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Irene downgraded to a tropical storm

NEW YORK, NY – Category 1 hurricane, Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 105km / h, said the National Hurricane Center on Sunday. But the disturbance, which reached the city of New York, is accompanied by heavy rains can cause severe flooding.

On Saturday Irene reached on the east coast of the United States and continues to move north / northeast at about 40km / h. We regret at least nine deaths since Saturday, according to a latest official death toll, while more than four million homes and businesses were without power.

According to forecasts, the tropical storm was expected to reach New England on Sunday afternoon. Isolated tornadoes are possible in the Northeast, according to the NHC.

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