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Devastation as tropical storm Irene hits America's east coast

The east coast of America starts cleaning up the damage caused by tropical storm Irene.
While the damage caused by tropical storm Irene has been extensive, officials in many parts of the east coast are breathing a sigh of relief that it hasn't been worse.
Kite is flown near the Hudson River at Hoboken in New Jersey on 28 August 2011
The man on the right is one of many whose homes were destroyed by the storm. These wooden supports are all that's left of his cottage in North Carolina, where Irene first hit land.
Billy Stinson (right) is comforted by Gayle Felton as he looks at the remains of his cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina, on 28 August 2011
But there are fears that heavy rain from the storm could still cause east coast rivers to burst their banks, causing more flooding. These residents in the New Hampshire town of Windsor watch as water rushes over the Ascutney Mill dam.
Residents in Windsor, New Hampshire, watch as water rushes over the Ascutney Mill Dam on Kennedy's Pond, on 28 August 2011
The storm is now lashing the north east of Canada. Officials have reclassified it as a post-tropical cyclone as its winds have dropped to about 50 miles an hour.
Flooded streets in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on 28 August 2011
Millions of people were left without power, homes were destroyed and roads and rail lines left under water. It's thought the cost of the damage could run into billions.
Half-submerged home in Pine Creek, Fairfield, Connecticut, after Tropical Storm Irene passed through on 28 August 2011
Hundreds of people had to be evacuated in the neighbouring state of Vermont as heavy rains caused flash flooding across the area.
Flood waters close Route 100 in Waitsfield, Vermont, on 28 August 2011
The east coast of America is starting to deal with the devastation caused by tropical storm Irene, as parts of New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey were all affected.
Waves break along the damaged pier in Ocean City, Maryland, on 28 August 2011
But President Barack Obama said it would take weeks for the east coast to recover and warned there's still a danger of flooding and power cuts.
Flood waters in Dumbo Brooklyn, New York