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Hurricane Rina

Hurricane Rina Rages in Space Station Astronaut Video | Hurricane News & Tropical Storms | International Space Station & Human Spaceflight |


This image of Hurricane Rina was taken by NASA's Terra satellite on Oct. 24, 2011.
This visible image of Hurricane Rina was taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT) when it was off the coast of Mexico. Rina’s southwestern edge was over Honduras at this time.
CREDIT: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

From high above Earth, the astronauts on the International Space Station have a unique view of the menacing Hurricane Rina raging below, and by the looks of a video recorded today (Oct. 25), the view from space reveals quite a storm.

“We have a view of Hurricane Rina in the video camera here,” space station commander Mike Fossum of NASA radioed to Mission Control in Houston. It’s a biggun.”

From Fossum’s perspective, the cloudy white mass of the hurricane can clearly be seen beneath the space station as it passes overhead. The video of Hurricane Rina  from space compiles multiple camera angles from the orbiting lab. The footage was captured at 2:39 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) today as the space station flew 248 miles (399 kilometers) over the Caribbean Sea, east of Belize.


“We’re seeing it too, Mike — sustained winds of about 105 miles an hour [169 kph],” Mission Control replied.


Rina, which formed over the northwest Caribbean Sea, is the sixth of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The hurricane is currently a Category 2 storm, but appears to be intensifying as it approaches southeastern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It could be bumped up to Category 3 or higher by tonight.

Hurricane Rina is currently located about 300 miles (483 km) east-southeast of Cheturnal, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest at a glacial pace of 3 mph (4.8 kph), according to NASA officials.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for the region stretching from north of Puna Gruesa, Mexico to Cancun.

Storms receive names when they are officially classified as tropical storms or hurricanes. Rina is the 17th named storm of the 2011 season.

Astronauts on the International Space Station often take photos or videos of compelling natural and man-made phenomena that are visible out the windows of the complex, including the northern and southern lights, massive storms or the lights from densely populated cities.

Hurricane Jova

Hurricane Jova : Natural Hazards.

Hurricane Jova

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On October 6, 2011, a tropical depression over the eastern Pacific Ocean strengthened into Tropical Storm Jova. On October 8, it became a hurricane. By 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on October 10, 2011, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Jova was a Category 3 storm headed for the southwestern coast of Mexico.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image at 10:40 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on October 10, 2011. Jova sports the spiral shape and distinct eye characteristic of strong storms. In the northeast quadrant, the storm’s clouds graze the coast of Mexico.

As of 11:00 a.m. PDT on October 10, Jova had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour, and was located roughly 220 miles (255 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. A hurricane warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo north to Cabo Corrientes, and a tropical storm warning was in effect for Lazaro Cardenas north to Punta San Telmo. The NHC stated that the storm could become a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall on October 11.

  1. References

  2. National Hurricane Center. (2011, October 10). Hurricane Jova Advisory Archive. Accessed October 10, 2011.

NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

Terra – MODIS

Hurricane Katia off the Northeastern US Coastline

Hurricane Katia off the Northeastern US Coastline : Image of the Day.

Hurricane Katia off the Northeastern US Coastline

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Hurricane Katia had diminished to Category 1 strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale by the time this astronaut photograph was taken, but it still presented an impressive cloud circulation as its center passed the northeastern coast of the United States on September 9, 2011. The storm reached Category 4 strength earlier on September 5, making it the second major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Katia remained over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean for all of its lifetime, unlike two preceding storms of the season— Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee—that both made landfall on the continental U.S.

The approximate center of Hurricane Katia is visible at image right, with its outer cloud bands extending across the center of the view. A small part of New York—including Long Island and the Hudson River—is visible through a gap in the cloud cover. The Hudson River has a chocolate brown coloration due to heavy loading with sediment, a consequence of flooding and erosion of the upstream watershed by precipitation from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A plume of sediment is visible entering the Atlantic Ocean on the southern coastline of Long Island, directly to the south of New York City (partially obscured by clouds).

