MONTPELIER, Vt. — The full measure of Hurricane Irene’s fury came into focus Monday as the death toll jumped to 40, New England towns battled epic floods and millions faced the dispiriting prospect of several days without electricity. From North Carolina to Maine, communities cleaned up and took stock of the uneven and hard-to-predict costs […]

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The storm that had been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn’t yet through with the U.S., where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit systems. The storm left millions without power across much of the Eastern Seaboard, killed at least […]

NEW YORK  – Tropical Storm Irene unleashed furious wind and rain on New York on Sunday and sent seawater surging into the Manhattan streets. But the city appeared to escape the worst fears of urban disaster – vast power outages, hurricane-shattered skyscraper windows and severe flooding. A foot of water rushed over the wall of […]

NEW YORK — Waterlogged and silent, New York awaited the worst of Hurricane Irene as an unsettled dawn broke over the city Sunday. Seawater cascaded toward Wall Street and the labyrinth of cables and pipes beneath it, threatening the nerve center of global finance. The storm pushed a 3 1/2-foot surge of water into New […]

NAGS HEAD, N.C.  — Weaker but still menacing, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet. With most of […]

NASHVILLE, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina say Hurricane Irene blew a large tree limb onto a man, killing him. Nash County Emergency Management Director Brian Brantley said the man was walking outside his home in a rural area of the county around 10:20 a.m. Saturday when the limb hit him. Paramedics were called to […]

BUXTON, N.C. — Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years. About 180,000 tourists and residents in coastal Dare County have been told to leave, and forecasters issued a […]

HATTERAS, N.C. — Evacuations began on a tiny barrier island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights. Irene’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 115 mph (185 kph) with additional strengthening forecast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center […]