Hurricane Irene
united states
August 29, 2011

Irene’s Aftermath

What happened during the storm and what the focus is now.

Shelby: Hurricane Irene hammered the East Coast over the weekend and now residents across more than a dozen states are dealing with the aftermath. Jessica Kumari has the story.

Jessica: The worst of Irene may be over but the Northeast isn’t out of danger yet.

President Obama: The impacts of this storm will be felt for some time.

Jessica: Officials are worried about local rivers swelling and say severe flooding could be hitting the Northeast for days.

This monster of a storm, about the size of Texas, has already left at least 19 people dead and knocked out power to more than 4 million. This photo from NASA shows the storm first making landfall in the U.S. in North Carolina. One-hundred-mile-per-hour winds knocked over street signs and trees, shattered glass and sent residents running for cover. The storm charged north, spinning off tornados in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It hit major U.S. cities, like Philadelphia. And early Sunday, New York.

Joseph Segal: Last night was a little crazy. Saw playground over there flooded.

Jessica: Was there ever a time you were kind of scared?

Joseph: There was a point this morning when I got a video of cars in FDR starting to float. I got a little scared there.

Jessica: Joseph braved the storm at home, but for the first time in modern history, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in flood prone areas were asked to evacuate, like 15-year-old Dasya Beckum.

Dasya Beckum: I wasn’t scared but I just didn’t want to leave.

Jessica: She spent the night in this shelter.

Dasya: Not something I ever want to experience again.

Jessica: New Yorkers also had to deal with another first.


The entrance to this subway has been taped off and that is because for the first time in history, New York City’s subways have been shut down, bringing the city that never sleeps to a standstill by stranding the more than 5 million New Yorkers who use the public transit system every day.

In the end, the storm did not pack as big of a punch as feared, but Irene’s slow speed and its vast size – twice the size of most hurricanes – made it particularly threatening.


We are in lower Manhattan, one of the areas that was most at risk for flooding. The flooding has been minimal but the winds are still really strong. Yet as you can just hours after the storm hit, New Yorkers are out and about.

Max Weaver Morehead: Not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be, to be honest with you. Obviously, no storms are good, but it was not quite as bad as I was thinking.

Jessica: Other areas were not as lucky. In Elmsford, New York, flood waters had emergency crews rescuing these residents.

The clean up has already begun and some estimates put the total loss of damage at more than $7 billion.

Jessica Kumari, Channel One News. 


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