Crew members on the International Space Station can take images like this one by looking outwards at an angle through ISS windows—much like taking photographs of the ground from a commercial airliner window, albeit from an average altitude of 400 kilometers (250 miles).

Astronaut photograph ISS028-E-45516 was acquired on September 9, 2011, with a Nikon D2Xs digital camera using a 28 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 28 crew. The image has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by William L. Stefanov, Jacobs/ESCG at NASA-JSC.

ISS – Digital Camera

Hurricane Hilary

Hurricane Hilary : Natural Hazards.

Hurricane Hilary

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Hilary was a Category 4 hurricane on September 24, 2011, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). At 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on that date, the NHC reported that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles (220 kilometers) per hour, and was located roughly 210 miles (335 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image at 10:40 a.m. PDT on September 24. Although relatively compact, the storm has the distinct eye and spiral shape characteristic of strong storms. The storm lies west of Mexico and is headed farther out to sea.

At 8:00 a.m. PDT on September 25, the NHC reported that Hilary was now a Category 3 hurricane, but remained a dangerous storm, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour. Located about 395 miles (640 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Baja California, Hilary had the potential to create life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

  1. References

  2. National Hurricane Center. (2011, September 25). Hurricane Hilary Advisory Archive. Accessed September 25, 2011.

NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

Terra – MODIS

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Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae Soak The Philippines

Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae Soak The Philippines : Natural Hazards.

Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae Soak The Philippines

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In a matter of five days, the Philippines and southeastern Asia were hammered by two intense tropical storms in late September and early October 2011. Several months worth of rain fell within a week—a deluge even by tropical standards—on Luzon in the northern Philippines, as well as in northern Vietnam and the Chinese island of Hainan.

This image shows average rainfall totals in the Western Pacific from September 26 to October 2, 2011, when Typhoon Nesat and Super Typhoon Nalgae passed through. The heaviest average rainfall—more than 350 millimeters or 14 inches—appears in dark blue. Localized rainfall amounts could be significantly higher. The lightest rainfall—less than 50 millimeters or 2 inches—appears in light green.

Superimposed on the rainfall totals are the storm tracks for Nesat and Nalgae, with maroon indicating the strongest storm intensity, and pink indicating the weakest. Typhoon Nesat reached category 3 strength, with winds estimated at 105 knots (120 miles/195 kilometers per hour) late on September 26, 2011, when it crossed into the heavily populated island of Luzon, Philippines. The storm weakened, but still maintained typhoon winds when it reached Hainan on September 29.

Nalgae was a category 4 super typhoon when it made landfall in the Philippines on October 1, with winds approaching 130 knots (150 miles/240 kilometers per hour). The storm was downgraded to tropical storm force, but was still approaching Hainan and Vietnam on October 3.

According to news reports, almost three million Filipinos were affected by the storms. At least 58 people were killed and another 28 were missing as of October 3. More than 300,000 people were being housed in evacuation centers, and damage estimates were approaching 8.8 billion pesos ($200 million U.S.). In southern China, roughly 140,000 people were evacuated, losses approached 1.6 billion yuan ($ 251 million U.S.), and at least four people were killed.

This image is based on data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The MPA estimates rainfall by combining measurements from many satellites and calibrating them against rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.

  1. References

  2. The Philippine Star (2011, October 4) Bulacan flood death toll hits 18 . Accessed October 3, 2011.
  3. Unisys Weather (2011, October 3) 2011 Hurricane/Tropical Data for Western Pacific. Accessed October 3, 2011.
  4. Voice of America (2011, October 3) Philippines Struggles to Deliver Aid After Back to Back Typhoons. Accessed October 3, 2011.
  5. Xinhua News Agency (2011, October 3) Typhoon-triggered floods kill at least 4 in south China, more rains to come. Accessed October 3, 2011.

