Now that Irene has come and gone we are starting to see the images of her wake. Heavy damage has been reported all up and down the east coast from North Carolina to Maine. More than 20 deaths have now been attributed to Irene and damage estimates are expected to be in the billions of dollars.

By the time the storm reached New York City it had been downgraded to a tropical storm but the winds still howled throughthe streets of Manhattan and heavy surf crashed on the shores causing heavy erosion.