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Hurricane Irene set to become nation’s 10th billion dollar disaster of the year

Monday, August 29th, 2011 4:23pm MDT
Satellite imagery from NOAA shows Hurricane Irene, then a tropical storm, making landfall in New York City. (NOAA)

Satellite imagery from NOAA shows Hurricane Irene, then a tropical storm, making landfall in New York City. (NOAA) Click the image to view a slideshow on Examiner.com of Irene's impact.

The Atlantic’s first major hurricane struck the United States over the weekend becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the country since 2008.  It adds to the nation’s tally of billion dollar disasters this year and leaves at least two dozen people dead in its wake.

As reported by the Natural Disasters Examiner, initial damage estimates put losses from the storm  at $7 billion.  Total losses including the economic impact may approach $20 billion.

More than the economic impact though is the human toll.  At latest count, at least 26 people were killed in the massive storm.  Eight states stretching from Florida to Connecticut saw citizens lose their lives.

For complete coverage of Hurricane Irene, check out the links from the Natural Disasters Examiner below:

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