Huge Floods in Manila as Typhoon Hits Philippines

Huge Floods in Manila as Typhoon Hits Philippines – TIME.

(MANILA, Philippines) — Massive flooding hit the Philippine capital on Tuesday as typhoon winds and rains isolated the historic old city where residents waded in waist-deep waters, dodging tree branches and debris. At least seven people were killed.

Authorities ordered more than 100,000 people across the country to shelter from Typhoon Nesat’s rains and wind gusts of up to 106 miles (170 kilometers) per hour. Schools and offices were shuttered, and thousands were stranded by grounded flights and ferries kept in ports.(See photos of Typhoon Roke hitting Japan earlier this year.)

The typhoon made landfall before dawn over eastern mountainous provinces of Isabela and Aurora, which face the Pacific Ocean, then headed inland through farmlands north of Manila, the government weather bureau said. It was packing sustained winds of 87 mph (140 kph).

The first reported death was a 1 year old who drowned in the central island province of Cataduanes after falling into a river, the government disaster agency reported. As the typhoon moved into Manila, a mother and child were killed after their house was hit by a falling tree in the suburb of Caloocan, and four were reported killed by a collapsing wall in the suburb of Valenzuela.

Four fishermen were missing while more than 50 others were rescued along eastern shores after their boats overturned in choppy seas. Forecasters warned of 12-foot-high (4-meter-high) waves.

Along downtown Manila’s baywalk, cars and buses were stuck and residents waded through floodwaters as waves as high as palm trees washed over the seawall, turning a six-lane highway into a huge brown river.(See more on how hurricanes are named.)

Sidewalks and entrances to buildings were swamped and vehicles struggled to navigate the narrow streets.

Manila Hospital moved patients from its ground floor, where waters were neck-deep, spokeswoman Evangeline Morales said. Hospital generators were flooded and the building had no power since early Tuesday.

Visibility in the city was poor, with pounding rains obscuring the view. Emergency workers were evacuating river areas in the city that are notorious for flooding.

An Associated Press photographer said soldiers and police in trucks were moving thousands of residents, mostly women and children, from the Baseco shanty facing Manila port after many houses were washed away. Male family members were reluctant to leave saying they wanted to guard their property.

Residents in one neighborhood of Quezon City, a Manila suburb, were fleeing their homes due to rising water from the nearby San Mateo River, radio reported.

In the financial district of Makati, a billboard fell on two cars and a bus, causing injuries.

With its immense 400-mile (650-kilometer) cloud band, the typhoon threatened to foul weather across the entire main island of Luzon as it moves across the Philippines toward the South China Sea late Wednesday or early Thursday toward southern China.

Heavy downpours and winds prompted the closure of government offices, schools and universities in the capital, while scores of domestic flights were canceled and inter-island ferries grounded, stranding thousands. The Philippine Stock Exchange and U.S. Embassy were also closed Tuesday. Waters at the gates of the embassy compound, which is located along Manila Bay, reached chest-deep.

A tornado in Isabela’s Maconancon town ripped off the roofs of at least five houses, injuring two people, police said.

Power was cut in many parts of Luzon, including in Manila, where hospitals, hotels and emergency services used generators. Tree branches and torn tarpaulins littered the flooded streets. Traffic was light as most people stayed indoors.

About 112,000 people were ordered to leave their homes in five towns prone to flash floods and landslides in central Albay province. By Monday, more than 50,000 had moved to government-run evacuation centers and relatives’ homes, officials said.

“We can’t manage typhoons, but we can manage their effects,” Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said.

Authorities were monitoring farming communities at the base of Mayon volcano in Albay, about 212 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

Tons of ash have been deposited on Mayon’s slopes by past eruptions, and mudslides caused by a typhoon in 2006 buried entire villages, leaving about 1,600 people dead and missing.

The typhoon bore down on the Philippines exactly two years after nearly 500 people died in the worst flooding in decades in Manila, a city of 12 million, when a tropical storm hit.

