NOAA tallies Irene’s statistics

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a by-the-numbers look at Hurricane Irene:

* Irene was the first hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Ike struck Texas in September 2008.

* Irene was the first storm to threaten the New York City area since Hurricane Gloria in September 1985.

* On Aug. 27, Irene’s hurricane-force winds extended outward as much as 90 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extended outward as much as 290 miles. Irene was similar in size to Hurricane Katrina nearly six years ago to the date. Katrina’s hurricane-force winds extended about 104 miles outward, and tropical storm-force winds were felt 230 miles outward.

* Flooding records were broken in 26 rivers – New Jersey (eight), New York (14) and Vermont (four).

* An estimated 40 people died as a result of the storm.

*About 3.5 million customers were without power; that’s about 9 million people.

* 2.3 million people were under mandatory evacuation orders – 1 million in New Jersey, 315,000 in Maryland, 300,000 in North Carolina, 200,000 in Virginia, 100,000 in Delaware and 300,000 in New York City.

* 10,000 flights were canceled Aug. 27-28.

* Irene will be the 10th U.S. billion-dollar disaster in 2011, breaking the annual record, which dates from 1980.

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