Irene delivered a 63 mph wind gust in Portsmouth, and gusting wind knocked down trees and power lines across the state. The storm winds pushed the water rushing into the sound in the form of rainfall back up the rivers feeding the sound and when the hurricane passed the water rushed back out causing historic flooding along the Outer Banks in particular in the towns of Waves, Rodanthe and Salvo. [82] In anticipation of the storm, thousands of sandbags were prepared for placement at flood-prone Washington Metro station entrances. Local officials reported a 13-foot surge from Pamlico Sound into Beaufort County. [250] Rhode Island electric company, National Grid, expected it would take until Labor Day weekend to restore power to the most remote areas and areas which were most damaged. [188] In Queen Anne's County, Maryland, an 85-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell onto her house causing the chimney to collapse. More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties. UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Virginia Gov. [162] Precipitation in the area was also light, with a peak accumulation of 2.67 inches (68 mm) recorded at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Swollen rivers, creeks, and streams caused widespread residential flooding and damage to roads; saturated soil in the region triggered mudslides, causing additional disruptions. [48] Six Major League Baseball games were postponed or moved to August 27 in doubleheaders, and one National Football League preseason game was postponed. [199] Eleven rivers reached record levels, and a week after the storm all rivers in the state remained at "moderate flooding level". [142] About 500 residents in risk zones evacuated while some sought shelter, but only one of more than 160 evacuation sites required usage. Officials warned of tidal surges that could bring significant coastal flooding during the evening high tide Sunday. [35] Due to the threat, state officials, as well as utilities, transportation facilities, ports, industries, oil refineries, and nuclear power plants, promptly prepared to activate emergency plans; residents in the areas stocked up on food supplies and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats. [222], Disastrous flash floods occurred in the northwestern Catskill Mountains. Mid-Atlantic Christian University takes appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of the Mid-Atlantic family and to serve those in need. Insured damage in Canada was estimated at $130 million.[111]. Delmarva Power is reporting about 15,000 customers without electricity in Delaware. [21] The cyclone subsequently underwent a partial eyewall replacement cycle, which resulted in some reduction in its winds. It spread as light wind shear and warm water and later gained strengthened as entered the inland. [173] Precipitation totals from Irene in the region were particularly high, ranging between 10–14 inches (250–360 mm); Bunyan recorded a peak amount of approximately 14 inches (360 mm). [101] The United States Tennis Association cancelled special events planned for the 2011 US Open. [52][68], On August 25, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency in preparation for Irene. The winds, combined with soil saturation due to the extreme amounts of precipitation in many of the impacted areas both from Irene and from previous thunderstorms, uprooted countless trees and power lines along the storm's path. [129], Offshore near Culebra Island, a sailboat was reported to have sunk due to rough seas prior to landfall in mainland Puerto Rico. Power was lost to an estimated 75,000 – 200,000 New Brunswick residents, directly due to the gale-force winds. [223] Record flooding along the Schoharie Creek destroyed the 156-year-old Old Blenheim Bridge, a National Historic Landmark.[224]. [36] States of emergency and hurricane warnings were declared for much of the East Coast, including North Carolina,[37] Virginia,[37][38] Maryland,[38] Delaware,[39] the District of Columbia,[40] Pennsylvania,[41] New Jersey,[37] New York,[37] Connecticut,[42] Rhode Island,[43] Massachusetts,[44] Vermont,[45] New Hampshire,[46] and Maine. After intensifying, Irene made landfall in St. Croix as a strong tropical storm later that day. [150] The Grand Turk cruise port also sustained some minor damage from the storm, but operations resumed three days after impact. [28], In response to the formation of Irene, tropical storm warnings were issued for all of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Other areas had totals in the 2-4 inch range. The counties listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. [9], Irene was positioned about 190 mi (310 km) east of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles when it was classified and named, along weakening high pressure over the west-central Atlantic, inducing a roughly west-northwestward path for most of its journey through the eastern Caribbean. [235] By that point, many farmers in the Black Dirt Region were near bankruptcy, and fundraisers were being held to tide them over pending federal disaster relief. In addition, he declared a state of emergency; shelters were scheduled to open throughout the state on August 26. Thereafter, the storm slowly leveled off in intensity as it struck the Bahamas and then curved northward after passing east of Grand Bahama. [246] A 6-mile stretch of Route 2 from Charlemont to Florida along the Cold River branch of the Deerfield was closed due to damage for over 3 months. [73][74] Certain geographic areas of Somerset and Wicomico Counties, along with all mobile homes in Wicomico County, had mandatory evacuation orders put in effect. — 16,000 chickens died when a Kent County poultry … [170] In addition to the gales, Irene spawned several tornadoes early on August 27, while approaching the coast. New Jersey Transit trains and buses shut down. State climatologist Dan Leathers say that streams and rivers in northern Delaware that often flood after heavy rains have already crested and should return to pre-storm conditions in a day or two. The strong waves, combined