Residents commemorated the anniversary by offering prayers and planting trees Monday.

Nesat is the 16th cyclone to lash the Philippines this year. The geography of the archipelago makes it a welcome mat for about 20 storms and typhoons forming in the Pacific each year.

Associated Press writer Oliver Teves, photographer Bullit Marquez and videographer Joeal Calupitan contributed to this report.

Typhoon Roke

Typhoon Roke : Natural Hazards.

Typhoon Roke

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Typhoon Roke promises to bring unwelcome rain to areas of Japan still recovering from Typhoon Talas, which triggered landslides and floods across the Kii Peninsula in early September 2011. The new typhoon has the potential to trigger additional landslides and floods, particularly as rainwater builds up behind mud dams formed by landslides during Typhoon Talas. Fearing floods from two rivers, officials in the city of Nagoya ordered the evacuation of 80,000 people and advised more than a million more to evacuate, said The Japan Times.

Typhoon Roke was on its way to becoming a very strong storm when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at 1:45 p.m. local time (4:45 UTC) on September 20, 2011. The storm is large and well-formed, with a distinct eye. An hour after the image was taken, Roke had winds of 176 kilometers (109 miles) per hour per hour (95 knots), making it a Category 2 storm. Seven hours later, the storm intensified to Category 4, with winds reaching 213 kilometers (132 miles) per hour ( 115 knots).

Roke was moving northeast toward the Japanese island of Honshu at 35 kilometers per hour (22 miles/hour) and was forecast to come ashore on September 21, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Roke could bring as much as 500 millimeters (20 inches) of rain to parts of Japan.

  1. References

  2. Japan Meteorological Agency. (2011, September 20). Tropical cyclone information. Accessed September 20, 2011.
  3. The Japan Times. (2011, September 20). Nagoya orders 80,000 out as typhoon nears. Accessed September 20, 2011.
  4. Unisys Weather. (2011, September 20). Typhoon Roke. Data from Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Accessed September 20, 2011.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Aqua – MODIS

Hurricane Irene from space

Short Sharp Science: Irene from space: covers Atlantic coastline.

Caitlin Stier, contributor
(Image: NASA)

Hurricane Irene is expected to strike North Carolina Saturday before heading up the coast – potentially hitting the New York metropolitan area and impacting a swath of 55 million people.

The category 2 storm has sustained winds topping off at 165 kilometres per hour. Storm trackers were worried Irene would strike as a category 3 hurricane, but the storm weakened overnight. The National Hurricane Center is not currently forecasting an increase in intensity before it makes landfall.

Several states have declared states of emergency and evacuations have been ordered for residents as far north as New Jersey. Previous rainfall combined with a new moon tide on Sunday could heighten the slow-moving storm’s impact.

Strong hurricane strikes in the northeast are rare but the impending storm raises questions about the readiness of New York City considering the torrential rains and storm surge possible with intense hurricanes. The city is preparing for a potential shutdown of the subway system if sustained winds reach 63 kilometres per hour.

This image from the International Space Station shows the giant storm over the Caribbean on Monday. NASA satellites show the diameter of the storm is about one-third of the entire Atlantic coastline.

Lee's remnants brings fresh flood worries to East Coast

Lee’s remnants brings fresh flood worries to East – Yahoo! News.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As the leftovers from Tropical Storm Lee brought welcome wet weather to farmers in the Southeast, many areas of the East Coast were getting soaked Wednesday, bringing new concerns about flooding.

Tornadoes spawned by Lee damaged hundreds of homes, and flooding knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people. Trees were uprooted and roads were flooded. Winds from the storm fanned wildfires in Louisiana and Texas. Lee even kicked up tar balls on the Gulf Coast.

At least four people died in the storm.

Lee was moving north, bringing heavy rain along with it. Flood warnings were in effect Wednesday and Thursday for much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Flood watches have been issued for water-logged eastern New York.

