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Storm Irene: at least 26 people died on the East Coast

NEW YORK, NY – The Storm Irene on the east coast of the United States over the weekend killed at least 26 dead, according to an official report last Monday.

It deplores the deaths in eight states: six in North Carolina, five in Pennsylvania, four in the State of New York, four in Virginia, two in Florida, two in Connecticut, two in New Jersey and one in Maryland .

The victims were killed by falling trees, in traffic accidents due to bad weather, carried away by the waves caused by the hurricane, as in Florida floods. There were also victims of electrocution by downed power cables.

Irene reached the East Coast of the United States on Saturday morning, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane (on an international scale of one to five), with sustained winds of 135km / h and gusts 150 km / h. Irene, which covered more than 800km, covering an area inhabited by 65 million Americans, then back along the coast weakened gradually.

Downgraded to a tropical storm as it passed over New York, Irene was evacuated to the north, into Canada. While New York has escaped the worst, the storm caused widespread flooding, including North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Vermont near the Canadian border.

Nearly five million homes and businesses were without power across the Atlantic at the height of the storm, after the fall of many trees and poles. In New York, where all public transport was stopped during the weekend, the traffic slowly resumed Monday.

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