In late August 2011, Hurricane Irene made landfall in Puerto Rico and again over eastern North Carolina’s Outer Banks. While traveling up the Atlantic coastline into Vermont, Hurricane Irene caused at least 34 fatalities and disrupted power to more than a million people. In the first 2 weeks of September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee, a slow-moving storm, struck many of the same areas affected by Hurricane Irene and caused severe local flooding, including floods of historic proportions.
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