Rising waters of a rain-swollen creek forced the evacuation of residents in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Wilkes-Barre early Wednesday morning.

Officials ordered the mandatory evacuation of about 3,000 residents. Rain from Irene also prompted evacuations there two Sundays ago.

In New Jersey, major flooding was forecast for the Passaic River, which breached its banks during Irene and caused serious damage in some communities.

Lee formed just off the Louisiana coast late last week and gained strength as it lingered in the Gulf for a couple of days. It dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans, testing the city’s pump system for the first time in years. The storm then trudged across Mississippi and Alabama. By Tuesday, it had collided with a cold front leaving much of the East Coast wet, with unseasonably cool temperatures.

At one point, flood watches and warnings were in effect from northeast Alabama through West Virginia to New England.

In southeast Louisiana, Red Eubanks used a floor squeegee to clean up his restaurant and bar. His parking lot had been dry — and the headquarters for Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies and their rescue boat — but the nearby Amite River slowly rose and overflowed its banks.

Water crept into the dining hall and back of Red’s Restaurant and Bar. Eubanks’ son and several friends put the refrigerator, freezers and salad display boxes on cinder blocks to protect them.

“This makes the fifth time I’ve had water in this building in 31 1/2 years,” he said.

In New Jersey, where many residents were still cleaning up after Hurricane Irene, the remnants of Lee were expected to drop anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rain. Major flooding was forecast on Wednesday for the Passaic River, which breached its banks during Irene and caused serious damage in some communities.

On New York’s Long Island, heavy rain and winds knocked out power to more than 9,000 utility customers for several hours on Tuesday. But Lee’s damage paled in comparison with Irene. At least 46 deaths were blamed on that storm, millions lost power and the damage was estimated in the billions of dollars.

Still, Lee was an unprecedented storm in some places. In Chattanooga, a 24-hour record for rainfall was set with 9.69 inches, eclipsing the previous record of 7.61 inches in March of 1886. By Tuesday, more than 10 inches of rain had fallen in the state’s fourth-largest city, which had its driest August ever with barely a drop of rain.

The soggy ground meant even modest winds were toppling trees onto homes and cars. A tree fell on a Chattanooga woman while she was moving her car, killing her, said police Sgt. Jerri Weary.

In suburban Atlanta, a man died after trying to cross a swollen creek near a dam. Authorities in Alabama called off the search for a missing swimmer presumed dead in the rough Gulf waters and in Mississippi, another man drowned while trying to cross a swollen creek in a car. Two people in the car with him were saved when an alert motorist nearby tossed them a rope.

There were other rescue stories, too. At a flooded apartment complex in Fort Oglethorpe in northwest Georgia, 33 people were saved by boat, Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ken Davis said.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for them and other residents displaced in Mississippi, where damage was reported in at least 22 counties.

In Gulf Shores, Ala., black and brown chunks of tar ranging in size from marbles to baseballs washed up on the beach. Brandon Franklin, the city’s coastal claims manager, said samples would be sent to Auburn University for chemical testing to determine if the tar is from last year’s BP oil spill.

Oil from the spill had soiled Gulf Coast beaches during the summer tourist season a year ago, though officials said the tar balls found so far didn’t compare with the thick oil found on beaches then.

BP has sent survey teams to conduct post-storm assessments along coastal beaches to determine what may have developed on the beaches and barrier islands as a result of Lee. The oil giant is prepared to mobilize response crews to affected areas if necessary, spokesman Tom Mueller said.

In Cherokee County in northern Georgia, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed that it was a tornado that damaged or destroyed about 400 homes. The twister was about a quarter-mile wide, with winds of around 90 mph. It traveled 24 miles on the ground, meteorologist Jessica Fieux said.

One man received minor injuries from flying debris, but otherwise no one was hurt.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens toured a speedway and other neighborhoods damaged by the tornado.

