United States: Infrastructure damage to cause persistent disruption in north-east despite dissipation of Tropical Storm Irene
Disruption to travel and essential services persisted early on 31 August in the north-eastern states of New Jersey, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and North Carolina in the wake of ex-Hurricane Irene, which has now dissipated. The Department of Energy on 30 August stated that over 2.8m properties remain without electricity, with the most severely affected states being New York (525,000 properties), Connecticut (508,000) and Virginia (402,000). Hundreds of roads have been damaged across the region.
Metro North, NJ Transit, LIRR have begun restoring rail services to New York City. However, service on the Port Jervis line remains suspended. NJ Transit's North-east Corridor line is operating a limited service between New Brunswick and New York City. A night-time curfew has been imposed in Hatteras Island and Ocracoke (North Carolina). Flooding has severely affected Vermont, where 250 roads and 30 highway bridges have been closed and several towns isolated. In Connecticut, flood warnings remain in place between Stamford and Hartford.