DEATHS IN NORTH CAROLINA
Hurricane Irene was blamed for seven deaths in North Carolina. In Onslow County, a man was boarding up his windows when he suffered a heart attack and died, said emergency officials. It happened a day before the storm made landfall.
In Sampson County, a mother died on the morning of Aug. 27 when a tree fell on a car carrying her and two family members, authorities said.
Also on Aug. 27, a tree limb fell on a man outside his Nash County home, killing him, said investigators.
Later that day, a 15-year-old girl was killed when the SUV she was in crashed with another vehicle at a Goldsboro intersection, police said. That intersection did not have power to the traffic lights because of Hurricane Irene. The family was returning from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to northern Virginia when they were thrown from the vehicle.
In Pitt County, Irene toppled a tree into an Ayden home (pictured below). Police said they later discovered a man's body inside the building. According to family, 51-year-old Tim Avery was found dead in his favorite blue recliner.
Another man in Pitt County died after he drove through standing water, went off a road and hit a tree, investigators said.
On Aug. 28, New Hanover County deputies said they recovered the body of Melton Robinson, Jr., who fell or jumped into the Cape Fear River as Irene approached.
IRENE MOVES OUT OF N.C.
Irene made another landfall in the Little Egg Inlet in New Jersey on Aug. 28. But by that time, it had weakened to a tropical storm, according to the NOAA. A few hours later, Irene made its final landfall in Brooklyn, N.Y. On Aug. 29, Irene reached Vermont and New Hampshire as an extratropical cyclone.
The storm caused 58 deaths in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. In addition, at least eight fatalities were reported in the Caribbean, and one death occurred in Canada.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene caused almost $16 billion in damage, making it the seventh costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The top three most expensive hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. were Katrina (2005, $108 million), Sandy (2013, $65 million), and Ike (2008, $29.5 billion).
Hurricane Irene became the country's 10th billion-dollar disaster in 2011, breaking the annual record dating back to 1980, the NOAA reported.