1 Year Later: Irene's Lessons to the East Coast

The storm made a direct hit on New York City, but damage there and in other big cities was minimal

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    Aug. 28, 2011: Waves crash over the shore during high tide during a storm surge from Hurricane Irene in Bayshore, N.Y., on Long Island. Suffolk County recorded gusts of 71 mph and 6.8 inches of rain, while Nassau County saw the most number of power outages since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

    Hard lessons have been learned in the year since Hurricane Irene and its remnants killed dozens of people along the Eastern Seaboard.
     
    The storm made a direct hit on New York City, but damage there and in other big cities was minimal. That gave many Easterners the impression that the much-feared storm was a dud.
     
    But it soon became clear that the rains had saved their most dramatic damage for inland areas. Flooding tore apart roads and bridges in Vermont and upstate New York and isolated entire communities.
     
    A year later, people are doing things like buying home generators, and legislators have tightened utility regulations in several states where power was lost for days.

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