As it happened: Irene hits the US

Key points

  • Irene has roared up the east coast, dumping heavy rain from North Carolina to New York City.
  • New York's transport system is closed down, and the city is mopping up after a morning storm.
  • Along the eastern seaboard, about 3 million people have been left without power.
  • All times GMT (EDT+4; BST-1)

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