State-by-state look at Irene dangers, damage

Published: Sunday, Aug. 28 2011 6:14 p.m. MDT

Denise Robinson clears out her destroyed beach home in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach after Hurricane Irene hit Virginia Beach, Va., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Officials speculate that a tornado swept through the area.

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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 19 people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern seaboard:

CONNECTICUT

Irene made landfall Sunday afternoon on the state's shoreline with winds of 60 mph.

Power cut to much of Bridgeport, the state's largest city, because of flooding concerns at substations. Mayor imposes 8 p.m. Sunday curfew as crews deal with the problem.

Officials warned of possible flooding as a storm surge of 4 to 8 feet coincided with an unusually high tide in Long Island Sound.

Thousands evacuated along the shoreline, with more than 30 municipalities directing people to leave their homes.

State of emergency declared. National Guard mobilized.

Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

DELAWARE

About 31,000 homes and businesses without power as of late Sunday afternoon.

Apparent tornado damages 15 structures near Lewes. Another touched down in Wicomico County. No injuries reported.

Residents of a small coastal community were left isolated from their homes after an access road through Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in southern Delaware was washed out.

Governor says worst of Irene passed Sunday; he went on a helicopter tour of affected areas.

Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999; Tropical Storm Isabel struck in 2003.

FLORIDA

Hurricane kicks up heavy waves killing a 55-year-old surfer when he is tossed off his board; a New Jersey tourist, also 55, dies in rough surf.

MAINE

Heavy rains reached state Sunday.

More than 160,000 customers without power by Sunday afternoon.

Flash flood warnings in effect Sunday for northern and western Maine. Offshore, seas were expected to build to about 20 feet.

Strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph expected through the night and into early Monday.

Governor had declared an emergency prior to the storm. No evacuations were planned. Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage.

MARYLAND

At least 645,000 homes and businesses without power late Sunday afternoon.

State police report an apparent tornado touchdown on the lower Eastern Shore; no injuries.

National Weather Service warns of flooding in parts of southern and central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Up to 12 inches of rain fell on Ocean City.

Ocean City, following its first evacuation order since 1985, said Sunday morning that residents and tourists could return.

Maryland Transit Administration restored service Sunday after suspending it.

Bay Bridge and other bridges reopened Sunday after being shut down at height of storm.

Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999; state was pounded by Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.

In Queen Anne's County, an 85-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell into a chimney, which crashed into the sunroom where she was sitting.

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