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PHOTOS: Looking Back at Hurricane Irene

A glimpse back at the storm that shook Hauppauge in August 2011.

 

The summer of 2011 came to a wet and wild end as Hurricane Irene barreled into the eastern seaboard, creating a whirlwind of damage and leaving thousands without power.

The storm hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Aug. 27 and by the next day made its way into our local area. According to the National Hurricane Center, 49 people were killed as a result of the storm and nearly 9 million people were left without power.

Locally, the Long Island Power Authority  Two days after the storm, 270,000 people were without power and many would wait five days or even more until power was restored to their area.

The  that crippled roadways and destroyed power lines and the town  for what some viewed as a lack of communication. The tab for cleanup wasn't cheap and came with a $1.3 million price tag. The town  which was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The name "Irene" has since been retired from the list of potential storm names, but not without leaving its mark on Long Island and history books. 

Click through the gallery above to see photos of Hauppauge immediately after Hurricane Irene hit.

Robb August 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Long Island. It was not a Hurricane. Don't think it makes a difference? We'll it sure did to the insurance companies.

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