The east coast of the United States is picking up the pieces after a weekend of massive blackouts and heavy flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, which weakened into a tropical storm on Sunday. Videos shot by amateurs captured the destruction along the densely populated eastern seaboard, from North Carolina through to New England.
Irene largely spared New York City, where officials had prepared for the worst by ordering the evacuation of 370,000 residents living in low-lying areas. However, other places along the coast were not as lucky. At least 21 deaths
across eight states have been blamed on Hurricane Irene.
Here are some of the most striking amateur videos of Irene and its aftermath.
A covered bridge near Chester, Vermont, was washed away when Hurricane Irene cause the Williams River to surge.
Video posted to YouTube on August 28 by Susan Hammond
A gas station in Cape Hatteras, on the North Carolina coast, was completely destroyed by the hurricane. North Carolina was the first state to feel the hurricane’s wrath when it hit the east coast on Saturday.
In parts of New Jersey, heavy flooding rendered cars useless. Jet skis proved to be a good alternative means of transportation.
Video posted to YouTube on August 28 by Warbucks
Downed power lines caused numerous electrical fires, prompting some localities to preventively shut down power grids. According to the person who filmed the video below, this incident took place in Queens, New York.
Video posted to YouTube on August 28 by eliranb9
As New York City prepared for the hurricane’s arrival, its streets were eerily empty. Sports fans took the opportunity to play rugby and hockey right in the middle of the usually bustling Times Square.
Trees fell on homes in Greenville, North Carolina, about an hour’s drive from the coast.
Video posted to YouTube on August 28 by DJ314ever
Irene’s winds ripped the roofs off buildings in Long Branch, New Jersey, which is located on the coast.
Video posted to YouTube on August 28 by Paul Solk