Hurricane Irene

Associated Press
This Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 photo shows home owner Alex Iwashyna as she sits atop her new generator in front of her home while holding power cords in Richmond, Va. Iwashyna didn’t realize how many of her neighbors in Richmond Va., had backup generators until her own family bought one in the dark days after Hurricane Irene.    (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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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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