New Yorkers Largely Spared Wrath Of Irene

Downed tree branches from Irene in Forest Hills, NY, Aug. 28, 2011. (CWNN Image)

Downed tree branches from Irene in Forest Hills, NY, Aug. 28, 2011. (CWNN Image)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. Aug. 28, 2011: The wrath of Hurricane Irene largely spared New Yorkers early this morning, despite the dire warnings forecast by officials as of Friday.

Irene weakened to a tropical storm as its eye touched down in New York City, causing some trees to uproot and break; a few power poles to collapse and storm surges that resulted in flooding in some areas.

In Forest Hills, NY, apart from some broken tree branches, the area was largely unscathed.

Across the city, Irene largely spared the Big Apple from widespread damage and flooding even though some residents lost power or were forced out of their homes following a mandatory evacuation order.

However, in Connecticut and Long Island, the storm was still raging Sunday morning, causing power outages and severe flooding in several areas.

A tropical storm warning, however, is in effect for Chincoteague, Virginia northward to Eastport Maine including Chesapeake Bay north of North Beach, Delaware Bay, New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound, Coastal Connecticut, Rhode Island and Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 11 a.m., Irene was over southeastern New York State and Southern New England. It was 10 miles west of Danbury, Connecticut with maximum sustained winds at 60 mph.

A hurricane warning from Chincoteague Virginia to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts is changed to a tropical storm warning but all warnings have been discontinued along the Atlantic coast south of Chincoteague and for Chesapeake Bay south of north beach.