Hurricane Irene was everything expected of her and more. She brought devastating wind and rain throughout the East Coast, destroying homes, roads, and causing fatalities. For some the storm will continue to be felt for weeks as millions of people remain without power. In New Milford, Conn., less than 3,000 people still don’t have power, and the town is still split in two from the overflowing Housatonic River. What are some of the most devastating facts about Irene?
14 inches: The highest rainfall total during the storm, seen in Bunyan, N.C.
19 inches: Unofficial high for rainfall during storm, seen in Aurora, N.C.
115 MPH: The highest wind gust during the storm, felt in Cedar Island, N.C.
3 days and counting: Length of the storm in days since it made landfall in North Carolina. Irene is still making her way through Canada.
13 states: Once Irene made landfall in North Carolina, she caused destruction and mayhem on 13 states along the East Coast.
9,000: More than 9,000 flights were canceled throughout the East Coast, with the biggest airports in New York scheduled to partially open Monday.
$7 billion: An estimated damage assessment by consulting firm Kinetic Analysis Corp.
22: The amount of people confirmed dead from Irene. 21 were reported dead as of late Sunday night, but the body of a 46-year-old Bristol, Conn., native was found. Police say that Shane Seaver and another man went canoeing down East Main Street in Bristol when the canoe capsized, according to The Associated Press.
700,000: At least this many homes are left without power in Connecticut, including all of Ridgefield, Branford, East Haddam, and Plainfield.
330,000: Power crews have done a great job in North Carolina of lowering the outages to this number, from as many as 600,000.
20: In Fairfield, Conn., 20 homes are either destroyed or heavily damaged due to rising ocean water.
8.4 million: According to AP, the number of residents in the five boroughs who are still in search of another way to get to work with the subway still closed in New York City.
2007: The last time the subway system was hurt this much was a 2007 rainstorm.
40: Residents of Vermont haven’t seen flooding this bad in more than 40 years. Reuters reports a historic bridge was swayed and destroyed by the flood waters caused by more than 7 inches of rain to hit the state.
50,000: Number of esidents in Vermont without power.
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