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View of Hurricane Irene (09L) Making Landfall Over Eastern USA and Canada – August 31st, 2011

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August 31st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Irene (09L) - August 27th, 2011

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Hurricane Irene (09L) left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the east coast of the USA and as far north as Canada.

These images show the system on August 27, as it was approaching the Outer Banks of North Carolina and had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane. At 7:30 am EDT (11:30 UTC) the same day, Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, with winds of 85 mph (140 km/h).

After having tracked over land for about 10 hours, the eye of Irene became cloud-filled, although the center remained well-defined on radar images. Later on August 27, Irene re-emerged into the Atlantic near the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.

Shortly before sunrise, at about 09:35 UTC on August 28, Irene made a second landfall at the Little Egg Inlet on the New Jersey shore,[32] and soon after moved over water again. Hours later, Irene weakened to a tropical storm just as it made a third U.S. landfall in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, in New York City, New York, about 9:00 am EDT (13:00 UTC) on August 28.[citation needed]

Following its August 28 New York landfall, Irene moved northeast over New England, becoming post-tropical over the state of Maine at 11:00 pm EDT (03:00 UTC August 29).  The extratropical cyclone continued northward into eastern Quebec, Canada, then crossed the St. Lawrence River into Labrador before emerging into the Labrador Sea, late on August 29.

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