Hurricane Irene

Associated Press
FILE - In a Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 file photo, a sign reading "make an offer" hangs from a tree near items from a home damaged during floods caused by Hurricane Irene, in Pompton Lakes, N.J. after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped more rain across the Northeast, closing major highways and socking areas still recovering from Hurricane Irene.  The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended Wednesday, Nov. 30, was a study in contradictions: It spared the usual Southern targets while Irene paralyzed the East coast and devastated the upper reaches of New England with deadly flooding. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least 40 people in 11 states. (AP)

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