Hurricane Irene

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Don Kernan, of New Egypt, N.J., listens as Sen. Robert Menendez says that he is demanding the Federal Emergency Management Administration investigate allegations that insurers are manipulating flood damage claims to shortchange Sandy victims, in Newark, N.J. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Kernan says that he suffered the same problems after hurricane Irene. Kernan says he has paid his mortgage for three years on a home that is a total loss, while dealing with insurance companies that refuse to pay claims. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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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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