US facing the worst hit storms in its history is just trying to getting over the impact of the situation. Irene is estimated to have claimed lives of nearly 40 people at various places. The damages are roughly estimated could go up to $ 7 bn, claim insurance sectors. Almost five million consumers are lurching in darkness.
Tropical Storm Irene which hit the US east coast has caused flash flooding in upper New York state and Vermont. Surging water levels have left a trail of devastation in places like Margaretville and the Catskills, destroying bridges and damaging properties. Vermont is experiencing from its worst floods in many decades.
In various incidents a young woman of 20 drowned in her car filled with water on a flooded road in New Jersey. A man was electrocuted in New York. Two men drowned in Florida. Seven people in Pennsylvania and Virginia died when trees fell on them.
Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy said in many areas electricity will not be restored for the rest of the week.
The storm passed over the east coast at the weekend and has now moved over the border into Canada's north-eastern provinces.
New Yorkers, as usual unaffected, have shrugged their shoulders and were back to work on Monday, with the city's subway network and its three main airports all reopened. More than half the commuter rail lines running into the city were suspended or delayed amid lingering flooding and mudslides.