One year after Hurricane Irene first made landfall on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, the legacy of the Category 1 storm lives on in the dramatic photos and video shot as the storm raged across the easter portion of the United States on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.


Although not as bad as some analysts predicted, the hurricane prompted the evacuation of some 2.3 million people across the East Coast, left millions of homes and businesses without power and became the first natural disaster to shut down the New York City subway system.

The storm even forced President Barack Obama to cut his summer vacation a day short and return to Washington, urging Americans to "take precautions now," according to Associated Press reports.

By the time the winds had ceased, more than 40 people had lost their lives as a direct result of Irene, according to the Wall Street Journal. Between $13 billion and $16 billion in damages were sustained, making it the most expensive Category 1 storm in U.S. history, according to Climate Central.

In its aftermath, New York City has re-evaluated its disaster-preparedness infrastructure and is even weighing the idea of erecting huge sea barriers. However, farmers across the U.S., some of whom lost everything in the onslaught of wind and rain, are still struggling with the storm's ripple effects.

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  • Waves Crash Along Ocean Drive In Newport, RI

  • Walking The Dog In Flooded Lot

  • Flooding Before High Tide

  • Storm In Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Times Square Deserted

  • This video is described as "Brooklyn Waterfront view of Irene grand entrance into NYC at 11:21 PM EDT Aug 28 2011"

  • Hurricane Flooding

  • Heavy Winds In Maryland

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Patch reports</a> that "Heavy winds are dropping trees and power lines throughout Harford County as Hurricane Irene approached Maryland late Saturday night." Video courtesy of Brad Gerick

  • Rhode Island Waves

    Waves at Warren's Point Rhode Island, 7:30 pm on the 27th, filmed by Alison Taggart-Barone.

  • Sky After Storm

    Sky after Newton, North Carolina storm

  • Wind From Mountaintop

    Wind from the top of Tennet Mountain, North Carolina

  • Rain In Kill Devils Hill, NC

  • Rain Hits Greenbriar, Chesapeake VA

  • The 'Eye Of The Hurricane' In Queens