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Floodwaters surge as Tropical Storm Irene lashes Northeast



  • NEW: Authorities say at least 15 have died in six states due to the storm
  • Tropical Storm Irene is heading northeast toward New England with 60 mph winds
  • “Do not leave your homes … It is still not safe,” New Jersey’s governor says
  • Chertoff: Flooding in New York City threatens electrical infrastructure

New York (RTN) — Trees toppled and streets flooded Sunday morning as Irene lashed some of the biggest cities in the Northeast with wind gusts and torrential rains.

Even as Irene weakened to a tropical storm, authorities in the region warned that its impact was not waning.

“We’re not out of the woods yet. Irene remains a large and potentially dangerous storm,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters.

Officials said the storm had knocked out power to more than 4 million people and was responsible for at least 15 deaths in six states.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said flooding in his state was widespread and advised residents to stay indoors.




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