with high tide, caused a slight coastal flooding. LaGuardia Airport reopens to both arrivals and departures at 7 a.m. Monday. [175] The hurricane caused multiple flooded areas and uprooted trees along coastlines;[174] in Nash County, a snatched tree limb struck and killed one person. [34], With Irene's projected path fixed over much of the United States East Coast, over 65 million people from the Carolinas to northern New England were estimated to be at risk. [115] Due to the storm conditions, LIAT was forced to suspend all of its flights in Antigua for early August 22. [256] Throughout Vermont, numerous covered bridges, many over 100 years old, were damaged or destroyed. [92] Mandatory evacuations were also ordered for all of Long Beach Island in Ocean County and the Barnegat Peninsula. [1][2], On August 15, 2011, a tropical wave exited the west African coast, and emerged into the Atlantic, characterized by distinct low-level cyclonic rotation and deep tropical humidity. In South Carolina, Emergency Management was already on standby in Charleston and Dorchester counties in preparation for September. Senator Robert Menendez joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an aerial tour of areas affected by severe floods after Hurricane Irene. High winds uprooted crop plants, and several coffee and banana plantations sustained minor damage. In Volusia County, 55-year-old Frederick Fernandez died Saturday off New Smyrna Beach after he was tossed off his board by massive waves caused by Irene. [29] Also in the Lesser Antilles, the storm's approach prompted authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands to close off air- and seaports, as well as to open public shelters. Hurricane Irene was a large and destructive tropical cyclone which affected much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States during late August 2011. Although a distinct eye redeveloped for a few hours, it obscured once again soon thereafter; Irene was unable to recover from the cycle, with no further significant intensification expected thereafter.[22]. [78] Toll operations on Delaware Route 1 were halted in order to optimize evacuation rates along highways. Damage caused by flood waters on the Ottauquechee River to the Taftsville bridge. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below. Local officials estimated that approximately one-third of all the houses and businesses in the village of Schoharie had been destroyed due to flooding. [86] Officials prepared to open three large shelters on the evening of August 27, capable of holding up to 6,000 people. [208] On Sunday September 5, power had been returned to last remaining 2,000 residents who suffered a power outage. [107], In Maine, Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency on August 26, in preparation for the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 28. The estimated $71 million in damage did not include agricultural losses. Easton and New Hope, on the Delaware River, braced for major flooding predicted to arrive Monday. A total of 46 locals sought refuge to ride out the storm, but one family required post-storm shelter after the roof to their home was lost. [248], Sailboats broke from their moorings and washed ashore in Massachusetts. Up to 8 inches of rain on lower Eastern Shore. Later that day, the storm re-emerged into the Atlantic from southeastern Virginia. The United States Navy ordered ships to halt their operations and clear the warning zone. The Mohawk River near Schenectady was … [218][219], Flooding overwhelmed several sewage treatment plants, since many of them collect and processed storm runoff as well as wastewater. The ninth named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, Irene originated from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that began showing signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. [127] The rains continued to fall for hours into the wake of the storm, prompting the issuance of flood watches. [160] All in all, over 1,100 homes were destroyed. [54] The gondolas were removed from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel attraction in preparation for tropical-storm-force winds. The resort town of Killington as well as neighboring Pittsfield were completely isolated from travel in and out for two weeks. Here's what that means, Shelter officials oppose Trump's effort to expel migrant children, How a hospital system raised California health care costs, Op-ed calling on Jill Biden to drop "Dr." title sparks backlash, Saudis accused of serious crimes in U.S. escaping justice, Cleveland Indians to change their nickname, drop "Indians", John le Carré, definitive Cold War spy novelist, has died at 89, CBS News poll: Most feel election is "settled" but Trump voters disagree, Biden adviser Cedric Richmond says Republicans privately say Trump lost, Biden, Harris introduce team who will "deliver immediate relief", Biden facing pressure to pick Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, Biden to nominate Tai for trade rep and McDonough for veterans affairs, Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department, Biden to nominate Marcia Fudge to lead HUD. [154] As well, a local church on the island partially collapsed due to the storm. [81], In Washington, D.C., the forecast arrival of Hurricane Irene caused postponement of the planned August 28 dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Fallen trees blocked vital roads, including portions of New Jersey Route 28 and U.S. Route 22. [143] Rough surge produced high coastal flooding, with some reports of thousands of damaged homes. Brisk winds produced scattered power outages[162][failed verification] and waves reaching as high as 12 ft (3.7 m);[162] rough surf in the Boynton Inlet injured at least eight people,[163] and two surfers were killed offshore Volusia County. [180] High winds in Newport News knocked a tree into an apartment complex. Throughout its path, Irene caused widespread destruction and at least 49 deaths. Hardest-hit counties were Bergen and Passaic in the northeast, each with more than 4,000 claims.