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Hurricane Irene

Sediment Spews from Connecticut River
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Sediment Spews from Connecticut River

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing large amounts of muddy sediment into Long Island Sound.

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Irene’s Sediment in New York Harbor
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Irene’s Sediment in New York Harbor

In the wake of Hurricane Irene’s heavy rains, sediment filled the Hudson River and New York Harbor.

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Flooding Fills Vermont Reservoir
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Flooding Fills Vermont Reservoir

An aerial photo from July 6, 2009, and a satellite image from August 29, 2011, show the North Springfield Reservoir before and after Irene’s heavy rains.

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Floods in Vermont from Hurricane Irene
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Floods in Vermont from Hurricane Irene

Swollen, muddy rivers run across Vermont in this image from August 30, 2011.

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Hurricane Irene Breaches Outer Banks
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Hurricane Irene Breaches Outer Banks

Acquired August 28, 2011, this aerial photo shows damage to Highway 12 on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Highway breaches stranded at least 2,500 residents of Hatteras Island.

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Hurricane Irene over the U.S. Northeast
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Hurricane Irene over the U.S. Northeast

Acquired August 28, 2011, this natural-color image shows Irene over the U.S. Northeast.

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Flooding in North Carolina after Hurricane Irene
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Flooding in North Carolina after Hurricane Irene

Acquired August 28, 2011, and August 16, 2011, these false-color images compare conditions in North Carolina before and after Hurricane Irene flooded parts of the state.

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Rainfall from Hurricane Irene
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Rainfall from Hurricane Irene

This color-coded map shows the storm track and rainfall totals associated with Hurricane Irene from August 22 to 28, 2011.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene extends from central Florida to North Carolina in this image taken at 2:05 Eastern Daylight Time on August 26, 2011.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene swirls off the East Coast of the United States in this image from August 26, 2011.

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The Evolution of Hurricane Irene
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The Evolution of Hurricane Irene

This series of images provide a 3D map of rainfall inside Hurricane Irene as the storm developed between August 21 and August 24, 2011.

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Hurricane Irene over the U.S. East Coast
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Hurricane Irene over the U.S. East Coast

Acquired at 11:35 a.m. EDT on August 27, 2011, this natural-color image shows Hurricane Irene spanning hundreds of kilometers of the U.S. East Coast.

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Hurricane Irene Nears Landfall
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Hurricane Irene Nears Landfall

Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season, was poised on August 26 to be the first to make land-fall in tU.S. since 2008. More than 50 million people were estimated to lie within the path of the storm.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Large and dangerous, Hurricane Irene spans nearly 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) in this photo-like satellite image from August 25.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Acquired at 2:15 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011, this natural-color image shows Hurricane Irene over the Caribbean, en route to the continental United States.

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Atlantic Heat Source for Hurricane Irene
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Atlantic Heat Source for Hurricane Irene

Plenty of warm-water fuel waits in the Atlantic Basin for Hurricane Irene and other tropical storms to build themselves up in August 2011.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

This view of rain inside Hurricane Irene reveals a strong, mature storm with circular bands of heavy rain on August 24, 2011.

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The Eye Inside Irene
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The Eye Inside Irene

Though no eye was apparent in visible satellite images, patterns of rainfall reveal a fully developed eye at the center of Hurricane Irene on August 23.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Category 3 Hurricane Irene has a distinct eye in this image taken just before 3 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

Acquired August 22, 2011, this natural-color image shows Hurricane Irene over Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola, potentially en route to the continental United States.

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Hurricane Irene
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Hurricane Irene

This view inside Hurricane Irene reveals a small area of heavy rain concentrated in a towering cloud, a sign that the storm is probably strengthening.

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