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Tropical Storm Irene, Downgraded from Hurricane, Passes Through NYC
Posted By Mark Boyer On August 28, 2011 @ 2:39 pm In News,Weather | No Comments
According to the New York Times , the storm left both of New York’s major airports closed on Sunday afternoon, and it caused widespread flooding in low-lying neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Early Sunday afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg lifted the mandatory evacuation order for 370,000 New Yorkers, but still wasn’t clear when New York City subway service would resume. Because of flooded tracks, downed wires and fallen trees, MTA officials said it was unlikely that the subway system would be back to full speed by Monday morning.
Not everyone was impressed with the storm’s power, though. “I slept through the whole thing,” writer James Trager, who lives in Midtown, told CNN . “Nothing. It’s exaggerated.”Despite warnings from Mayor Bloomberg to stay inside, New Yorkers were seen walking dogs , snapping photos, doing yoga, and wading around  in flood water. Others were seen playing rugby  in Times Square during the storm.
Before the tropical storm hit, environmental organizations warned that Irene could cause serious environmental damage to the region. In Brooklyn, residents worried that the storm might send a mixture of human waste and heavy metals from the Gowanus Canal  into residential neighborhoods. On Friday, the New Jersey Sierra Club  raised concerns that if flooded, chemical plants and Superfund sites located on the coast and in low-lying areas could release toxic chemicals.
The worst damage in the area appears to have been outside of New York City, in nearby parts of New Jersey, where road flooding and widespread power outages were reported. According to CNN,more than 850,000 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were without power on Sunday morning.
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 New Jersey Sierra Club: http://triboro.patch.com/articles/hurricane-irene-sierra-club-warns-storm-may-cause-environmental-disaster
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/nyregion/new-york-expects-lengthy-recovery-of-transit-system.html
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