Irene's toll jumps to 40; Vt. towns battle floods

towns battle floods

The full determine of Hurricane Irene's fury came into focus Monday as the death toll jumped to 40, New England towns battled epic floods and millions faced the disappointing prospect of several days without electricity.

From North Carolina to Maine, communities clean up and took stock of the uneven and hard-to-predict costs of a tempest that spared the nation's biggest city a nightmare scenario, only to deliver a significant wallop to towns well inland.

In New York City, where people have braced for a disaster-movie scene of water swirling around skyscrapers, the subways and buses were up and running once more in time for the Monday morning commute and to the surprise of several New Yorkers, things went pretty smoothly.

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