“Sometimes a house would be hit, and a lot of damage,” Hudgens said. “And then the next door neighbor, nothing.”

The rain was a blessing for some farmers who had been forced to cut hay early and had seen their corn crop stunted by a summer drought.

“Obviously we would like to have this a while earlier,” said Brant Crowder, who manages 600 acres of the McDonald Farm in the Sale Creek community north of Chattanooga. “It’s been hot and dry the last two months.”

As many as 200,000 had lost power across Alabama at the height of the storm, with most of the outages in the Birmingham area, Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe said. Outages were also reported in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, in the open Atlantic, Hurricane Katia threatened to bring large swells to the East Coast but was not expected to make landfall in the U.S.


Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Orange Beach, Ala.; Bob Johnson in Montgomery; Ray Henry in Atlanta; Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans and Randall Dickerson in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.



Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could flood Atlantic states, Northeast

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could bring new floods to the Northeast.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could bring new floods to the Northeast.
  • Up to 10 inches of rain are expected in Mid-Atlantic states
  • Rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches are forecast for the Northeast
  • Lee is blamed for at least four deaths in the South
  • What remained of Lee was located southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee

Read more about the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee from CNN affiliate WCBS.

Atlanta (CNN) — The remnants of former Tropical Storm Lee were forecast to bring heavy rainfall and flooding along the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states as they move up the East Coast on Wednesday.

The system also was expected to dump additional rain on the Northeast, which has yet to dry out after Hurricane Irene last week.

Flood and flash flood watches and warnings were posted from the South through the Appalachians and up into the Northeast as the remnants of Lee tracked north.

Rainfall amounts of up to 4 to 8 inches were expected, with up to 10 inches possible in isolated areas, the National Weather Service’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center said late Tuesday.

“These rains may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the center said.

Lee’s remains spawn tornadoes in Georgia

As of 11 p.m. ET, the center of what remained of Lee was about 95 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, and was nearly stationary, the center said. The system had maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, with higher gusts.

To the north, the forecast was unwelcome news for waterlogged Vermont and northern New York, which could receive another 1 to 3 inches of rain with up to 4 inches possible in some spots by Wednesday night.

“We could get flooded again,” Robin Stewart of Paterson, New Jersey, told CNN affiliate WCBS. “We’re real concerned about that.”

Garbage remained piled outside Stewart’s home after flooding from Irene wrecked the first story of her house, WCBS said. Stewart hasn’t had power for more than a week, and she is afraid more rain will flood her home again and keep her in the dark even longer.

“When everybody else is on their way to recovery, we’re getting flooded again,” Stewart said.

Lee left at least four people dead as it crossed Southern states.

In Gwinnett County, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, firefighters said Tuesday they found the body of a man who drowned in a rain-swollen creek near Norcross.

In Baldwin County, Alabama, police said they no longer believe a missing 16-year-old boy is alive. The teen was last seen on a beach near Gulf Shores on Sunday.

A flooding death was also reported in rural northeast Mississippi, where one person drowned after floodwaters swept away a vehicle in Tishomingo County, emergency officials said.

And a woman was struck by a tree and killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, early Tuesday.

Rainfall totals from Lee included 11.74 inches in Tillman’s Corner, Alabama; 10 inches in Mobile, Alabama; 10 inches in Milton, Florida; 10 inches in LaFayette, Georgia; 15 inches in Holden, Louisiana; and 14 inches in Waveland, Mississippi.




Residents review 'devastating' damage as waters recede in Vermont

Residents review ‘devastating’ damage as waters recede in Vermont –

Wilmington, Vermont (CNN) — Ten-foot-high flood waters poured through Eileen Ranslow’s 40-year-old flooring business in Wilmington when Irene struck Vermont over the weekend.

The family business, where revenue has dwindled in the economic downturn, now faces at least $300,000 in damage.

“It’s devastating. It’s devastating,” Ranslow said, her voice cracking.

