Hurricane Irene Lashes East Coast (PHOTOS)

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A man walks across 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri-State area with rain and high winds. A weakened Hurricane Irene tore Sunday into New York, hammering Manhattan's skyscrapers with fierce winds and threatening to flood the financial district after killing at least nine people along the US east coast.

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Timothy A. Clary

BOSTON — Hurricane Irene may have been downgraded to Tropical Storm, but she lashed the East Coast with high winds and rains.

More than 12 people were killed by the storm and millions are without power.

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    The American flag flies in tatters above the U.S. Capitol after Hurricane Irene moved through the nation's capital August 28, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Hurricane Irene has left more than 2 million people without power, and today has come ashore in New Jersey and is expected to cause major problems in New York City.

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    Win McNamee

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    Tables are turned upside down and tied together in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene just before high tide in the World Financial Center Plaza on August 28, 2011 in New York City. Hurricane Irene made a second landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey early Sunday morning, battering the northeast with high winds and rain.

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    Chip Somodevilla

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    The Hudson River churns under the early effects of Hurricane Irene August 28, 2011 in New York City. Hurricane Irene made a second landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey early Sunday morning, battering the northeast with high winds and rain.

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    Chip Somodevilla

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    A man walks across 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri-State area with rain and high winds. A weakened Hurricane Irene tore Sunday into New York, hammering Manhattan's skyscrapers with fierce winds and threatening to flood the financial district after killing at least nine people along the US east coast.

    Credit:

    Timothy A. Clary

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    A man walks around in the rain in New York in New York on August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds.

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    Timothy A. Clary

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    A person walks by downed trees in Brooklyn during heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in New York City. While Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is blamed for more than 12 deaths as it travels up the Eastern seaboard.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Flood debris litters the street as residents survey damage to their neighborhood from Hurricane Irene August 28, 2011 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Hurricane Irene hit Dare County, which sits along the Outer Banks and includes the vacation towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, as a category one hurricane around mid-day yesterday causing wind and flood damage.

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    Scott Olson

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    Passerby and neighbors look at a scene where a large tree crushed a car on August 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. While Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is blamed for more than 10 deaths as it travels up the Eastern seaboard.

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    Patrick Smith

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    A street is flooded on Coney Island after Hurricane Irene hit, in New York, August 28, 2011. Irene weakened to tropical storm status Sunday as it hit New York City, the National Hurricane Center said, but the still powerful storm was flooding parts of lower Manhattan.

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    Emmanuel Dunand

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    A taxi sits in flood water on Coney Island after Hurricane Irene hit, in New York, August 28, 2011. The death toll from Irene has risen to 12 across five eastern US states, emergency officials said Sunday, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, passing New York City.

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    Emmanuel Dunand