million residences without power. Damage caused by flood waters to the Quechee covered bridge on the northern shore of the river. [17][18] After briefly weakening on August 23,[19] however, Irene began to develop a distinct eye encircled by an area of deepening convection the next morning. [138] Heavy rains also fell across La Altagracia Province, where one person in Higüey went missing and hundreds were evacuated. [28], In response to the formation of Irene, tropical storm warnings were issued for all of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. [178], Hurricane Irene cut several breaches across North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, isolating the island from the rest of the Outer Banks. Hardest-hit counties were Bergen and Passaic in the northeast, each with more than 4,000 claims.[215]. Two trees toppled by Irene in coastal Massachusetts. More than 400 trees fell in Philadelphia, and 200 trees fell in Pittsburgh, seven buildings collapsed and twenty roads were closed. Connecticut Light & Power said on September 2 that it was ahead of where it expected to be, and that less than 100,000 customers would still be without power by midnight the next day. HURRICANE IRENE… Washington National Cathedral officials say Hurricane Irene has not worsened any damage from last week's earthquake that caused significant damage at the church. [64] The city of Poquoson ordered a mandatory evacuation for all of its citizens. Departures will resume at noon. (2013). [112][160][161], Though Irene spared Florida from a direct hit, its outermost rainbands produced squalls and intermittent torrents along the state's eastern coastlines. [173] Precipitation totals from Irene in the region were particularly high, ranging between 10–14 inches (250–360 mm); Bunyan recorded a peak amount of approximately 14 inches (360 mm). [212] On August 31, President Barack Obama declared the state a disaster area,[213] including all 21 counties. [160], A dam failure was mistakenly reported in East Becket, yet 200 people were evacuated as a precaution. [217], Flooding of the Ramapo River and more than a half-mile (1 km) of washouts led both Metro-North and NJ Transit to suspend service on the Port Jervis Line north of Suffern for nearly three months. Described as "A photographic scavenger hunt set to a hurricane", Wikipedia Takes Montreal was held August 28, coinciding with the hurricane. Gov. [37][56][57] In addition, officials urged residents at the Bogue Banks to commence evacuations by 6 am August 26, and tourists in Currituck County were advised to move inland. 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[250] Rhode Island electric company, National Grid, expected it would take until Labor Day weekend to restore power to the most remote areas and areas which were most damaged. Apparent tornado touchdown damaged 15 structures near Lewes. Hurricane Irene: Aug. 27 th, 2011: Cause damage to several areas in Hampton and recieved a Public Assistance Presidential Disaster Declaration. [105], In Vermont, Governor Peter Shumlin declared a state of emergency on August 27, in preparation for the hurricane's arrival. [48] Six Major League Baseball games were postponed or moved to August 27 in doubleheaders, and one National Football League preseason game was postponed. [259], Relief concerts were organized by local Vermont bands such as Phish[260] and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. [189] Farm fields on the Eastern Shore of Maryland were saturated with water after the storm, causing farmers to hand-pick their crops. [5] On August 19, the convective structure began to show signs of organization as the associated atmospheric pressure lowered, and with a progressively favorable environment situated ahead of the wave its chances of undergoing tropical cyclogenesis markedly increased. [143] Rough surge produced high coastal flooding, with some reports of thousands of damaged homes. In Connecticut, 20 homes in East Haven were destroyed and five others were damaged beyond repair by flooding and storm surge along the shore of Long Island Sound. [162] Precipitation in the area was also light, with a peak accumulation of 2.67 inches (68 mm) recorded at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. [83] Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter expressed concern that there could be severe devastation in the city and surrounding areas,[84] and Governor Tom Corbett declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania. Local officials reported a 13-foot surge from Pamlico Sound into Beaufort County. Accompanying intermittent torrents swept through much of the territory, but overall rainfall was moderate; precipitation totals of between 3.1 and 4.7 in (79 and 119 mm) fell in Basse-Terre during the event. About 30,000 homes and businesses without power. In Rhode Island, the Army Corps of Engineers closed the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in anticipation that the hurricane would make a direct strike on Providence. [180] High winds in Newport News knocked a tree into an apartment complex. [209], Flooding in some parts of the state continued for another three days. Throughout its path in the contiguous United States, Irene caused approximately $13.5 billion (2011 USD) in damage and 47 deaths. [160] Most severe damage consisted of many downed trees on power lines, cars, homes, and roads; and flooding in many low-lying roads and neighborhoods – 1.2 million homes and businesses lost power due to Irene. [33] As Irene's forecast track became justified, the latter watch was upgraded to a warning on August 22, while a hurricane watch was declared for the central Bahamas. [165] Localized beach erosion was also reported, although it was not significant. About Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene, peaking as a Category 3 hurricane, battered Carribean Islands and U.S. states all along the eastern seaboard from South Carolina to Maine on August 21-29, 2011. Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina at around 7:30 AM EDT on August 27, 2011 as a strong category 1 storm (Figure 2). [176] Prior to the storm, a resident in Onslow County suffered a fatal heart attack while applying plywood to his house. [66] The New York International Fringe Festival cancelled all performances for August 27, and 28, as did all Broadway shows for those days. Read on for a preliminary summary the storm’s avian results. Hurricane Irene and its remnants raked the Caribbean, the eastern U.S. and Canada for more than a week a year ago. Just after its initial landfall, Irene was accordingly upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, the first of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Majority of Rhode Island's traffic signals not working, motorists urged to use extreme caution. "We'll do the work and we'll figure out how we're paying for it," said deputy state secretary of transportation Sue Minter, "but we're not waiting." It spread as light wind shear and warm water and later gained strengthened as entered the inland. Almost every river and stream in Vermont flooded, resulting in at least three deaths and one missing. [115] Due to the storm conditions, LIAT was forced to suspend all of its flights in Antigua for early August 22. — 16,000 chickens died when a Kent County poultry … [25] Early in the evening of August 27, Irene re-emerged into the Atlantic near the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia as a marginal Category 1 hurricane, slowly weakening as it continued northward and weakening to a tropical storm early on August 28. At least 52 municipalities in the Hudson Valley reported raw-sewage spills into local waters. [65] Public storm shelters were opened in most of the cities, and officials also prepared school buildings to accommodate evacuees. A man also drowned in the flooded Cape Fear River. Irene delivered a 63 mph wind gust in Portsmouth, and gusting wind knocked down trees and power lines across the state. [101] The United States Tennis Association cancelled special events planned for the 2011 US Open. Early on August 21, the storm made a second landfall in Puerto Rico. There was some localized river flooding,[253] however being on the eastern side of the storm, most of the damage came in the form of wind. [82] In anticipation of the storm, thousands of sandbags were prepared for placement at flood-prone Washington Metro station entrances. Their bodies were recovered near Wilmington on Monday afternoon. [146] Some damage occurred throughout Guantánamo Province, where rough surf and rains caused flooding in Baracoa. [192] Heavy rains throughout the state were topped at 10.43 inches (265 mm) in Ellendale. [79][80] A tornado watch was issued for Delaware in association with Irene at 10:40 am August 27. Moving erratically through the southeast Bahamas over very warm waters,[20] Irene quickly expanded as its outflow aloft became very well established; the cyclone intensified into a Category 3 major hurricane as it recurved toward the northwest along a weakness in the subtropical ridge. In Ridgefield, 90% of houses lost power, requiring the utility to turn off power to the other 10% to ease restoration efforts. Repair costs ultimately turned out to be $175–200 million, with most of it covered by federal disaster relief.[262]. [269], This article is about the tropical cyclone in 2011. Another person was hurt while walking in Concord. Brisk winds produced scattered power outages[162][failed verification] and waves reaching as high as 12 ft (3.7 m);[162] rough surf in the Boynton Inlet injured at least eight people,[163] and two surfers were killed offshore Volusia County. [168], Tropical-storm-force winds began to affect the Outer Banks hours before landfall, producing waves of 6–9 ft (1.8–2.7 m). [137] The flooding produced at least two drown victims in that area, both later confirmed dead. [80] In Marcus Hook, along the Delaware River, the Sunoco oil refinery preemptively lowered its production rate by 25 percent, to 140,000 barrels per day (22,000 m3/d). The storm was blamed for one fire death in Prospect and authorities were looking for a second person who fell off a canoe on a flooded street in Bristol. The cities of Moa and Sagua de Tánamo in Holguín Province reported 2.36 in (60 mm) of rain. Florida HURRICANE ETA (EM-3551-FL) Incident Period: November 7, 2020 and continuing Emergency Declaration declared on November 11, 2020 Puerto Rico SEVERE STORM AND FLOODING (DR … But many great sightings still have not been added to the system. [252] Power was not fully restored to Aquidneck Island and Conanicut Island communities until August 30. [133][134] Accompanying storm surge affected roughly 200 homes and prompted evacuations along the northern coastlines. Most of the damage in the region occurred due to flooded rivers, with some agricultural losses reported. Hurricane Irene lost much of its bluster over the weekend, but its destructive hit left a series of bruised states grappling with economic losses, … Andrew M. Cuomo labeled Prattsville as the place in New York State hardest hit by the storm. This miscalculation was met with frustration among many coastal residents that were evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Damage estimates throughout the United States are estimated near $13.5 billion, making Irene one of the costliest hurricanes on record in the country. Officials said two people in Wolfeboro and one in Bedford were seriously injured by flying tree limbs. As of 11 a.m. on August 26, about 33,000 sandbags had been distributed to state residents. [162] Onshore, comparatively light winds brushed the state; the Lake Worth pier reporting a peak gust of 40 mph (64 km/h), with the Palm Beach International Airport recording winds of no more than 31 mph (50 km/h). [86] Officials prepared to open three large shelters on the evening of August 27, capable of holding up to 6,000 people. [26] Shortly before sunrise, at 5:35 am EDT (0935 UTC) on August 28, Irene made a second landfall at Brigantine in southeastern New Jersey with winds of 70 mph (110 km/h)[27] and soon after moved over water again, hugging the New Jersey coastline. [244] In Bristol, a man drowned when his canoe capsized. Bent, G.C., L. Medalie, and M.G. Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003. © 2011 The Associated Press. September 11, 2002 – The interaction between Hurricane Gustav and the non-tropical system caused strong winds that affected areas of coastal New England, mainly in eastern New York and Massachusetts. Power outages peaked at more than 500,000 customers. [62] As low-level atmospheric confluence within the outer bands developed near the coast, a tornado watch was issued from north-northeast of Cape Hatteras to southwest of Wilmington. [93] To relieve evacuation traffic, toll operations were temporarily suspended on the Garden State Parkway south of the Raritan River and on the Atlantic City Expressway. Tropical Storm Irene … [72] On August 26, Dorchester and Wicomico Counties declared states of emergency. Upon impact, the winds and inclement weather caused scattered power outages across all islands. Hurricane Irene caused many rivers and creeks in upstate New York to crest at near record levels, leading to severe flooding in several communities. [232] Overall, there were ten deaths in the state, most due to flooding. [citation needed] High winds toppled trees and heavy rain caused widespread flooding of Connecticut River tributaries. Bridgeport sustained heavier damages and many parts of south Groton had numerous power outages which took weeks to get up back and running. 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It was an unusual storm because it made landfall many times along its path. [235] By that point, many farmers in the Black Dirt Region were near bankruptcy, and fundraisers were being held to tide them over pending federal disaster relief. In spite of the center tracking just north of Guadeloupe's island Grande-Terre, the strongest effects were brought on by Irene's outer rainbands. [124] The highest amounts of precipitation fell across eastern parts of the territory; in Gurabo, a peak total of 22.04 in (560 mm) was recorded. On August 30, two days after the storm, 138,000 customers remained without power. [77], In Delaware, Governor Jack Markell ordered visitors to evacuate the Delaware beaches effective 6:00 pm on August 25. State police shut down a section of Interstate 91 between Greenfield and Sunderland because of rising local waters. One National Guard outfit was deployed to flood-prone Manville, NJ, (which was also devastated by Hurricane Floyd in 1999) A couple of National Guardsman attempted to drive two of their deep-water-capable FMTVs through the flooding, but the floodwaters were too deep. [131] Some power and telephone service cutoffs were reported, and the island's airport halted its operations. [218][219], Flooding overwhelmed several sewage treatment plants, since many of them collect and processed storm runoff as well as wastewater. The United States Navy ordered ships to halt their operations and clear the warning zone. Strongest gusts were 64 mph in Turner, 56 mph in Augusta and 52 mph in Portland, the National Weather Service said. Later that day, the storm re-emerged into the Atlantic from southeastern Virginia. [160] In Philadelphia, the storm left thousands without power. Nine local bridges destroyed in Schoharie County and more than 40 roads closed. [248], Sailboats broke from their moorings and washed ashore in Massachusetts. In addition, he declared a state of emergency; shelters were scheduled to open throughout the state on August 26. [75][76] Public shelters were made available in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. For other storms of the same name, see, Hurricane Irene at peak intensity over the southern. Flood waters from Tropical Storm Irene on the Ottauquechee River in Quechee, Vermont. Gov. Insured damage in Canada was estimated at $130 million.[111]. Due to development of atmospheric convection and a closed center of circulation, the system was designated as Tropical Storm Irene on August 20, 2011. [160][254][255] In Wilmington, the flood level of the Deerfield River east branch reportedly exceeded levels measured during the 1938 New England hurricane – the only other tropical cyclone to make a direct hit on Vermont in the state's recorded history. LaGuardia Airport reopens to both arrivals and departures at 7 a.m. Monday. [127] The rains continued to fall for hours into the wake of the storm, prompting the issuance of flood watches. [170] In addition to the gales, Irene spawned several tornadoes early on August 27, while approaching the coast. [107], In Maine, Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency on August 26, in preparation for the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 28. However, the average rainfall throughout the Holguín Province did not exceed 0.20 in (5.1 mm). [208] On Sunday September 5, power had been returned to last remaining 2,000 residents who suffered a power outage. Elsewhere, another fatality occurred in Cambita Garabitos, and six others were listed as missing. [52][68], On August 25, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency in preparation for Irene. In the vicinity of Port-au-Prince, brisk winds blew down many refuge tents home to victims from the major January 12, 2010 earthquake. [167], Owing to its unusually large windfield, Irene affected long stretches of South Carolina coastlines with gusts and sporadic heavy showers, even though it remained offshore. The Schuylkill River wreaked havoc on Sunday, cresting to more than 15 feet in Norristown and inundating homes with muddy water. [102], Southern Connecticut, along the Long Island Sound, had a hurricane warning in place as of August 27, while northern Connecticut had a tropical storm warning. [234] In mid-September, farmers reported a smaller-than-average harvest of pumpkins in the northeastern United States. Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice. More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties. 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