City of Long Beach employees clear out storm dranes in preparation for 

City of Long Beach employees clear out storm dranes in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011,  in Long Beach, N.Y.  Long Island residents in the path of Hurricane Irene girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state.  Irene has the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage all along a densely populated arc that includes Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people could be affected. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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City of Long Beach employees clear out storm dranes in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Long Beach, N.Y. Long Island residents in the path of Hurricane Irene girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state. Irene has the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage all along a densely populated arc that includes Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people could be affected. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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