[215]. [143] However, two people lost their lives after being caught in swollen rivers, and four others suffered injuries. Mandatory evacuation order lifted Sunday afternoon for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas home to 370,000. Memorial. [16], With the hurricane then situated just north of the mountainous coast of Hispaniola, the storm deepened little after reemerging over water, and any additional organization during the rest of the day was gradual. [87], In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on August 25,[88] with President Obama reaffirming the declaration nationally by August 27. Hurricane Irene: Information for Consumers and Bankers in the Affected Areas The FDIC is working cooperatively with all of the state and federal banking agencies and other organizations to determine the status of the financial institutions located in the affected areas. Though it never hit the U.S. as anything stronger than a minimal hurricane… [120][121] President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency. Further upstate, Irene did significant damage in the Adirondack Mountains. Mandatory evacuations ordered for at least 11 localities, among them the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and for low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth. [77], In Delaware, Governor Jack Markell ordered visitors to evacuate the Delaware beaches effective 6:00 pm on August 25. High-Water Marks from Tropical Storm Irene for Selected River Reaches in Northwestern Massachusetts, August 2011. Other communities have voluntary evacuation orders. [176] Prior to the storm, a resident in Onslow County suffered a fatal heart attack while applying plywood to his house. Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pepco report about 473,000 customers in the dark early Monday morning. Atlantic City casinos shut down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago. [231] DEC reported that "landslides too numerous to count" had taken place on many of the High Peaks themselves, all of which are located on state Forest Preserve land. However, the average rainfall throughout the Holguín Province did not exceed 0.20 in (5.1 mm). The Guardsmen were photographed and videotaped by onlookers above them on the train bridge, and both photos and videos went viral over social media. [165] Localized beach erosion was also reported, although it was not significant. [106] The National Weather Service stated that it anticipated 2–5 inches (51–127 mm) of rain on the Champlain Valley and western Vermont and 3–7 inches (76–178 mm) in the Green Mountains and eastern Vermont, with the risk of flooding near streams and rivers and an anticipated sustained wind speeds of 30–45 miles per hour (48–72 km/h) and gusts of up to 45–65 miles per hour (72–105 km/h), causing significant tree damage and damage to power lines. [136] Despite its distance, Irene produced extreme rainfall in southern parts of the country that led to many secondary effects. "We'll do the work and we'll figure out how we're paying for it," said deputy state secretary of transportation Sue Minter, "but we're not waiting." [240][241] Route 15, one of the state's main highways, was closed from the New York state line to Interstate 91 in Meriden due to fallen trees. [91] About 1,500 National Guard troops were deployed in New Jersey. There was some localized river flooding,[253] however being on the eastern side of the storm, most of the damage came in the form of wind. Several of the smaller breaches were filled in with sand, but the largest, which is 200 feet (61 m) wide, was left open, recreating Pea Island for the first time since 1945. So far in 2011, the storm of the hurricane season is Irene, at landfall a Category 1 storm, now a tropical storm affecting the eastern U.S. between … Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina at around 7:30 AM EDT on August 27, 2011 as a strong category 1 storm (Figure 2). The work continues to help families and communities recover and rebuild. 8.40 inches of rain was measured in the Loxley, AL area with 7.46 inches measured in Robertsdale, AL (both in Baldwin County). A year later, when evacuations were ordered for Hurricane Sandy, some residents were reluctant or skeptical about the storm's potential and their preparations were more lax, since some of Irene's impacts fell short of the original predictions. 27 washed out. Apparent tornado touchdown damaged 15 structures near Lewes. [31] In light of the expected intensification to hurricane status, a tropical storm warning was also issued for the northern coast fire of that country, while a tropical storm watch was put in effect for all of Haiti; the tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico was simultaneously upgraded to a hurricane watch. Jersey died Saturday in rough surf. Both rivers reached flood stages not seen since the 1955, and 1938, hurricanes and floods. Get breaking news alerts when you download the ABC News App and subscribe to Weather notifications. The first land Hurricane Irene (then a tropical storm) affected were the Lesser Antilles. The winds downed trees and power lines, and several homes and cars were damaged by falling trees; about 19,000 homes lost power in Massachusetts. Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003. [10] On August 21, the surface center reformed closer to the deepest convection; furthermore, an anticyclone aloft provided supportive outflow over the cyclone. The path of the hurricane was thought by many to be the worst-case scenario for the Outer Banks, just east over the Pamlico Sound. New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down until at least Monday. [205][206] The storm killed seven people in the state,[28] and damage was estimated at around $1 billion. Majority of Rhode Island's traffic signals not working, motorists urged to use extreme caution. The banks of the old Raritan are not visible in downtown New Brunswick, N.J., overflowing Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, due to heavy rains from Hurricane Irene. 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