Irene: Wet, deadly and expensive, but no monster

Irene: Wet, deadly

Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene exhausted the last of its fury Sunday, leaving treacherous flooding and millions devoid of power but an unfazed New York and relief that it was nothing similar to the nightmare authorities feared.

Slowly, the East Coast surveyed the damage up to $7 billion by means of one private estimate the center of Irene crossed into Canada late Sunday, except for many the danger had not passed rivers and creeks turned into raging torrents tumbling through limbs and parts of buildings in northern New England and upstate New York flooding be widespread in Vermont, and hundreds of people were told to leave the capital, Montpelier, which might get flooded twice: once by Irene and once by a usefulness trying to save an overwhelmed dam.

Meanwhile, the nation's mainly populous region looked to a new week and the arduous process of getting back to normal, New York lifted its evacuation order for 370,000 people and said subway service, shut down for the initial time by a natural disaster, will be partially restored Monday, while it warned riders to be expecting long lines and long waits philadelphia restarted its trains and buses.

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