Irene’s state-by-state impact

Hurricane Irene, as it begins its way up the East Coast.
Hurricane Irene, as it begins its way up the East Coast.
Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 5:19 a.m.

Residents in the East are coping with the lingering effects of Irene, the storm that swept up the coast, first as a hurricane and later as a tropical storm. It knocked out power to millions of homes and businesses and has killed more than 40 people. A state-by-state look at its impact, according to state officials, residents, relief agencies and others:

Connecticut

Deaths: 2

Without power: About 284,000 customers as of Wednesday, down from 770,000.

Damage: Minor to moderate flooding along the Connecticut, Housatonic and Farmington rivers; some roads impassable; coastal homes destroyed.

“Clearly this could have been worse, but it was pretty bad out there.” — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Delaware

Deaths: 2

Without power: 590 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: State of emergency still in effect, meaning state can reopen shelters or impose driving restrictions.

“A lot of the damage is not that obvious right now.” — state Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Rosanne Pack

Maine

Deaths: 2

Without power: 41,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: To public infrastructure.

“It’s been long and laborious” on cleanup and power restoration. — Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Budway

Maryland

Deaths: 3

Without power: 164,000 as of late Wednesday morning.

Damage: More than $2 million in lost revenue in Ocean City resort alone.

“The time for review and assessment of our utility or, frankly, any other utility will be after we have restored every customer.” — Baltimore Gas and Electric spokesman Robert Gould

Massachusetts

Deaths: 1

Without power: 89,000 as of Wednesday night.

Damage: Dozens of roads impassable or closed because of flooding; rivers are receding.

“Flooding does not appear to be a danger at this point.” — Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency

New Hampshire

Deaths: 1

Without power: Fewer than 7,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: Parts of seven state roads closed because of flooding.

“It would be a great time for visitors to come up here; they shouldn’t stay home.” — state Sen. Jeb Bradley

New Jersey

Deaths: 7

Without power: About 150,000 Wednesday afternoon, down from more than 900,000.

Damage: Teams to assess in a day or two when more floodwaters recede.

“None of this has value. At least anymore.” — Lincoln Park resident Paul Postma, pointing to waterlogged furniture on his lawn

New York

Deaths: 9

Without power: 330,000 as of Wednesday morning.

Damage: An estimated $1 billion, mostly upstate; 600 homes damaged, 150 major highways disrupted and $45 million in damage to farms.

“Upstate New York paid a terrible, terrible price for this storm.” — Gov. Andrew Cuomo

North Carolina

Deaths: 6

Without power: 110,000 as of Wednesday morning.

Damage: Estimated $71 million but likely to grow; Hatteras Island’s only road to mainland damaged.

“I was a little bit irritated when I heard people talking about the fact that this was a little slap storm and not much damage was done. … I don’t care what people say. This state was hit hard and all of these people who’ve been damaged need for the state to stand up and the country to stand up.” Gov. Beverly Perdue

Pennsylvania

Deaths: 5

Without power: More than 55,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: Sporadic to farms and orchards; trees down; road and low-lying areas flooded in eastern part of state.

“We have to get people back into their homes.” — Gov. Tom Corbett

Rhode Island

Deaths: None

Without power: 81,000 as of Wednesday evening.

Damage: Some along coast; extensive to trees in some places.

“We got spared in a lot of ways. Now we just have to work hard to get the power back on.” — Gov. Lincoln Chafee

South Carolina

Deaths: None.

Without power: Restored to all.

Damage: Downed power lines and tree limbs; beach and dune damage.

“Certainly you don’t need to flee the coast and panic.” — Gov. Nikki Haley last week on no need for evacuations

Vermont

Deaths: 3; 1 person missing.

Without power: More than 11,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: Hundreds of road closed; scores of bridges destroyed or damaged.

“Right now, they’re getting little portions because we’re trying to make the food last.” — Jason Heaslip in Killington with his family, on food donations.

Virginia

Deaths: 4

Without power: About 232,500, down from more than 1 million.

Damage: Toppled trees in Richmond; moderate flooding on Nansemond and Blackwater rivers in Hampton Roads.

“We really had prepared for the worst, and I think we fared better than expected,” — Gov. Bob McDonnell

Washington, D.C.

Deaths: None

Without power: 325 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Damage: Mostly to trees.

“We fared much better than we could have.” — Mayor Vincent Gray

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