The havoc of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has roared off the Dominican Republic's resort-dotted northern coast and opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind as strong as 185 kph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, Philadelphia and New York City-area authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered to evacuate.

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