She is not alone, as the effect of Irene continues to be felt in flood-ravaged communities along the U.S. East Coast.

Irene killed 43 people from Florida to New England as it marched up the Eastern Seaboard over the weekend, dumping torrential rain. Some of the worst flooding struck Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York.

Flood advisories remained in place Thursday for portions of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina.

The extent of the damage in upstate New York has become more evident in the days since Irene, where the storm battered a cluster of communities 50 miles southwest of Albany.

“There is a lot of damage left to clean up. I know the town of Prattsville has been almost completely condemned,” said Jacob Hubbell of neighboring Margaretville. “Fleischmanns isn’t doing too well either, and main street (in) Margaretville has been closed.”

“It’s safe to say that we probably won’t be back to normal in the Catskills for at least a month.”

Stranded in Vermont
Irene’s impact still felt days after storm
Aerials show Irene damage in Vermont
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In northern New Jersey, the Passaic River has begun to settle back into its banks, the National Weather Service said. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning.

The development will be welcome news in the towns of Wayne, Totowa, Little Falls, Paterson and Woodland Park, where about 1,700 residents were evacuated from their homes this week.

President Barack Obama will travel to Paterson Sunday to view the damage, the White House announced.

The full extent of Irene’s destruction won’t be known for some time. The federal government estimates that the cost from wind damage alone will exceed $1 billion. Analysts have put the total expected cost of Irene much higher.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday the storm also took a toll on agricultural production.

“I had an opportunity to take a look at fields in North Carolina,” he said. “I have never seen anything like it. The corn was just totally destroyed — tobacco hit hard, cotton hit hard.” It remains to be seen how some other crops, such as soybeans and tomatoes, fared, he said, but “it’s very clear that farmers in North Carolina, Virginia, along the East Coast, have suffered pretty significant losses.”

But, he said, it’s unlikely that higher prices will result, as “we have such a diverse agriculture in the United States and we have so many acres planted and so many different crops. I don’t think this is going to affect much of anything.”

The federal government’s tab for the storm could exhaust the $800 million left in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund before the fiscal year ends on September 30.

With conservative House Republicans, led by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, calling for spending cuts to offset any increase in emergency funds — a measure opposed by many Democrats — the ability of Congress to act quickly on the issue remains uncertain.

Mayor Jeffery Jones of Paterson said he was “outraged” about the funding dispute. “Mother Nature has a mind of her own, a will of her own, and we can’t have the petty wrangling going on when we have folks in dire need,” he said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie echoed those sentiments during a news conference Wednesday, saying, “We don’t have time to wait for folks in Congress to figure out how they want to offset this stuff with the budget cuts. Our people are suffering now. And they need support now.”

More than 1.7 million customers remained without electricity Wednesday from North Carolina to Maine, the U.S. Department of Energy said — a decrease from the 1.8 million reported earlier in the day. Outage figures include more than 366,000 in Connecticut and 314,000 in New York.

Vermont transportation officials made emergency repairs on roads to all but one of about a dozen previously isolated towns, officials said.

Replacing washed-out bridges will take more time.

Air drops were being made to three towns. The National Guard is carrying supplies to other communities, said Mark Bosma, spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management.

Illinois National Guard helicopters are helping with the operation, distributing food, water and medicine to several towns.

Because the repaired roads are intended for emergency and supply delivery traffic, residents will have to wait for more permanent repairs to resume their old driving habits. That is expected to take at least several weeks or months in some cases.

“We’ve transitioned into the recovery stage for the most part,” Bosma said. “The worst is over.”

In Wilmington, Vermont, volunteers from across the state descended on the community to help with the clean-up.

“I couldn’t sit at home. I had to come help,” said Sarah Boisbert, as she worked outside Ranslow’s gutted flooring shop.

Ranslow was touched by the gesture of so many helping hands.

“They’re just people,” she said, pausing. “They’re neighbors and in Vermont we’re all neighbors.”